West Sweden – Island walking short break

West Sweden - Island walking - 5 days

Enjoy a long weekend on the Swedish west coast, and explore the picturesque islands in Bohuslän, close to Gothenburg. On this self guided walking holiday, you’ll explore some of our favourite islands and villages on Sweden’s west coast. The region called Bohuslän offers an unique archipelago with hundreds of islands, picturesque fisherman villages, granite rock beaches as well as small sandy beaches. You’ll have a nice short break with the combination nature, culture and great sea food.

Your adventure starts at historical Marstrand, which nowadays is a popular small summer island. In this area you’ll have the chance to walk three different islands in two days, all with unique experiences. The tour continues further north to beautiful Ramsvik Nature Reserve and Bohus Malmön. In this area you’ll also get to visit the lively fishing port of Smögen.

During this walking holiday you’ll stay at comfortable, carefully chosen accommodation along the coast.

This tour is perfect as a Drive & Hike. Either we book a rental car for you, or you arrange your own transportation. Although we call the tour Drive & Hike, it can also be done with local transportation.

We grade this trip as easy, since the walks are quite short in km. However, you’ll walk on trails, granite rocks, etc. where some parts can be a bit technical.


  • Walk with panoramic sea views and views over the many rocky of islands of the archipelago
  • Indulge the local sea food, and the swedish "fika" traditions
  • Boat ride to island Dyrön and walk the very nice trail built by the locals
  • Enjoy the lively boardwalk and holiday atmosphere at village of Smögen

Quick facts

Travel duration: 5 days / 4 nights
Travel period: 01 May - 22 Sep
Easy. Average 3-4 h/7-12 km/ 200-400 m per day. Day by day trip grading, see "program" on each trip.
Trip type: Self guided walking holidays
Price example: From 340
Meals: Breakfasts, one dinner, one pic nic lunch

Prices per person in EUR

5 days/ 4 nights, comfort version From 370 Book your trip

Period TRP - Triple Room Double Room - shared bed Twin Room - separate beds SGL - Single Room
2021-05-01 2021-05-31 370 390 390 530
2021-06-01 2021-06-30 400 430 430 560
2021-07-01 2021-07-31 440 470 470 630
2021-08-01 2021-08-31 430 460 460 600
2021-09-01 2021-09-22 370 390 390 530
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5 days/ 4 nights, superior version From 340 Book your trip

Period TRP - Triple Room Double Room - shared bed Twin Room - separate beds SGL - Single Room
2021-05-01 2021-05-31 340 440 440 640
2021-06-01 2021-06-30 360 460 460 680
2021-07-01 2021-07-31 450 690 690 1,050
2021-08-01 2021-08-31 450 690 690 1,050
2021-09-01 2021-09-22 340 440 440 640
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Included in the prices

  • Accommodation including breakfast
  • Tour map and detailed information in English, German, Swedish (1 per room)
  • Dinner one evening (three meal course excl. drinks)
  • 1 x pic-nic lunch
  • GPX files for navigation in mobile app or your own gps
  • 24 h service hotline

Not included in the price:

  • Meals
  • Luggage transfers
  • Local transportation
  • Car rental
  • Other not mentioned in included

Car rental
You can either book your own rental car, or we can do it for you. You’ll pick up the car at the airport, or at the train station if you arrive by train.

  • Price for a standard medium size car for one week is 250 EUR

Extra nights (per person including breakfast)

  • Marstrand DBL: 80 EUR
  • Gothenburg DBL: 80 EUR

You can easily take the airport bus, buses and trains at good prices. Although, if you want private transfer, we are happy to help you. Private transfers (price per car max 4 persons)
Gothenburg Landvetter Airport – Gothenburg: 70 EUR
Gothenburg Landvetter Airport – Marstrand: 150 EUR

Child reduction

  • Up til 5 years of age: 75%
  • From 6 – 13 years of age: 50%
  • From 14 – 17 years of age: 25%
  • Child reductions available when sharing room with 2 adults.


Day 1 Arrival to Marstrand

Today you’ll arrive to charming Marstrand which is spread over the two islands, Marstrand and Koön. Your accommodation is located by the sea on Koön. If you arrive early you’ll have a chance to do one walk as well.

Day 2 Walk Dyrön

Today you’ll take the bus or car (5 minutes) to the Ferry. A 30 minutes scenic Ferry ride takes you to Dyrön south harbour. The hike around the picturesque island Dyrön offers stunning panorama views, small beaches, mouflon sheep, and much more! The path is built by the locals “the blue men” and it takes you over rocks, stairs, and a small forest. Hint! Pre book the sauna with a sea view.
5 km, 2 h, +135 m, – 135 m

Day 3 Walk Marstrand & transport to Bohus Malmön

Today you can choose to walk either Marstrand, or both Marstrand and Koön. Take the ferry (2 minutes ferry) just outside from your hotel to Marstrand. The beautiful coastal trail around the island is 5 km, so you also have time to visit the village and Carlstens Fortress. Then take the ferry back to Koön and enjoy an 8 km nice trail, over granit rock, stairs, and wooden footbridges. After the walk you’ll drive or take the bus Bohus-Malmön or Smögen where you’ll spend the night.
Marstrand walk: 4,5 km, 1,5 h, +75 m, -75 m
Koön walk: 7,5 km, 2 h, +150 m, -150 m

Day 4 Walk Ramsvik Nature Reserve

A short drive or bus ride, takes you to the fantastic rugged Nature Reserve of island Ramsvik. Here you’ll experience birdlife, a diverse flora, and off-course panoramic views! After the hike, you have a short drive or bus ride to the lively village of Smögen with its famous “Smögenbryggan” which is a 600 m long boardwalk with reastaurants, cafés, shops, and boats.
Walk Ramsvik: 16 km, 4 h, + 200 m, – 200 m

Day 5 Onward Travel - (optional walk)

Check out after breakfast and onward travel. If you have time you can walk Bohus Malmön before you leave. Walk around the island famous for its Bohus Granite. Hopefully the weather allows you to swim at one of the beaches.
Walk Bohus Malmön: 12,2 km, 2,5-3 h, +180 m, -180 m.
Want to extend you stay in Gothenburg? We can help you book extra nights.


Comfort version: Accommodation two nights at a 4* hotel, and two nights at 2* family run guest house.
> Start any day of the week

Superior version: Accommodation in 4* star hotels.
> Start any day of the week

Comfort version

Night 1MarstrandHotell ****
Night 2MarstrandHotell ****
Night 5Bohus MalmönGuest House **
Night 6Bohus MalmönGuest House **

Superior version

Night 1MarstrandHotell ****
Night 2MarstrandHotell ****
Night 5SmögenHotell ****
Night 6SmögenHotell ****

Route map

Getting here



Gothenburg Landvetter Airport is about 20 km southeast of downtown and is served by both domestic and international flights.
Drive from the airport to Marstrand takes about 1-1,5 hours depending on traffic.
Airport coaches go to the Nils Ericson Terminal by Gothenburg Central Station.


You can also fly to Copenhagen and catch a train to Gothenburg. Train between the airport and Gothenburg run regularly and takes 3h 30 minutes.
Drive from Copenhagen to Marstrand takes about 4 hours.


You can also fly to Stockholm and catch a train to Gothenburg. Train between Stockholm city and Gothenburg run regularly and takes 3 hours.


Privat transfers from airport or train station to you first accommodation/ from your last accommodation is not included. It can be booked, however, we recommend local transportation, that runs regularly.

Private transfers (price per car max 4 persons)
Gothenburg Landvetter Airport – Gothenburg: 70 EUR
Gothenburg Landvetter Airport – Marstrand: 150 EUR

Local transportation

From Gothenburg Landvetter Airport to Marstrand

The airport coaches are called Flygbussarna, and they run regularly and takes about 30 minutes to the Nils Ericson Terminal by Gothenburg Central Station.
From Nils Ericsson Terminalen you’ll take the bus to Marstrand. Bus takes about 1 hour.

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