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Do & See
In West Sweden, you can experience anything from cycling along Göta Canal or sailing along the coast of Bohuslän, to paddling a canoe in Dalsland’s lake system. The area is full of interesting things to see. A rare orchid from Kosterhavet National Park can prove as fascinating as the rock carvings in Tanum. Historic castles and amusement parks offer interesting times, just like the wooden houses of the small, picturesque fishing communities along the coast. Below is a selection from the ‘See and do’ category – welcome!
Lake Hornborga

Lake Hornborga

The greatest bird paradise of Northern Europe, Hornborgasjön (Lake Hornborga), is surrounded by a lovely cultural heritage landscape, and has a visitor centre, viewing tower, walking trails and guided tours. Each spring, visitors can watch the famous and amazing crane dance. The cranes’ arrival at Hornborgasjön is a sure sign that spring is on its way. Every year, thousands of cranes stop off here on their way to the north of Sweden. The crane dance is a special and wonderful experience which attracts thousands of visitors each year. However, the lake is not only attracting cranes, but many other exciting bird species, which vary with the seasons. Some of the birds of prey spotted by the lake are golden and white-tailed eagle, osprey, harrier, common buzzard, and rough-legged buzzard. The cranes also return in the autumn, before continuing south.
Nordens Ark

Nordens Ark

Nordens Ark is an animal park, and home to around eighty different animal species which are all threatened by extinction. During a 3-kilometre long walk through beautiful natural surroundings, you get to see snow leopards and Amur tigers, red pandas, poison dart frogs, as well as lynxes, wolves, peregrine falcons and wild horses – along with traditional Scandinavian breeds and the Children’s Animal Pens. At the Farm, children can jump in the hay, use a yoke to carry water, and much more. The park is one of the most visited tourist destinations in Bohuslän. Nordens Ark has a cafeteria, shop, hotel, and is an inspiring place to hold a conference.
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The Archipelago of Bohuslän

Fishing has been a major part of the history of Bohuslän, and many local residents are still professional fishermen. This offers you the opportunity to enjoy day-fresh fish and shellfish. The coastal landscape, in combination with the delicacies from the ocean, creates a feeling of romance and genuineness, and is refreshing for the soul. Bohuslän offers a wide range of activities, both above and beneath the surface of the water, such as boat trips, snorkelling trails, fishing trips, shellfish safaris, walking, cycling, climbing, and international regattas and art exhibitions. Explore the archipelago of Bohuslän independently – from the cockpit of your own yacht, or on board a comfortable passenger ferry.
Kosterhavet Marine National Park

Kosterhavet Marine National Park

Kosterhavet is Sweden’s first marine national park and opened in September 2009. The Koster Islands are in the northern part of Bohuslän and can be reached by ferry, a 45-minute journey from Strömstad. Kosterhavet National Park is home to around 12,000 species, half in the water, and half on land. There are unique, rare, and common species. The best way to explore the Koster Islands is on foot or by bike. Explore some more, on a seal safari or try the snorkelling trail. Naturum, on the island of Nordkoster, is a manned information centre where visitors can find information in the shape of images, exhibitions, slideshows, films, books, and brochures about the Kosterhavet area. There are also entrances to the national park/information stations on Rossö, Resö, Tjärnö/Saltö and in Strömstad.
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Marstrand – Carlsten Fort

Marstrand is one of the best known resorts along the coast of Bohuslän, famous for its beautiful wooden buildings, a lively yachting community with international sailing races, Carlsten Fort, and its royal connections. King Oscar II’s island has been an important international gathering place for socialising and sailing since the 1800s, with a large number of restaurants, whose menus are dominated by fresh fish and shellfish. On Marstrand’s highest point stands Carlsten Fort, which for more than 300 years has protected the small wooden town below. Each year, thousands of people visit the castle to enjoy guided tours, concerts, and outdoor theatre performances.
The Rock Carvings in Vitlycke

The Rock Carvings in Vitlycke

Go on a rocky adventure, where historic human ’graffiti’ becomes a history lesson about hunting, culture and long ago living conditions. The Tanum World Heritage Area covers an entire 45 km2. The area contains around 510 rock carvings, with tens of thousands of images. The most famous is the Vitlycke Carvings. It includes around 500 carved images of ships, humans, animals, and cup marks, as well as the well-known Weather God and ’the Holy Bride & Groom’. The images have been carved in gradually over a time period of just over 1000 years, the oldest images were created as early as around 1800 B.C.
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The Nordic Watercolour Museum

The Nordic Watercolour Museum, appointed Museum of the Year 2010, is beautifully located among the barren cliffs of Skärhamn on the island of Tjörn. The museum is a Nordic centre for contemporary art, research, and education, with focus on watercolour techniques. Here, visitors can encounter the most interesting representatives of international art, or see classic watercolours. You can enrol on a specialist course under the leadership of professional artists, paint together with your children or grandchildren in the children’s workshop, or prepare your next art exhibition in one of the guest studios. Restaurant Vatten - Gourmet and Café serves good food and drink with a Scandinavian touch.
Läckö Slott

Läckö Slott

Läckö Castle is the pride of Lidköping, beautifully located on the headland Kållandsö in the Eken Archipelago of Lake Vänern. The castle’s 700-year-history and its unique, well-preserved Baroque interior, and attractive outdoor environment provide the setting for popular exhibitions and concerts which attract large audiences in the summer, and make Läckö Castle one of the most visited tourist destinations in the west of Sweden. The Castle Gardener, Simon Irvine, has successfully re-designed the castle garden, and in 2001 Läckö was voted Sweden’s Most Beautiful Castle. Restaurant Fataburen serves well-composed meals prepared from amazing ingredients from the Small Castle Garden and the Visitor Harbour welcomes you with 60 berths. On the opposite side of the headland, you’ll find a campsite, beach and kayaks for hire.
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