8 top tastes and traditions of west Sweden

Date Posted: 27/03/2013

Fjallbacka, West Sweden

Pictured: Fishing village Fjallbacka in west Sweden hosts Camilla Läckberg-themed guided tours.

From culinary experiences to crime-novel themed walking tours, west Sweden has plenty to entertain you on a group holiday. Here are eight activity ideas to give you the best sights, tastes and traditions of the region.

1. Set off on a lobster safari

The region’s shellfish is reportedly among the tastiest in the world because the delicacies grow slowly in the cold, clean waters.

Set out to sea with an expert fisherman to learn how to catch and prepare the ‘black gold’ of the sea – lobsters.

Finish in style by enjoying a mouth-watering lobster feast. And if lobster isn’t for you, there are mussel, oyster, crayfish and prawn safaris available as well.

2. Toast a Swedish Midsummer

Take part in a Swedish tradition by marking the arrival of summer on Midsummer Eve (21st June).

After the country’s dark winters, this National Day is eagerly anticipated. Maypoles are raised in villages and everyone tucks into a Midsummer feast.

Group travel organsiers could book to spend Midsummer Eve at a delightful coastal guesthouse with acclaimed cuisine, such as Villa Sjötorp in Ljungskile.

3. Take a crime-fiction tour

Crime fiction fans can set off on a new Camilla Läckberg-themed guided tour of Fjällbacka fishing village (launching in April).

The top-selling Swedish writer sets her detective stories here and groups can follow in the footsteps of the crime fiction characters.

The tours also offer participants the chance to walk up Vetteberget Mountain, towering over the village and providing a photographic opportunity with stunning views of the region. 

4. Indulge in a coffee break

Join the Swedes in sampling their favorite pastime, fika. Ideal for foodie groups, this coffee break is a national institution, usually accompanied by friends, a coffee and something sweet.

Visit cozy, candle-lit cafes, with local Gothenburg favorites including Café Husaren in the Haga district, which serves the country’s biggest cinnamon buns.

Dalsland Canoe Marathon

Pictured: The Dalsland Canoe Marathon takes place on 10th August this year.

5. Journey along the iconic Göta Canal

Connected to the country’s largest lakes, lake Vänern and lake Vättern in west Sweden, and stretching all the way from Gothenburg to Stockholm, the Göta Canal is an important part of Sweden’s history.

Those on a group trip can experience the canal by journeying along it on a historic steamship, or alternatively enjoy cycling or walking along its banks.

6. Complete the Dalsland Canoe Marathon

Groups can take on the annual Dalsland Canoe Marathon, Sweden’s largest canoe event, held on 10th August this year. Glide along the 55-kilometre route which goes across lakes and waterways.

All ages and abilities can take part, with fellow competitors aged anywhere from 12 to 75. Finish off the event and toast your achievements at the crayfish party afterwards.

7. Witness 10,000 dancing cranes

Wildlife enthusiasts or bird watching groups can witness the breathtaking display of 10,000 cranes dancing above lake Hornborga.

The birds perform as part of their mating ritual, flying in from Spain to their traditional breeding grounds.

8. Taste the region on a culinary tour

Add to your group break by touring west Sweden’s fine local producers, Taste of West Sweden-accredited restaurants, hotels and farm shops.

Dalsland provides a variety of game, berries and fresh fish; Västergötland offers fine cheeses, beer, fertile agricultural land for high-quality grain production and animals raised in the best organic traditions. 

Group travel organsiers could book to spend Midsummer Eve at a delightful coastal guesthouse with acclaimed cuisine, such as Villa Sjötorp in Ljungskile.

For further group travel information visit www.vastsverige.com/en/west-sweden.

Holidays to west Sweden are available through numerous specialist tour operators, including Solo Holidays, Best Served Scandinavia, Discover the World, Nature Travels, Off The Map Travel, Original Travel, Simply Sweden, and Taber Holidays.

West Sweden can be reached by a two-hour direct flight to Gothenburg with British Airways (Heathrow), Ryanair (Stansted and Edinburgh), SAS (Heathrow), Norwegian (Gatwick), British Airways/Sun-Air of Scandinavia (Manchester) and BMI regional (Birmingham – from 13th May).


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