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7 days on a superyacht in Western Sweden

7 days on a superyacht in Western Sweden

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Strömstad

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Superyacht destination Strömstad

The perfect place to start a luxury yacht vacation along Sweden's west coast is in the picturesque village of Strömstad. This seaside resort belonged to Norway until 1658 and features red wooden houses set on the water’s edge.

Just off the coast you will find Sweden’s first marine national park — Korhavet. The 450 sq. km protected zone is home to the country’s richest marine life, boasting more than 6,000 different species as well as reefs of deep water coral Lophelia Pertusa.

The Koster Väderö Fjord is located within the park and is connected to the Norwegian Trench, which is in turn connected to the Atlantic Ocean. The conditions in the trench are almost oceanic which means creatures that would normally be found on the continental slopes thrive here.

If you fancy doing something on dry land you can take a bicycle ride or a guided hike around the Koster islands. Kosters Trädgårdar (Koster Gardens) is recommended for lunch; the organic garden restaurant only cooks the day's fresh catch, garnished with herbs and vegetables it has grown and has been named “Sweden’s most sustainable restaurant”.

Picture courtesy of Per Pixel Petersson

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Strömstad to Fjällbacka

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Fjällbacka lobster

As you make your way down south towards Grebbestad on your superyacht, you'll find yourself surrounded by hundreds of islands and islets all made of smooth champagne coloured granite rocks, picturesque fishing villages, summer cottages, resorts and lighthouses.

Grebbestad is the shellfish capital of Scandinavia and it's where you can eat some of Europe’s best seafood. Everts Sjöbod (Evert’s Boathouse) offers shellfish safaris and an amazing shellfish lunch in its rustic boathouse.

Grebbestad is a typically beautiful west coast fishing town with a dramatic rocky backdrop and quaint pastel coloured wooden houses and buildings. It is set at the head of a channel leading into the Fjällbacka archipelago and is a wonderful place for walks or sampling the atmosphere of the town.

Around the corner you will find Fjällbacka, a fishing village dating back to 17th century that has been made famous through Camilla Läckberg’s crime novels. The Swedish actress Ingrid Bergman also used to have summer cottage in the village.

Väderöarna (the Weather Islands) is an archipelago outside Fjällbacka in Bohuslän. Due to its location it is difficult to access and to explore the area you are best to use local tour operators. You can get an ocean kayak and glide past seals along the rocky islands and experience langoustine and crab fishing.

Picture courtesy of Fredrik Broman

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Fjällback to Mollösund

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 Mollösund superyacht destination Sweden

Continuing south from Fjällbacka by luxury yacht, you have the option to take the tender through the narrow, very scenic, inner passages at Hamburgsund. You travel on through the Sotenäs channel passing by Smögen, situated just off the southern channel exit until you arrive at Mollösund. From this port you can reach the amazing island Käringö with your own tender or a tour operator.

Käringön is seated in the southern part of the archipelago, just outside Mollösund. It is home to the Karingo oyster bar where you can enjoy exquisite European flat oysters (Ostrea edulis) and drink champagne in the wood stove-heated hot tub while you watch the oysters being collected. Käringön is also the home of the most famous restaurant in the west coast archipelago: Petersons Krog.

Picture courtesy of Åsa Dahlgren

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