West Sweden is a region (as the name suggests) in the west of Sweden, made up of the provinces of Bohuslän, Dalsland and Västergötland.
Västergötland is best-known for the largest city in the region, Gothenburg, Sweden’s second largest city after the capital Stockholm. Gothenburg has two airports, Gothenburg City Airport and Gothenburg Landvetter Airport. Landvetter is Gothenburg’s main airport, located 25 km from the city. Gothenburg City Airport is the closest, just 15 km from Gothenburg. Both are just 20 minutes or so from the city by flight bus.
The region is also easily reached by flying to Copenhagen in Denmark. Right from Copenhagen Airport it is possible to take the direct train that reaches Gothenburg in just over 3 hours.
Gothenburg has many parks and nature reserves, which vary in size from tens of square metres to hundreds of hectares. It also has many green areas that are not designated as parks or reserves.
Bohuslän is Sweden’s westernmost province and situated on the west coast on the Skagerrak, the area of sea between Sweden and Norway. It is probably best-known for its coastline with smooth rock formations perfect for sunbathing, as well as for its fishing. Its seafood such as lobster and oysters are among the best in the world.
The archipelago consists of 8,000 islands, islets and reefs. The seascape environment is spectacular with calm, protected waters for kayakers of all levels with no strong currents or tides.
The small islands and villages that make up the Bohuslän archipelago are relaxing, but can be adventurous if you want them to be. Some of the best kayaking destinations that you should look out for include the Koster Islands, a part of the new Marine National Park, which boasts more sunshine hours than anywhere else in Sweden, as well as the wonderfully-named Väderöarna (“Weather Islands”) with ther seal colonies. You can also paddle around more protected by islands in the Fjällbacka archipelago or head to the picturesque islands of Orust and Tjörn.
The Bohuslän archipelago, with its many smooth granite cliffs, fishing villages and green islands, is a favorite of kayakers.
This province has a low population density of about 14 inhabitants / km² and just one city of significant size, Åmål. Dalsland is sometimes called “Sweden in miniature”. Dalsland has many lakes, plains and even one mountain area, the Kopparfjäll and Kynne hills.
The province has uninhabited areas characterised by dense forests in the northwestern highlands and lakes in the east, giving Dalsand its common title of “Sweden’s lake province”. Its sparkling rivers and thousands of lakes that dot the deep forests mean that Dalsland made for canoeing.
Dalsland is intersected by long, narrow gorge lakes, including Stora Le, Lelång and Västra Silen. Stora Le is as much as 70 kilometers long, counting the part that extends northward through Värmland and into Norway. Between the lakes are deep, hilly forests, interspersed with small villages, locks and farms.
Want to discover more of West Sweden?
By canoe or kayak is the perfect way to travel!
- Self-guided Sea Kayaking in Bohuslän
- Sea Kayak Tour with Skills Course in West Sweden
- Canoe Tour with Skills Course in West Sweden
- Canoeing in Dalsland’s Lake District