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Rooms: Gothenburg

Venture out from Sweden's second-largest city to discover the wilds of the west coast and bed down in true Scandi style

By Julia Buckley
Published 9 Apr 2019, 00:19 BST, Updated 19 Jul 2021, 17:22 BST
A lighthouse at the Island of Vrångö is the most southerly island of the Gothenburg archipelago

A lighthouse at the Island of Vrångö is the most southerly island of the Gothenburg archipelago

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Escape the hustle and bustle on car-free Vrångö island, just an hour's drive from the city centre. Harbourside boathouses come with a floating sauna and sea-view hot tub, and the journey into town via boat and tram is a truly idyllic commute. From £58 per night.

Once a factory producing wooden crates, Lådfabriken — 90 minutes from Gothenburg — is now a boutique hotel with an eclectic, modern design. Enjoy views over the Skagerrak Sea from this colourful clifftop B&B. From £134 per night.

It's a five-hour trip to South Koster Island, but this collection of beachside cabins is well worth the journey. Tuck into fresh seafood, while away evenings at the rooftop bar and discover Sweden's only marine national park. From £139 per night.

Baldersnäs Herrgärd
Set beside the Dalsland Canal in the heart of Swedish lake country, this 200-year-old country estate lies two hours north of Gothenburg. Spend the night in the mansion or cosy up in lakeside cabins. From £104 per night or £510 per week.

Published in the March 2017 issue of National Geographic Traveller (UK)

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