Stromstad is a laid-back town built around a picturesque harbour. The sunny climate and scenic coastal setting made it a popular spa and sea-bathing resort in the 18th century. Relax in the historic town centre and ride the ferry out to the Koster Islands, one of the country’s top walking, cycling and wildlife watching destinations.
Things to do in Strömstad
Stromstad is one of the sunniest towns north of the Alps and treats you to a perfect climate for outdoor adventures. Ferries whisk you to the Koster Islands, where you can hike on coastal trails and explore boulder-strewn beaches. Kayaking tours are a novel way to explore the islands and spot seals basking on the rocks.
Find out more about the rich history and heritage of the town at the Stromstad Museum. Exhibits include hand-painted ceramics, vintage fishing nets and watercolour artwork. The open-air Friluftsmuseet Fiskartorpet museum is dotted with traditional fishermen cottages.
Strolling around the boat-filled harbour is one of the best ways to enjoy Stromstad. Stop for lunch at a waterfront café and shop for souvenirs at local arts and crafts stores. The Church of Skee is just out of town and features a white granite façade and centuries-old Madonna statue carved from black soapstone.
Fishing is a big industry in Stromstad and you’ll see plenty of ocean-fresh seafood on restaurant menus. Try local specialties from the Bohuslan coast, including lobster, oysters and prawns. Pair your meal with a glass of local craft beer or a nip of Swedish single malt whiskey.
Getting around Strömstad
Stromstad is pedestrian-friendly and easy to get around on foot. The town is a two-hour drive from Gothenburg and 1.5 hours from Oslo, Norway. Daily ferries run between Stromstad and Sandefjord in Norway. You can also ride ferries between Stromstad and the Koster Islands.