West Sweden’s best wild swimming spots

17/12/2018 12:23

Written by Bradt Travel Guides

The rugged coastline of West Sweden may not immediately scream 'beach' to you, but miles of unspoilt golden sands, crystal-clear waters and the occasional private creek may just convince you to take the plunge. Here are the best places to give in to the temptation:


Wild swimming Dalsland West Sweden by Roger Borgelid vastverige.comDalsland has more lakes per square kilometre than any other region of Sweden © Roger Borgelid, vastverige.com

Serenely beautiful Laxsjön in Dalsland is perfect for a quick dip and even forms part of the Dalsland Canal.


Sydkoster, Sweden © Goran AssnerRural Sydkoster boasts one of the best and biggest sandy beaches on the entire west coast © Goran Assner, vastverige.com

Beaches aplenty are found on this pretty island off Strömstad on the the Bohuslän coast, big enough for you to find your own smultronställe.


Läckö Slott, Sweden © Roger BorgelidThe fairy-tale castle of Läckö Slott is another major attraction on Lake Vänern © Roger Borgelid, vastverige.com

A heavenly dip in the warm waters of Lake Vänern makes Kinnekulle particularly alluring.


Vrångö, Gothenburg archipelago, Sweden © Västgöten, Wikimedia CommonsWith an otherwise rugged landscape, you may be surprised to find that Vrångö has the best beaches of all the islands in the Gothenburg archipelago © Västgöten, Wikimedia Commons

Choose your very own creek on this craggy island in the Gothenburg archipelago.


Hållö, Sweden © Jonas IngmanHållö's granite rocks have a distinct pinky colour, and are perfect for picnicking © Jonas Ingman, vastverige.com

Smooth rocks slip effortlessly into the waters of the Kattegatt sea. Hard to resist.

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