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The best wild swimming spots in West Sweden

Whether you’re looking for a quick dip or a day spent sunbathing and splish-splashing, West Sweden’s stunning coastline won’t disappoint.

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
Dalsland has more lakes per square kilometre than any other region of Sweden © Roger Borgelid,

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


Sydkoster, Sweden © Goran Assner
Rural Sydkoster boasts one of the best and biggest sandy beaches on the entire west coast © Goran Assner,

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 Borgelid
The fairy-tale castle of Läckö Slott is another major attraction on Lake Vänern © Roger Borgelid,

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


Vrångö, Gothenburg archipelago, Sweden © Västgöten, Wikimedia Commons
With 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.

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Ready to dip your toe in? Pick up our guide to West Sweden: