urban area in Strömstad Municipality, Sweden

Strömstad is a city in Bohuslän on the west coast of Sweden, close to the Norwegian border. While home only to 6,000 people, it is for historical reasons often referred to as a city. It is a fishing town and a popular holiday destination. In the fish shops along the quayside you can eat fresh shrimp and fish. In the area, there are a number of prehistoric monuments, such as stone rings, stone ships, rock carvings and burial mounds.

Get in

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Map of Strömstad

By bus

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Timeekspressen[dead link] has 6 daily departures from Oslo. They return on top of the hour, every two hours between 8 and 16. Swebusexpress[dead link] buses also stops here on their GöteborgOslo route.

By train

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There are about 4–5 daily departures from Göteborg by Västtrafik. In the summer SJ runs an X2000 express train from Stockholm twice a day.

By ferry

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There are several ferry's every day across the outflow of the Oslo fjord from Sandefjord in Norway with a Color line ferry. The previous connection from Langesund was discontinued in 2008.

By plane

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The nearest airports are:

  • Oslo Gardermoen, Norway. Around 170 km distance. Major international airport.
  • Trollhättan Vänersborg, Sweden. Around 120 km distance. Small domestic airport.
  • Göteborg Landvetter, Sweden. Around 180 km distance. Medium size international airport.

Get around

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Strömstad

The inner city is small, so walking is recommended. Västtrafik organises local buses.

  • 1 Blomsholm. An archaeological site with remnants from the Stone Age, the Viking Age and the Middle Ages. Famous for megalithic monuments including stone circles and stone ships.    
  • 2 Koster Islands. Boats depart at up to 16 times a day in the high season, right next to the Tourist Information Centre (travel time about 1 hour). The islands are ideal for a trip of one to several days. The trips are car-free. Bicycles can be used on Sydkoster and on a few main routes on Nordkoster, which for the most part is a nature reserve. The reserve is a good destinations for a day trip; it can be circumnavigated by a walk of about 1.5–2 hours pure walking time. On Sydkoster, the Natureum at Ekenäs brygga is a good destination. There are restaurants on both islands, but only on Sydkoster a supermarket (in the middle of the island; Su closed). Accommodation must be booked in advance, also the campsite on Nordkoster.    

Drink

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Sleep

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Lagunen Camping, Skärsbygdsvägen 40, 452 97 Strömstad, toll-free: +46 526 75 50 00.

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Routes through Strömstad
OsloHalden    N   S  TanumGothenburg



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