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The West Coast of Sweden

The west coast of Sweden
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The West Coast

The West Coast
The West Coast

Area: Provinces of Bohuslän and Halland

The landscapes of the Västkusten (the West Coast) have been formed by the Inland Ice. Inland Ice is the name for the glacier ice that has been covering northern Europe during 100.000 of years, and nowadays only is present in Greenland and Antarctica. The ice has scraped the surface and grinded the landscape into smooth bare rocks. The some times wild sea has helped to wash the rocks clean. Inner parts of the provinces have lots of forests of birch and aspen.

Interesting points to see in the area are:

  • Stocken: small fishing village on the northwest coast of Orust (Island north of Göteborg), with a good camping place. I've been here in 2004 for the first time, and I've fallen in love with it right away.
  • Mollösund and Hälleviksstrand: two small picturesque villages at Orust Island.
  • Käringön: Small island outside Stocken.
  • Gullholmen: Oldest fishing village in Sweden, 11th century. Very picturesque.
  • Flatön: small island north east of Stocken known from lyrics by Evert Taube (the in Sweden well known and loved song writer).
  • Smögen: Nice fishing village that ten doubles its inhabitants in summer.
  • The beautiful island of Marstrand with its historic Carlsten Fortress
  • Tanum: Rock carvings, on the UNESCO list of World Heritage Sites.
  • Varberg: Medieval town with a nice beach and tourist area Getterön.
  • Koster Islands: Swedish most westerly islands with unusual nature.

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