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In pictures: exploring West Sweden

West Sweden

On the 5th August we flew to West Sweden, a pristinely beautiful place that seems to be having a ‘moment.’ With long summer days, over 8,000 islands to explore (stretching from Gothenburg all the way to the Norwegian border) and a plentiful supply of fresh sea air, Scandinavians have always loved holidaying here but just recently it’s been piquing the interest of visitors further afield too. We flew into Gothenburg and explored the region for ourselves (in a Volvo of course – this is Sweden after all). After driving to West Sweden’s best spots, we cycled around protected car-free islands, hiked over Pink Granite rocks, kayaked around the untouched Bohuslän Coast and pottered around quaint fishing villages dotted with impossibly picturesque clap-board houses. Here’s our West Sweden journey in pictures…

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South Koster Island

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Sea Kayaking, Lysekil

Sea Kayaking West Sweden

Sea Kayking

All words and photos by Becky Padmore (except the sea kayaking which were taken by Lee Hubbard). We want to say a huge thank you to the West Sweden tourist board for arranging the trip. 

Born in England, with a few family roots from Bavaria, and a heart in Scandinavia I've always been a bit of a restless soul. My first true adventure began as a six month voyage around South East Asia as a fresh faced backpacker and ever since I've lived a semi nomadic existence, clocking up over 40 countries on trips and living in Dublin, South East Asia and Australia. I'm a lover of US Road Trips, deserted beaches bathed in warm glow of a sunset, Cuban mojitos, easy-on-the-eye travel destinations far away from the tourist crowds and all things Scandinavian - from cloudberry liquors to Scandi Noirs. When not wandering the world, you'll find me walking my rescue dog in leafy South West London, strolling around the Brighton Laines on random day trips, hunting for photogenic landscapes or daydreaming about returning to my all time favourite places in the world; Havana, Copenhagen, Italy, Iceland, Thailand and the frozen landscapes of a wintry Iceland. Follow Becky on Twitter and Google+.

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