Strömstad is the most western city in Sweden and was declared a city in 1676. With its location by the sea, the proximity to Norway and with great international communications within a couple of hours, Strömstad is a living and thriving place to be. The main industry is tourism, predominantely Norwegians. But the archipelago, many great places to visit nearby, the shopping and the people are some of the reasons that more and more people from all over the world come to visit us.
Strömstad is a great base for exploring the surroundings. One of the places of interest that the locals are especially proud of is the Koster Marine National park. Inaugurated in 2009 by the Swedish king, it is together with Alaska, and Furholmen, examples of islands well worth a visit. If you choose to stay in the city centre you can explore the cuisine in one of many restaurantes, go to the beach or maybe just sit down at a café and just be?
All year round
It is understandable that many relate the West Coast with summer as it is the time of the year when all the tiny fishing villages bloom and awakens after the cold winter months. But Strömstad has so much more to offer. Of course, the activities are not the same in winter, which is part of the charm. In the old days Strömstad used to be a well known spa town, a tradition that is now coming back to life. Swimming pools, spas and saunas, all located by the sea, is a perfect reason to come and visit us!
If you love nature and being outdoors, Strömstad is a great option. Fishing lobster is an important tradition and if you would like to see how it is done, join a local fisherman! A nice walk in the forest is a perfect way to wind down. Put on some warm clothes, bring a thermos and set out for your own adventure! Many of the trails offer wind shields and even barbeque facilities. If you are into paddling we recommend coming in autumn. Gliding between small islets in the fresh and crispy air is an unforgettable experience. Nature is amazing so enjoy and take well care of it!