I can still remember the smell of the ocean and sunscreen lotion!
Strömstad is a fast-growing community, in a region in which local residents also include Halden, Fredrikstad and Sarpsborg in Norway. For a large part of the year, Norwegians have a significant impact on life here. This is an area where both trade and industry are growing, something which is of benefit to residents and visitors alike. The town center has a large range of specialist stores and north of Strömstad you’ll find Norrby Shopping Centre with around 110 shops. There is also a large shopping center in Svinesund, where Norwegians travel for hours to shop for the much cheaper prices.
This is where you’ll find the saltiest water on the Swedish west coast, and the inviting grey granite cliffs. Strömstad town is known for its amazing archipelago, seafood restaurants, great shopping and interesting sights. By using Strömstad as a base you can enjoy northern Bohuslän all year round. For centuries, Strömstad has been known for its trade. Nowadays, the many visitors during the summer months and the year round cross-border trade between Sweden and Norway mean that Strömstad has a usual number of retail outlets for a town of its size.
Beside the Bohuslän coastline lies the Western Archipelago, a spectacular seascape of 8,000 islands, islets, skerries and rocky outcrops. But what can you do there? Part of the pleasure of visiting the archipelago is getting there, whether by ferry or your own boat. On the larger islands there are convenient guest harbours for mooring up while the coast also offers a range of hotels, restaurants and activities such as kayaking, canoeing, diving and other water sports. And perhaps best of all, the islands are all so easy to reach, from Gothenburg and many points all along the coastline.