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Oslo to Gothenburg - self drive coastal route (6 days)

50 Degrees North

Frederikstad, Norway To Gothenburg, Sweden

Valid for Departures Now Through: 29 Mar 2019

Oslo to Gothenburg - self drive coastal route (6 days)


Day 1
Frederikstad, Norway
Gamlebyen Hotell None

Head out of Oslo on the freeway to Fredrikstad. You will pass Norway's premier amusement park, 20 minutes down the road, TusenFryd. Fredrikstad's old town, Gamlebyen is one of Northern Europe’s best preserved fortified towns, and was founded in 1567 by King Fredrik II. Northern Europe's best preserved fortified town is thriving with history, shops, galleries and cafés.

Your accommodation tonight is in the heart of this old town in a small, historic hotel. Small restaurants surround the hotel, head out for a wander and enjoy the peaceful setting of this old fort.

Day 2
Frederikstad, Norway
Gamlebyen Hotell Breakfast

Explore the old town, busy in summer with markets and visitors. If you are keen to explore the beaches of this area, drive down to the Hvaler islands, located just outside of Fredrikstad, the most sunniest area in Norway. The islands are an incredibly popular holiday destination and you can go fishing, bathing, paddling, and sailing, sunbathing on polished granite rocks, dining in scenic surroundings, and explore the beautiful Ytre Hvaler National Park.

Just south of Fredrikstad, you can visit Halden, an idyllic small town nestled down by the Iddefjord, just on the border to Sweden. Above the town looms the mighty Fredriksten Fortress. The fortress is one of the most important attractions for tourists who visit Halden, and during the summer months almost 300,000 people come to see Fredriksten. It was constructed in the 17th century, and its walls, bastions, armaments, ammunition tower, dark secret passageways and museums tell the story of the town. The whole site is also lit by an impressive floodlighting.

Day 3
Fjällbacka, Sweden
Boutique Local Guesthouse Breakfast

The west coast of Sweden is a good place to enjoy fresh seafood. The waters of the coast of Bohuslän is a veritable smorgasbord of different types of seafood and visitors can enjoy not only the end product but also the process of catching or fishing for seafood. Stop along the way today to join sea safaris or walk along piers.

If you wish, you can visit Koster Marine Park for a day. You can cycle on the car-free islands of the archipelago and/or paddle a sea kayak. Other activities in this pristine and unique environment include fishing, seal spotting trips, fishing for crabs, and beach combing. More than 6,000 sea creatures, including rare seabirds, brachiopods, sponge and coral larvae, live in the waters of this preserve, which is Sweden's first national marine park. The return boat trip leaves from Strömstad, close to Fredrikstad.

Shortly before you arrive into Fjällbacka, visit the 3,000-year-old Tanum rock carvings, a UNESCO World Heritage site. These Bronze Age petroglyphs, number in the thousands. About 600 panels are included in the UNESCO World Heritage site, once the coastline of a fiord thousands of years ago. Many of the glyphs show boats, humans with bows, spears or axes, rituals and hunting scenes.

Day 4
Fjällbacka, Sweden
Boutique guesthouse Breakfast

Love seafood - you can explore the islands today and be sure to enjoy the seafood stars of the region, when they are in season, locally caught lobsters, oysters and langoustine. The regulars are herring, cod, salmon and a big, fat prawn sandwich.

Love Swedish crime novels - check the schedules for Camilla Läckberg – Murder Mystery Tours. At times during the year, Camilla herself is actually the tour guide!

We suggest visiting some of the tiny villages such as Hamburgsund and Kungshamn, ideally by boat. Visit Ingrid Bergman's favourite island, Dannholmen.

We have some suggestions for longer stays in this area if you wish to stay in remote island accommodation, Weather Islands. Extended kayaking trips are also popular.

Day 5
Falköping, Sweden
Treehouse Breakfast

Your accommodation tonight is 6.5 feet up in an old oak, so get ready for a night completely undisturbed with spectacular treetop views. Your breakfast gets hoisted up to you in the morning.

If you plan your trip in spring, you will have the privelage of seeing some of the 26,500 cranes that gather each spring at Lake Hornborga. The lake is one of Europe’s most important bird lakes and is very close to your treetop hotel.

As you drive today, you can stop at the Volvo factory in Trollhättan or just past Falköping, visit the Åsle Tå, Sweden’s largest collection of cottages and a unique historical environment from the 18th and 19th centuries.

Day 6
Gothenburg, Sweden
None Breakfast

After your treetop breakfast, drive a short distance into Gothenburg. If you are not ready for the big smoke, divert to Marstrand - a beautiful small coastal village 30 minutes from Gothenburg.

Gothenburg is the city where you can go shopping and visit a museum on the same day as you explore the car-free archipelago. The distances are short and public transport brings you from café-lined streets and sights to barren cliffs and deep forests. The city centre is shopping-friendly with lots of small independent shops as well as malls like Nordstan and Arkaden. You can also enjoy opera, theatre, concerts and an array of museums exploring everything from the local maritime history to arts and beyond.

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The coastal route between Oslo to Gothenburg is a delight for nature lovers and foodies. Stay in boutique accommodation, some with sea views and others with 360° forest views from a tree house. Visit beautiful villages nestled along the coast, follow rocky shorelines, walk in deep forests and kayak on tranquil lakes.

The seafood in this region has often been ranked as the best in the world, and you can experience it either on oyster safaris, mussel harvesting and fishing or in the evening, you can enjoy a seafood dinner on the water's edge.

Visit historic world heritage sites such as the Tanum bronze age rock carving & Vitlycke museum, Fredrikstad's old town, Gamlebyen, the Volvo museum and historic Åsle Tå museum.

Finish in Gothenburg, no other Swedish city gives such easy access to nature. Right on the doorstep are wide open spaces and magical islands. From Gothenburg, travelling a little further down to Copenhagen is easily done or join a Gota Canal cruise to Stockholm.

About Us

50 Degrees North is a family owned, boutique destination specialist tour operator for the Nordic region and the Scandinavian Arctic. The company’s entirely Nordic sales staff offers in-depth knowledge of all its destinations. Luxury for us means experiencing something extraordinary beyond your everyday life; immersing yourself into the local culture, nature and people and, when possible, venturing away from the well-trodden paths and into the ‘un-known’. We do things the simple and beautiful Scandinavian way. With offices in Norway, Canada and Australia, 50 Degrees North is able to provide our clients with support 24/7.

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By: Igofish

Reviewed on: 09 Jul 2017

Given that 59 Deveees North is in Norway, they had no presence in Greenland whatsoever. While they were able to arrange the activities we requested, we had no single point person in Greenland. We felt on our own on a daily basis. This may have been due to a lack of personal experience with Greenland and more specifically the town where we visited. Since this is a national heritage site, I would have expected greater familiarity. However, we were able to fend for ourselves when neededttt
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Great options and fast service when needed

By: patcat

Reviewed on: 13 Aug 2017

Ours was a complex itinerary and they came through. There were a few minor stumbles and one change initiated by us...but all were handled quickly and professionally. Overall a fantastic experience!
Travel Advisor:  Colette Guterson
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50 Degrees North

By: Meryl

Reviewed on: 10 Sep 2017

Did not get what we had hoped for overall on our trip to Iceland. The only part of our trip that was planned for us and we loved was at The Blue Lagoon. Did not get "guided" tours, got pick up and drop off at destinations. Planning done on own and helped put together by our agent was better than what 50 Degrees North did for us.
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Wonderful adventure

By: globetrots

Reviewed on: 09 Oct 2017

Terrific service all around offering plenty of options and information. Had to make last minute miodifications and all went smoothly.
Travel Advisor:  Kip Abbott
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Good experience

By: Jensi

Reviewed on: 22 Jan 2018

My travel agent worked directly with 50 North in planning our trip. I can say that all of our tours were professional and fun. Also, when the weather caused restrictions on some of the planned activities, the company was quick to find a suitable alternative. Everything was exactly as described to us and we had a fantastic trip!
Travel Advisor:  Ron Phillips
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Well planned, learned a lot

By: Connerss

Reviewed on: 09 Apr 2018

Hotels were very nice, tour operators were good, private guides were stellar and informative, particularly those with Mountain Guides. Would definitely use 50 Degrees North again. Only complaint was one tour operator (Artic Adventures) had buses that were so compact we all had to turn and leave our legs in the aisle, and I'm not tall. While the sites were beautiful and the tour guide knowledgeable, the long sardine-can bus ride was very difficult. Perhaps they were the only operators sending trips to our desired locations, unsure of that detail.
Travel Advisor:  Irene Quisenberry
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Trip to Finland

By: Finngirl

Reviewed on: 18 Jun 2018

I would definitely use 50 Degrees North again. They planned our trip, which was perfect. There were 4 people in our group and they had something for all of us, and we all enjoyed everything we did. Leena our tour guide was absolutely wonderful. She made the walking tour a lot fun and we learned a lot. Hotels they choose were great and I couldn't have asked for anything more.
Travel Advisor:  Rosemarie Spinney
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By: Grandma

Reviewed on: 13 Sep 2018

Everything went perfectly. Tours were wonderful.
Travel Advisor:  Amy Rectenwald
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Competent but not great comunicators

By: Bobiz

Reviewed on: 22 Oct 2018

Guides and transportation were very good. They were not responsive to our requests for restaurant reservation....they made some...and then ignored other requests.
Travel Advisor:  Lydia Ganz
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Thank you Anna & 50 Degrees North

By: Michelle T.

Reviewed on: 11 Dec 2018

Anna was super helpful when we encountered some minor issues on our trip - she was readily available to help . We had an absolutely amazing time in Sweden & Finland. I would highly recommend visiting this area- I would only recommend going a bit later as we didn’t have much snow even in early December :(
Travel Advisor:  Landa Mauriello-Vernon
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Knowledgeable up north

By: Hectar

Reviewed on: 16 Jan 2019

They really know the area. They put us in the right hotels and the guides the booked were wonderful. Everything was easy to understand and get around.
Travel Advisor:  Betsy Bouche
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