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Bohuslän : Lysekil

Lysekil is a city in the costal province of Bohuslän. It's a picturesque coastal town and a major tourist destination during the Swedish summer period from June to the end of August.


Lysekil started as a small fishing village and evolved during 19th century to include a well visited health spa. At 1903 Lysekil became a city with all its privileges.

Get inEdit

By Car There are two different routs in to Lysekil: by road 162 or road 161 includeing a road ferry (No charge). In 2016 a free shuttle bus started transit people from a parking lot 2 km from the city center into the city. By Boat It is possible to arrive by boat with a bicycle from Skaftö with the boat Carl Wilhelmsson operated by Västtrafik. By Bus There is a lot of buses arriving to Lysekil all operated by Västtrafik. The express bus from Gothenburg has the number 841 taking about 2 hours.

Get aroundEdit

A part of the town is one way streets and a big part have a speed limit of 30 km/h. So the best way to get around is by foot or bicycle due to the short distances. There is also a bus circulating the city operated by Västtrafik.


Harry the tug
  • Havets Hus (The house of the sea)

A aquarium showing the marine life of the west coast in about 40 different tanks ranging from 70 liter to 140 000 liters of volume. [1]

  • Tändkulemotornsdag (Hot bulb engines day) - Take place every third Saturday in August. It is a gathering showing old hot bulb engines and a exhibition of engines produced in Lysekil. The day also offers a boat ride on M/S Harry, a tugboat build 1887 with a locally produced hot bulb engine. The gathering is located in the norther harbor at the old factory. The entrance fee for adults are 50 kr and children 15 kr (2014)
  • Vikarvets museum - A museum showing the history of the local stonemasonry and fishery. The old building surrounding the museum gives a view of life as it was, with the oldest house dating back to the 18th century. The entrance fee for adults are 20 kr and children enter for free (2014).
  • Lysekil Women's Match - Match cup racing with the largest pool of price money for women in the world. A yearly event in the beginning of August which gathers some the best teams to compete. to learn more see


Boat toursEdit

There are different kinds of boat tours available in and around Lysekil. Seal safari, when you get to see seals both lying around sunbathing as well as swimming. Deep sea fishing is also a possibility as well as Ostreidae tours that combines picking and tasting of both the famous ostreidae and the more common blue mussel. Tours going out catching lobsters are possible except during May-September when catching is forbidden. It is most likely to find a lobster tour during the autumn when the season starts.


The Gullmarsfjord that is southern body water surrounding Lysekil is known for its good diving opportunities.

Scuba divingEdit

Since the Gullmarsfjord show the same marine life at 20m that normally is visible at 60m outside the fjord, it is understandable that this area offers good diving. There is plenty of dive sites inside the fjord as well as on the numerous island at the mouth of the fjord. It is possible to rent equipment, guides and boat trips at Dive team. If you have your own equipment Team Paulsen is an alternative, with both boat trips and sleeping arrangement.

Free divingEdit

The area around Lysekil is a common free diving area hosting for example the Nordic Deep competition.


Rent a kayak, take a guided trip in the archipelago or a course to learn how to handle the kayak at Nautopp. Another company that offers kayaking experiences is, they have a family approach with the motto "det viktiga är att njuta, stressa av och ha det bra tillsammans" which translates to "The important thing is to enjoy, relax and have a good time together".


Rock climbing around Lysekil is a popular sport, there are many good places to climb in the area. offers climbing for families inside the town as well as outside.


On the 1:st of August the annual city-running competition "Musselloppet" (The mussel race) take place. In 2014 the 1000 participants boundary was broken when combining the different distances available, from 10km for elite to 1.3km for the youngest. The race is a part of the celebration of The blue mussels day.


Fresh scrimps and langoustine a traditional delicacy on the west coast of Sweden. Buy and bring to the natural reserve of Stångehuvud and enjoy them while watching the sun set in the sea.


During summer many restaurants open their doors. Some of these also are open during weekends all year round.

Northern harbour:

Norra hamnen 5



Main square:

The Old House Inn

Pane e Pomodoro

Southern harbour:


Resturang Rosvik








Camping inside the city limits are not allowed but there are three camping sites close by.


Get outEdit


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