The seaside town of Lysekil is filled with incredible sights. Among them is Lysekil Church, whose granite was carved by hand and winched into place. The tower alone is 206 feet high and the spire rises more than 300 feet above sea level. Embark on a seal safari and see the rare Bohuslän in its true habitat or visit the Havets Hus, a saltwater aquarium where you can see and get the chance to touch some of the around 100 different species that live in the Gullmar Fjord.
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Enjoy a leisurely walk through Lysekil, taking in the fresh sea air and the most important attractions such as the aquarium, art nouveau church and 200-year-old Old Town.
Depart from the pier and enjoy a short drive across town to the Havets Hus Aquarium, where hundreds of different species from the surrounding waters are on display in more than 40 saltwater tanks. The variety of marine life is spectacular. You might walk through a clear underwater tunnel past spiny dogfish, cod and congers. You may see divers feeding the various fish, seals frolicking in their habitats, or even hold a hermit crab. Many of the species come from the depths of nearby Gullmar Fjord and are somewhat rare.
From here, it’s on to the Lysekil Church, which was built in 1901 from granite that stonemasons quarried locally. Designed in the art nouveau style, the interior is as magnificent as it is serene. The church’s spire soars more than 300 feet in the air and sailors have long relied on it as a navigational landmark.
Your walk continues into the 200-year-old Gamla Stan or Old Town. It’s a wonderful setting of narrow alleyways and colorful wooden houses. Following your guided tour here, you will have some free time to explore on your own. If you are drawn to arts and crafts, you will find a number of workshops where artisans create beautiful handmade objects. Afterwards, you will board your coach for the short transfer back to the pier.
Please note: This tour includes approximately 2-hours of walking, plus any additional walking at the guests’ discretion during free time. There is a small climb to reach the church. The tour is not available to wheelchair guests and those with mobility concerns are cautioned to carefully evaluate their personal level of stamina and ability. Weather appropriate clothing; sun cap; sunglasses; and flat, comfortable walking shoes are recommended.
View the dramatic coastline of the Bohuslän archipelago from the unique perspective of a small boat on a leisurely cruise to the sophisticated fishing village of Smögen.
After a short walk along the pier, you will board a local boat for a two-hour cruise through the thousands of scattered islands and islets known as the Bohuslän archipelago. The terrain of these landmasses is flat, rocky and ruggedly beautiful. As you skirt along the coastlines, you will likely see sailboats and sea kayaks carving their way through the sparkling water, seals basking in the sun or frolicking offshore, and small fishing villages nestled among the natural coves. Along the way, your guide will elaborate on how this area was first settled.
In time, you will land in tiny Smögen, a fishing village so photogenic that in the 1930s it became an elegant vacation spot, as well. Much of the activity focuses around Smögen’s 19th-century boat landings, which have long been united to form one continuous wooden pier. After a guided walking tour, you will have free time to stroll about as you please. There are fashionable boutiques along the waterfront, or you may wish to grab a quick snack at one of the seafood restaurants. Specialties include prawn sandwiches, salmon cakes and grilled halibut.
Rather than cruise back to Lysekil, you will travel by coach, first crossing the bridge that links Smögen to Kunshamn, and then continuing along the picturesque coast to Lysekil.
Please note: This tour includes approximately 40-minutes of easy walking, plus any additional walking at the guests’ discretion during free time. There are some inclines in Smögen, but these can be avoided. The tour is not available to wheelchair guests and those with mobility concerns are cautioned to carefully evaluate their personal level of stamina and ability. Those who suffer from motion sickness are advised to take preventative measures. Weather appropriate clothing to include a light jacket; sun cap; sunglasses; and flat, comfortable walking shoes are recommended.
Take a local ferry over to the gorgeous village of Fiskebäckskil for a tour of its inspiring landmarks, followed by free time to explore further.
Depart from the pier and enjoy a short drive to Lysekil’s city center, where you will board a ferry for the island of Skaftö. Before long, you will arrive in the former fishing village of Fiskebäckskil and begin walking through the wonderfully compact town.
It’s one of the most attractive areas in the Bohuslän archipelago and is especially known for its colorful old wooden houses with intricately carved porches. The village’s church dates from 1772 and has an almost opulent feel, especially for such as out-of-the-way locale. Eighteenth-century murals cover the church’s barrel-vaulted ceiling, and a gold-plated weathercock tops the wrought iron and sheet-metal spire.
You will also see the elegant home of Fiskebäckskil-born artist Carl Wilhelmson, whose powerful portraits and landscapes earned him the status of being one of Sweden’s most respected artists. Many of his paintings hang in the National Museum in Stockholm.
Following the guided tour, you will have time to explore on your own, strolling about the areas you find most appealing. Because of the bountiful seafood in the surrounding waters, Fiskebackskil boasts numerous fine restaurants serving Swedish dishes that feature herring, cod and shrimp. After free time, you will retrace your route by ferry and then drive back to the ship.
Please note: This tour includes approximately 1-hour of walking, plus any additional walking at the guests’ discretion during free time. There is a small climb to reach the church. The tour is not available to wheelchair guests and those with mobility concerns are cautioned to carefully evaluate their personal level of stamina and ability. Weather appropriate clothing; sun cap; sunglasses; and flat, comfortable walking shoes are recommended.
Cruise the sparkling waters of the Bohuslän archipelago, a cluster of thousands of islands and islets that are home to large colonies of harbour seals and other marine life.
After a short walk along the pier, you will board your touring boat and begin cruising through the Bohuslän archipelago. Literally thousands of granite and gneiss islands comprise the archipelago, an ideal environment for seals and other cold-water marine life.
While the rugged, rocky landscape is also peppered with small fishing villages, it’s the wildlife that attracts the most attention, certainly among nature lovers. Seabirds such as eiders, ospreys and white-tailed sea eagles are often spotted soaring overhead. The waters are teeming with more than 2,000 marine species, including playful porpoises, which occasionally leap out of the water.
Still, seals are among the most commonly seen animals because they congregate in huge colonies and often emerge from the water for long periods of time to bask on the sun-warmed rocks. Chances are you will observe plenty of harbor seals, one of three seal species found here. Also known as common seals, they have large eyes, puppy-like faces and a highly inquisitive nature. Their coloring varies from brown to gray with the adults weighing close to 300 pounds. You’ll come close enough to clearly see the seals without disturbing them.
After your seal safari, you will cruise back to the pier, where you can either walk to the ship or venture into Lysekil to do some exploring on your own.
Please note: This tour includes limited walking; however guests must be able to enter and exit the tour boat with limited assistance. The tour is not available to wheelchair guests and those with mobility concerns are cautioned to carefully evaluate their personal level of stamina and ability. Those who suffer from motion sickness are advised to take preventative measures. Weather appropriate clothing to include a light jacket; sun cap; sunglasses; and flat, comfortable walking shoes are recommended. There is a restroom aboard the vessel.
Ride a bicycle through the most picturesque areas of Lysekil, which encompass the unspoiled coastline of a surrounding nature reserve and the well-preserved Old Town.
This active adventure departs right from the pier, where you will begin bicycling along the waterfront. It’s an ideal mode of transportation because it allows you to experience the town on a more intimate level. Since first being settled as a fishing village in the 1560s, this part of southwestern Sweden has been associated with the sea. Fishing is still a robust industry as reflected in Lysekil’s coat of arms, which is adorned with two fish.
Before long, you will ride into the Stangehuvud Nature Reserve, a pristine tract of land along the sea. The terrain hasn’t changed for centuries, other than the slow erosion of the rocky shoreline from the elements. The huge granite boulders are smooth, often topped with small pools in the depressions, and not too difficult to negotiate, as you will see by continuing on foot. While stopping for coffee and a light snack, you will hear about the history of fishing in Lysekil and see where Swedish stonemasons once quarried rock along the coastline.
Returning to your bicycle, you will ride back to Lyselkil to explore the 200-year-old Gamla Stan or Old Town. It’s a wonderful setting of narrow alleyways and colorful wooden houses. Being rather flat, this area is also easy to ride through. Afterwards, you will bike back to the pier where your tour concludes.
Please note: This tour includes approximately 90-minutes of biking that covers 3 miles of uneven, asphalt and gravel surfaces. There is also a 20-minute guided walk along cliffs. The tour is not available to wheelchair guests or those with mobility concerns. Participants should be in good physical condition. Comfortable clothing; sun cap; sunglasses; and flat shoes with a closed-toe are recommended.