Off Road:An alternative guide to Göteborg, Sweden

Second largest city in Sweden, located on the west coast of the country. Gothenburg is a port town by the sea, home to Inflames ,Volvo and many university students as the city includes two universities. Definitely not a budget destination, however, Gothenburg is a great city to explore by foot and you don’t need to stay long to enjoy what it has to offer.
It can be quite expensive to find a good room in Gothenburg, Hostel prices range from 25 to 35 euro and budget single Hotel rooms start from 60- 70 euro per night.
A basic meal costs about 9 euro, I would suggest to avoid eating in Haga and Avenyn since they are tourist districts and can be more expensive than other places.Please note that the currency in Sweden is the Swedish krona(sek) and exchange rates may vary.

An Adventurous Day in Gothenburg

There are many great travel guides regarding Gothenburg out there, listing a variety of historical and interesting tourist attractions. However, I wanted to share a more “off road” guide focusing on activities for the more adventurous spirits. This section describes how to spend an amazing adventure day in Gothenburg, canoeing in Vättlefjäll and a boat ride into the Archipelago. A day ticket cost about 9 euro and was used throughout the whole day, it covers all – bus , tram and ferry.

Cannoeing in Vättlefjäll

Vättlefjäll is a wonderful nature reserve and one of the larger open-air recreation areas in the region. There, you can enjoy Canoeing or fishing in its many lakes and different routes, or go hiking along the Bohusleden and Vättlefjällsleden paths to explore the forests.
Vättlefjäll is located outside the central city, however, it’s pretty easy to get to.
From the City Centre take the tram 4 or 9 to Angered centrum and from there take the bus 75 to Kryddnejlikegatan. From there, it’s only a short walk to the canoe centre Kanotpoolen, where you can rent a canoe for the day for 20 euro.
If you want, you can prepare a pic-nic lunch to take with you and enjoy at the end of the lake trail before heading back. Just make sure to leave nothing behind. Don’t worry about your things getting wet , the boats are equipped with barrels to store your belongings in case the boat tips over ,offering some security.
I would suggest you call and make a reservation and keep in mind that opening times differ by season. Please be aware that you need to be at least 13 years old to rent a canoe and a valid ID is a must for all. More information here
The canoeing trip can take up to three hours so I would suggest you get there as early as possible, especially if you are planning to take the trip to the archipelago islands next.

Island-hopping: A Boat trip to Archipelago

Next stop is Schärengärten, where you can get the ferry to the islands. Once on the ferry you can kick back and relax, enjoying the red wood cabins passing by and the view of the archipelago. Each ride has a different route, and you can hop on and off and combine them as you wish.To get to Schärengärten, take the tram 11 (or tram 9 during summer). Generally the ferries depart once every hour to the bigger islands, Brännö, Köpstadsö, Styrsö, Donsö, Vrångö. More information about the schedule can be found here. Each island has its own signature and are car free. Vrångö, is the most southern island with a large marina, known for its sandy beaches and two nature hiking trails. Köpstadsö is the smallest island where the prime mean of transport is by wheelbarrow. Donsö, mostly a fishing community with a guest harbor, bakery, café, shops and a bed& breakfast. Keep in mind that the smaller islands do not have any hotels or places to stay, so make sure you catch the last ferry!

More information about the islands can be found here

Out of Bounds is a brand new website, hosting Travel Blogs that focus on Alternative paths rather than the typical tourist destinations.

Here, we share some of the adventures , activities ,interesting things and also tips we gathered along the way. We aim to show you how you can travel on a budget  and provide information that will help you plan your own  awesome adventures!

Enjoy 🙂

You can contact us at: Admin@OutofBounds.xyz

Transportation:

Göteborg Landvetter AirportGothenburg City Centre
To get to the city centre form the airport I would suggest taking the Flygbussarna Airport Coaches.
You can spot the Flygbussarna bus stop easily when exiting the airport and they leave every 12 minutes.
You can buy the bus tickets from the airport, although the website recommends you just order them online. Furthermore, regarding the website ” tickets are open and valid on any of the route’s departures, traveling in either direction, for 3 months from the date of purchase. The ticket is not personalized and it can be transferred”. This means you don’t have to worry that your ticket won’t be valid if your flight gets delayed. A single ticket purchased from the website costs about 9.50 euro, while from the airport its about 10.50 euro. For more information click here.

Transportation around the city can be done through buses and trams. Tickets can be purchased either on the Västtrafik mobile app, or from sales point such as Pressbyrån or 7-Eleven . A day ticket costs about 9 euro, and can be used on all transport(bus,tram,ferry boat). For more information on tickets, click here

There’s also the option of buying a “Gothenburg City Card” which will give you free admission to selected museums ,Liseberg amusement park, discount on selected stores and it also includes the travel with bus, tram and ferry boats. The Gothenburg card cost around 33.50 euro and is valid for 48 hours. For more information click here

Taxis can be quite expensive in Gothenburg and many suggest using Uber instead.

Things to do and see in Gothenburg

Boat trip to Archipelago

The southern islands are car free and you can only get there by ferry. There are different routes to take but you can hop on and off and mix and match. The best thing is that the ferries don’t come at any extra cost, you can use the same ticket you did for the buses and trams. Each island has its own signature, some islands have schools and year-round residents, others are traditional fishermen villages and others use wheelbarrows as the only mean of transport.

Explore Vättlefjäll

As mentioned, Vättlefjäll is a beautiful nature reserve where you can enjoy canoeing, fishing, hiking, and if you are really brave, swimming. Vättlefjäll has different routes for canoeing and two main trails for hiking. I would highly recommend taking the time to check it out. More information in the section above.

Liseberg, Amusement park

Chosen as one of the top ten Amusement parks in the world(2005) and one of the most visited amusement parks in Scandinavia. The park offers 41 rides and although I would definitely not list this as a “budget” activity, I believe it deserves to be mentioned. Among its many attractions, the park hosts a wooden roller-coaster “Balder” which was ranked twice as the “Best Wooden Tracked Roller Coaster in the world“. The park mainly operates in the summer season but it’s also open for November and December. Although fewer rides are operating, in November and December, they decorate the park with a Halloween spooky houses or Christmas Market theme!

Those who have the Gothenburg City Card get a free admission(however rides cost extra). For more information check Liseberg’s park website.

Steampunk Bar

Yes! A steampunk Bar!! Something the steampunk lovers or those who are into powered machines and science looking cocktails would definitely enjoy. Even if you are not into the steampunk culture, or don’t know what I am talking about , it doesn’t really matter. Steampunk Bar is a great Bar overall, a nice alternative, offering good food, interesting cocktails, a selection of beers and a unique themed decoration. Be sure to order one of their themed cocktails! For more details click here.

Yaki-da Nightclub

Yaki-da used to be an old building located on Storgatan street, that was turned into a true party place that I highly recommend. Yaki-da has a garden, two dance floors, an award-winning café and an organic bistro located on the attic. Each dance floor has different rooms that play a different music genre. The attic has a more romantic atmosphere, often hosting live acoustic bands and serves food until late. If I recall well, the club does not accept cash at all, so you have to pay with card. The entrance can be a bit pricey But! if you get there early, the entrance is free!

In addition, when in Gothenburg we noticed that some clubs have strict age restrictions, some set it at 20, others at 23. Therefore, as we did the next day, I would suggest going to a club early, when the place is not packet and the bouncers are not as picky and will let you in. As long as you are over 18 of course.

For information here

Skansen Kronan, Viewpoint in Haga

Haga is one of the oldest neighborhoods in Gothenburg, lined with well-preserved wooden houses in the typical style called Landshövdingehu. The neighbourhood attracts many people, locals, tourists and students and has many small shops, bars and a variety of cafes. When strolling through Haga, I would suggest walking up to the Skansen Kronan, the location of what used to be a fortress, where you can enjoy a nice panoramic view of the city. Haga is located within a walking distance from the city centre, however you can also get there by tram at the stops Hagakyrkan and Järntorget.

Other:

Other attractions include:

The Botanical Garden:One of the largest Botanical gardens in Europe. The entrance to the park is free ,however the admission to the greenhouses is 20 SEK.

Slottsskogen Park:Gothenburg’s main park , mixing a planned park area and natural forests, has a small zoo and the city’s oldest observatory. Entrance is free.

NOTES:

    • Rock Places Visited
      Kings head: a cozy British pub on Andra Långgata, popular with university student with overall good prices.
      Sticky Fingers:, Gothenburg’s largest rock club often hosting live performances. The Club has different floors (two of them where open when I visited) playing different genre ranging from metal, punk, hard rock, pop, indie, funk and soul.
    • Fika
      You will probably hear this a lot visiting Sweden , especially hanging out with Swedish people. If you want to know Sweden , you need to know what Fika is. Simply put, it’s a concept in Swedish basically meaning a “coffee break”, often with cookies pastry and pie. Fika, essentially, is about reminding people to slowing down and take the time to relax and have a break. A nice Swedish tradition that is also spreading in Swedish Businesses all around the world.
    • Tap Water
      You will notice that a even a small water bottle can cost a lot in Sweden. This is not only due to Sweden being a relatively expensive country , but they also don’t like wasting plastic. The tap water in Sweden is drinkable, therefore refill.
    • Visit Oslo,Norway
      If you have  a couple of days left and you have already seen most of Gotherburg, you can easily visit Olso ,Norway. Busses from Gothenburg to Oslo are relatively cheap at about 10 euro and the journey lasts 3 and a half hours. FlixBus

Off Road:An alternative guide to Göteborg, Sweden

Second largest city in Sweden, located on the west coast of the country. Gothenburg is a port town by the sea, home to Inflames ,Volvo and many university students as the city includes two universities. Definitely not a budget destination, however, Gothenburg is a great city to explore by foot and you don’t need to stay long to enjoy what it has to offer.
It can be quite expensive to find a good room in Gothenburg, Hostel prices range from 25 to 35 euro and budget single Hotel rooms start from 60- 70 euro per night.
A basic meal costs about 9 euro, I would suggest to avoid eating in Haga and Avenyn since they are tourist districts and can be more expensive than other places.Please note that the currency in Sweden is the Swedish krona(sek) and exchange rates may vary.

An Adventurous Day in Gothenburg

There are many great travel guides regarding Gothenburg out there, listing a variety of historical and interesting tourist attractions. However, I wanted to share a more “off road” guide focusing on activities for the more adventurous spirits. This section describes how to spend an amazing adventure day in Gothenburg, canoeing in Vättlefjäll and a boat ride into the Archipelago. A day ticket cost about 9 euro and was used throughout the whole day, it covers all – bus , tram and ferry.

Cannoeing in Vättlefjäll

Vättlefjäll is a wonderful nature reserve and one of the larger open-air recreation areas in the region. There, you can enjoy Canoeing or fishing in its many lakes and different routes, or go hiking along the Bohusleden and Vättlefjällsleden paths to explore the forests.
Vättlefjäll is located outside the central city, however, it’s pretty easy to get to.
From the City Centre take the tram 4 or 9 to Angered centrum and from there take the bus 75 to Kryddnejlikegatan. From there, it’s only a short walk to the canoe centre Kanotpoolen, where you can rent a canoe for the day for 20 euro.
If you want, you can prepare a pic-nic lunch to take with you and enjoy at the end of the lake trail before heading back. Just make sure to leave nothing behind. Don’t worry about your things getting wet , the boats are equipped with barrels to store your belongings in case the boat tips over ,offering some security.
I would suggest you call and make a reservation and keep in mind that opening times differ by season. Please be aware that you need to be at least 13 years old to rent a canoe and a valid ID is a must for all. More information here
The canoeing trip can take up to three hours so I would suggest you get there as early as possible, especially if you are planning to take the trip to the archipelago islands next.

Island-hopping: A Boat trip to Archipelago

Next stop is Schärengärten, where you can get the ferry to the islands. Once on the ferry you can kick back and relax, enjoying the red wood cabins passing by and the view of the archipelago. Each ride has a different route, and you can hop on and off and combine them as you wish.To get to Schärengärten, take the tram 11 (or tram 9 during summer). Generally the ferries depart once every hour to the bigger islands, Brännö, Köpstadsö, Styrsö, Donsö, Vrångö. More information about the schedule can be found here. Each island has its own signature and are car free. Vrångö, is the most southern island with a large marina, known for its sandy beaches and two nature hiking trails. Köpstadsö is the smallest island where the prime mean of transport is by wheelbarrow. Donsö, mostly a fishing community with a guest harbor, bakery, café, shops and a bed& breakfast. Keep in mind that the smaller islands do not have any hotels or places to stay, so make sure you catch the last ferry!

More information about the islands can be found here

Transportation:

Göteborg Landvetter AirportGothenburg City Centre
To get to the city centre form the airport I would suggest taking the Flygbussarna Airport Coaches.
You can spot the Flygbussarna bus stop easily when exiting the airport and they leave every 12 minutes.
You can buy the bus tickets from the airport, although the website recommends you just order them online. Furthermore, regarding the website ” tickets are open and valid on any of the route’s departures, traveling in either direction, for 3 months from the date of purchase. The ticket is not personalized and it can be transferred”. This means you don’t have to worry that your ticket won’t be valid if your flight gets delayed. A single ticket purchased from the website costs about 9.50 euro, while from the airport its about 10.50 euro. For more information click here.

Transportation around the city can be done through buses and trams. Tickets can be purchased either on the Västtrafik mobile app, or from sales point such as Pressbyrån or 7-Eleven . A day ticket costs about 9 euro, and can be used on all transport(bus,tram,ferry boat). For more information on tickets, click here

There’s also the option of buying a “Gothenburg City Card” which will give you free admission to selected museums ,Liseberg amusement park, discount on selected stores and it also includes the travel with bus, tram and ferry boats. The Gothenburg card cost around 33.50 euro and is valid for 48 hours. For more information click here

Taxis can be quite expensive in Gothenburg and many suggest using Uber instead.

Things to do and see in Gothenburg

Boat trip to Archipelago

The southern islands are car free and you can only get there by ferry. There are different routes to take but you can hop on and off and mix and match. The best thing is that the ferries don’t come at any extra cost, you can use the same ticket you did for the buses and trams. Each island has its own signature, some islands have schools and year-round residents, others are traditional fishermen villages and others use wheelbarrows as the only mean of transport.

Explore Vättlefjäll

As mentioned, Vättlefjäll is a beautiful nature reserve where you can enjoy canoeing, fishing, hiking, and if you are really brave, swimming. Vättlefjäll has different routes for canoeing and two main trails for hiking. I would highly recommend taking the time to check it out. More information in the section above.

Liseberg, Amusement park

Chosen as one of the top ten Amusement parks in the world(2005) and one of the most visited amusement parks in Scandinavia. The park offers 41 rides and although I would definitely not list this as a “budget” activity, I believe it deserves to be mentioned. Among its many attractions, the park hosts a wooden roller-coaster “Balder” which was ranked twice as the “Best Wooden Tracked Roller Coaster in the world“. The park mainly operates in the summer season but it’s also open for November and December. Although fewer rides are operating, in November and December, they decorate the park with a Halloween spooky houses or Christmas Market theme!

Those who have the Gothenburg City Card get a free admission(however rides cost extra). For more information check Liseberg’s park website.

Steampunk Bar

Yes! A steampunk Bar!! Something the steampunk lovers or those who are into powered machines and science looking cocktails would definitely enjoy. Even if you are not into the steampunk culture, or don’t know what I am talking about , it doesn’t really matter. Steampunk Bar is a great Bar overall, a nice alternative, offering good food, interesting cocktails, a selection of beers and a unique themed decoration. Be sure to order one of their themed cocktails! For more details click here.

Yaki-da Nightclub

Yaki-da used to be an old building located on Storgatan street, that was turned into a true party place that I highly recommend. Yaki-da has a garden, two dance floors, an award-winning café and an organic bistro located on the attic. Each dance floor has different rooms that play a different music genre. The attic has a more romantic atmosphere, often hosting live acoustic bands and serves food until late. If I recall well, the club does not accept cash at all, so you have to pay with card. The entrance can be a bit pricey But! if you get there early, the entrance is free!

In addition, when in Gothenburg we noticed that some clubs have strict age restrictions, some set it at 20, others at 23. Therefore, as we did the next day, I would suggest going to a club early, when the place is not packet and the bouncers are not as picky and will let you in. As long as you are over 18 of course.

For information here

Skansen Kronan, Viewpoint in Haga

Haga is one of the oldest neighborhoods in Gothenburg, lined with well-preserved wooden houses in the typical style called Landshövdingehu. The neighbourhood attracts many people, locals, tourists and students and has many small shops, bars and a variety of cafes. When strolling through Haga, I would suggest walking up to the Skansen Kronan, the location of what used to be a fortress, where you can enjoy a nice panoramic view of the city. Haga is located within a walking distance from the city centre, however you can also get there by tram at the stops Hagakyrkan and Järntorget.

Other:

Other attractions include:

The Botanical Garden:One of the largest Botanical gardens in Europe. The entrance to the park is free ,however the admission to the greenhouses is 20 SEK.

Slottsskogen Park:Gothenburg’s main park , mixing a planned park area and natural forests, has a small zoo and the city’s oldest observatory. Entrance is free.

NOTES:

    • Rock Places Visited
      Kings head: a cozy British pub on Andra Långgata, popular with university student with overall good prices.
      Sticky Fingers:, Gothenburg’s largest rock club often hosting live performances. The Club has different floors (two of them where open when I visited) playing different genre ranging from metal, punk, hard rock, pop, indie, funk and soul.
    • Fika
      You will probably hear this a lot visiting Sweden , especially hanging out with Swedish people. If you want to know Sweden , you need to know what Fika is. Simply put, it’s a concept in Swedish basically meaning a “coffee break”, often with cookies pastry and pie. Fika, essentially, is about reminding people to slowing down and take the time to relax and have a break. A nice Swedish tradition that is also spreading in Swedish Businesses all around the world.
    • Tap Water
      You will notice that a even a small water bottle can cost a lot in Sweden. This is not only due to Sweden being a relatively expensive country , but they also don’t like wasting plastic. The tap water in Sweden is drinkable, therefore refill.
    • Visit Oslo,Norway
      If you have  a couple of days left and you have already seen most of Gotherburg, you can easily visit Olso ,Norway. Busses from Gothenburg to Oslo are relatively cheap at about 10 euro and the journey lasts 3 and a half hours. FlixBus

Out of Bounds is a brand new website, hosting Travel Blogs that focus on Alternative paths rather than the typical tourist destinations.

Here, we share some of the adventures , activities ,interesting things and also tips we gathered along the way. We aim to show you how you can travel on a budget  and provide information that will help you plan your own  awesome adventures!

Enjoy 🙂

You can contact us at: Admin@OutofBounds.xyz

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