Camping in Solvik, Sweden’s Sun Bay

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Wind-sheared granite boulders rise from the inky blue of the Baltic Sea at Solvik campground in Northwest Sweden. Swim, fish, sail, kayak, scuba dive, or hop onboard a seal safari in the Bohuslän Archipelago, where the term rocky shores takes on a whole new meaning.

Three hours drive south of Oslo, Norway, many Swedes go to enjoy sunny summer days in the picturesque fishing villages of Solvik and nearby Smögen.

In July, the temperature ranges from the upper 70’s to low 80’s (27º C), and the water, a cool, but refreshing 70º F (21º C).

At Solvik campground, rent a traditional red-painted cabin sleeping 4 to 6 people with shower and kitchenette. Choose to stay along the harbor shore, in the valley, or the village area on the rocks. You can also pitch a tent, or hook up a camping trailer to electrical and water facilities provided. Whatever your accommodations, the sea is no more than a 5 minute walk. And, if you’ve forgotten anything, a convenience shop is available onsite.

Quick Facts:

  • Lang: Swedish, English
  • Currency: SEK, kronor
  • Time zone: GMT +1 h
  • Tel. country code: +46

Explore or photograph beautiful, raw nature as you walk along treeless trails of split rock, peppered with red heather and tangles of lichens. Tide pools filled with lilly pads course in a slow ripple filling crevices on their way to the sea. Gulls call, and swirls of brown-green sargassum slosh against mossy slabs of rock lining the harbor inlet.

Next to reception, try your hand at mini golf, or let the kids loose at a sandy playground, complete with swings, slide, and climbing obstacles. A beach cove with soft sand and a smaller playground lies on one end of the walking trail.

Kids of any age can enjoy “Orbit,” a round floating trampoline 16 feet (4.8 meters) across, bike or walk the dog along the gravel paths, or discover something new about sea life among the rocks. A sign board describing plants and animals is posted nearby.

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For some serious Nordic fishing, rent or bring gear for a 3 to 4 hour charter trip. Waters teeming with cod, mackerel, wrasse, whiting, lobster, crab and other species make for a fun afternoon.

To experience the archipelago by boat, reserve a spot on the popular 2 hour tour to the gray seal colony, available for group or private outings. The tour, led by a loquacious local captain, leaves several times a day during the busiest months of July and August. If the seals are feeling curious, you may find your boat surrounded by scouts of the colony.

Book tours and charters in advance with the reservation desk to ensure the best scheduling options for your party. Reception will arrange where to board your vessel, which often depart from the end of the main trail, at mooring posts hammered into the rock.

Whether to relax at a quiet cabin, or explore the archipelago’s rocky isles, Solvik campground is a unique and charming spot for your next summer vacation.