Weave your way through undualting forest trails, quiet meadows and rocky outcrops as you make your way across the north of the Sotenäs Peninsula.
Catch a morning bus to Norden’s Ark (2 hours), the start of today’s walk. Norden’s Ark is a unique conservation zoo which specialises in the rearing and re-release of endangered and native species, particularly those native to northern climes. It’s well worth a quick visit. Follow the Soteleden trail, a long distance trail and network of paths created by a Norwegian who moved to the area and wanted to inspire the locals to spend more time in nature.
Today’s walk is mostly inland, through forests and fields. Follow the white and blue markers, enjoying the quiet and scents of the forests, and the soft underfoot woodland trails. As you get closer to Bottna, you might notice the smell of the sea in the air, before eventually catching glimpses of it.
Remember to take your luggage with you on the bus from Gothenburg to Norden's Ark. Once you arrive there, report to the reception to hand over your bags. You can then head off to explore the park (payable locally) or start walking to Botttna Inn straight away if you prefer. Your bags will be picked up by our local baggage handlers and taken to Bottna Inn.
Sitting on the terrace at Bottna Inn with a beer whilst the sun goes down is a very relaxing way to finish the day.
There are a couple of sections along the forest trail that pass close to steep drops, take care with your footing here especially after rainfall.
The final kilometre of walking is along a busy main road that has no pavement so please walk on the left side to face any oncoming traffic and make yourself as visible as possible.
A pair of sturdy walking trainers will be enough for this route if you dont want to wear full hiking boots. Along with the rest of your usual gear for a day outdoors remember to pack a wind/waterproof and an extra layer, especially during early/late season.
For those a little unsteady on their feet a pair of poles would come in handy for the forest sections.
Food and Drink
There are a good number of stores and delis in the bus station at Gothenburg if you would like to pick up a packed lunch and snacks from there. Otherwise, once you reach Nordens Ark there is a cafe that has a selection of sandwiches and other snacks for sale. Enroute there are no options for food until you reach Bottna Inn where your host will fix you a hearty dinner in the evening.
Points of interest
The Artists' Collective Workshop Bohuslän
Located just 500m down the road from Bottna Inn this workshop is home to huge variety of wonderful granite sculptures. Made to order for clients all around the world these pieces can be seen on display before being shipped out to their lucky owners. Mainly a place for professional artists and sculptors to come together and use the fully equipped workshop they also, from time to time, offer courses and experiences for the novice. Ask Asa at Bottna Inn for more information.
Nordens Ark is a private non-profit zoological foundation that works to ensure endangered animals have a future. They are engaged in conservation, rearing, research and training, as well as increasing public awareness of biological diversity. Since 1999 hundreds of mammals and birds born at Nordens Ark have been released into nature, among them otters in Holland, European wildcats in Germany and lynxes in Poland. They have also reinforced the Swedish peregrine falcon population with more than 175 individuals, and Sweden’s amphibian population with some 10,000 animals.
Open from 10am daily, entry costs 250SEK.
This tour is available on the following itineraries: WTBWS, WTBWSSB, WTWSE