Today you have the option of a coastal walk around the island of Koön and/or a coastal walk around the island of Marstrand. We recommend both!
Take the express bus to the popular island of Marstrand. The main town is spread over two islands, Koön and Marstrand. Starting in Koön, take a fun 7km trail, over granite rock, wooden footbridges and stairs, enjoying views to the imposing Carlsten Fortress on the main island of Marstrand.
Halfway along the route there is a great lookout point with 360º views across the peninsula. Take some time out here to watch yachts racing and possibly spot a huge wooden tall ship heading into the harbour.
As parts of this route are coastal be sure to check weather forecasts before heading out and stay clear of the water's edge if the seas are rough. Take good care when walking on the rocks during/after wet weather as they can be extremely slippery.
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 on these coastal walks.
On a hot day be sure to pack your swim suit and suncream!
Food and Drink
There is a good selection of stores in Nils Ericsson Bus Terminal if you would like to buy supplies before you leave Gothenburg otherwise there is a kiosk/cafe at Marstrand Ferry Terminal where you can buy any snacks you need for your walk.
Points of interest
The Mastrand Battery was erected in 1974 due to the threat Sweden felt of being caught in the crossfire during The Cold War between the USA and Russia. A number of defence installations were built along the Swedish coast including this one high above Marstrand town. The shelters and cannon houses were blasted from the rock in order to be invisible and were strong enough to with stand many kinds of artillery.
Giant's Cauldrons, or Jättegrytorna, can be found all around the coastal area of Marstrand and beyond. Formed around 13,000 years ago when the inland ice cap melted enormous forces were released and large quantities of water brought with them boulders and rocks. Sometimes a rock became stuck and rotated in the poweful current. The stone acted like a rock drill and resulted in the perfectly rounded 'Cauldrons' you may come across whilst walking along the coast.
This tour is available on the following itineraries: WTBWS, WTBWSSB, WTWSE