Kosterhavets Nationalpark, Stromstad

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Kosterhavet National Park is the first national marine park in Sweden, inaugurated on September 2009. It is part of the Skagerrak sea and is located in Strömstad and Tanum municipalities in Bohuslän, Västra Götaland County, Sweden. It consists of the sea and shores around the Koster Islands, excluding everything else on the islands. In the north, it borders the Norwegian marine park of Ytre Hvaler.
The environment in the park is unique to Swedish waters. Over 6,000 marine species have been identified, about 200 of them can not to be found elsewhere in Sweden. The Kosterfjord (Koster Fjord) is 200m deep with relatively low temperature – 5to – and high salinity (about 35%). Brachiopod, sponge and coral larvae are brought in by currents from the Atlantic. Rare seabirds, such as Arctic terns and skuas, along with a large population of harbor seals have their habitat here. Plaice, cod and sea trout breed in the more shallow waters closer to the shore.
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  • we took the ferry from Stromstad to the south island. we drove our bikes along the carless roads, we had a delicious lunch at an organic cafe, bathed in a wonderful bay and admired the views from the....  more
    we took the ferry from Stromstad to the south island. we drove our bikes along the carless roads, we had a delicious lunch at an organic cafe, bathed in a wonderful bay and admired the views from the....  more »
  • We went to the Saltö entrance of the park. First we walked to a beautiful rocky beach and then did the Skogstigen trail which is about 2 km. The forest is very peaceful and has a wonderfully calming.....  more
    We went to the Saltö entrance of the park. First we walked to a beautiful rocky beach and then did the Skogstigen trail which is about 2 km. The forest is very peaceful and has a wonderfully calming.....  more »
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  • Ferry to the islands and back was 280 SEK but it was fun. The island was quite nice with some wonderful scapes, a fantastic view and great trails to walk through. But there are lots of tourists in the main season of course, that was a little too stressful at the ferrys and main points
  • Not our favourite national park, but at least good. We payed 280 SEK for the ferry (round trip means return ticket btw). The ferry goes approx. every 2 hours. It took 4 hours to go around the South Island where the most part consists of the National Park. The yellow way was not very interesting, the red one at the coast was beautiful and the mini coral reef is really worth looking. This was nr 17 of 30 national parks for us. We recommend Skulleskogen for a more natural coast area.

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