Video: Lobster Fishing Adventure in Sweden

Travel in Sweden often includes unique adventures, but lobster fishing may be one of the more unusual activities that visitors can experience.

Lobster fishing is an important part of Swedish culture, and the tradition runs deep. The lobster fishing season starts the first Monday after September 20 and continues through to April 30 the following year.

While the weather may not be the best at that time, bundling up with the right clothes can make the trip enjoyable. As the Swedes say, there is no bad weather, only the wrong clothing.

These days, fishermen use lobster pots, or lobster cages, to catch the black gold of the sea. There are many lobster fishing outfitters to choose from, and costs vary. Some packages even include an overnight stay at a seaside hotel, meals and a whiskey tasting.

Lobster fishing near Gothenburg, Sweden.
Lobster fishing near Gothenburg, Sweden.

Gothenburg is Sweden’s second largest city, and it’s home to many lobster men. The city is located on the west coast of the country, where the waters are rich with sea life. The region is known for its world-class seafood, restaurants and beautiful coastline and archipelago.

Gothenburg has a reputation as a gastronomic hotspot in Northern Europe due to its close proximity to top-quality, fresh fish and seafood. Gothenburg chefs have a strong tradition of working with locally-produced and seasonal raw ingredients.

Mackerel, cod, turbot, hake and whiting are in good supply, and are tastily prepared by some of the best fish restaurants in Sweden. Shrimp from Smögen is a popular delicacy (especially in winter), as is the langoustine and the world-renowned oysters from Grebbestad.

Working with local fishermen is not hard since the fantastic archipelago where they fish is just 30 minutes by tram from the city center.

Gothenburg is located on the west coast of Sweden, where the waters are rich with sea life.
Gothenburg is located on the west coast of Sweden, where the waters are rich with sea life.

These Swedish islands are among the most beautiful archipelagos in Europe, with more than 10,000 beautiful granite islets, rendered almost smooth during the ice age.

Picturesque Swedish villages line the coastlines of the islands, offering the perfect place for a bike ride or even an afternoon picnic. Marstrand Island is home to Carlstens Fortress, and is also known for its international sailing events.

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