June 4, 2018. The day was spent touring the Bohuslän coast of Sweden, stopping first at tiny Grundsund.
From my cousin’s home in the forest near Alingsås we headed out towards the coast. But when I went to reprogram the GPS for Fiskebäckskil we lost the signal and the route on our GPS turned black. I randomly moved the GPS to different spots in the car trying to get the signal back, but it stubbornly remained black. And SIM card that we had purchased in Denmark did not work in Sweden so we didn’t have Google as a fall back.
In the meantime we had passed several signs saying Uddeville which, thanks to my cousin’s old-fashioned map, I knew we had to go through to get to the coast. We followed the signs until suddenly we were through Uddeville and on the E6 highway. The highway had absolutely no signs directing us to any small towns on the coast, and our GPS still couldn’t find a signal. This reminded me of going on a road trip in the old days – we could only find our way to the larger centres, and unless we had a book of tiny detailed maps, all the small villages and towns were unfindable.
We pulled into a gas station where we turned the GPS off and on several times until we finally got a signal. I was so happy to hear its smarmy voice again, and it led us down the peninsula to tiny Grundsund, and nearby Fiskebäckskil.
Fiskebäckskil was well worth a detour down the peninsula.
These coastal towns are perched on great outcroppings of granite. Vacation homes on the water, all set up for lounging in the long sunny days of summer. Many places had a seaside holiday resort feel to them. Swedish mid-century modern seating inside a small hotel. Our luncheon choice had a view of the ferry terminal. A chunk of fudge with our coffee. It was time for lunch and this shrimp salad sandwich at a café did the job.
We spotted a windmill on our walk back to the car. Every one of these coastal towns seems to have an old-fashioned windmill.
A yellow butterfly on purple flowers. On the way out of town we stopped once at this section of the harbour to look back at the town.
From here we were off to Fjällbacka, and with our GPS now working again the journey became a happy exploration of this stunning coastline.
Annotated Google map of our route for our road trip through Sweden’s Bohuslän Coast. The places where we stayed are marked with yellow circles. The route itself is very roughly marked – in reality there were lots of detours and turnarounds. More about our trip to Denmark & Sweden in 2018.