Strömstad The Essential
This seaside resort belonged to Norway until 1658. Today the bustling port is filled with the coming and going of ferries to Sandefjord in Norway and the town is a busy trading centre. But it is for its shrimps and fresh lobster (fish market from Tuesday to Friday) that the town is famous. A ferry transports you to the Koster islands, Sweden's westernmost islands, which enjoy the mild climate of the Gulf Stream and showcase lush vegetation and varied wildlife.