National park in 🇾đŸ‡ȘSweden

Kosterhavet national park

Sweden's seafood haven under crystal clear waters.

Explore Sweden's first marine park, Kosterhavet, home to over 6,000 marine species, peaceful car-free islands, and rare deep-water coral.

Welcome to Kosterhavet National Park, Sweden's first marine national park. This unique park is home to a myriad of marine life, including some species that can't be found anywhere else in Sweden.

The park, located near the Norwegian border on the west coast of Sweden, was established in 2009 and covers both land and sea areas of the Koster Islands. In the park, you can find over 6,000 marine species, including the rare deep-water coral Lophelia pertusa. This is the only place in Sweden where you can find it.

The Koster Islands themselves offer beautiful landscapes and quiet, peaceful surroundings. Cars are not allowed on the islands, making them an ideal destination for those seeking a break from city noise. There are two main islands - North and South Koster with just over 300 residents in total.

For those eager to explore the underwater world, snorkeling and diving are popular activities in Kosterhavet. The visibility in the water is excellent due to the clean, nutrient-rich waters that flow in from the Atlantic. There are several dive shops on the islands offering guided dives for all levels.

On land, there's plenty of opportunities for outdoor activities. You can rent a bike to explore the islands or set out on foot along well-marked trails through forests, rocky landscapes, and coastal paths. Bird watchers might want to take their binoculars - the area is known for its large bird populations.

Visit the Naturum Kosterhavet visitor center located in South Koster to learn about the national park's unique marine life and geology. The center offers exhibitions, guided tours and has a café with beautiful sea views.

The climate here is milder than in most parts of Sweden, due to the Gulf Stream. While it can get windy, you don't need to worry much about extreme weather conditions.

In terms of food, the local cuisine reflects the marine focus of the area. Many dishes feature locally caught seafood, including mussels, oysters, and other shellfish. Try it in one of the few restaurants on the islands.

Average temperatures during the day in Kosterhavet national park.

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