With its strategic location at the meeting point of the Göta River and the Kattegat Sea, Gothenburg has long been one of Sweden’s most important maritime centers and the modern city center is surrounded by water. Today, Sweden’s second city is a major cruise port and a frequent inclusion on Scandinavian cruise itineraries, but boat tours are also a top choice for day-trippers.
There are a number of choices for Gothenburg boat tours, but the most popular option for a day cruise is exploring the Southern Archipelago, a cluster of islands lying off the Kattegat Sea coast. Just half an hour by high-speed ferry from the city center, the car-free islands make a tranquil holiday destination, dotted with sandy beaches, traditional fishing villages and scenic coastal walkways. Stop off along the way at the island fortress of Nya Älvsborg, where you can explore the 17th-century castle, dramatically situated at the mouth of the Göta River.
You don’t have to head to the coast to get on the water, though. Visitors can also check out Gothenburg’s waterfront attractions with a Hop-on Hop-off boat tour around the city’s canal ways, stopping at sights like the Maritiman museum, Lejontrappan, Lilla Bommen Harbour and the Feskekôrka fish market - combine it with a Hop-on Hop-off bus tour for the ultimate sea and land sightseeing tour.