Northern Väderöarna Islands

200 islands, large and small

The severe storms in the Väderöarna Islands (Väderöarna means "Weather Islands") were so much feared that the town court in Strömstad decided in 1754 to establish a pilot station on the island. The pilots received no wages, but they were given the right to pilot and be paid for the pilotage - and they were given free fishing rights. The era of pilots lasted until the end of 1966, and in 2006 National Property Board Sweden took over the pilot lookout on the Väderöarna Islands. The lookout has been renovated and is now run by a voluntary organisation.

The warm and windy climate has created a remarkable combination of lush plant life and bare cliffs. Here you will find one of the biggest seal colonies along the Bohus coast, and sometimes porpoises can be spotted as well. Birds such as black guillemots and skuas breed here too.

The bedrock is Oslo granite, which is separated from the Bohus granite through a fault fissure in Koster Fjord. The fissure is 247 metres deep, and down in it live around 200 species of animal that are found nowhere else in Sweden.

On Storön Island there is an inn with a restaurant and meeting facilities that is open all year round. There is a guest harbour for visiting boats and taxi boats go to and from the island.

The Väderöarna Islands are a Natura 2000 area.


  • Beach
  • WC
  • Hotel/hostel
  • Café
  • Restaurant
  • Guest harbour
  • Path
  • Conference