Kvarsebo, Östergötland, Exploring Sweden

Kvarsebo, Östergötland – Exploring Sweden

Kvarsebo is a village on the shores of Bråviken, the bay that connects nearby Norrköping with the Baltic Sea. The village is a part of Norrköping Municipality in Östergötland County and has a population of around 170 inhabitants. Its coastal location means that this is a popular summer destination with many people visiting the village’s small beach.

A Short History of Kvarsebo

Kvarsebo was previously spelled Qvarsebo and was the seat of the local parish. The parish was established in 1615 when it was separated from Östra Husby Parish. The parish was actually originally known as Kristine Kapell.

Kvarsebo parish survived until the Swedish municipality reforms of 1862. This was when the parish was split between the local government of Kvarsebo Municipality and the church congregation. The municipality became a part of Kolmården Municipality in 1952, which in turn was incorporated into Norrköping Municipality in 1971. The church congregation is since 2010 a part of Kolmården Congregation.

Things to Do and See

One of the first sights many see is the yellow boat standing along the road and welcoming visitors to Kvarsebo. This is also a boat that many see while driving to Kolmården Wildlife Park, a large zoo just a few kilometers away. So what more is there to explore in Kvarsebo?


Kvarsebobadet is the local beach and probably what attracts the most visitors to Kvarsebo. It is close to the local boat club and has both a small café and a playground.

Kvarseboklint Nature Reserve

Kvarseboklint Nature Reserve is right next to the village and continues eastward along the coast. It was established in 2007 and covers an area of around 68 hectares. The area offers some dramatic landscapes with old fault lines and cliffs. There is also plenty of forests to hike through or maybe find a good spot for a picnic.

Kvarsebo Church

The local church was inaugurated in 1808 and replaced a former chapel. Due to limited funds being available the inhabitants of Kvarsebo at the time actually built the church themselves. The church is today a part of Kolmården Congregation within the Evangelical Lutheran Church of Sweden.

How to Get to Kvarsebo

  • Flights: The two closest airports are Stockholm Skavsta Airport (NYO) only 33 kilometers away and Norrköping Airport (NRK) 47 kilometers away.
  • Car: Kvarsebo is along countryside roads east of Kolmården.
  • Bus: There is no public transport to and from Kvarsebo.

The driving distance from 5 major Swedish cities, according to Google Maps:

  • Stockholm – 134 kilometers (1 h 35 min)
  • Gothenburg – 345 kilometers (4 h 5 min)
  • Malmö – 489 kilometers (5 h 34 min)
  • Linköping – 76 kilometers (1 h 1 min)
  • Kiruna – 1365 kilometers (15 h 56 min)

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