Spiken, Västergötland – Exploring Sweden

Vänern is the largest lake in Sweden and the third largest in Europe. There are many islands here, one of which is the island of Kållandsö. At the island’s furthest tip you find the small fishing village of Spiken. Its fishing harbour is one of the largest lake based fishing harbours in Europe and a popular tourist destination during the summer. During the rest of the year, its almost 100 inhabitants have time to relax.

A Short History of Spiken

Spiken has fishing traditions stretching back for centuries. Until the 1980’s the fishing village mostly consisted of boathouses and boatsheds. It was at this time that the harbour was built and the area developed into what it is today.

Things to Do and See

A visit to Spiken can mean many things. It is a good place for relaxing at the local café and enjoying the view of the lake. However, there are also several activities in the area. Fishing, boat rides or hiking, are just a few of the options available. In any case, it is a very nice place for a stroll.

Within easy reach are both the village of Otterstad and the castle of Läckö. Spiken and the castle of Läckö considered the two main tourist attractions on the island. Both places are very beautiful and we can definitely recommend them!

How to get to Spiken

Flights: The closest larger airport is Göteborg Landvetter Airport (GOT) 145 kilometres away, with both domestic and international flights.
Car: Spiken is located along countryside roads outside of Lidköping.
Train: the nearest train station is in Lidköping.
Bus: Regional and local buses connect Spiken with the surrounding region.

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

Stockholm – 386 kilometers (4h 33min)
Gothenburg – 158 kilometers (2h 6min)
Malmö – 426 kilometers (4h 56min)
Linköping – 246 kilometers (3h 18min)  
Kiruna – 1483 kilometers (17h 49min)

Find out more about other destinations in Sweden by visiting our page Exploring Sweden

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