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Bus to Nordens Ark, Walk to Bottna Inn

Wanderung · Bohuslän
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  • Soteleden forest trail.
    / Soteleden forest trail.
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  • / Blue/White markers point the way.
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  • / Heading out across open fields.
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  • / Climbing rocky plateaus.
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  • / Quite meadow with hunting hide in the distance.
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  • / Sotenäs peninsula map.
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  • / There are many rocky outcrops throughout the forest.
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  • / Views of the sea from the final approach to Bottna Inn.
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Weave your way through undualting forest trails, quiet meadows and rocky outcrops as you make your way across the north of the Sotenäs Peninsula.
Strecke 12 km
4:00 h
309 hm
322 hm
93 hm
-2 hm

Catch a morning bus to Norden’s Ark (2 hours), the start of today’s walk. Norden’s Ark is a unique conservation zoo which specialises in the rearing and re-release of endangered and native species, particularly those native to northern climes. It’s well worth a quick visit. Follow the Soteleden trail, a long distance trail and network of paths created by a Norwegian who moved to the area and wanted to inspire the locals to spend more time in nature.

Today’s walk is mostly inland, through forests and fields. Follow the white and blue markers, enjoying the quiet and scents of the forests, and the soft underfoot woodland trails. As you get closer to Bottna, you might notice the smell of the sea in the air, before eventually catching glimpses of it.   

Remember to take your luggage with you on the bus from Gothenburg to Norden's Ark. Once you arrive there, report to the reception to hand over your bags. You can then head off to explore the park (payable locally) or start walking to Botttna Inn straight away if you prefer. Your bags will be picked up by our local baggage handlers and taken to Bottna Inn. 


Sitting on the terrace at Bottna Inn with a beer whilst the sun goes down is a very relaxing way to finish the day.
Höchster Punkt
93 m
Tiefster Punkt
-2 m
Beste Jahreszeit


There are a couple of sections along the forest trail that pass close to steep drops, take care with your footing here especially after rainfall.

The final kilometre of walking is along a busy main road that has no pavement so please walk on the left side to face any oncoming traffic and make yourself as visible as possible.

Weitere Infos und Links

Food and Drink

There are a good number of stores and delis in the bus station at Gothenburg if you would like to pick up a packed lunch and snacks from there. Otherwise, once you reach Nordens Ark there is a cafe that has a selection of sandwiches and other snacks for sale. Enroute there are no options for food until you reach Bottna Inn where your host will fix you a hearty dinner in the evening.


Points of interest

The Artists' Collective Workshop Bohuslän

Located just 500m down the road from Bottna Inn this workshop is home to huge variety of wonderful granite sculptures. Made to order for clients all around the world these pieces can be seen on display before being shipped out to their lucky owners. Mainly a place for professional artists and sculptors to come together and use the fully equipped workshop they also, from time to time, offer courses and experiences for the novice. Ask Asa at Bottna Inn for more information.


Nordens Ark

Nordens Ark is a private non-profit zoological foundation that works to ensure endangered animals have a future. They are engaged in conservation, rearing, research and training, as well as increasing public awareness of biological diversity.  Since 1999 hundreds of mammals and birds born at Nordens Ark have been released into nature, among them otters in Holland, European wildcats in Germany and lynxes in Poland. They have also reinforced the Swedish peregrine falcon population with more than 175 individuals, and Sweden’s amphibian population with some 10,000 animals.

Open from 10am daily, entry costs 250SEK.


This tour is available on the following itineraries: WTBWS, WTBWSSB, WTWSE


Nordens Ark (16 m)
58.443543, 11.436005
58°26'36.8"N 11°26'09.6"E
32V 642186 6480669


Bottna Inn


0.00 km – Starting with Nordens Ark bus stop on your right and the hotel on your left head STRAIGHT ON along the gravel track, in the direction of the blue ‘Sote-leden’ sign.

0.22 km – TURN RIGHT to a short grassy slope then take the underpass directly under the main road.

0.30 km – TURN RIGHT at the blue/white way marker to leave the roadside then cross a small gravel area towards the trees.

0.37 km – TURN RIGHT beside the information board to follow the blue arrow along a leafy woodland trail.

0.61 km – TURN RIGHT at another ‘Sote-Leden’ sign then go through the small wooden gate.

0.63 km – TURN LEFT as the trail now heads steeply down hill. Blue/White markers on the trees point the way here.

0.68 km – Take care as the track BEARS LEFT alongside a large rock face. There is a steep drop to your left.

0.90 km – Cross a short wooden bridge then eventually TURN LEFT as you emerge from the woodland to join a gravel forestry road.

0.98 km – At the split in the road BEAR RIGHT as the road climbs gradually, soon crossing a metal cattle grid.

1.50 km – Ignore the trail leading off to the right and continue STRAIGHT ON along the gravel road.

1.70 km – Again, ignore the trail to your right and continue STRAIGHT ON.

2.30 km – At the end of the gravel road, cross the metal gate and TURN LEFT to follow the sign for ‘Munkhogen’. After 20m the track BEARS RIGHT t cross a low stone wall then heads through the woods.

2.60 km – TURN RIGHT to follow the direction of the orange arrow.

2.70 km – TURN RIGHT at the next orange arrow then after 30m emerge from the forest to follow the obvious track across the open field.

2.90 km – At the junction TURN LEFT to follow the gravel vehicle track.

3.30 km – TURN RIGHT to leave the track then IMMEDIATELY LEFT to a gap in the tree line. After 10m TURN RIGHT at the blue/white sign to head up a slabby rock into the trees.

3.70 km – The trail is now well way marked with blue/white markers. Keep an eye on the app at this point if you struggle to spot the markers.

3.80 km – Cross the vehicle track to continue STRAIGHT ON.

4.20 km – TURN LEFT as the trail now heads down hill from the rocky plateau.

4.50 km – Cross the tarmac road to pass by a red roofed house on your left into another woodland. Following the sign for ‘Häller’.

4.90 km – TURN RIGHT on top of the rocky plateau then RIGHT AGAIN at the junction.

6.00 km – TURN RIGHT onto the gravel road, soon passing a small white house on your right.

6.20 km – As the road bears right past red wooden barns TURN LEFT to re-join the Soteleden trail.

6.50 km – At the end of a small rocky outcrop BEAR RIGHT across an open grassy meadow, passing directly next to the hunting hide on your right.

6.70 km – At the map board in the woods TURN RIGHT to follow the single blue ‘Soteleden’ arrow.

7.00 km – Cross a short wooden bridge then head STRAIGHT ON up an overgrown hillside.

7.20 km – After weaving your way through this overgrown section the trail heads STRAIGHT ON back into the woods.

7.30 km – TURN LEFT to cross possible boggy ground towards the rocks.

7.70 km – TURN RIGHT at the junction just after a short wooden bridge.

7.90 km – At the cross roads where a number of forest trails converge, TURN LEFT to follow the blue way marker.

8.10 km – TURN RIGHT across deforested land, passing the remains of a Torp on your left.

8.20 km – TURN RIGHT to climb a small rocky outcrop then pass alongside a barbed wire fence.

8.30 km – TURN RIGHT at the large ‘Torparrundan’ sign, soon passing over a small wooden bridge.

8.60 km – BEAR LEFT to head steeply up the hillside.

8.70 km - BEAR RIGHT to continue on the trail as it heads downhill.

8.90 km – At the bottom of the slope TURN LEFT to follow the track back uphill, on the opposite side of the ditch.

9.10 km – TURN RIGHT at the split in the track following the blue Soteleden sign. Play close attention to the blue/white markers and the app through this next wooded section.

9.80 km – TURN RIGHT at the signpost to eventually head through a narrow rocky gully.

9.90 km – TURN RIGHT at the junction.

10.40 km – TURN RIGHT at the junction as you now follow a faint/rocky ATV track.

10.80 km – After a rocky descent with views to your right of the water, TURN SHARP RIGHT at the blue sign posts to follow a narrow, shady trail down to the main road.

11.00 km – Emerge from the forest then TURN RIGHT to join the busy main road. Be sure to walk on the left side to face any on coming traffic, as there are no pavements here.

11.30 km – TURN LEFT at the junction, towards Hamburgsund.

12.00 km – Finish today’s walk here at the Bottna Inn. To reach reception just head up the gravel driveway and around to the back of the large white house on your right where you’ll soon see the welcome sign.


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Öffentliche Verkehrsmittel

Take the bus from Gothenburg main bus station; Nils Ericson Terminal to Norden's Ark. The exact times may vary depending on local holidays etc. but we recommend getting the bus at approx. 9.00am from Gothenburg (bus no 841) to Torp terminal, Uddevalla. From here, get the bus no. 860 to Norden's Ark (arrival at approx 11:15am).

Take your luggage with you on the bus, then leave them with the staff at reception of Norden's Ark. Your bags will be picked up here by the bag transfer and taken to Bottna Inn.

Use: https://www.vasttrafik.se/en/ for bus planning. Be aware that even once you change the language to English, to search for Gothenburg you need to use the Swedish spelling; Goteborg. 


58.443543, 11.436005
58°26'36.8"N 11°26'09.6"E
32V 642186 6480669
Anreise mit der Bahn, dem Auto, zu Fuß oder mit dem Rad


A pair of sturdy walking trainers will be enough for this route if you dont want to wear full hiking boots. Along with the rest of your usual gear for a day outdoors remember to pack a wind/waterproof and an extra layer, especially during early/late season.

For those a little unsteady on their feet a pair of poles would come in handy for the forest sections.

Grundausrüstung für Wanderungen

  • Feste, bequeme und wasserdichte Bergschuhe oder Zustiegsschuhe
  • Kleidung im Mehrschicht-Prinzip mit Feuchtigkeitstransport
  • Wandersocken
  • Rucksack (mit Regenhülle)
  • Sonnen-, Regen- und Windschutz (Hut, Sonnencreme, wasser- und winddichte Jacke und Hose)
  • Sonnenbrille
  • Teleskopstöcke
  • Ausreichend Proviant und Trinkwasser
  • Erste-Hilfe-Set mit Blasenpflaster
  • Blasenpflaster
  • Biwaksack/Survival Bag
  • Rettungsdecke
  • Stirnlampe
  • Taschenmesser
  • Signalpfeife
  • Mobiltelefon
  • Bargeld
  • Navigationsgerät/Karte und Kompass
  • Notfallkontaktdaten
  • Personalausweis
  • Die Listen für die „Grundausrüstung“ und die „technische Ausrüstung“ werden auf der Grundlage der gewählten Aktivität erstellt. Sie erheben keinen Anspruch auf Vollständigkeit und dienen lediglich als Vorschläge, was du einpacken solltest.
  • Zu deiner Sicherheit solltest du alle Anweisungen zur ordnungsgemäßen Verwendung und Wartung deines Geräts sorgfältig lesen.
  • Bitte vergewissere dich, dass deine Ausrüstung den örtlichen Gesetzen entspricht und keine verbotenen Gegenstände enthält.

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4:00 h
309 hm
322 hm
Höchster Punkt
93 hm


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