Monday, May 13, 2013
Catch, Cook, Savor on West Sweden's Seafood Safaris
Ever wonder why West Sweden’s shellfish ranks among the world’s tastiest? Some say they taste so good because the region’s cold, clean waters allow these delectable creatures to grow slowly as the sweet fresh water seeps inside them. Others – foodies and adventure travelers – are discovering Sweden’s sophisticated aquaculture first-hand by joining Seafood Safaris.
West Sweden’s home-grown fishing tradition has transformed into the latest travel treasure: Seafood Safaris that guide travelers to show them how to harvest, catch, cook and dine on a virtual Swedish smörgåsbord or a meal served buffet-style. Safaris can depart from a 19th century boathouse or a lodge with a gourmet kitchen or a stunning fishing village that is often the source for much of Sweden’s seafood world year round – from lobster, to mussels, to oysters, to crayfish and prawns.
Everts Sjöbod is one of the men behind Seafood Safaris that take ordinary visitors from a restored 19th century boathouse in the fishing village of Grebbestad, on a whirlwind experience of safaris on the prowl for oysters, sweet because they grow so slowly in pure, chilly waters, crayfish, and crab safaris. About 90% of all Swedish oysters originate right here in Grebbestad.
Those embarking on Lobster Safaris from Koster Marine National Park stay at the Sydkoster Ekenäs hotel and those sailing from Smögen, a picturesque old fishing village will be based at the charming 15-room Sea Lodge. The M/S Mira sails on archipelago trips that pass Ingrid Bergman's former summer home on the island of Dannholmen yet travelers can board the same vessel for Crayfish Safaris in Fjällbacka. Orust Shellfish cultivates shellfish in Bohuslän. Owner Adriaan van de Plasse takes visitors on Mussel Safaris from Lysekil and Vann Spa organizes Prawn safaris to Gullmarn.
A Year’ Round Pleasure – When and Where to Go
Spring and summer
Peak time for oysters experiences in Grebbestad, where 90% of Sweden’s oysters grow - learn how to fish for and open oysters. It’s also a great time for Mussel Safaris in Lysekil and crayfish safaris in Fjällbacka, too.
Lobster season kicks off on the first Monday after September 20th. Enjoy Lobster Safaris take off from Smögen, and the Koster Islands while it’s time for Mussel safaris in Lysekil and Crayfish Safaris in Fjällbacka.
Lobster safaris continue into early winter, so wrap up warm in a special waterproof suit and set out to sea from Smögen, The Koster Islands or Grebbestad. Head back to shore to tuck into a lobster feast by a roaring fire in a candle-lit restaurant.
Shrimp and Crab Safaris know no season and are available throughout the year.
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