Going for Lobster in Smogen Sweden

One of the true joys of travelling is to try the cuisine of the region or country you are visiting. It’s one thing to have the core ingredient of your meal presented to you on a plate, but you do get more satisfaction if you actually go out and catch the protein yourself.

On the west coast of Sweden the annual Lobster Safari provides a magnificent way to enjoy the environment, participate in an age old tradition, enjoy the pleasure of catching your own lobster, then having your catch prepared by a professional chef.

The much-anticipated Swedish lobster season starts in late September each year and runs until the end of April. This is a period when fishermen and locals alike seek the catch, which is known locally as ‘Black Gold’, from the depths of the west coast’s deep blue waters. In these parts, lobster grows slowly in the cold salty water giving it a strong taste.

For the full experience take part in a lobster safari in which you typically travel out to sea with an experienced skipper to help haul up the lobster pots and discover the precious catch, before returning to shore to help prepare and then savour your self-sought supper. Lobster safaris are available at many places along the Bohuslän coast, which stretches from Gothenburg north to the border with Norway. Although the safaris have a common aim, methods for catching the lobster do vary with each skipper taking their own slightly different approach.

A typical example of a lobster safari is the safari which departs from Sea Lodge in the well-known fishing village of Smögen. The joy and excitement of the catch is followed by a cold glass of beer in a hot tub. You can also set off on a lobster safari from the peaceful car-free South Koster island, which is set in Sweden’s first marine national park, Kosterhavet. This park was established recently, in 2009. It was nominated as a marine park because it contains Sweden’s only coral reef and because the shallow outer archipelago of the Koster Sea is very much exposed to waves and wind. This type of marine environment is unusual in Sweden.

Guests on the lobster safaris are expected to help with the catch, and learn such things as setting the pots and hauling in the catch. Once you have your lobster you have the opportunity of learning how to prepare it before devouring it, accompanied by a refreshing beverage of course – just because, after all that work, you’ve really earned it.

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