Imagine if you will, slurping an oyster from its shell a mere 30 seconds after being plucked from the rocky sea floor! Well if you can’t just look at the photo above. Roughly an hour north of Gothenburg, Grebbestad is home to some of the most delectible delights from the sea, producing 90% of Sweden’s oysters and 50% of their lobsters. And if you’re looking for something to do after partying the weekend away at the Way Out West Festival head up to Grebbestad to do some fishing of your own!
Everts Sjöbod offers a variety of fishing trips through the archipelago including an oyster safari, crab fishing, lobster catching and mackerel snaring. Unfortunately for the Way Out West attendees, it’s not quite lobster season, but it is the best time of the year for oysters, crabs and mackerel. Touted as some of the tastiest oysters in the world, it’s hardly surprising that their oyster safari is a popular trip on it’s own as well as an add on package for their other fishing trips.
The oyster safari begins with a 30 minute boat trip through the archipelago to the boathouse and includes a snack of a local delicacy – seaweed toast with horseradish cheese, and coffee. Once there, using a special tool they fish oysters straight from the seabed in front of you, and teach you how to shuck them like the experts, of course offering the now exposed oyster to expectant tasters. Once you’ve got it down, a seafood buffet follows, overflowing with all the local shellfish delicacies. The end of the safari is return boat trip with a side trip to a harvesting area for wild oysters, where a diver will go down to collect oysters for the instant gratification of the safari-goers.
The lobster, crab and mackerel fishing trips are day long trips and end back in Grebbestad where you get to enjoy the fruits of your labors for dinner. Of course if you’d like to sample the world famous oysters and enjoy some active fishing, you can add an oyster shucking lesson and tasting to any of the fishing trips! And for a first hand account of the oyster safari click here!
So if you’d like a bit of time exlporing nature on West Sweden’s coast after a weekend of concerts in the city, take an oyster safari and experience something uniquely different.