The small city of Strömstad in southwest Sweden is only about three miles from the border with Norway. In fact, Sweden's most westerly city was in Norway until the 17th century when it was transferred by treaty. Today Norwegian shoppers flood across the border to buy cheaper goods, especially alcohol. Renting a car in Strömstad allows you to travel around the immediate area of rugged rocky and wooded islands, lakes and inlets along the coast or reach the main E6 Gothenburg/Norway road just a mile inland. This road to Norway crosses the renowned Svinesund bridges. Just off the coast are the Koster Islands, a beautiful unspoiled nature reserve that can be reached by boat trips from Strömstad harbour.
Strömstad's harbour is busy with leisure yachts and ferries while behind it the town has a pretty collection of whitewashed houses with red tiled roofs around the old city church and quirky granite town hall. In the Bukten old quarter there are charming single-storey terraced cottages along cobbled streets that are great for a wander. Don't miss the city's old museum too. Hire a car in Strömstad to visit further afield, including Ursholmen lighthouse, the most westerly in Sweden, and the prehistoric stone circles at Blomsholm. The cross-border shoppers have helped create a busy array of shops in Strömstad. Look out for the Norrby shopping mall, which boasts more than 100 different stores.
Opening hours:Mo-Fr 0730-1700, Sa-Su closed
With a wide range of travellers passing through our locations every day, we've got a wide range of vehicles on offer to suit your needs - from smart executive saloons to compact family hatchbacks. ***
***Specific cars may not be available when booking
Please note that from 15 Nov to 15 Apr many cities are required by law to restrict the circulation to only vehicles equipped with snow chains or winter tyres. For a summary of the orders, please visit www.poliziadistato.it. To comply with the regulations, in specific locations subject to this requirement, vehicles are equipped with snow chains - the price is included in the rental charges through the cost of "Winterization Fee". At pick-up if you decide to bring your own snow chains or do not intend on driving on the roads subject to this requirement, you may decline the equipment by signing the appropriate release form. This change will be reflected in the rental charges. For more information on the fees, please click here. In all other regions, we recommend that you check before renting if your journey includes one of the roads subject to this requirement and therefore request the snow chains, if necessary.