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Flights to Gothenburg with a Touch of Iceland

Scandinavia's second cities tend to be overshadowed by the capitals, but they all make for excellent, less-hyped weekend breaks. Gothenburg is Sweden's second city and it’s a beauty, with great food, shopping, festivals, green spaces, and kid-friendly attractions.

Icelandair offers regular cheap flights to Gothenburg from North America, for tram rides, roller coasters, live music, and Michelin-starred dining.

Before you explore Gothenburg's thriving food and music scene, how about comparing it with Reykjavík's on-trend offerings? When you book flights to Gothenburg with Icelandair you have the opportunity to add a stopover in Iceland at no additional airfare.


Population: 580,000Area: 447.8 km²Transportation: Buses run between the airport and the city center every 20 minutes. The city's transport network includes trams, buses, commuter trains, and ferries.Currency: Swedish KronaTrendy Neighborhoods: Haga - Avenyn - Linné - Eriksberg - Lindholmen

Waterfront charms, theme-park thrills

Start exploring with a distraction-filled stroll along the city's main boulevard, Kungsportsavenyn (often simply called Avenyn). It's lined with cafes, bars and boutiques, and it's a short detour to check out top-quality museums and galleries.

At Avenyn's southern end, admire the Poseidon statue then set off for one of Gothenburg's highlights: Liseberg. This is Scandinavia's largest amusement park, and its wild rides, concerts, and leafy grounds are an all-ages treat.

Cultural gems can also reside along Gothenburg's canals and waterfront - canal tours, cruises to island fortresses, a strikingly modern opera house. There's no escaping the city's maritime history and present-day port action at Maritiman, a floating museum full of ships, including a submarine, warships and towboats. 

Food finery, fresh fish and fika

Gothenburg is a heavyweight on the Scandi food scene - more than a handful of places have been awarded a Michelin star. The high-end dining may win the plaudits, but equally appealing are the food markets, cool cafes, and the buzzing alfresco terraces.

Check out the central food market (Saluhallen) to fill rumbling stomachs or a picnic basket; seafood lovers shouldn't miss the 'Fish Church' (Feskekörka), where prayers are answered (well, if your prayers involve piles of fresh fishy treats).

Avenyn is home to busy restaurants and pubs, but the Haga neighborhood has a more down-to-earth feel and picturesque charm. Among its wooden houses are cozy, inviting cafes. Don't miss the chance to fika - this is the revered Swedish custom of the coffee break, usually enjoyed with a baked sweet treat. 

Get out of town

South of Gothenburg is the Halland coast, full of sandy beaches and campgrounds that are a summer magnet for holidaying Swedes. In the other direction is the Bohuslän coast, one of the loveliest natural areas in the country. Bohuslän's rocky islets overflow with red cottages, fishing villages, seafood shacks, and yacht-filled marinas, and visiting feels like you're stepping into an advertising campaign for Perfect Sweden.

You can get an easy taste of Bohuslän on the island of Marstrand, a summer hotspot for yachties and Swedish royals that's just an hour from Gothenburg.

If your idea of getting out of town involves more peaceful wilderness and less celebrity glamor, you can do that, too. From Gothenburg, head inland for the forests and lakes of the Dalsland region.