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So we are at 30 days until our trip. My wife and I are super excited. All our flights, hotels, and dinner reservations are booked. And we completed the final finance paperwork and signed contract this last weekend so we are official, official now!!

Our car is a 2019 V90 T6 in Savile Grey with basically all the options. It was built on 4/24, so it is there waiting for us.

I thought I would share our quick trip here as many others have done. I've found those very helpful in the planning of our trip.

I heard back from the FDC that my requested accessories (Polestar, sunglasses holder, load carriers, and illuminated trunk plate) are being added. I'm also contemplating the iPad holder and split exhaust tips, but we'll see...

As for our trip! We leave California on Friday the 16th. We go through Copenhagen and land in Gothenburg around 3pm on Saturday. We are staying at the Clarion Sat and Sun nights. Going to have dinner at The Barn on Sat night and Norda on Sun night. Plan for Sunday is to explore Gothenburg. We have some things we'd like to visit if possible:

- Cafe Husaren (really want to try a Hagabullen)
- Haga
- Victoriapassagen
- Museum of Art
- Masthuggskyrkan
- Skansen Kronan
- Trasdgardsforeningen

We then take delivery on Monday 8/19. After the tour we are driving up north a little to Smogen. Staying at Somgens Hafvsbad and will have dinner there that night. On Tuesday we are going to explore up in that area. There looks like a cool animal sanctuary and watercolor museum to visit, but playing the day by ear. We'll find somewhere to eat on Tuesday night. There is also a Scotch maker in the area I really want to tour.

On Wednesday we head back into Gothenburg and will be staying at Hotel Pigalle. Dinner on Wednesday night is at Thornstroms kok. Thursday will be a "what-ever" day. The Volvo Museum looks interesting, but that may be to much car stuff for the wife in a single week. We'll be having dinner at Atelier in Hotel Pigalle on our last night. Then on Friday we drop the car off in the morning and catch a flight that afternoon to head home.

I will be sure to post photos from the trip once we are there.
 

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You hit your dates just right as the factory is ending its summer vacation schedule on the Friday before your pickup. Sounds like a fantastic itinerary... have a great time and enjoy driving the V90 on the Swedish roads. Saville Gray is a great color by the way.
 

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You hit your dates just right as the factory is ending its summer vacation schedule on the Friday before your pickup. Sounds like a fantastic itinerary... have a great time and enjoy driving the V90 on the Swedish roads. Saville Gray is a great color by the way.
Ya, we purposefully picked the date way out in advance. I reached out in February and was told weeks 29 thru 32 were a hard no on tours (summer vacation). Weeks 28 and 33 couldn't be ensured since they are the soft close/open weeks. Hence, we picked week 34 which still gave room to get the car back to the US before my current lease is up in November.
 

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Ya, we purposefully picked the date way out in advance. I reached out in February and was told weeks 29 thru 32 were a hard no on tours (summer vacation). Weeks 28 and 33 couldn't be ensured since they are the soft close/open weeks. Hence, we picked week 34 which still gave room to get the car back to the US before my current lease is up in November.
Maybe they will be assembling some new secret models and still don't get tour the final assembling line in the factory. But yeh it will be fantastic trip. :)

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After the tour we are driving up north a little to Smogen. Staying at Somgens Hafvsbad and will have dinner there that night.
When we picked up our car in May 2017 we did the Volvo recommended Castle and Coast Tour, and that included spending a night at the Smogen Hafvsbad in Smogen. Smogen is a beautiful small fishing village, and as a photographer, I went crazy taking pictures there. There are lots of great restaurants as well, featuring fresh seafood. It wasn't too crowded when we were there, but I expect in August it will be more so. Enjoy.
 

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I just checked and the place we had dinner at was Göstas Fiskbutik, and it was excellent.
 

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We then take delivery on Monday 8/19. After the tour we are driving up north a little to Smogen. Staying at Somgens Hafvsbad and will have dinner there that night. On Tuesday we are going to explore up in that area. There looks like a cool animal sanctuary and watercolor museum to visit, but playing the day by ear. We'll find somewhere to eat on Tuesday night. There is also a Scotch maker in the area I really want to tour.

When we picked up our car in May 2017 we did the Volvo recommended Castle and Coast Tour, and that included spending a night at the Smogen Hafvsbad in Smogen. Smogen is a beautiful small fishing village, and as a photographer, I went crazy taking pictures there. There are lots of great restaurants as well, featuring fresh seafood. It wasn't too crowded when we were there, but I expect in August it will be more so. Enjoy.
We spent 8 days on the Bohuslan coast after picking up our car last summer. It was easily the favorite part of our 5 week trip in Scandinavia. But Smogen was one of our less favorite spots in the area, along with Marstrand. Overcrowded and overdone in the summer - lots of bad cafes and tourist driven venues. There are plenty of much nicer villages. Do go to the watercolor museum on Tjorn. They also have an excellent restaurant, or eat at the even better, nearby, and more famous, Salt & Sill, in the beautiful village of Kladesholmen. And then take the ferry over to the car-free islands of Astol & Dyron. There is a smokery on Astol that is amazing - fresh smoked shrimp, mackerel and bubbles. That whole section of Tjorn + adjoining islands will provide you with many highlights.
Doesn't sound like you have time, but the villages north of Tjorn, up to Fjallbacka and beyond are just as nice.
 

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I would not make a special trip from Gothenburg out to the Volvo museum. But on your delivery day FDC will send you out there.It's about 5-10 minutes away. Free ticket. They use it as a placeholder for the early delivery folks.Then come back to FDC for lunch then the factory tour
 

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I would not make a special trip from Gothenburg out to the Volvo museum. But on your delivery day FDC will send you out there.It's about 5-10 minutes away. Free ticket. They use it as a placeholder for the early delivery folks.Then come back to FDC for lunch then the factory tour
I will keep that in mind. Thanks. Delivery time is 10am.
 

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We spent 8 days on the Bohuslan coast after picking up our car last summer. It was easily the favorite part of our 5 week trip in Scandinavia. But Smogen was one of our less favorite spots in the area, along with Marstrand. Overcrowded and overdone in the summer - lots of bad cafes and tourist driven venues. There are plenty of much nicer villages. Do go to the watercolor museum on Tjorn. They also have an excellent restaurant, or eat at the even better, nearby, and more famous, Salt & Sill, in the beautiful village of Kladesholmen. And then take the ferry over to the car-free islands of Astol & Dyron. There is a smokery on Astol that is amazing - fresh smoked shrimp, mackerel and bubbles. That whole section of Tjorn + adjoining islands will provide you with many highlights.
Doesn't sound like you have time, but the villages north of Tjorn, up to Fjallbacka and beyond are just as nice.
Interesting. We landed on Smogen because of distance for one. It looked like a quality drive to get to know the car on the timeline we have. There is also a Whiskey maker there that I really want to check out. We may just end up day tripping out from there on Tuesday rather than spending a lot of time in Smogen, but we'll see where the trip takes us. I had read the restaurant at the Watercolor museum. Salt & Sill is actually on the possible list of things too. Thanks for sharing!
 

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Interesting. We landed on Smogen because of distance for one. It looked like a quality drive to get to know the car on the timeline we have. There is also a Whiskey maker there that I really want to check out. We may just end up day tripping out from there on Tuesday rather than spending a lot of time in Smogen, but we'll see where the trip takes us. I had read the restaurant at the Watercolor museum. Salt & Sill is actually on the possible list of things too. Thanks for sharing!
Thanks for mentioning the distillery -- my wife and I are whisky lovers, and are planning on visiting Norden's Ark (the animal sanctuary), which is about 11 minutes away :)
 

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We just got back from 7 weeks in Sweden, Norway, and Copenhagen. Smogen Hafvsbad on July 2 was one of our unexpected pleasures. If you enjoy hiking, biking or kayaking, the area has plenty to offer. Our room was better than expected and other pretty coast towns are an easy distance. The rock walks around town are great. As for the cost or meals, our 7 weeks gave us plenty of experience in avoiding costly, not so tasty overpriced tourist restaurants. Smogen was no different than any other area for costs or crowds. We should have added time to the area, and subtracted days from other areas.
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Super excited for you. Your second hotel choice looks good. The price was a tad too high for our July dates so we stayed at The Avalon. If time allows, anyone, I highly recommend the ferry to the archipelagoes. We loved Dönso and Styrsö. Lunch was at Isbolaget; wonderful setting, great food.
 

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Landed yesterday around 4pm in Gothenburg. Bit rainy here this week but still a beautiful city. Got settled in the room and then took a short walk to dinner. About 1/2 mile from The Clarion is an awesome burger place called The Barn. They were super cool and sat us well before our reservation. Fantastic food. Strolled back to the hotel and hit the sack at 8pm.



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First full day in the bag.

Lots of walking today. Didn’t get any rain while we were out and about. Most places are closed on Sundays or open late here. Made for a cool atmosphere walking around this morning. Super quiet and intimate.

After breakfast at the hotel we had some tasty coffee at a cafe on Victoriapassagen. From there we decided to head over into Haga. Meandered around on our way there window shopping and enjoying the architecture. In Haga we ascended a ton of steps to Skansen Kronan. Awesome views of the city up there. We then descended sown and had a Hagabullen at Cafe Husaren. Amazingly tasty treat. By this point shops had opened. We perused some in Haga and then headed back to the hotel via Trädgårdsföreningen. We dropped some things off and went back out for some more shopping and sight seeing.

Once the shops closed we headed back to the hotel. We had a lovely dinner at Norda and finished the day with some drinks and the Bon Bon bar. Bartenders were awesome. Introduced me to some Swedish alcohol and chatted about a bunch of stuff. It was a little slow being a Sunday we even experimented with a Manhattan and Old Fashioned. Wife and I found a spot by a large glass window and watched the activity in the square before turning in for the night.




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Here she is!


Had an awesome time this morning taking delivery. Tour was epic. So glad I didn’t come during the break. Took a short drive up to Smögen to continue the adventure


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