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Plate with warm lunch
Photo: Karin Björk

Food and lodging

In order to work or study well you need to get good and nutritious food and sleep comfortably. In these pages you can read more about food and lodging at Tjärnö Laboratory.

Book your meeting at Tjärnö Laboratory:

Tjärnö Marine Laboratory have very good facilities for meetings, conferences and workshops with nice meeting rooms, lodging, dining hall and fantastic surroundings.

Examples of some of our meeting packages:

Lunch to lunch: 
Lunch including salad and beverage at arrival, afternoon coffee/tea, juice and cake and a light dinner in the evening. Stay in single or double room with a breakfast buffet. Morning coffee with a small sandwich, and lunch before departure.

One day meeting: 
Coffee/tea with a small sandwich at arrival, lunch including salad and beverage and afternoon coffee/tea, juice and cake.

We also offer supplements such as a finer conference dinner, fruit plate, guided tour of the station or excursions with our research vessels (if available).

More information: Conference Tjärnö


The Dining Hall is open Monday-Friday (except public holidays). 

Lunch tickets can be bought in the Reception. Single meals are paid with credit card or Swish in the Reception or the Dining Hall.

Meals have to be booked not later than 10.30 on a list in the Dining Hall. Specify any special foods. University students inform their teacher about special foods.

Students at Honours and Masters level courses as well as visiting scientists are allowed to store and cook food in a residence building kitchen.

Normal meal times:

  • 08.00-09.00: breakfast
  • 12.00-13.00: lunch
  • 17.00-18.00: dinner


Check-in not earlier than 14.00 and check-out not later than 11.00. Bedding (incl. towels) can be hired in the Reception.

We have:

  • Laundry possibilities
  • Quiet space in the library, for reading or writing
  • Gym with basic equipment
  • Saunas

All guests clean the room before moving out (if final cleaning is not booked and paid for).


White Residence: 2 single rooms (including 1 accessible), 22 double rooms, 1 four-bed room. Common kitchen and common room. 
Red Residence: 15 double rooms (including 2 with pets permitted), 3 three-bed rooms. Common kitchen and common room.
Residence House: 2 apartments with three beds in each.

All rooms in White Residence with shower and toilet. In Red Residence there is a toilet in each room, and shared shower at bottom floor.


The nearest shop is Daftö Resort, 8 km from Tjärnö Laboratory. It is usually open April through September. Other times of the year Strömstad is the closest alternative, with wide range of shops, pharmacies, liquor store etc. Summertime a kiosk is open on Saltö, and Bofors Camping has a small shop with some basic commodities. It is walking distance to both.

Public transportation

There is public transportation with Västtrafik. A bus goes between Strömstad and the bus stop Tjärnölaboratoriet. Timetables for bus and ferry can also be found at the reception at the station.

Swimming and other activities

Tjärnö has beautiful surroundings with great opportunities for outdoor activities. Adjacent to Tjärnö the nature reserve Saltö includes a lovely sandy beach which is shallow and child friendly. On Tjärnö the somewhat smaller beach Svallhagen is not so shallow. Follow the exit to the right, opposite the church, then you are right. Even Bofors campground has a nice beach, but it can be a bit muddy in places.

Around Tjärnö Laboratory there are opportunities for climbing, hiking, kayaking, etc. For more information on activities, visit Strömstad Infocenter.