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From its capital Stockholm to the wonderful areas of Norrland and Jamtland (Jämtland) to the fascinating island of Gotland with its the exquisite town of Visby, Sweden is some much more the clichéd pop groups and Volvo cars. Its people and culture will envelop any visitor and is a photographers paradise. The very beautiful Nordic country of Sweden lies to the north of continental Europe on the Scandinavian Peninsular (with Norway and Finland being the other two countries occupying the peninsular. Sweden, a constitutional monarchy, is the 3rd largest country of the EU and with only 9+ million people means it has one of the lowest population densities with about 85% of its population living in urban areas.
Swedish Midsommar
Swedish Midsommar
Swedish Midsommar With a long winter behind them, Scandinavians celebrate the summer solstice (longest day and shortest night) with Midsommar celebrations. It also marks the beginning of the traditional 5 week summer holiday that sees the cities emptied as the Swedes head to their summer houses (or to places that will guarantee a good and warm summer. It is mid-June, nature is bursting into life and school is out for holidays. It is a time for Swedes to celebrate as the days are long, very long. It is time for friends and family to gather for the most typically Swedish tradition of all... Midsommar (Midsummer), and in Sundsvall, the place to head is Norra Berget. The tradition of Midsommar stems from both pagan and Christian events; the day is both, traditionally, a ritual to ensure fertility and good crops as well a day to commemorate John the Baptist. It is a magnificent display of all things Swedish and something for the whole family. For Sundsvall, the capital of Norrland in Sweden, the main Midsommar event is at Norra Berget (North Mountain) amongst the wonderful old buildings of the Norra Berget museum.
Swedish Christmas
Swedish Christmas
Like the rest of Scandinavia, Christmas in Sweden is steeped in tradition – and not the prefabricated type of traditions that many outside of Europe experience. Christmas in Sundsvall is a wonderful affair including Lyslördag, a parade through the town which culminates with the lighting of the Christmas tree and the Christmas lights around the stone city. Another wonderful annual affair that helps the yuletide spirit is the Christmas market (Julmarknad) held up on Norra Berget, Sundsvall. With a vast array of foods, drink crafts, and activities it is a very special event that should not be missed. Especially when there has been good snowfall to make it even more magical. Sundsvall is considered the capital of Norrland (Northern Sweden) and beautifully set on the Selångerån River running between Norra Berget (North Mountain) and Södra Berget (South Mountain). With a very pretty town centre, magnificent architecture and a great layout, Sundsvall is a Västernorrland county gem. Sundsvall, which was first chartered in the early 1600s, has experienced several devastating fires but like a phoenix, Sundsvall rose out of the ashes and the beautiful architecture of the town is the result of rebuilding after the most recent, 1888, fire. Sundsvall grew as a centre for the Swedish forestry industry and the town is reputed to be where Swedish industrialisation started with the introduction of steam-powered sawmills. The fire and resulting rebuild also provided Sundsvall with its mascot, the Dragon. The oriental Dragon was chosen by those in charge rebuilding the city for its protective powers and many buildings are adorned with this figure of courage and power; as well as many others throughout the streets. In fact, in July, the residents honour the mythical creature with an annual street festival, (Gatufesten). Sundsvall provides the perfect base for exploring the High Coast (Höga Kusten) north of Sundsvall and also if wanting to tour westward to Östersund and further into Jämtland and the mountains like Äre near the Norwegian border. Norra Berget features a magnificent open-air museum (Friluftsmuseet) with an extensive array of period buildings dating back to several hundreds of years and even has a church barn from the 1300s. A very popular place during summer, Norra Berget takes on a very special charm over the colder months with snow covering the ground and buildings. Many of Sundsvall's events occur up at Norra Berget, Midsommar is one not to be missed, and the area surrounding the outdoor museum is filled with a vast network of walking and hiking tracks.
Sundsvall - Norra Berget
Sundsvall - Norra Berget
The Norrlands coastal town of Sundsvall is beautifully set between two mountains, Norra Berget (to the north and Södra Berget to the south, each with their own unique qualities and reasons to visit. Norra Berget features a magnificent open-air museum (Friluftsmuseet) with an extensive array of period buildings dating back to several hundreds of years and even has a church barn from the 1300s. A very popular place during summer, Norra Berget takes on a very special charm over the colder months with snow covering the ground and buildings. With the outdoor museum (Naturreservat) and a vast network of walking and hiking tracks, is truly a magical place to visit any time of the year, but especially so when special events are held at Norra Berget like the Christmas Market (Julmarknad) and Midsommar celebrations.
Sundsvall Centrum
Sundsvall Centrum
Sundsvall is considered the capital of Norrland (Northern Sweden) and beautifully set on the Selångerån River running between Norra Berget (North Mountain) and Södra Berget (South Mountain). With a very pretty town centre, magnificent architecture and a great layout, Sundsvall is a Västernorrland county gem. Sundsvall, which was first chartered in the early 1600s, has experienced several devastating fires but like a phoenix, Sundsvall rose out of the ashes and the beautiful architecture of the town is the result of rebuilding after the most recent, 1888, fire. Sundsvall grew as a centre for the Swedish forestry industry and the town is reputed to be where Swedish industrialisation started with the introduction of steam-powered sawmills. The fire and resulting rebuild also provided Sundsvall with its mascot, the Dragon. The oriental Dragon was chosen by those in charge rebuilding the city for its protective powers and many buildings are adorned with this figure of courage and power; as well as many others throughout the streets. In fact, in July, the residents honour the mythical creature with an annual street festival, (Gatufesten). Sundsvall provides the perfect base for exploring the High Coast (Höga Kusten) north of Sundsvall and also if wanting to tour westward to Östersund and further into Jämtland and the mountains like Äre near the Norwegian border. Norra Berget features a magnificent open-air museum (Friluftsmuseet) with an extensive array of period buildings dating back to several hundreds of years and even has a church barn from the 1300s. A very popular place during summer, Norra Berget takes on a very special charm over the colder months with snow covering the ground and buildings. Many of Sundsvall's events occur up at Norra Berget, Midsommar is one not to be missed, and the area surrounding the outdoor museum is filled with a vast network of walking and hiking tracks.
Stockholm & Skansen
Stockholm & Skansen
The capital of Sweden, Stockholm, is an architecturally and culturally beautiful place set at the point where Lake Mälaren meets the Baltic Sea and its central district is set on 14 islands. Stockholm also includes the archipelago (Skärgård) that spreads out 60+ km into the Baltic Sea. A most unique and beautiful city that should be high on anyone’s list of travel destinations. Around 30% of Stockholm is greenways and parklands and these provide a natural beauty that belies its size. There is plenty to offer like Gamla Stan (The Old City), Södermalm, Skansen, and wonderful villages like Vaxholm. A walk around Stockholm soon reveals the secret to its layout in that it is made of a series of islands which in turn is part of the large archipelago (skärgård) which are numbered at 24,000. Around the city, some highlights include the rustic and beautiful Gamla Stan (Old town), the Royal Palace, eclectic Södermalm, and Djurgården which is a highlight of any trip to Stockholm. On the island of Djurgården is Skansen, the wonderful outdoor museum. Most cities and countries have them but very few deliver as well as Skansen; in fact, the word commonly used as a European noun that means outdoor museum. Its creator, Artur Hazelius, was observant enough to see that the industrial revolution of the 1800s was to the detriment of rural life and as such there was a need for cultural preservation of the traditions of Sweden and hence the concept of Skansen was born. A highlight of any tour of Sweden (Sverige) is to visit the very beautiful city of Stockholm and a visiting the famous open-air museum is a great way to get an insight into the culture and history of the Swedish people. It is especially helpful if one is to tour other areas of Sweden (Sverige) like Gotland, Sundsvall, and other areas in the north and western Sweden. The open-air museum on Djurgården, one of the many islands that make up Stockholm (the capital of Sweden), is an excellent display and preservation of tradition 19th-century Swedish life. Traditional dressed craftsmen and residents occupy their period surroundings with great authenticity. It is one of those places that all people have fond memories of and is such an integral and ongoing part of Swedish life even being one of the hubs of televised summer concerts. Early in the 19th century, before the open-air museum, Djurgården was just a wooded island and merchant by the name John Burgman built himself a summerhouse and beautiful garden at the top of the hill that afforded spectacular views of Stockholm. The place was given the name Skansen as it was next to a little fortress; in Swedish known as a "Skans".
Nordic Seasons
Nordic Seasons
The countries of Scandinavia have real seasons... while much have the world experience winters, the Nordic countries (along with those that site above the 59th parallel across Asia and America), experience very cold winters and plentiful snow down at sea level, then the spring beaks and everything comes alive. There is a buzz of human activity to make the most of wonderful warm (relative term) and sunny (hopefully) days; the hive of activity is further compounded with the knowledge that summer is short and summers can be bad, and inhabitants can be back into Autumn and Winter quickly. Sundvall, in central Sweden, experiences a climate that is exactly that. Summer can be wonderful, autumn is just beautiful, winter can be severe and long, but snow is usually plentiful, and the follow-up spring completes the cycle of nature. A highlight of a Summer in Sundsvall (and across Sweden) is the Midsommar (Midsummer) celebrations while a winter highlight is the Christmas Market (Julmarknad) also held at Norra Berget. Sundsvall considered the capital of Norrland (Northern Sweden) and beautifully set on the Selångerån River running between Norra Berget (North Mountain) and Södra Berget (South Mountain). With a very pretty town centre, magnificent architecture and a great layout, Sundsvall is a Västernorrland county gem. Sundsvall, which was first chartered in the early 1600s, has experienced several devastating fires but like a phoenix, Sundsvall rose out of the ashes and the beautiful architecture of the town is the result of rebuilding after the most recent, 1888, fire. Sundsvall grew as a centre for the Swedish forestry industry and the town is reputed to be where Swedish industrialisation started with the introduction of steam-powered sawmills. The fire and resulting rebuild also provided Sundsvall with its mascot, the Dragon. The oriental Dragon was chosen by those in charge rebuilding the city for its protective powers and many buildings are adorned with this figure of courage and power; as well as many others throughout the streets. In fact, in July, the residents honour the mythical creature with an annual street festival, (Gatufesten). Sundsvall provides the perfect base for exploring the High Coast (Höga Kusten) north of Sundsvall and also if wanting to tour westward to Östersund and further into Jämtland and the mountains like Äre near the Norwegian border. Norra Berget features a magnificent open-air museum (Friluftsmuseet) with an extensive array of period buildings dating back to several hundreds of years and even has a church barn from the 1300s. A very popular place during summer, Norra Berget takes on a very special charm over the colder months with snow covering the ground and buildings. Many of Sundsvall's events occur up on Norra Berget, Midsommar is one not to be missed, and the area surrounding the outdoor museum is filled with a vast network of walking and hiking tracks.
Jamtland Adventure
Jamtland Adventure
Looking for one of the great journeys of central Sweden? This road-trip of discovery takes in the wonderful Norrland via Östersund, through the breathtaking landscapes of Medelpad and Jamtland (Jämtland) to the spectacular mountains and lakes around Åre before heading across the border into Norway. Heading north past pristine lakes before heading back east across the mountains and then back south along the aptly named Fish Road (Fiskevägen).
Gotland
Gotland
The much-visited Swedish island of Gotland is an amazing destination located in the Baltic Sea between Sweden and Latvia with a population of around 60,000. The county Gotlands län is made up of the main island and several smaller ones including Fårön, Gotska Sandön, and Karlsö. One highlight (of many) is the walled capital of Visby... truly picture postcard stuff. Gotland is easily reached by plane or there is a car ferry running from mainland Sweden (Nynäshamn or Oskarshamn) to Gotland. Gotland has a very pretty capital; The wonderful walled city of Visby should be high on any traveller’s wishlist. Gotland is an amazing Swedish island situated in the Baltic Sea between Sweden and Finland with a population of around 60,000. The county 'Gotlands län' is made up of the main island and several smaller ones including Fårön, Gotska Sandön, and Karlsö. Gotland is easily reached by plane or there is a car ferry running from mainland Sweden (Nynäshamn or Oskarshamn) to Gotland. It is truly unique and has one of the prettiest ‘old town’ areas there is; so unique that is a UNESCO World Heritage Site… and the reason for that is apparent with any visit to the wonderful city. The beautiful Ringmuren (the wall around the town) was built in the 13th century incorporates over 40 turreted towers and stretches over 5 kilometres around the port city. Visby is located on the west coast of the island, it also serves as the ferry port and as such provides a beautiful and welcoming vista for anyone arriving on from the mainland by ferry. Visby has a truly magical feeling to it with its wonderful narrow cobblestoned streets and squares (Stora Torget) lined with beautiful shops cafes and restaurants. Throughout the walled city, there are also a vast array of church ruins which compliment the vibe and homeliness of the vibrant centre. Also known as the ‘City of Roses’ (a visit on the summer months makes that an appropriate title) as floral displays abound and the pride that Visby has in its gardens enhances the city even more; no surprise that Visby also has a well renowned Botanic Garden. Church Ruins: There are some wonderful church ruins around the Innerstad of Visby and a great example of the grandeur and importance of religion can be seen at the Ruins of St. Hans, which with the St. Per Kyrka (Saint Peter Church) was once the largest church in Visby. S:t Per dates back to the 12 century with S:t Hans Kyrka being built in the 13th Century. Fårö (Faro), a small island off the northern tip of Gotland, is a must-see destination for anyone travelling to Sweden. Only 5 minutes by ferry, the island’s landscape and scenery is uniquely different to the rest of Gotland and is famous for not only the limestone sea-stacks (Raukar) along parts fo the coast but also was the home of Ingmar Bergman; world-famous Swedish movie director, writer and producer of film, stage and television. The Raukar that line the north coast and provide a surreal sight; their surrealism is complimented by the man-made cairns that visitors create from the unique stone that lines the coast. Gotland is easily reached by plane or car ferry that departs from mainland Sweden (Nynäshamn or Oskarshamn). The Raukar formed over many millennia as a result of softer sandstone being eroded by the wind, rain and sea while the more resilient limestone remained intact; forming the sea-stacks that are up to 12 metres tall and provide a unique, stack and beautiful landscape, especially at sunset. Over the years, people have started forming smaller stone cairns that provide a wonderful contrast to the larger limestone formations. One very famous Raukar is the Hoburg Raukar which, if viewed from a certain angle looks like the head or face of an old man.
Drive to Nordkapp (Norway)
Drive to Nordkapp (Norway)
So, how far north in mainland Europe can you drive? Nordkapp in the Norwegian Finmark region which, at 71°10′21″N, is promoted to be the most northern point you can reach on the European Mainland, but actually the most northern point is Knivskjellodden which stretches a further 1.4km north but to reach that it is a long hike on foot.
Åreskutan, Åre
Åreskutan, Åre
Located in the central latitudes of Sweden, close to the Norwegian border, is Åreskutan (Åre Mountain), one of the many peaks along the Scandinavian Mountains that form the border between Norway and Sweden. At 1,420 metres, it is not the tallest mountain in Sweden (that honour goes to Kebnekaise at 2104 meters), but it is one of the most popular for its year-round activities; skiing and snowboarding in the cold months and downhill mountain biking in the summer months. The township of Åre sits perfectly between the west side of the and the lake (Åresjön) is approximately 100 km west of the central Sweden city of Östersund, and 280 km west of Sundsvall (Västernorrland), over on the east coast of Sweden It is a truly moving experience to visit the town and the majestic mountain of Åreskutan, and especially wonderful when one of the many markets is on, one of note is the Åre Höstmarknad (Autumn Market) held in September each year. For those looking for a great driving adventure tour of the area of Jämtland, the Fiskvägen (Fish Road) is a great one and includes central Sweden, the western mountains as well as parts of Norway.
Abisko National Park
Abisko National Park
Norrbotten, Sweden, Lappland The northernmost 'county' (län) of Sweden, Norrbotten, is a majestic and ethereal region of Lappland (Lappland is not specific to Sweden but includes Norway, Finland, and Russia's Kola Peninsula) A land of majestic beauty and remoteness, Sweden's Lapland has many iconic destinations. One very special place that should be on anyone's list is Abisko whose national park is a mecca for summer and winter travellers seeking nature's experiences. Abisko National Park, 67.8558 North, is located 94km west of Kiruna, and nearly 200 kilometres north of the Arctic Circle.