View Full Version : Travelling Scandinavia this Summer...

01-20-2004, 10:10 PM
Bonjour ā tous,

After responding to Jack/JrJohanson on the Treks Forum, I thought it would be nice to let the people of Scandinavia know that we're planning to travel from Holland through Germany > Denmark > Oresund bridge to Sweden > Norway and back, between May 27th & July 4th.

We would like to get tips for events & sightseeing on the south east coast of Sweden as we're planning to travel to Eskilstuna to celebrate a wedding between two "Internet" friends, the precise date in June isn't chosen yet...

And of course we would love to meet any one who would like to come visit us and have a drink. We will make use of campgrounds. Any tips?

Amicalement - Viviane

01-20-2004, 11:20 PM
Two of my favorite spots on the southeast coast of Sweden are Österlen in southeastern Skåne (or <a href="http://www.trekearth.com/gallery/Europe/Sweden/Gotaland/Scania/">Scania</a>) and the island of <a href="http://www.trekearth.com/gallery/Europe/Sweden/Gotaland/Oland/">Öland</a> (which literally is 'Island-land').

Öland is the long narrow island off Kalmar. It has beautiful beaches, the one at Böda is great and has a nice campsite as well. Böda is pretty close to the north tip of the Island on the east side. The western northern coast is nice as well with a lot of limestone quarries where you can find fossiles and stony beaches. The island is also famous for its inland nature with lots of moors and junipers. There is also an old weathered forest to the north called 'Trollskogen' (troll forest). The landscape is dominated by the abundant windmills.

Österlen has a lot of traditional farming landscape with castles and old country estates. There is also a beautiful relic from the vikings called 'Ale stenar' that should be seen. There are quite a few sunbathing oppurtunities here but swimming is usually not recommended in june due to cold currents, the water usually doesn't reach 20 degrees celsius until August.

I hope this was helpful. I will probably be in China all summer so I will have to decline your invitation.

01-21-2004, 01:21 PM
Thanks a lot Simon,

Great tips! We were wondering about Öland already because lot of friends gave that advice too.
I'll let you know what we have visited after returning, and I'll post photos of course...

I wish you a great travel summer in China!

Amicalement - Viviane

01-21-2004, 07:33 PM
Do you plan to "go" with canu/cajac too? If, can recommend some beautiful places.
If not, also. But have to know...


01-21-2004, 09:23 PM
Bonsoir János,

No, we don't have canoe/cajac. We could rent some when we were in natural reserve <a href="http://www.arvika.se/~glaskog/">Glaskogen</a>, near Arvika in 1999.
But this year we just would like to bike & walk & see a lot of natural sceneries...

Thank you for your respons.

Amicalement - Viviane

01-26-2004, 04:06 PM
Si vous ętes ā Eskilstuna il faut aller ā Mariefred (peut-ętre un 40ičme km de lā). C'est une ville trčs sympa et avec un beau château.
Bonne voyage!

01-29-2004, 12:24 AM
Bonsoir Sanna,

I have made a notice of that place, I'll search about it on the net...
Merci beaucoup!

Amicalement - Viviane

02-02-2004, 01:10 PM
When in Eskilstuna don´t miss the little factory museum on the islands in the centre of town, a very nice collection of well polished machinery and technology from mostly 1800´s and early 1900´s. A walk around the old part of Torhälla is allways nice.

Mariefred is a must in that region but don´t forget Strömsholm in the opposite direction. There is also a castle south of Västerås with a nice toy museum.

When we lived in Eskilstuna 1984-1988 we often went to Skottvångs gruvor, an old mine that had a funny restuarant in the main mine building. I don´t know if the restaraunt still exists but that could be fined out I guess. The place is deep in the forests south of Åkers Styckebruk. What a name - stycke-bruk means piece-factory where piece means gun. A reminder of the big wars long ago!

If you like to trek a bit more there is a long hike route going around most of that part of Sweden, it is called Sörmlandsleden and is a marked trail from south of Stockholm in the woodlands first going west to somewhere south of Eskilstuna, then tuning south down to the coast and then back to Sthlm. There are shelters etc. at suitable distances all the way.

I am home with an influensa and my mind works very slowly, if I think of anything else on the matter I´ll get back.


02-03-2004, 08:06 PM
Bonsoir Ebbe,

Thank you for more tips about the surrounding of Eskilstuna, I hope our friend Åke who lives there will have time to show us what you noted for me.

Sörmlandsleden sounds very interesting. I have discovered the <a href="http://www.sormland.se/sormlandsleden/kartor/">map</a>, but no English text.

Did you catch that cold in Paris or Vienna? ;o) - I hope you will be better soon!

Amicalement - Viviane

03-02-2004, 05:38 PM
Bonjour Viviane!

Depending on your time schedule and how far up north you will be traveling, another island you should try to visit is
<a href="http://www.gotland.se/gsp/docs/eng.html" target="_blank">Gotland</a>.

<a href="http://www.gotland.se/imcms/servlet/GetDoc?meta_id=9646" target="_blank">Here</a> you can find more information in English, as well as in French ;)

I myself will probably visit my Dutch family and friends in June, but feel free to contact me if you have any questions or if you think that I can help you.

Met vriendelijke groet,
Med vänliga hälsningar,

03-02-2004, 08:32 PM
Hoi Edwin!

Just great, thanks a lot!

The first site is very beautiful, a very artistical concept, I hope I'll be able to shoot a couple of pictures as lovely as on this site.
And, as a real French woman oughts, I'm now already dreaming to try "ungstrull and glödhoppa" and have "saffron pancakes with dewberry jam and cream"as dessert... :o) For loosing calories afterwards I think the area will also be perfect for biking!
Second site gives a good idea of the history and cultural value.

Anyway, our itinerary plans are not quite ready yet...
We are leaving May 26th and having first night by family in Fiesland, north of the Netherlands, and we are hoping to reach the Oresund bridge May 27th... Spending maybe a couple of days in Skåne before driving east towards Öland and having later a meeting with our two friends around June 3rd in the neighbourhood of Stockolm, a girl from Zwolle marying a Swedish guy from Eskilstuna! Internet love! :o)
Then almost 4 weeks to go to, trying to spend 2 in Norway. I simply love the Jotunheimen, road 51 and the Peer Gynt Way, and the high fjells of Haukeligrend, Telemark. Even more stunning than all the fjords!

We probably will come back via the west coast, camping at Glaskogen Natural Reserve, Varmland, and later in Stocken, Orust, and then we must be crossing the bridge back ;o((( at least on July 1st. Maybe we will cross eachother somewhere... :o)

Vriendelijke groetjes - Viviane

03-29-2004, 02:15 AM
Cher Viviane,

First of all, I'm sorry that I haven't fulfilled my promise to you about tips for your trip to Sweden this Summer. My memory is very good, but it's short! Anyhow here is my contribution.

Scania is very much like Holland/Denmark if you look to the western part. Relatively crowded and densely built-up. The eastern part (called Österlen) is very nice with a lot of fishing villages/harbours, but with a strong segment of summer and popular

03-29-2004, 05:05 AM
Cher Viviane,

<I>Sorry, I hit the <B>wrong button</B> in my search for information - that's why the preceding is only partly a message!</I>

And then, I'm sorry that I haven't fulfilled my promise to you (March 1st) about tips for your trip to Sweden this Summer. My memory is very good, but it's short! Anyhow here is my contribution:

<B>Scania</B> is very much like Holland/Denmark if you look to the western part. Relatively crowded and densely built-up. The eastern part (called Österlen), east of <a href="http://www.visitystad.com/">Ystad</a>, is very nice with a lot of fishing villages/harbours, but with a strong segment of summer visitors. And the sea is normally rather cold in June.

Next province is <a href="http://www.blekingeturism.com/uk/"><B>Blekinge</B></a>, also known as the <I>Garden of Sweden</I> (that didn't sound too bad in English!), which is very beautiful. A nice archipelago and, more inland, oak woods. The ice-age (or rather the withdrawel) had a great inpact here, so when you travel from west to east it's uphill-downhill-uphill-downhill aso. The archipelago reaches it's peak at <a href="http://www.navalcity.org/index_eng.htm"><B>Karlskrona</B></a>, a city built as a naval base in 1680 on several islands and surrounded by many more. This is where the Sovjet submarine W-137 hit land in 1981.

Futher north is the province <B>Småland</B> - the border at Brömsebro was the country border between Sweden and Denmark until 1658 - and the mayor city on the eastcoast is <a href="http://www.kalmar.se/defaultInt.aspx?id=3675"><B>Kalmar</B></a>, my old hometown. This is a very beautiful summer city, with lots to see and visit, especially the <a href="http://www.kalmarslott.kalmar.se/engelsk/index.html">Castle</a> and the <a href="http://www.kalmarlansmuseum.se/engelska/index.html">County Museum</a> (Länsmuseum) and there is a very nice camping site at <a href="http://www.kalmar.se/templates/Page.aspx?id=3270">Stensö</a>. The museum contains multiple object from the man-of-war "<a href="http://www.kalmarlansmuseum.se/kronan/english/">Kronan</a>" which was sunk in the Baltic Sea outside Öland in 1676 by the joint Dutch-Danish Navy.

<B>End of part one (of two) - continued...</B>

03-29-2004, 05:17 AM
<B>...continued - part two (of two)</B>

East of Kalmar is the island of <B>Öland</B>, a province in itself. It's reached by a 6km long bridge (when built the longest in Europe) and is a very special place. Most spectacular is the southern part, with the <a href="http://www.h.lst.se/english/lanet/7oland/ny7al_en.htm"><I><B>Great Alvar</B></I></a> with a thin layer of soil on limestone grounds, creating a special kind of flowering (I believe June is the peak period) and an almost Provencalian light. Northern Öland holds the only city <B>Borgholm</B> with an old ruined castle, used for open-air-concerts, and the Swedish Royal Summer Residence "Solliden". The are a lot of restaurants (watch out, special prices!) and a lot of summer visitors - and it should especially be avoided around the Midsummer Holidays (June 25-27) because of the youth invation (I've been there!).
<I>Seven reasons to visit Öland</I> are found <a href="http://www.h.lst.se/english/lanet/7oland/nyaff_en.htm">here</a>, together with a <a href="http://www.h.lst.se/english/lanet/7oland/nykar_en.htm">map</a>.

Inland from Kalmar, in the woodlands, lays what is known as the "<B>Kingdom of Crystal</B>" (Glasriket), a widespread centre of 14 glassworks - among the more known are <I>Orrefors, Kosta</I> and <I>Boda</I>. Here you are able to take part in the glass blowing process, buy glass at discount prices and even have a unique meal called "Hyttsill" (hot-shop herring), which is very special and highly recommended! All information about this <a href="http://www.glasriket.se/">here</a>.

Going north from Kalmar, or north-east from Glasriket, you once more approach an archipelago, with it's centre in <a href="http://www.vastervik.se/engelsk/index.htm"><B>Västervik</B></a>, a small but charming summer town.

The archipelago continues north as you leave Småland for the province <B>Östergötland</B> and now I'm outside my territory. I know that the city of <I>Linköping</I> has a lovely "<a href="http://www3.linkoping.se/gamlalinkoping/">old town</a>" and <I>Norrköping</I> is a former working-class city with many beautiful views. But I leave you here!

I hope some of the information I've provided will be of use, and if needed, don't hesitate to contact me for any further help. And, of course, I wish you a nice trip with many photo opportunities! Glaskogen is known as moose country!

Amicalement - Kaj

PS1. Some of the sites have links in French.
PS2. I had to cut the message in <B>two parts</B> as I exeeded 3000 characters (puh!)...

03-29-2004, 11:49 PM
Bonjour Kaj,

Wow! Thank you so much for your wonderful tips, it's very sweet of you, you made so much work of it! It's also very well written and comprehensible, also the links you gave are amazing. I can't wait to go and discover that part of Sweden.

We knew Skåne a little bit already because we were camping just before going back home in July 2002, we stayed near the east entry of Söderåsen National Park. And we had a lovely day visiting Kulla Peninsula too.
But we don't know yet Blekingen, Småland and the south east coast. We certainly will follow your advices about Öland, the clickable map you gave let us see beautiful sights... It must become a nice photo-vacation for us now!

Again thank you for your excellent work.

Amicalement - Viviane