Last updated: 20/01/2017 [Design & Pictures by Simons Nature]


Sweden was our first and last destination on the three-week trip to Scandinavia. Unfortunately we had bad luck with the weather in the first days, five days of continuous rain, so we went faster through the country than originally planned. In addition to many mosquitoes, fortunately we had a mosquito net, the country is characterized by water, forest and few people. The further north, the more solitary it becomes. After returning from the North Cape, we then traveled south along the east coast, this time in fine weather. This coast is quite lively, offers interesting destinations and many small places with houses, which we would call typical "Swedish" in Southern Europe.
With the Wilderness Road (Vildmarksvägen), the most beautiful round trip in Sweden, you've found your perfect destination. Around 500 kilometres long, the Vildmarksvägen loops from Strömsund in Northern Jämtland northwest over the spectacular mountain plateau "Stekenjokk" into the South of Lappland and from Vilhelmina eventually back southwards to Strömsund.
The Kingdom of Crystal (Swedish: Glasriket, The glass realm) is a geographical area today containing a total of 15 glassworks in the municipalities of Emmaboda, Nybro, Uppvidinge, Växjö and Lessebo in southern Sweden. Their history can be traced back to the 18th century at least. The glassworks have become part of the culture of Sweden; examples can be found in many Swedish homes, recognizable by a small sticker at the bottom with the name Orrefors, Kosta, etc. When touring the forested province of Småland in Sweden, it is normal to visit at least one of the glassworks. The larger ones have adjacent museums and are open for visitors to see the glass blowing hall, normally looking down from a platform. Food is available as well as shopping for all kinds of glass products such as glasses, bowls, vases and unique glass ornaments.
Öland is the second largest Swedish island and the smallest of the traditional provinces of Sweden. Öland has an area of 1,342 square kilometres (518 square miles) and is located in the Baltic Sea just off the coast of Småland. The island has 25,000 inhabitants. It is separated from the mainland by the Kalmar Strait and connected to it by the 6-km Öland Bridge, which opened on 30 September 1972.
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