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"sweden is more than just stockholm and gothenburg....&

Benzed
post 27.Apr.2006, 12:05 PM
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Location: Gothenburg
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This is what a 54 year old woman from Norway just posted on a website I belong to, I have included the rest of her message for travel purposes. I`m personally quite excited by her recommendations.

Comments and confirmation of any points covered is appreciated (by me) .
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...and of the two the latter is clearly my favourite,
mainly because the people living there have the
cosiest Swedish dialect and are in general very nice.

But the coastline from Gøteborg to the Norwegian is
one of the prettiest landscapes of Scandinavia. It is
littered with cute little towns and in between you see
virtually untouched nature, because the Swedes have
been clever enough not to build anything on they're
coastlines since 1930.

If you are young and like noisy parties, the town of
Smogen is full of life from midsummer till the middle
of August. Fishing boats deliver it's catch here, and
you can have freshly cooked shellfish like shrimps,
crabs and mussels in the harbour every morning. It
also has a lot of bars, pubs, restaurant and shops,
and the tiny little harbour is filled with sailboats
from Sweden, Norway, Denmark and Germany from around 6
in the afternoon. Mussolini said "See Naples and die",
but he never saw the sun set over Smogen...


www.smogen.com/


My favourite town on that coastline is, however,
Grebbestad. Home of Sweden's best beer, the Grebbestad
Granite and a really beautiful national park called
Tjurpannan. It has shops, pubs, bars, a Systembolag
and a really cute youth hostel (and the best equipped
by any of the ones I have been to), run by Bertil, who
is nice enough to open up the hostel only for us in the
middle of the winter. Like in Smogen, fishing boats
come in here and they have an excellent seafood
restaurant called Grebys. In the summer one of the
restaurants organises sing-alongs and some others have
live music and dance. It's not as noisy as Smögen but
still full of life. En the evening på Hörnan,
Grebbestad's best night spot.

www.grebbestad.com/?show=91

I must not forget the Dalslands kanal. A summer evening
in a canoe one one of the many lakes that makes up the
canal is Scandinavia at it's best. Vi like to canoes
rent at Fogelvik Camping in Töckfors and paddle out
to an island or other where you can be completely
alone. You can bring a tent or only a sleeping bag. On
marked places they have put up little huts with 3 walls
were one can sleep, and they have also made grills for
bar-b-qing and laid out wood to heat it up with. The
water is so clean that you can drink it. In Töckfors
you can enjoy a beer at one of the cafes facing the
canal (which around Töckfors is filled with water
lilies) or have a great pizza at they're Turkish
(that's right) restaurant.

kanaler.arnholm.nu/dals.html

You can get to all these places with bus from Göteborg
or Oslo.

And what do you bring for a summer in Scandinavia? The
same stuff you will bring for a skiing trip. Omit the
skis, add rain wear!

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Beth
post 27.Apr.2006, 12:11 PM
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i agree wholeheartedly. the west coast is beautiful. we spent a week on the island of orust...totally loved it. have dived off of lysekil...really nice. personally i think smögen is overrated, but there's so much in that area, that who cares...throw it in too.

if it didn't take 7 hours to drive over that way from stockholm, i'd have a summer/weekend place in bohuslän.
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Braderunner Rennuredarb
post 27.Apr.2006, 12:13 PM
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Location: Not in Sweden
Joined: 24.May.2005

I smell a road trip... :shock:
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Beth
post 27.Apr.2006, 12:17 PM
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is that a pleasant scent?
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Alfredo
post 27.Apr.2006, 12:49 PM
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I'm glad you've started this thread, Benzed, 'cause I've been thinking along the same lines recently, and wondered if anyone here had any hot tips for places to see in Sweden.

I would say Visby is the most interesting town in Sweden, and the rauks on Gotland are worth a butcher's too.

If you're (not Benzed specifically, but anyone) in Dalarna, I can certainly recommend a trip to Carl Larsson's place in Sundborn, although, to be honest, there's not a lot else to see around there.

If you've got young kids, we enjoyed a stay at the Pippi hotel in Vimmerby ...

I always like the glass-making places in Småland, and the 'hällristningar' you can find dotted around the whole of Sweden.

Where would others recommend?
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Benzed
post 27.Apr.2006, 12:59 PM
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Location: Gothenburg
Joined: 1.Nov.2005

I`m keen to wind my way up to Oslo in the next couple of months, this could be a decent way of doing so. Some of those teeny village photos on the "pictures of your home country" topic got my exploration juices flowing a bit as well. City living here is nice, but it`s not really Sweden any more than another Euro nation in general. The backwoods is where it`s at.

Roadtrip sounds good, a van full of Gothenburg TL posters armed with ... er ... maps and compasses (I almost wrote cutlasses). Or something. Chants of "down with the 08-ers" and "We love you Fredddddddie, because you`re in your jocks".

I spoiled my own thread.
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Rachel F
post 27.Apr.2006, 01:02 PM
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Good God, we drove from Stockholm down to Bostad last year and apart from the thrill of seeing those Saab planes by the side of the road, I have never seen a landscape so devoid of character. Even the Australian outback had the odd bit of road kill to stave off the boredom.

I'll be heading out to some of the islands on the Archipelago this summer and looking forward to doing some camping.
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Benzed
post 27.Apr.2006, 01:12 PM
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Location: Gothenburg
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Ah but did you take the motorways?

My trip from Stockholm to Gothenburg via the motorway was indeed the most tedious tree lined yawnfest I`ve ever encountered. I know Sweden is 56% forest or whatever, but I was unaware that 53% flanks that one f&%#"ing stretch of tarseal.

In Skåne we saw a distinct difference in scenic wonder between the motorway and the "secondary" routes... I basically only ever use the secondary routes in any country I travel in, anyway. Motorways are for night travel only.
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Alfredo
post 27.Apr.2006, 01:19 PM
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If you want backwoods, Benzed, you've hit the jackpot with Sweden!

I'd agree with KatieA on the paucity of land landscapes in Sweden. The sea archipelagoes are more attractive ...

Anyone been to Åland?
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VikingHumpingWitch
post 27.Apr.2006, 01:22 PM
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Isn't Smogen one of the pictures on that 'pictures of Sweden looking pretty' thread? Anyway it sounds great and I want to go there. Need to bring my tent over here I think.
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Ezpen The Caveman
post 27.Apr.2006, 01:26 PM
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QUOTE (Alfredo)
If you want backwoods, Benzed, you've hit the jackpot with Sweden!

I'd agree with KatieA on the paucity of land landscapes in Sweden. The sea archipelagoes are more attractive ...

Anyone been to Åland?

Åland is nice, except for some of the people (locals)... biggrin.gif
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Beth
post 27.Apr.2006, 01:45 PM
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QUOTE (Alfredo)
Anyone been to Åland?


loved the landscape once you break past mariehamn

one of these days we're gonna go further afield in their archepelago..breathtaking for sure from the sampling we got on the "mainland"
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Benzed
post 27.Apr.2006, 02:32 PM
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Location: Gothenburg
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I`m intrigued that you went diving here, Bethany? What time of year was it, and did you freeze your girl-knackers off?? And what about the visibility ... I hear it`s awful murky here, by and large. I`m spoiled for previous diving locations; Egypt, NZ, Tahiti, so I don`t think discovering rotted Svenska wood ensembles at the pit end of a soiled lake will quite do it for me biggrin.gif
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Beth
post 27.Apr.2006, 02:47 PM
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i think it was around this time of year...water temp was about 6 degrees...two words
DRY SUIT

viz was ok but nothing compared to the other places you named...tahiti's viz was so amazing i still get goosebumps...but it blows the baltic out of the water. I liked diving the west coast. I honestly feel i improved my diving skills diving cold water with a dry suit. plus it was fun floating around in a dry suit, playing..waiting for the other divers. (shore dive) and doing what the hubby called "james bond" diving...you pull off your dry suit to reveal your dinner wear...step out of suit, start ballroom dancing.
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Benzed
post 27.Apr.2006, 02:56 PM
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You kind of lost me with that last bit, but it sounds nice.

Have any of you been up north, like seriously north into the arctic circle region / lappland?
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