Falun: The Swedish town you’ve never heard of that changed the history of the world; Kash; Budget Traveller

Falun is the town that changed Sweden’s history-from the UNESCO World Heritage listed Falu Gruva to the enchanting Carl Larsson garden in nearby Sundborn, this small area of Sweden has had a huge impact and is definitely a place worth visiting.

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Cultural Gems of Sweden – A peak into its World Heritage Sites; Itminan Tasneea; UNB

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A Gentleman’s Guide To Stockholm According To Tailors Saman Amel And Dag Granath; Felicity Carter; Forbes

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Saman Amel and Dag Granath offer their little black book of Stockholm, Sweden.

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Taking a look at Drottningholm Palace; Brittani Barger; Royal Central

The private residence of the Swedish Royal Family, Drottningholm Palace, was built in the 1600s and is listed on UNESCO’s World Heritage list. The Swedish Monarchy says that it is the “most well-preserved…

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Travel Diaries: Swedish Island Hopping In The Baltic; Niki Brantmark; My Scandinavian Home

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Heritage in Progress Conference (HIP) to be held in Gothenburg; Unesco

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Rethinking the landscape of death; Foreground

Natural burial is challenging cemetery design and our increasingly toxic death management practices and finding potential for new expressions of thoughtfulness and beauty along the way.

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15 Adventurous Day Trips From Stockholm [2018 Insider Guide]; One Weird Globe

With the help of our ultimate guide to the 15 best day trips from Stockholm, you’ll be able to find an amazing day trip that suits your style and budget!

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Ten historic pictures that show life in Sweden in the early 1900s; Nele Schroder; The Local

From a mixed-gender swimming pool to strikes and demonstrations – Sweden was a country transforming into a more modern society in the beginning of the 20th century. Here are ten pictures that show what that looked like.

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Gotland: The beautiful Swedish island you must visit; Helen Russell; Telegraph

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UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Europe; Lori; Travel Moments In Time

Planning a trip to Europe? Here are the best UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Europe recommended by travel bloggers. Some are UNESCO natural heritage sites, while others are UNESCO monuments.

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The Most Amazing Royal Homes Around The World; TrendChaser

From Buckingham to Phnom Penh, check out the most amazing places royalty has called home!

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How to be a Viking in Stockholm: Where to go and what to do; Andrew Peacock; The Local

Want to get the full Viking experience in Stockholm? The Local has compiled a list of strapping, burly places for you to check out during your day with axe and shield.

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Eight perfect ways to enjoy the Swedish outdoors this summer; Audrey Duquenne; The Local

Sweden – High Coast / Kvarken Archipelago

With the summer weather now taking hold, it’s time to leave your house and take in the Swedish fresh air. Here are some of the best outdoor activities in Sweden that will help you enjoy the country’s unspoiled nature.

With the right to roam freely in forests, lakes, islands and mountains, the Swedish outdoors is a playground. Whether you want something sporty and active, or just an unforgettable experience to share with friends or family, you’ll find what you’re looking for.

Hiking

Sweden’s flagship summer activity and its most accessible is hiking. An inexpensive hobby you can practice wherever you want and whenever you want, good hiking spots can be found in Swedish cities or further afield in its national parks.

Sweden has 29 national parks which are all free to access and nearly 400 hiking trails maintained by the Svenska Turistföreningen (the Swedish Tourist Association). Kungsleden (The King’s trail) in Swedish Lapland and the Vasaloppsleden (The Vasalopp Trail) in central Sweden are the most famous, but trails can be found all over the country.

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Why you need to visit the oh-so-gorgeous Swedish island of Gotland; Geraldine Carton; Image

Sweden – Hanseatic Town of Visby

Gotland is Sweden’s best-kept secret because next to no one outside of the country has ever even heard of this island, or the wonders and delights that it holds.

…That was, at least, until now.

The largest of the Swedish islands, Gotland is located on the southeast peninsula of Sweden. Its largest town, Visby, is a former Viking settlement that is still surrounded by a well-preserved medieval city wall and is now a modern-day UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Visby: a town full of history and charm

Visby is bursting with charm, character and history, as seen through its twisty-turny cobblestone streets, medieval surroundings and the mismatch, haberdashery-style homes that line its streets. These homes might incorporate a wide range of colours and styles, but one thing that remains consistent is the way in which they resemble real life dollhouses. Seriously, you don’t get much more darling than a Visby cottage.

Island life

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A Hommage To Eliot Porter; Hans Strand; Luminous Landscape

Sweden – High Coast / Kvarken Archipelago

In 1990 I visited the Ansel Adams Gallery in Yosemite National Park. I was eager to see some powerful American landscape photographs. In their collection of work by the American masters, they had several dye transfer prints by Eliot Porter and for a very decent amount of money. However, at this time in my life, I was not ready for Eliot Porter. I simply did not appreciate the subtle content of his intimate landscapes. I was just too naive in my own photography and too much of a freshman to understand the quiet whisperings in Porters photography. Like many young photographers, it was the dramatic landscapes in ”Hallelujah Light” which attracted me. Hence my disappointment. Today I have turned 62, which today is supposed to be the new 40 (I doubt though) and have matured in the intimate direction and I really wish I had bought one of Porters dye transfers that day in Yosemite 26 years ago.

Intimate landscapes have over the years gradually become my own passion. I am also no longer waiting for dramatic sunrises. I prefer to spend these early hours in my bed.

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10 romantic Swedish towns to visit in 2018; The Local

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Sweden – Naval Port of Karlskrona

Everyone knows about the big cities, but smaller towns are an equally important part of the Swedish experience. With a new year upon us, The Local rounds up 10 of the most romantic Swedish towns to visit in 2018. Time to start planning.

Trosa

Recently voted Södermanland county’s most beautiful place, Trosa is only an hour’s drive from Stockholm but it’s a different world compared to the big city. Flanked by the sea, islands and forest, this spot is a popular summer destination and a favourite among tourists in the region, and looking at the storybook buildings as well as the scenery it’s easy to understand why.

Vadstena

Another town by the water, this time on Sweden’s second biggest lake Vättern, Vadstena is an ancient place known for having a remarkably well preserved castle from the time of Gustav Vasa.

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2017: A Year in Photography; Gary; Everything Everywhere

Sweden – Mining Area of the Great Copper Mountain in Falun

A photo essay reflecting on my 2017 travels to over a dozen countries on four continents.

2017 was an odd year for me. It was the least amount I have traveled since I started traveling full time in 2007. I “only” stepped foot in 14 countries this year. I did make the most of it as I visited 27 new UNESCO World Heritage Sites this year (plus 1 that was added this year which I previously visited). I also managed to visit over a dozen National Park Service sites in the US on various domestic trips I took.

Photography wise, I launched the Travel Photography Academy, which is my online travel photography training course. I won 11 awards in annual North American Travel Journalists competition and took home a bronze prize in Single Subject Portfolio category of annual Society of American Travel Writers photography competition.

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16 Things You Have To Do In Stockholm, Sweden; Yaya; Hand Luggage Only

Sweden – Royal Domain of Drottningholm

When it comes to European cities to visit, it probably comes as no surprise that Stockholm is ranked rather highly on the list.

Alas, like most Scandinavian cities,  it isn’t the cheapest to visit and so it tends to get overlooked for more Southern European cities (like Lisbon, Paris, Madrid… etc – I could go on and on here but you get my drift).

Thing is though, Stockholm is definitely worth adding to your list of cities to visit, especially so seeing as there are new airline routes constantly being added which opens up access to this amazing city like never before.

The Swedes are also the Kings and Queens of work-life balance and it’s never more apparent than in the city of Stockholm, which makes it the perfect place for a long weekend jaunt.

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10 Places to Visit in Sweden That Aren’t Stockholm; Caitlin Morton & Katherine LaGrave; Condé Nast Traveler

Sweden – Hanseatic Town of Visby

Sweden is known for many things: interior design, edgy fashion, meatballs, and ABBA (obviously). And the best part? It can all be experienced in Stockholm, the country’s dynamic capital. And while Stockholm should be a stop on every traveler’s Swedish itinerary, there’s so much more to this California-sized country than one urban hub. There are islands to sail to, national parks to explore, and ice hotels to sleep in. Here are ten of the best spots to start exploring once you’ve had your fill of the city.

Ystad

Tiny Ystad—the setting of author Henning Mankell’s Kurt Wallander crime series—is a seaside town that seemingly has it all: world-class museums; colorful, timbered houses; sun-kissed squares; and nearly 25 miles of sandy beaches. Scandinavia’s largest film studio, Ystad Studios, is also located in town.

Sarek National Park, Lapland

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