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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
STOCKHOLM — When a team of scholars announced last Friday that a famous Viking tomb in Sweden contained the remains of a woman, it seemed to provide long-awaited support for legends of female Viking warriors that date to the early Middle Ages but had been dismissed, in modern times, as myths.
The scholars said their findings, based on DNA tests, “suggest that women, indeed, were able to be full members of male-dominated spheres” in Viking society.
But a respected scholar of the Vikings says that conclusion is premature. She says the researchers who conducted the tests were so determined to show that women were Viking warriors that they overlooked other possible explanations for why a woman’s body might have been in the tomb, which dates to the first half of 10th century.
As part of my trip to Stockholm Sweden with my 8 year old son, we took a morning to visit Drottningholm Palace. Drottningholm Palace is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and since I track those (of course!), it seemed like a perfect thing to do with our time in Stockholm. I wasn’t quite sure what to expect at Drottningholm Palace, and whether Drottningholm Palace with kids would be a good idea.
How to get to Drottningholm Palace
We used our Stockholm Pass for the ferry ride to Drottningholm as well as entrance into the Drottningholm Palace. A ferry ticket as well as entrance to the palace itself and the Chinese Theater.
Europe is a land of rich cultural and epicurean experiences. Whether it is romance that you seek or adventure, whether you are looking for a quiet vacation or days of sightseeing, Europe can satisfy every whim of yours. And if you’ve been wondering where to head to in Europe for an ultimate travel experience, you need to read this.
Let’s take a look at some popular as well as offbeat cities in Europe that you should add to your travel list this year.
1. Istanbul, Turkey
The capital city of Turkey is a living lesson in history, with Byzantine and Ottoman treasures strewn all over the place. Among the most popular places to see here is the Hagia Sophia, which was once a church, then a mosque and now a museum.
A visit to the Bazaar District is a must for souvenir-hunters.
Since the ice age, a chain of islands in northern Sweden has been emerging from the sea, creating a beautiful, if bizarre, wilderness for walkers, campers and kayakers.
From the sea shore, the path had been rising steadily up the hillside, twisting and turning through thick forest, when suddenly it opened up on to a vast clearing of cobble-sized stones. I had spent the previous hour sweating up the mountainside, yet it felt as if I were back on the coast, staring across a rocky beach at low tide.
I wasn’t too far wrong: this was in fact an ancient seabed, one of many bizarre features of the Swedish High Coast – in the Gulf of Bothnia, the topmost part of the Baltic Sea, 500km north-east of Stockholm.