Category: Sweden

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!

Source: 15 Adventurous Day Trips From Stockholm [2018 Insider Guide] | One Weird Globe

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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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.

Source: How to be a Viking in Stockholm: Where to go and what to do

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

There are no surprises that Stockholm is ranked pretty highly as one of the cool European cities to explore. Yaya means, there are so many incredible experiences and best things to do in Stockholm for a weekend.

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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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A Female Viking Warrior? Tomb Study Yields Clues; Christina Anderson; The New York Times

Sweden – Birka and Hovgården

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.

The controversy is not merely academic.

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Visiting Drottningholm Palace with kids: Is it a good idea?; Dan Miller; Points with a Crew

Sweden – Royal Domain of Drottningholm

As part of Dan Miller’s trip to Stockholm Sweden with his 8 year old son, they took a morning to visit Drottningholm Palace.  Drottningholm Palace is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and since he track those (of course!), it seemed like a perfect thing to do with their time in Stockholm.

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10 beautiful cities in Europe you must visit at…; Yahoo Travel Inspirations

Sweden – Hanseatic Town of Visby

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.

Popular Destinations

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.

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Sweden’s High Coast: an uplifting experience; Richard Nelsson; The Guardian

Sweden – High Coast / Kvarken Archipelago

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.

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10 incredible things you need to see and do in Sweden; JULIE DELAHAYE & MIRIAM GRADEL; Mirror Online

Sweden – Church Town of Gammelstad, Luleå

We take a look at the best sights and activities you won’t want to miss…

If you’re looking for somewhere that has spectacular natural landscape, bustling cities, a breathtaking coast and picturesque little towns, then Sweden might be your ideal holiday destination.

It’s not just the stunning backdrops that are giving us major wanderlust – there’s plenty to see and do across the country.

Whether you want to watch the Northern Lights above a beautiful national park, fancy exploring Stockholm or paying a visit to the world-famous ABBA museum, you’ll be spoiled for choice with the wide array of activities to try and landmarks to see.

To give you a helping hand, we’ve rounded up our top picks of the best things to see and do in this stunning country – as well as the cheapest flights and great budget hotels.

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9 Places You Have To Visit In 2017; Natasha Daniels; FashionBeans

Sweden – Hanseatic Town of Visby

Thanks to the rise of cheap flights and even cheaper beer, we’re taking more trips away than ever before (see Instagram for the heavily-hashtagged proof). But if you’ve found yourself arriving at your destination only to be surrounded by people from the exact town you left, it can feel like you’ve never left at all.

To help you avoid Groundhog Day: International Edition, we’ve done a round-the-world recce. Below you’ll find the best places to visit in 2017, both overseas for those who want to experience some culture (or, y’know, sunshine), and at home for those who just can’t get on board with a 1:1 exchange rate. Happy trails.

Macao, China

Best For: Foodies

Fancy swapping your chow mein for something more… interesting?

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Leeds named one of Europe’s top destinations to visit in 2017; Hanna Tavner; iNews

Sweden – Hanseatic Town of Visby

Lonely Planet has picked Leeds as one of Europe’s top destinations for travellers this summer.

The city received the accolade in the travel publisher’s Best in Europe 2017 list, which highlights the most exciting European destinations to visit this year.

According to Lonely Planet experts, Leeds earned its place among the ten travel destinations thanks to its transformation over the past decade, with urban regeneration accompanied by a flourishing cultural scene, growing food and craft beer reputation and thriving entertainment and nightlife.

Lonely Planet’s spokesperson and UK Destination Editor, James Smart, said: “Once defined by its industrial past, Leeds is now a confident, cultural hub in the North of England.

“With major events this year including the reopening of Leeds Art Gallery and the 50th anniversary of Leeds Carnival, there’s never been a better time to head to Yorkshire and join the party.”

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