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You can literally cross a bridge from Copenhagen, Denmark to Sweden. But it is quite a long bridge. One may think both cities would be similar due to small distance separating them but you couldn’t be more wrong. Malmö has different feeling – it is calmer, more monumental, and more adult. You will feel its industrial history as well as present high-tech direction.
We commenced the hiking part of our Swedish journey “deep in the north”. It was in the territory of Bohuslän which is eleven hours from Göteborg. Prices are same in Sweden as in the Czech republic. Nominally, at least. The most expensive part of our journey is travelling itself (had you your own food from the Czech Republic). However, there are many train and bus lines in the country.
Eighteen kilogram backpack on our backs were bent me and Dominika down at a station. We were looking forward to Swedish dream, a month worth of travelling on our own. A yellow bus was the means of our transport from Brno to Göteborg. After almost 20 hours of comfortable ride we got off the bus to see seagulls, ferry two ferry boats and cranes idling at the port. Visitor centers were buoys giving us always necessary information in the Swede’s second largest city. The first thing we actually did there was a visit at one such a center. Maps, leaflets, information – this is tourist’s fodder. One even doesn’t realize how remote is the land he trod on. Especially when passersby smile at him/her when he/she asks for directions. The smiles were still there regardless where we were.
After we enjoyed walks in Finnish towns of Kuopio and Rovaniemi, we set off to explore another Scandinavian country. This time Sweden, or rather the Kingdom of Sweden.
Sarek was under mist for good and we knew it would be pointless to set out for another trip. We had waited for several hours if weather had improved. But we had little faith in it. Eventually, weather hadn’t improved just as we expected.
The last really comfortable night of our trek in the Swedish Sarek National Park was really expensive. We stayed in our cozy cottage until the afternoon of the next day and then we moved forth to wilderness and we were looking forward to it.
The main goal of our journey across Scandinavia was the Sarek National Park. When we arrived to Kvikkjokk we set out north via Kungsleden, a well-known road. We walked only two hours and then we set up a camp by a road. In the evening, it started raining and we deeply hoped there would be no more rain in the morning.
The main goal of our expedition to Scandinavia was the Sarek National Park in northern Sweden. Wild nature there contains mountains, plains, mountain river valleys, glaciers and flocks of reindeers. While we search information on Sarek before our departure we noticed a warning on a Swedish national parks website that pointed out harsh conditions and ask visitors to be very careful.
The first stop on our journey across Scandinavia was in the Skuleskogen National Park. We set out to a two-day trek during which there was pretty bad weather. We were soaked and after two hours of walk we hid for a night in a beautiful public cottage. After we woke up in the morning, there were no traces left of yesterday’s rain and there was a pleasant sun in the sky.
One of the most important Swedish cities is located on the shore of the Baltic Sea – it is Malmö a pulsing artery of Scandinavia, an unusual Swedish city with Danish influence or just a pile of gravel, as locals like to call it.
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