Sweden: Stockholm - Venice Of The North
The Kingdom of Sweden, most extensive Scandinavian country, is situated on surface of 449 964 square kilometres and belongs to greatest states of Europe. Sweden temptates millions of visitors, thanks to its marvellous and diverse nature or interesting architecture, especially for the fact that even during tourist saison, the calm.dominates and no busy life is prevailing there.
Sweden is an ideal territory for spending of holiday for those persons who wish to admire and to recognize the magic of untouched nature. This Scandinavian country will fascinate you with really wide scale of landscape types, from splendid sandy beaches or undulated fields in south, across many rapturous lakes, mountain torrents and dense forests, up to open wilderness, which is changing into arctic tundra in the north. On the other hand, even lovers of achitectonical beauties would find their targets, visiting monuments and snug corners of European metropolis.
The town placed on the water
Let´s introduce Stockholm, Swedish capital. Just its name informs us that it will not be standard continental town but something different, extraordinary. The town is situated on several islands, along Malaren Lake and Baltic Sea (the expression „stock“ means beam and „holm“ island in Swedish language). So, it is a town placed on the water, or, better to say, Venice of the North or Scandinavian capital, so even such attributes got Stockholm from their inhabitants or admirers. Its non-traditional position on 14 islands joined mutually by bridges, forms this town as unrepeatable. Although Stockholm is European metropolis, the town is incredible green. From all parts, northern peace as well as pleasant atmosphere of medioeval beauty will influence you. Despite this fact, Stockholm acts in very modern way and also dynamically.
It would be good to know that…
The first thing which surprised me as the first, was a fact that the Swedes do not nerly use cash money. You can pay by credit cards everywhere (public WC forms the only exception). So, useful information for the future: it has no sense to be supplied with Swedish crowns in cash. Another quite important fact: although Stockholm (and the whole country) would seem to you to be rather expensive, all kinds of services, paid in advance, are functionning perfectly, for sure. It is public transport in town (you will be transferre to any part/quarter of the town without problems) or considerateness and hospitality of staff in hostel or in restaurant. If you wish to visit some monuments, museums or galleries, so, do not hesitate to buy so called Stockholmskortet (Stockholm card). This card is valid fo public transport as well as cheaper ticket for unnumerous popular places of interest from tourist point of view. The card could be bought with validity for 24, 48 or 72 hours. It is also valid as a ticket for Hop-on Hop-of Boat (it is a vessel navigating among islands, where you can get in or get off at any stop), operating during tourist season (since end of April till the end of September). This card is very popular! In Stockholm, there are to be found big number of museums, galleries, and beautiful buildings which are worth to be admired. You can find there your dreamed attractive objects, although you are no admirer of history or arts. For me, it was highly attractive building and new Stockholm symbol at the same time - i.e. fully sheltered Globe Ice-Hockey Stadium. You can reach its cupola roof by glassed egg-shaped lift, moving along outside stadium surface, and so admire the beauties of the town from birds´ perspective. Even Vasa Vessel War Museum (Vasamuseet) was a shocking experience for me. The ship fascinated me with its blamelessness and gigantic dimensions. But all this will be described in our next chapter.
Text/photo: O. Kubáčková
Translation: ing. Jan Jonáš
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
While travelling along coastal trail from Ljungskile to Uddevalla, we saw Halle-Hunneberg forests, Västergötland region. It was tiresome to carry heavy backpacks which in turn didn’t bring us much joy when travelling. Therefore, we left them at a visitors’ center.
Last days of travels with Dominika we spent at the city of
Örebro, the history of which dates back to the 15th century.
For the first time after thirteen nights in the tent we wrapped a blanket around ourselves. Me and Dominika got at a farm south from Norrköping. For ten days we worked there in exchange for food and shelter.
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.
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.
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.
Stockholm belongs synonymously to most beautiful and most green metropolis of the Europe. The lovers of history and arts will be surprised at existence of more that 100 museums, dedicated really to all subjects which would occur to you.
Scandinavia is extended on a peninsula of the same name in the North of Europe. It is also known as a country of elks, trolls, fjords, high mountains, endless plains or a seat of Santa Claus.This area has, as a consequence of its position, more colder climate and heterogenous countryside, rather few inhabitated (colonized).
Our journey Scandinavian tour will introduce us first the Sweden, where it will be our destination Vasamuseet Stockholm Museum, hiding one of the most beautiful ship the world.
Forests, mountains, wild animals. A land without people, a wilderness. After days, weeks and months spent in cities and offices these were the attributes we wanted our vacation to fulfill. We also wanted to visit real Canadian wilderness.
Uppsala is one of the largest and most important cities in Sweden. Some interesting things about the city will be revealed in the following article.
Three-week journey of our group across Scandinavia had began with our disembark at the port of Nynäsham near Stockholm. It was only one hour after noon so we continued our journey to north. We reached the Gulf of Botnia and continued along its shore. As the day changed to the evening we choose a peninsula on a map where was a view.
We are in a camp near Stockholm. We set off for a walkthrough in the city yet first we make a stop at Vasa Museum.
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