RoadTrip #32.2: Exploring the city center of Mora, Sweden (ft. the Vasaloppet, the Old Bell Tower, Mora church, the Dalahäst statue, the promenade and Zorngården and museum)

Here’s part 2 of the roadtrip to the northernmost Swedish city we’ve visited thus far – Mora. The name itself, apparently, has nothing to do with “mor” (or “mother”), but was derived from the other meaning of the word in Swedish, “dense forest on damp land”. Mora lies by the 6th largest lake in the … More RoadTrip #32.2: Exploring the city center of Mora, Sweden (ft. the Vasaloppet, the Old Bell Tower, Mora church, the Dalahäst statue, the promenade and Zorngården and museum)

RoadTrip #32.1: On the road to Mora, Sweden (ft. the Norwegian-Swedish border in Kongsvinger and the Åmåsängsgården and beach)

Mora is the northernmost city in Sweden we’ve visited so far, i.e., if you don’t count Orsa as a city. It’s well-known for the dalahäst (Dala horse) or painted wooden horses, and the Vasaloppet, the world’s third longest cross-country skiing race held annually in March. Both the dalahäst and the Vasaloppet have interesting history behind … More RoadTrip #32.1: On the road to Mora, Sweden (ft. the Norwegian-Swedish border in Kongsvinger and the Åmåsängsgården and beach)

RoadTrip #31: Hiking to Fugleleiken lookout tower in Råde, Norway – A 17th of May special

17th of May is a big public holiday in Norway. People put on their best dress, usually the bunad (national dress), wave the flag, join the crowd on streets and watch the big parades. It is also tradition to have some sausage sandwich or ice cream. This year, we tried to skip the crowd and … More RoadTrip #31: Hiking to Fugleleiken lookout tower in Råde, Norway – A 17th of May special

RoadTrip #30: Geocaching in Holmestrand, Norway

All right, this entry would be short and quick. As the title suggests, it’s about a little geocaching trip. I love geocaching, and we’ve found many interesting caches in interesting places. We’re not die-hard Geocachers though, so even with a paid membership, we only do it for “fun”, as a “hobby”. And so, one Sunday … More RoadTrip #30: Geocaching in Holmestrand, Norway

RoadTrip #29.3: The medieval sandstone church in Söne, the Ice Age-built and nature reserve Hindens rev peninsula, and the old Svinesund bridge – My 32nd birthday special

This is the last entry for the roadtrip we had for my birthday. We left the Läckö Castle around noontime, and with so much time left on a sunny spring day, we decided to visit another attraction in Lidköping, Sweden. We were headed towards the Hindens rev peninsula – a 5-km stretch of land which … More RoadTrip #29.3: The medieval sandstone church in Söne, the Ice Age-built and nature reserve Hindens rev peninsula, and the old Svinesund bridge – My 32nd birthday special

RoadTrip #29.2: Visiting the medieval Läckö Castle in Sweden – My 32nd birthday special

After spontaneously checking out the Saturday market in Lidköping, we buckled our seatbelts and drove on the the main destination of the roadtrip – the splendid Läckö Castle. It is situated on the Kållandsö island on the banks of Lake Vänern, Sweden’s largest lake. Built in the late 1200s, the Baroque castle with its iconic … More RoadTrip #29.2: Visiting the medieval Läckö Castle in Sweden – My 32nd birthday special

RoadTrip #29.1: The traditional Saturday market in Lidköping, Sweden – My 32nd birthday special

I like celebrating birthdays (privately, of course). For one, it’s a reminder that ‘hey, you’re still alive, keep living‘. It is also a milestone. In my line of work where I encounter people actually dying and incapacitated, reaching a certain age is a gift that should be celebrated (however way you want to – go … More RoadTrip #29.1: The traditional Saturday market in Lidköping, Sweden – My 32nd birthday special

RoadTrip #28: Exploring the idyllic Skjærhalden in Hvaler municipality – the Norwegian archipelago that resembles a pod of whales

Hvaler municipality lies on the eastern part of Norway and borders the country to Sweden. The archipelago has been mainly dependent on boating, fishing and sailing as their economic means. At present, Hvaler is a pretty popular holiday destination, with summer houses dotting some of the islands. One can also visit the Ytre Hvaler National … More RoadTrip #28: Exploring the idyllic Skjærhalden in Hvaler municipality – the Norwegian archipelago that resembles a pod of whales

NORWAY: A stroll around a frozen Landfalltjern (lake) in Drammen

The air was crisp when Carl and I went for a nature stroll up on Landfalltjern in Drammen. As it was a Monday mid-April, King Winter had not officially left the land. Seemed like he was enjoying lingering around for a few days more.. The lake was frozen and yet, some people were out in … More NORWAY: A stroll around a frozen Landfalltjern (lake) in Drammen