RoadTrip #16.2: The thrilling Kungsklyftan in Fjällbacka and the ancient rock carvings in Aspeberget – a roadtrip along the western coast of Sweden

After getting amazed by the Stone Ship (Stenskeppet) in Strömstad and the vast natural exhibition of rock carvings in Vitlycke Museum, we continued our drive along the Swedish coast and reached a picturesque seaside village called Fjällbacka. I fell in love with the village, although we only spent a couple of hours there. We had some delicious Swedish pizza, and then hiked a little towards the puzzling cleft with four boulders stuck in them! It was thrilling to go under them. Then, we visited a rock carving site in Aspeberget.

The roadtrip continues

Fjällbacka was eye-candy, with the pretty houses, narrow streets and numerous boats and yachts. I wouldn’t be surprised if it’s a popular summer destination. Fjällbacka is actually a fishing village in Tanum. Read more interesting facts about it here: Many famous people apparently spent their summers in the archipelago, and were gotten inspired to make masterpieces, like in literature and film. I wouldn’t mind going back there in summer.

As it was autumn, the streets had people, but not a lot. We looked for a place to eat on the promenade and found Kroken restaurant, where we had some delicious thin-crust Swedish pizza!

Restaurang Kroken
Amazing view from the restaurant
We always eat Swedish pizza when in Sweden (and cinnamon buns)

A popular attraction in Fjällbacka would be the Kungsklyftan. One can hike on top of the mountain, or walk below. Kungsklyftan, as I’ve mentioned, is a cleft with huge boulders stuck in them. It reminded me of Kjeragbolten in Norway, which is one boulder stuck in between mountain edges. We chose to take the path under the boulder because, well, the entrance was easier to find. The path up to Kungsklyftan was very rocky, so I was careful not to twist my ankle.

First, the stairs
Let’s go

After leaving all the stones unturned (hopefully), we reached the famous boulders. It was scary to walk below them, like if fate hates you, you could just perish in a blink of an eye. But it we made it! Truly, how those boulders got stuck there was puzzling.

Hurry, husband, I’m scared!
1, 2, 3, 4 boulders!
On the other side – we made it, hurray!

How cool was that?! On the other side, there was the stairs going up to the hilltop of Vetteberget. Some translations: “berg” is the swedish (or scandinavian) word for mountain. “Fjäll” also means mountain. You see the map of Vetteberget in the next picture.

Too tired to take more stairs

Then, we walked back to the parking lot by the church where we parked the car. I could really imagine the promenade and the streets teeming with people, had we come a couple of months earlier. But I liked it like that – the promenade all to our selves!

Beautiful Fjällbacka
Funny how the signs in Tanum use rock art figures!
Refreshing sea breeze!
A Swedish gem

We also had a quick look at the neogothic church in the village, which was built in 1892 and designed by architect Adrian C. Peterson.

Fjällbacka church
The church from another angle
Pålarne statue by Pål Svensson; standing in the church’s front yard
Idyllic Fjällbacka

Beautiful, isn’t it?

Before completely leaving Tanum, we visited another rock carvings site. It was also a big field, which was actually guarded by a fence, so I was a bit scared going out there. In Aspeberget, we saw a high concentration of rock carvings, some were even unpainted! It was very interesting and cool! We saw animal-, ship- and human figures.

The path to Aspeberget rock carvings
Bigger figures than the ones we saw before
How the land was exposed through the years
A burial field (gravfält)
Aspeberget – watch out, might be slippery
Do you see the unpainted rock carving? I kinda do..
A clearer one – do you see them?
Some natural changes happening here

I find it amazing how the carvings were preserved. Way to go, ancient humans!

Before leaving the site, we picked up a geniusly hidden geocache. 😉 Spoiler alert!

A tricky geocache

Driving forward, we were distracted by two huge sattelite disks! Like, what were they for? I told Carl that there was a geocache hidden there, which means that we could check it out!

Tanum Teleport

The site is called Tanum teleport. According to sources (most are in swedish or norwegian, so I’ll just translate the one from, the station was opened in 1971 and has 5 parabolic antennas with a diameter of 14 meters to 30 meters. The station had a capacity for many thousands of telephone connections. Later on, the trafic was taken over by fiber cables. So, in the end, the station was shut down in 2002. BUT! It had played a major part in the early development of the internet in the 1970’s. Super cool – we learned som history while geocaching in the middle of the woods somewhere in Tanum!

Sattelite no 2

It was getting dark then, so we decided to call it a day and booked a hotel in Trollhättan spontaneously! Trollhättan – what a funny name for a city! Well, I would later find out how cool this city is.. More about it in the next entry!

Crossing the Uddevallabrön (bridge)
@ Hotell Bele

The road trip continues…



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