RoadTrip #34: Celebrating Midsummer in Torsby, Sweden (+ a daytrip to Rottneros Park)

The Midsummer (Swedish: Midsommer) is one of the biggest holidays in Sweden. It is when the summer solstice or the longest day of the year is celebrated with maypoles, flower wreaths, singing and dancing! And of course, good food like crayfish, salmon, barbecue and spare ribs partnered with new potatoes or pickled herring. Last year, … More RoadTrip #34: Celebrating Midsummer in Torsby, Sweden (+ a daytrip to Rottneros Park)

RoadTrip #33: Visiting the Rural Museum and Sandbekk Windmill in Rakkestad, Norway

It’s time again for yet another roadtrip. This one was a full daytrip spent finding attractions in Rakkestad kommune in eastern Norway, and checking out a flea market in Strömstad, Sweden. Although the municipality of Rakkestad has a small population of around 7, 200 (2004), it is one of the largest agricultural areas in Norway. … More RoadTrip #33: Visiting the Rural Museum and Sandbekk Windmill in Rakkestad, Norway

RoadTrip #32.3: A day in Orsa Rovdjurspark (Predator Park) in Sweden

Formerly known as the Orsa Björnpark (Bear Park), the predator park in Orsa was a 325 000 m2 zoo housing big predators from the northern hemisphere, like wolves, brown bears, polar bears, kodiak bears, mountain owls, lynx, wolverines, Siberian tigers, Persian leopards and snow leopards. It was opened in 1986 and became the largest of … More RoadTrip #32.3: A day in Orsa Rovdjurspark (Predator Park) in Sweden

RoadTrip #32.3: The quest for our very own Dala Horse – Visiting two dala horse factories in Nusnäs, Sweden

After roaming around the city of Mora, we fastened our seatbelts and drove on to a nearby town called Nusnäs, famous for its Dala horse manufacturing industry. Two of the major producers are Nils Olsson Dalahäster, manufacturing since 1928, and Grannas A. Olssons Hemlöjd AB, since 1922. Both Olssons are apparently related. We figured that … More RoadTrip #32.3: The quest for our very own Dala Horse – Visiting two dala horse factories in Nusnäs, Sweden

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 #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