What is it about Sweden that visitors to the country and social commentators seem to find so damned attractive? Could it be the nature-loving, environmentally minded, tradition-celebrating, healthy-living, coffee-guzzling, summertime slacking Swedish lifestyle?
When it comes down to it, the lifestyle of most Swedes is dictated by the seasons. Wintertime is typically a period of working hard, entertaining at home and cultural outings and winter sports at the weekend. When summer arrives, it’s ‘everyone outdoors’ to the countryside, usually to a “sommarställe”, summer cottage, whiling away the month of July (seriously) with family and friends, fishing, boating, berry picking and celebrating the sun.
If you in adjunction to the EABCT 2016 congress plan to travel around you should be aware that the Right of Public Access (‘Allemansrätten’) gives you the right to roam the countryside in Sweden in perfect peace and quiet without someone saying: “get off my land”. When you are in Sweden you have the right to walk, cycle, ride, ski and camp on any land with the exception of private gardens or land under cultivation. Sweden’s natural wonders; Swedish Lapland, the Swedish mountains, coastlines and archipelagoes are waiting for you to come and discover them.
Northern Sweden, including legendary Swedish Lapland, is unique. Where else can you gaze in wonder at the Northern Lights, go fly-fishing for salmon and arctic char in the midnight sun, or lace up your hiking boots and tackle the world-famous King´s Trail (Kungsleden)? Arctic Circle cities Luleå and Kiruna are the last major outposts of civilization, modernity and comfort just minutes from the wilderness. If you enjoy your visit to the northern part of Sweden, come back during wintertime and stay at the Ice hotel in Jukkasjärvi, go dog sledding with a Sami guide or take an adventurous day trip on a snowmobile.
Gotland is an island located 90 km from the Swedish mainland and ferries depart every day from Nynäshamn, just south of Stockholm. Arriving in Gotland by ferry, you are met by the medieval, walled town of Visby (an UNESCO World Heritage site). Visby is Gotland’s only town and what a town it is; expect and get low-rise, red rose-covered cottages, tall towers, turrets and spires, shady arches and ‘twisty-turny’ cobblestone streets and olde worlde shops. The word ‘charming’ was invented for this town. Park yourself at one of the many cafes and eateries and soak in the medieval surroundings with a contemporary cup of coffee and Gotland speciality saffranspannkaka, a saffron pancake with red berries and cream.
Gothenburg and the West Coast have got international travel journalists and food bloggers eating out of their hands. World-class seafood, world-class restaurants and a coastline and archipelago to die for. The western archipelago, as it is known, is 8,000 islands, islets and rocks strong. The seascape environment is as spectacular as it is accessible and what you get is calm, sheltered waters for paddlers of all skill levels – no strong currents or tides. There are also plenty of canoeing and kayaking specialst along the coast that offer guided trips, equipment etc.
Skåne is the country’s southernmost region and one of northern Europe´s richest farming districts. It´s as pretty as a patchwork quilt with fertile farmlands, forests and lakes littered with castles, manors and museums plus magnificent gardens. A stronghold of the Viking era, you will also find an abundance of medieval churches as well as picture perfect renaissance style villages. Find lush, leafy forest and dramatic rocky coasts in the northwest, endless fields and mile-long white beaches in the south, gently rolling hills and green groves to the west.
The picturesque small town of Ystad – on Skåne´s south coast – is the home of bestselling author Henning Mankell´s police inspector Kurt Wallander. This is the spot to do the Wallander tour and check out the Österlen region, an area of splendid beauty, with gently rolling hills, long white beaches and lush apple groves.
The texts above are borrowed from the following website, where you will find more information about what to do on your extended visit to Sweden:
THE ORGANIZING COMMITTEE RECOMMENDS
Frida Gustafsson (Marketing manager) likes:
When you have had enough of all the Stockholm stimuli, you should make your way down to south central Sweden and visit Vättern, the fifth largest lake in Europe. I live in beautiful Jönköping at the lake’s’ southernmost end, and I find it a privilege to have this this long, deep, beautiful body of water nearby, which surrounds itself with a somewhat mystic aura. In and nearby Vättern are plenty of spots worth visiting – for example the ruins of the Brahehus castle, Omberg Ecopark and the island Visingsö.
Kajsa Bergwall (Social media manager) likes:
Less than an hour from Stockholm you find the picturesque small town called “Trosa”. This is a charming little town by the ocean loved by people from all around the world. Here you can take a stroll by the calm river called “Trosa-ån” or eat some delicious fish in one of the many fine restaurants. Trosa is a must-see in the summer time!
You can take the “Trosa-bus” to Trosa: http://trosa.com/travel/trosabussen-en/