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Sweden - All across the kingdom

Kalmar, Rossö, Kungshamn, Malmö, Borgholm, Ofotsfjorden, Smögen, Saltö, Gudhem, Hornborgasjön, Norrköping, Mora, Uppsala, Kristinehamn, Örebro, Växjö, Degerfors, Karlstad, Arvika, Gotland, Arjeplog, Skellefteå, Strömstad, Tjörn, Köpingsvik, Trollhättan, Lapland, Grebbestad, Riksgränsen, Nässjö and other strange places (Stockholm and Gothenburg have separate albums).

  • Across the moat

    Construction of the castle begun during the twelfth century. This was the place where the Kalmar Union was formed in 1397, a union of Denmark, Norway and Sweden. The castle was modified from medieval fortress into renaissance castle by the early Vasa kings.

    [Kalmar castle]

  • Essential Bohuslän

    Naked cliffs and a bit of salty sea breeze.

    [Rossö]

  • Quartet of chaos

    [Reine, Martina, Annika and Jessica at Saltö]

  • Quintessential Bohuslän

    Except for the bridge it would have been a postcard view.

    [View from the balcony in Kungshamn]

  • Stones of old

    Construction began in 1308, initiated by King Håkon V of Norway. It was given to Sweden after the Treaty of Roskilde in 1658. It was partly demolished in the 18th century and removed stones can still be seen in nearby houses.

    [Bohus Fortress with northern tower Fars Hatt]

  • Bricks

    The Borgholm castle was originally constructed during the twelfth century. After destruction in the Kalmar war 1613, it was rebuilt into a palace by the well-known Swedish architect Nicodemus Tessin. In 1806 it was ravaged by a fire and turned into a ruin.

    [Reine and Annika at Borgholm, Öland]

  • Twisted

    This weird thing is the tallest building in Sweden, opened in 2005.

    [Turning Torso, Malmö]

  • Lethal bridge

    Some bridges are worse than others.

    [Dangerous sailing in Ofotsfjorden]

  • Moat on ice

    Örebro Castle is located on a small island in the town center. The oldest parts are from the 13th century. It's obviously quite easy to storm the castle on a cold winter day.

    [Örebro]

  • In lack of igloo

    A warm place with an open fire is all you need after a long day of skiing.

    [Idre, Sweden]

  • Urban chant

    Karl Oskar-dagarna brings out the people into the streets. Reminds me of The Wicker Man.

    [City festival in Växjö]

  • Essential Bohuslän

    The unusual dark colored rock is called rhombic porphyry.

    [Rossö]

  • Looking for Jaws

    [Reine fishing at Rossö]

  • Lothlorien

    [Rossö]

  • For your love

    This building was constructed in 1898 as a wedding gift from Jonas Andersson to his daughter Ida. It was appointed the most beautiful building in Värmland county during 2001.

    [Sugar Castle in Karlstad]

  • Set in stone

    The Gudhem monastery was built in 1152 and burned down in 1529. The sarcophagus belongs to Queen Katarina, born in 1215.

    [Gudhem monastery ruins]

  • Here be cranes

    People have lived in this area for 9000 years, but Lake Hornborga is most known for being the place where thousands of cranes stop by during their spring migration. On the day of my visit, 14 400 cranes were present according to a sign.

    [Hornborgasjön]

  • Old man and his bike

    [Arvika]

  • Before the storm

    In the quiet hours at sunset, it's hard to believe that this is a major drinking carnage site during Swedish midsummer.

    [Smögen]

  • Along the waterfront

    These are not the cheapest apartments in town.

    [Västra Hamnen, Malmö]

  • Sirens of the sea

    [Martina and Jessica at Saltö]

  • Not quite Golden Gate bridge

    [Tjörnbron]

  • Solitude

    When you hate neighbors.

    [Kungshamn]

  • Cravings

    Kroppkakor. Not for the faint of heart.

    [Jessica and Annika at Evas kroppkakor in Köpingsvik, Öland]

  • Waiting for Godot

    [Reine in Degerfors]

  • By the pier

    Kristinehamn is situated at Sweden's largest lake Vänern. A bit south of the town is Strandudden, the outdoor home of the world's largest Picasso statue.

    [Kristinehamn]

  • Why so serious?

    Great minds think alike.

    [Reine meeting The Joker in Malmö]

  • Underground

    [Underground train station in Malmö]

  • Every moat needs a crocodile

    Malmöhus was founded in 1434 by king Eric, but later demolished by Danish king Christian III and remade into one of Denmark's strongest fortresses. Later on it was a prison until 1909.

    [Malmö]

  • A city divided

    Norrköping is located by the mouth of river Motala ström, which has traditionally been used for various industrial purposes.

    [Norrköping]

  • Beneath the spires

    After the first brick was placed in 1287, The Uppsala Cathedral has been used for Swedish coronations until 1872. Today it's the final resting place of several notable people, such as king Gustav Vasa, botanist Carl von Linné (Linnaeus) and Olaus Rudbeck. The white building in front is Gustavianum, one of the oldest buildings from 1620. The cupola is the theatrum anatomicum, where Rudbeck performed dissections in front of an audience. The museum also features old telescopes of Celsius and other astronomers.

    [Uppsala]

  • Before the storm

    In the quiet hours at sunset, it's hard to believe that this is a major drinking carnage site during Swedish midsummer.

    [Smögen]

  • Old man of Hoburg

    On the southernmost tip of Sweden's largest island Gotland is a rauk (stone formation) resembling a head. It is located in rauk area Hoburgen, thus earning the name Hoburgsgubben (Hoburg man).

    [Gotland isle]

  • Pretty in pink

    Arjeplog is a town in Lapland next to Hornavan, the deepest lake of Sweden. It is located a few miles south of the Arctic Circle and is easily recognized by the pink church Sofia Magdalena by the lake, built in 1641. Initially the church had dirt floor where the dead were buried in the ground! The town also has the Silver museum, featuring silver objects from the Sami people collected by doctor Einar Wallquist.

    [Arjeplog]

  • Lumberjack

    This old lumbermill is located a few miles west of Skellefteå. I visited it several times when I grew up.

    [Lumbermill, Skellefteå]

  • Way of the cranes

    If you need a sign to find the cranes, there simply isn't enough of them yet.

    [Swedish traffic signs]

  • Invasion

    Unless you use one of the Koster boats to flee the town, get ready to be crushed by the stompede of Norwegians stocking supply.

    [Strömstad]

  • Up in the air

    [Trollhättan]

  • By the waterfront

    [Grebbestad]

  • Want to buy a time machine

    This boring train station is the woe of many travelers, since it is a busy hub in the Swedish railroad system.

    [Nässjö]

  • The forest

    When I was young and travelled here, I was always fascinated by the endless forests of Lapland, which are more barren than the forest of southern Sweden. Notice the reindeers, which sometimes tend to stand in the middle of the road.

    [Lapland]

  • Lament of the midnight sun

    The arctic areas of northern Sweden are spectacular.

    [Riksgränsen]

  • Track of our fathers

    Vasaloppet is the quintessential ski contest of Sweden, inspired by a ski run by king Gustav Vasa in 1520. The finishing line is quite easy to spot.

    [Reine at the goal line in Mora]

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