Traveling through Sweden

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Åhhhh, it is so good to be back in Sweden! And Norrland! No more summer nights. Coffee and bullar. People sucking in air to say yes. Can you ask for more?

On my way back, I decided to take my time and drive through the country a bit. Since the ferry landed in Trelleborg, my first sites was of Skåne, the famous Wallander area of Sweden. I have to say, Skåne does not look like Norrland.

Skane Country sideWhen I think of Skåne I think of windmills and flat country side. Not like the rest of Sweden. Unfortunately the weather wasn’t the best. But it was a great excuse for my first fika, or coffee/snack break in Sweden after being gone for so long.

first fikaOf course when I started speaking Swedish, the shop assistant switched to English immediately, as she could tell I had an accent. Well, I didn’t miss that part of Sweden. But with persistence she went back to Swedish when she saw I was not going to speak English with her!

As I drove more north, the scenery started to change. More lakes and ponds showed up, such as this one near the place I stayed at one evening.


The towns I drove by were really cute, with the typical red buildings with white trim.

cutebuildingsI drove by the two largest lakes in Sweden, Vättern and Vänern, and on my way I was told that I must have some rökt sik. It is smoked whitefish and it was oh so good. My stomach didn’t like me so much the next day though.

smoked whitefishI had a chance to see Karlstad, the sun city as I think Swedes call it. A very cute town on the north tip of the largest lake in Sweden, Vänern. We walked around the center, and even though it was a Saturday night, it was pretty empty.

karlstad squareThe bus system was of course impressive, with the bus number and time on a digital chart. I haven’t seen anything like it in other larger cities.

karlstad busI’m not sure why they call Karlstad the sun city, but my friend told me it was because of a waitress a long time ago that always had a smile on her face, making everyone feel sunny. While it wasn’t that sunny in Karlstad when I was there, the statue of the waitress did seem to shine a bit.

karlstad sun statue

I also stayed one night in the small touristy town of Orsa. Very cute, but very touristy. Not my cup of tea, but it was worth seeing the sites.

orsaAll in all, it was amazing to see southern Sweden, and hear what the rest of the country thought about the north. And it was also interesting to see when Swedes started sucking in air. I noticed it when I reached Sollefteå. However, where does it really start? It goes with the question, where does Norrland really start? North of Stockholm? Or is it certain län that are considered Norrland? What do you think?

About the author


    Hilary lived two years in Norrland, Sweden (Northern Sweden) and fell in love with the country. She lives in Prague, Czechia and hopes to one day soon return to Sweden.


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