Week 7 – Sweden

Sorry again for the delay, Hello Sweden!

So the plan to make our way to the Arctic Circle through Sweden didn’t work out, It was a lot further than we thought! After reaching what we thought was the Arctic Circle, it wasn’t, we gave up and head east toward the sea.

We spent a couple of days on the coast before heading toward Östersund to a Mcdonalds (to use wifi) and plan our next move. We booked two ferries. One from Stolkholm – Turku  and Helsinki – Tallin. Can’t wait for another  12 hour ferry, Not!

After visiting the Sami open air museum in Sundsvall on Wednesday, we headed towards Lake Siljan.  We ended up staying in Nudnas, in the carpark near the workshop where they make traditional wooden horses; called dala horses.

Thurdsday was campsite day, Rattvik this week! Home to the longest wooden pier in Sweden. Luckily the campsite had a café with a tv, so we could watch Wales v England. And that’s all I’m going to say on that matter…

The following day we passed Ikea, and I had to go, when in Rome and all that. I tried kottbullar och potatis (meatballs, mash and lingonberry jam), very yummy! We bought a few little things for the van. Stopped for the night in a quiet little fishing spot on the estuary, became quite spooky when the fog rolled in.

I’d read about Uppsala in Lonely Planet, so on Sunday we made our way there. Disappointed with Gamla Uppsala and its Viking burial mounds, there was no mention of Thor!

In Uppsala itself it started to rain, heavily, and my waterproof coat decided it was no longer waterproof (thanks North Face!). We took shelter in Scandinavia’s largest Cathedral.

Time to head to Stolkholm…

Until next time,

-Sera.

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