Verner, Birgitta and good food

Britt Louise Otter and Wassim Hanina behind Olshammar farm buffets with delicacies vätterlax and crayfish.

Olshammar estate in Narke overlooking Vättern, is known that it was the author Verner von Heidenstams childhood home. The farm leased today by Britt-Louise Otter, as for 25 years ago with their historical interest and restaurant training, came here and began building the business available today. She may be the history both of Heidenstamsgatan and Saint Birgitta, when Birgitta church is located right next to the farm. The manor house with rooms for rent and restaurant is open all year round with daily tours of the church and Heidenstams memorial. In his memoirs, "When the chestnuts bloomed" he tells us about his childhood and life on the farm. Many visitors go on to Övralid north of Motala, where he spent his last years, says Britt-Louise. By Tiveden are several beautiful hiking- and the pilgrim routes leading on to Vadstena on the other side Vättern.
- We also cooperate with the boat Wettervik operating Vättern with its 250 Islands. Much of the restaurant- and catering business is tied to nearby Munksjö Aspa mill, pulp mill employing 220 people. It is also popular among conference guests to book in for crayfish.
- Then take the local professional angler with the visitors on an island where they can lay out and baiting lobster cages. The catch is cooked on the farm and can be taken home the following morning. Britt Louise own favorite spot is Sandhamn - it is south of the community and is a natural harbor with beach - where can you get some for himself.

 

Cykellycka, lactic acid & adventure

- With nature by Vättern inspiration to active lifestyle

With the magnificent scenery at Vättern as a base, it is easy to live by my motto. Cykellycka. Lactic acid. Adventure. I concoct it a constant inspiration in my everyday life and has the great privilege every day to share with you the high and low as covered by my motto at one of Sweden's leading bike blogs.

Being a cyclist and blogger with Vättern around the corner is rewarding and inspiring. Here it is easy to find beautiful and accessible family adventure that will be a combination of exercise and Digital Inspiration. It has very fine nature to be discovered again and rediscover again and again on the way I and most preferably does - from a bicycle seat. If every day to contain little bike luck, lactic acid and adventure it is important to see that little in the great, and it's easy when you live near Vättern and have constant access to magkittlande views, beautiful roads and trails that wind their way through the magical Bauer Forests. I concoct my watchwords a constant source of inspiration in everyday life and has the great privilege every day to share with you what I am experiencing one of the leading bicycle blogs.

Passion of variability
Cycling is my passion. I compete and train mountain biking but also run a lot of road bike for exercise's sake and because it is socially to be on a roll in a cluster with road cyclists and chatter away a few hours about anything and everything while the road winds through beautiful environments that farmland, apple orchards, cultural sites and places with expansive views. My heart beats a little extra hard MTB - it's a great mix of the opportunity to train and push themselves to the max mixed with to be out in the woods. I follow the seasons by bike and I enjoy rolling forest paths hemomkring time after time, fast and slow.

Fast paths of magical Bauer Forest
As MTB cyclist has the forest as an arena and it is something very special to drive fast home trails through magical forest. The landscape where I live can change quite quickly and the feeling of being deep in a fairytale forest gears quickly to cycle through pastures and along the sparkling waters and up the hills with expansive views. The mountain bike is a fantastic way to discover new surroundings and even though I lived and biked in the areas around Granna, Huskvarna and Jönköping several years, I often stand out on the pathfinder tours to discover new. Finding path is amazing and fun - I often do when I'm away somewhere I have not been before. sometimes self, sometimes with the help of locals as guides - easy to find via facebook groups. Are you curious about the MTB there are a few places to rent bikes on forest and it may sound difficult to bike path, but the nice thing is that you adapt yourself to your level and ability, and a mountain bike takes you around everywhere, small and rotiga trails as well as on gravel road.

Plenty of refreshments occasions
My home rounds on road bike goes around Huskvarna and Gränna and this is all a road cyclist might need. One of my favorite rounds are full circle Landsjön outside Huskvarna and it's like extra fine for it to be both fast and super tough training session and a lovely coffee round. Round passing through apple valley also known as Keystone Tuscany offers views of the two lakes and a road that undulates through the landscape. Road cycle rapid, narrow wheels take you a long way in a short time and it is a perfect way to discover a new place for those who want an active holiday. For those who like coffee break is the road bike is a perfect choice – stopping and refreshments are part of bicycle culture with all the nice little cafés and farm shops that are here in the neighborhood, it is easy to stretch the legs and fill up with seven kinds of cookies, apple juice and freshly roasted coffee before the tour continues.

Backing, backing, backing
Bicycle clubs in Jönköping and Huskvarna has many talented riders of his conscience. Maybe it's because we have so many great slopes to train in, be well on slopes is always useful as a cyclist. In Huskvarna we have in the context cyclist famous Northern Kleva slide that goes steeply up Huskvarna Mountain, in small Kulturbyn Röttle outside Gränna are two really long climbs, one winds as a serpentine up from the riverside to the castle Västanå. There are of course many, many more - we have shoes for all.

Each workout is an everyday adventure
The environment here is versatile, challenging and beautiful - that exercise bike is a perfect blend of performance and recreation when you can run the check intervals up the long, steep hills and then recover while the sun setting over the water and the sky are like pink shimmering as it only gets in the Great Lakes. It is not an exaggeration to say that each workout becomes an everyday adventure, it is impossible to become blind to the magnificent around here. I hold thumbs for you to bring your bike when you're a tourist around Vättern - I promise you will get a magically beautiful vacation whether you like to take you out to the max or just eager to roll easily.

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It's hard to pick his best when all the cycling is so good and there are so plenty of places to ride. Local bike clubs around the lake has many fine mountain bike trails and lovely small roads are not so very busy bidding on road cycling of the best kind.

VISTABANAN [MTB]
Vista course is one of the oldest mountain bike courses and offers magkittlande skiing. The paths meander in the beautiful streamers and through the short but steep ascents and perform walkthroughs. A roller-coaster for mountain bikers simply.

OMBERG [LVG / MTB]
Mythical Omberg offers cycling of the best kind. Challenges of MTB and beautiful tarmac road with breathtaking views of Lake Vättern.

HUSKVARNA MOUNTAIN [MTB]
Cycling world class. Huskvarna Mountain is a nature reserve but there are several marked MTB-
manager, including EM course from 2016. Accustomed mountain bikers who want to challenge themselves should definitely visit Huskvarna.

Visingsö [LVG / Average cycle]
Cycling on Visingsö is a classic. Take the ferry and rent bikes or bring your road racer over and ride a lap around the island and all the beautiful sights.

Grännaberget [MTB]
On Grännaberget are magically nice trails to run on the MTB, Moreover, with the ability to pause and eat one of Sweden's most delicious prawn sandwiches next to bike paths. In Gränna, there is also an active bunch all mountain bikers certainly be happy to show you the best slopes.

Some of the places on my bucket list cykliga:

ASKERSUND [MTB]
The charming Askersund are several mountain bike trails of varying difficulty. The joints should fit nicely for both endurance exercise and to enjoy the beautiful terrain and stand on my wish list of training adventure this summer.

Hökensås [MTB]
Here are mil after mil dry and fast paths through lingonberry and heather in the beautiful pine forests where small forest lakes are close.

VÄTTERN AROUND [LVG]
I have cycled twice around Vättern. A rapid subgrubb with motorcycle escort in daylight and in winter, in darkest December, with a great organizer that fixes challenges with love. Men – I've never ridden the "normal" lap around the lake – That, starting in the middle of the night in Motala and finish after several hours in the dark, by sunrise and festival at resorts around the lake. Sometime I have to do it too.

No matter where you are around Vättern I promise that there are nice cycling – Googling your way to the local cycle clubs, do not be afraid to get in touch with locals and ask for guidance and do not miss all the lovely competitions and races held in various locations around the lake.

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To live, living and working in paradise!

Forsvik, this paradise on earth, an industrial community dating back to the 1400's where the canal's oldest simple sluice lifting boats to its highest water and visitors gather to view this historical invention. This is where I live, here, I live here and I run together with my partner two summer shops and a set place for campers and caravans.

To live in the water brings peace and joy, its gurgling sounds, its movement, and its ability to find new ways of making water into a source of inspiration in all its simplicity. To see the sunlight reflected in the color scale nuances when it breaks the surface of the water is a delight for both the outer and inner eye.

Year in Forsvik is changing, During the period from October to March, you can almost believe that the village is uninhabited, all pulling in their cabins and doors closed again. Slussens rushing water becomes stationary, cafes and shops hibernate, Visitors stepping off and at the same rate as the darkness takes power descends silence over the canal. everything rests. But so, a sunny April day they will return, forsvikarna, the first tourists, campers, migratory birds, and slowly awakens everything back to life.

At the end of May is the transformation complete, all businesses are reopening, the boats have returned and lock serves its purpose again, My shops rolls sales started and we enjoy being at the beginning of summer season. Forsvik we celebrate forsvik Days and Children forsvik every summer, Two events that are popular with many return visitors. Our proximity to Karlsborg (thousand) makes us a popular destination where that day tourist can visit two beautiful places in the same day.

Our absolute proximity to Lake Vättern gives another dimension, to be part of a larger context is a security, around Vättern are many forsvik, Thus, many small paradise worth visiting. Take time this summer to explore Sweden and all its gems, and you, please come and visit me in Forsvik!

By the pen

Lotta Haskovec, Forsvik

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Theatre year Vadstena

Photo: Barbara Jones

Imagine that Vadstena has its own theater! A theater which offers performances autumn, winter, spring and summer.
The theater consists of fourteen members and expertise within the group is quite impressive. There are singers, actor, directors, scriptwriter, musicians and composers of the gang who rules the roost at the theater on Main Street 19 Vadstena. They produce their own performances, often newly written pieces, ranging from drama to comedy often with music and always with food and drink in connection with performance. An overall concept that audiences love and constantly revisits. The actors themselves serve at the tables is a key element. Many guests feel pampered in a very special way.
Right now, there is feverish activity at Vadstena New Theatre. There are only a few days left until the premiere of Miss Julie

Photo: Barbara Jones

- A crazy story, and the ensemble are fighting to the last with the fine tuning of the show. It is a reinterpretation of the famous play by August Strindberg, where we once get to meet Miss Julie and Jean Butler, twenty years later. An interesting set with lots of lovely folkmusik.Men it will not be long until the next premiere. The 24 March is the premiere of a very contemporary comic murder mystery. In death knocking on follow two couples usually celebrate New Year together. But this year's New Year celebration goes haywire on both the one and the other way, and the evening ends both surprising and sudden death. The show will offer many laughs, little terror, contemporary music and high recognition factor.
These two productions are played in the spring until 6 May. And then, the very beginning of the summer, it will be put on a tribute show to honor Elton John. During some evenings, part of the ensemble to the audience with many of Sir Elton John's classic songs. Many feel it again, but you will also hear music from the bottom of this musical treasure chest. A wonderful evening filled with love, singing and good food.

Photo: Barbara Jones

When the Swedish summer is at its finest, with sun, warmth and a sparkling beautiful Vättern Vadstena the New Theatre to bid on two old favorites. Demand has been so great that the ensemble decided to offer extraordinary performances of both Ellen Key and Light on the Beach and last year's big success Marta – married Soderberg.
The notion of Ellen Key and her last year at the Strand on Omberg, will be played during the first two weeks of July, and then it's time for the exciting play of Hjalmar Söderberg's wife Martha.
But it is already part of the ensemble started planning for this autumn's new dinner show. The premiere will take place on 15 September and it will be treated to much laughter, lovely music, good food and a lot of follies.
As you understand, is not idle at Vadstena New Theatre. Vadstena very own private theater!

Niclas Angerborn, member and actor, Vadstena New Theatre

Then came Forsviks Use till

Medieval people chose the waterway for journeys. Despite Vätterns known risk of rapidly developing storms with ocean waves, Vättern was chosen for the transport of goods and for their own travel. The choice was obvious for the people of the future - by land certainly had his ways, but there were ways to go anywhere on foot. Medieval roads were bumpy, crooked and almost overgrown in places of brushwood that quickly grown up in the spring. Around Vättern was favorable to settle, partly from fishing and uncomplicated travel to other villages, and partly because in some places there was fertile soil. The waterways made frequent contacts and transport between villages, storgårdar, monasteries and industries possible.

Between northwestern Vättern and Bottensjön it was only a narrow spit of land that needed to be crossed - then it was free path of the Gulf of Bothnia again. The next obstacle to Lake Viken was a little uplift, which contributed to a small waterfall. There was even a passage by land to a few meters, but then it was free way into Lake Viken. In these areas grew up, as well as around Vättern, villages, for trading, large farms and industries. People could easily travel to each other, build ties and build relationships with each other smoothly thanks to the waterways. Shipment of handicraft products, food and raw materials for industry were easy on the water.

It was so Forsviks use came into. We are still unsure of how early forsvik arose. But we know of a deed of gift dated from one of the area's owners, Cecilia Roos Jonsdotter, To Forsviks mill existed 1410. this woman, Norwegian royal birth, donated Forsviks mill to Vadstens monastery years 1410. Just at this rapids, whose area was in the break between Ground Lake and Lake Viken, gave it the name forsvik. It was very messy ownership. Why do we yet do not. Small portions of the land owned by a wide variety of powerful figures; some of the same family, some were not. What characterized the land owners was that they owned the land afar, even in other parts of Sweden and Norway. Was there anything here that was particularly attractive as many powerful wanted a part of? And if so, why? We do not know, than. Research is needed to find out more. But Anyway; The gift to the monastery of Vadstena was the start of a more than a century of industrial activity that reflects the development of our country as an industrial nation.

It was the monks who had the sharpest technology knowledge during the Middle Ages, and it was they who coordinated the so-called grangierna during the 1200s. Grangierna seem to have been those who diligently developed local industries and created ponds around the rapids that could then be used for the extraction of hydro power through the waterwheels. That was what happened at Forsviks mill - when the monks took over from 1410 This was shortly both hammer mill and sawmill, except mill. Here in Forsvik has since been pursued industrial activities of the unprecedented variety - switching between success and bankruptcy and fresh start of the new-time industries have succeeded each other. Today's industries from the 1700s fully visible at Forsviks use. The sawmill was operated during all the centuries, bar iron, pulp, castings, engineering products and electric power; all are examples of what is produced in the subsequent centuries. It was waterwheel-based hydroelectric power that drove the industry in Forsviks use until the beginning of the last century. Sow, find out more and experience Forsviks use in reality - today place a industriminne where history is reflected through the use sort of existence and development of the industry as the foundation for the Sweden we know today.

Camilla Alexandersson
Head, Forsviks use

 

 

Elephant riot in Skänninge

What was that about, riot in Skänninge 1806, said to be caused by a elephant?
The riot actually took place is well documented. For those who want to immerse themselves in the subject, there is a lot of material - everything from student papers with causal analysis to brochures and books.

Here we have recovered fragments of the sequence of events from a brochure issued by the municipality of Mjölby.
The first real elephant came to Sweden 1804. It was a young Asian elephant bull from the then Ceylon, tillhörig Herr Jean Baptiste Gautier, ancestor of Diana Rhodin who currently owns the circus Brazil Jack elephants. Gautier had bought the elephant in London and came through Prussia, Poland, Russia and Finland to Stockholm with his family and caregiver Anton Agazzi. Where it was shown to the public at Brunkebergstorg.

After the elephant exhibited in Stockholm in almost two years, Gautier toured around in Sweden. The elephant was pulled on a carriage pulled by 8 couple of horses and on market day 11 August 1806 reached Skanninge. The elephant was housed in the Town Hall (!) where he was on public display against payment.

The peasantry was curious and there were long queues. But we thought it was expensive
and furthermore did not, that a foreigner had the right to display such an animal against payment. The mayor could show a state but it did not calm the crowd gathered outside the town hall. Fight arose and began to throw stones at the windows, even the mayor was hit by a stone in the head!

The mayor escaped with the help of assistant pastor Sundelius and got safe passage away while people came in to the elephant. They took back 60 crowns and forced Agazzi to give free performances. The next day the mayor managed to keep the people quiet by requisitioning 20 military.

The governor sent a judge to hold hearings with the local register office, but because the peasants threatened to burn down Skanninge about what occurred leading to the prosecution, there was no trial.

Gautier and the elephant then ended up in Denmark, where the elephant is said to have died in a bombardment during the British siege 1807. The elephant appeared then as stuffed in Copenhagen.

Grand Slam on Vättern - trolling the beautiful lake

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In trästadens port.

I reach the harbor at dawn. In the east the sun begins to climb over the lake surface, and when I made avsittning and taken on my fishing clothes spilling an orange light over the rooftops trästadens. Hjo resting in a golden glow, and it's certainly a beautiful morning. In the harbor waiting fishing guide Ove Johansson, who runs the company Charter Fishing, with its well-organized boat. While we greet and pick the equipment turns our guest, Bert Goeree, down to the harbor. Bert is from the Netherlands and owns a large travel agency, used to flying around the world to look upscale destinations, and now he is here, at the lake Vättern.

Both I and Ove is a little excited about today's task. Not that routine, experience and know-how fish are missing - on the contrary. All those portions are obvious, but just this May Day will be the first vårpass on Vättern.

consoling waves & dubbelhugg.

We leave the breakwater in the harbor Hjo behind us, the wind blows from the east and I unzipping. Ove press the throttle and we zooms in 30 knots over the glittering waves, and the småkyliga air strikes against the face. Bert smiles and turns around to see Hjo disappear in the morning land near sjörök. Suddenly Ove turn on the gas and soon we slowly bobbing up in the waves. Only three minutes from the port, we have reached our goal and our Dutch guest looks surprised. I explain quickly to short running times is part of the allure here, it is usually close to good fishing spots and the lake is long and narrow.

We have only been fishing for five minutes when it twitches to two deep-rigging rods - double blow! I take it one rod and Bert takes the second. Ove notes - before we have seen any of the fish - to the case of char, and he is right. Soon, he was raking my fish is a nice piece about two kilograms, We hooks it off and let it swim. Bert Fish is a bit bigger and we retain it so that he can enjoy fresh Vättern char tonight - a delicacy.

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Soon we will also experience the moodiness char is known for. Several times, it looks like we've got hearty pacifier, but when we lift the rod's nothing there. Charles can be taken off and it may require some innovative thinking when it exhibits a sullen mood.

I lean back and let the comforting and lulling waves lull me into total relaxation. The sound, the environment and the boat's movements are seductive therapy, relaxing is just the beginning. Suddenly, the heart beats flips! A roll of one of the rods to the left of me starts to whine loudly. From relaxation to adrenaline flowing in a hundredth of a second - typical trolling!

"Great salmon", says our guide without hesitation. I agree with him, no fish showing off the speed register and the will to struggle as the silvery lake salmon has in its repertoire. The rush subsides and Bert lift rod and crank out some meters of line. But it so happens that that can happen in the fishery, Salmon have turned away. Our guest says something in their language, a supposed curse, and then lift the cap for his opponents dressed in silver ...

Lunchknarr

You can quickly kill time at the lake. They often find themselves in a real vacuum in which the hours just floating back and it will go even faster when hewn pouring. At lunch, go back and baguettes coffee. It tastes particularly good out here on the great expanses of water. Ove steers the boat to a place he calls the "wreckage", here he has the experience been good fishing before, and he wants to give it a try. While we dawdled with lunch starting to creak from one of ytspöna, fish take much line and Bert throws the baguette on the floor to quickly grab the rod.

Soon, he stands back and trills tough fights and we can all say that it certainly concerns a salmon. Bert slide around in the mess slipped on the deck while trying to keep your balance and get some rope on his opponent. The fish is not as big as the one we dropped, but we are still nervous and tense with anticipation. Ten minutes later, the well-traveled Dutchman with great effort landed his first salmon. Five kilos of genuine Vöttern silver shines in håvnätet!

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The hours pass and there will be no more laxhugg. Charles is on the other hand, g, and we land more of these cold-loving beauties. Between hewn I tell about historical fiskafängen on Vättern: large pike, dream-
char, turbocharged salmon and the beautiful…trout. Ove want to make one last attempt at a different place and suddenly control our guide in the direction of Hjo and shallower waters. Ove explains that he has a theory that the trout go closer to shore during this period of the year. A moment later, shows the sonar 18 meter. ”Fisk!", shouts our guide and lift rod. Bert starts cranking, and the line cut laterally from the boat. Both I and Ove look at each other and thinking the same thing - trout!

Grand slam

The fish will soon be within reach of the seas and in the ginklara the water, I can see the steel gray creature. That's what we've been waiting for! Once in håvnätet will be some spontaneous joy before the fish carefully unhooked and then get down to swim in Vättern again. I'm doing the thumbs up to Bert and says; "Grand Slam!". He smiles and pats on the shoulder Ove.

Soon the thunder we come Vättern and country air strikes against us like a wall of heat. It has been cooler on the lake, but we have seen Vättern its best side and took part of a world class fishing. An experience that will warm a long time to come.

John Zafaradl
anglers, Project Leader East & North Skaraborg, editor and writer for fish around Vättern

Sweden's most secret archipelago

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lUNCH BREAK. I stand in the neighborhood sunny nook and turns his face to the sun. Spring's first warming rays keep getting me melt. The comfortable warmth creeping inside tröjkragen. awaited. The thoughts float freely. A memory awakens.

The memory of the glistening waters glitter in Vättern Archipelago. I close my eyes and imagine the small island of where I was last summer stretched out on the warm rock. Remember the silence and the waves. What was the island again? Aspholmen. And, it was probably.
Far out in the North Vättern Archipelago. The sound of the occasional power boats in the distance. Waves that reach the cliff much later. remember silence, only nature that spoke.

Sweden's most secret archipelago? Absolute. It had been easy to find your own cliff to go ashore on. There we had spent a few hours. Talked, slumbered, cate. enjoyed. Filled the soul with stunning views and impressions here in spring's first rays is reappearing in my memory. Just as clear and bright as when. Memories forever I would think.

It had been so easy. My friend and I had a few days off and in a whim decided to rent a couple of kayaks. Where would we go? Vättern archipelago - perhaps Sweden's most secret, why not? A little adventure, just like that. Just the right. Occasionally exciting, in time-consuming and moderately comfortable - Nope, more than that, it was actually; fantastically enjoyable was the!

Kayaking-on-Vättern.-Picture Rights-Vättern Kayaking.We pushed the kayaks at Aspås marina on the western shore of Lake Vättern page, a marina that breathed consideration, responsibility and trust. Stewed little packing into trays and ourselves down in the cockpit – and so away. and immediately: soothing, amazing, magically. From the first paddle stroke. No, I own no words that can describe this experience of nature in a fair manner. It's just my, far into the soul.

Probably noticed that Vättern is a mighty lake where we paddled into the islands. Wild and beautiful at the same time. To the south stretched the lake as far as the eye could reach. Just water. Pacific inclined sailboats in the distance. We could glimpse the Visingsö far away on the horizon? No, probably the islands of Little and Great Röknen, which we realized later, when we studied the sea chart of the Vättern and the archipelago.

We had been lucky with the weather. The lake was still there among the islands, only a small ripple after the winds that crept around the bays. Quiet touched we are among the wooded inserts. Admired rocks where ice and waves left their mark. New views around every cut. One long and still exploring the untouched landscape. ENCHANTING. Traces of the forces of nature everywhere. Polished rocks worn by water and ice next to boulders dropped by the ice. Areas with charred tree logs embedded in the thriving undergrowth gossiped about the forest fires that have put their mark on this ecopark.

And so this crystal clear water. Drinking water. To bathe in drinking water. And, we did it. Hauled us down from the cliff and let us be worn for a while by the glittering waves. Remember feeling like yesterday.

My friend and I had also followed the path that led past our cut and seen us around a little on the island. Picked some blueberries. Found the perfect place for a hammock - if we had had with us such! Archipelago views from Solgläntan between the ancient trees. Here we would come back. I had drawn a small cross on the site of the sea chart when we studied it at the kitchen table much later. Soon, we will also run on a barbecue. Some stones around a simple fireplace and old logs to sit on. We lit a small bonfire and grilled our sausages. Had never tasted so good.

SegelraceHomeward bound at sunset was magical. Here and there we drifted past a stationary and another boat which was moored for the night and quietly fading into the evening's last rays.

A small shadow passed over my face. A single cloud had sailed up the sky and obscured the sun for a few moments where I was standing and warming me on my break. A reminder that it was time to return to work. But tonight, I just decided to call my friend and start making plans for next summer's trip out of Sweden's most secret archipelago. The dream was there and had been brought by the first rays of spring. With a smile on his face, I hurried across the tarmac and cruised between cars and cyclists, warm all over. Warm with anticipation for the coming summer new experiences in Vätterns fantastic archipelago. longing, yearn. Soon summer is here ...

Text: Claudia Lewandowski

 

 

Summer in Hjo

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You can not say less than idyllic summer Hjo, Wooden Town, is an oasis in the summer. A Trankil place where you get the time and quiet to relax, feel good and just be. This is the water that gives you refreshment, nature reserve in the center that transports you to an almost subtropical zone and idyllic small town that bestows a sense of genuineness and general socializing. And, a place where you can enjoy simply, along with your friends, your family, or maybe just to yourself.

Men, Hjo not only brings relaxation. There is also a lot you can do when all the summer weeks offer all sorts of events that follow one another during June, July and August. Just in July, it is packed and the annual Craft Fair is one of the highlights. This is a weekend that is lined with tradition. In more than 30 years Hjo city park filled with artisans from near and far, and you have the opportunity to visit Hjo right then, 10-12 July, you must remember to put on your comfortable shoes on the market stalls are numerous, the park is great and crafts, Yes there are the amounts of. You name it, you can buy it.

The scene from the sceneThe following weekend, Thursday and Friday 16-17 July, rattling it off when it's time for the annual Harbour Festival. This is a family event for all ages when the whole harbor is filled with visitors and Hjobor flowing to listen to music in different styles. Two days filled with everything from rock music with bands like Neverstore, Bob Hund och the Royal Concept, pop, country music of Tennessee Tears to dance tones of Streaplers or a delightful blend of folk and singer-songwriter tones of Linnea Olsson. And, Music styles are many so there is certainly something that appeals to your needs.

joggingMen, if neither handicraft or music is your thing, then maybe you should instead visit Hjo during Health Week that takes place 29 July 2 August. These five days offer no less than 75 pieces sessions with lectures, exercise, contest, song and dance. In years visited a health week by none other than Emma Igelström and Daniel Mendoza. Emma is one of the most successful swimmers of all time, who have taken no less than four world championship gold medals and twelve European Championships, and during the Health Week will lecture and inspire. Daniel, i sin tur, is the founder of Good News Magazine. He participates in the Health Week to spread their message that focuses on optimism and faith.

So welcome to Hjo in summer. Maybe we'll see you at one of our events, eller så ses vi i glasskön, on the beach or wherever you choose to just be!

Please contact us at Hjo Tourist Office for more tips and ideas! 0503-352 55, tourism@hjo.se, www.hjo.eu, www.facebook.com/hjoturistbyra

Lotta Persson

Photo: Jesper Anhede

Ingen glass, not toys - guaranteed fun

Johanna caravanWe vacationed Siljan. It was just so-so idyllic as I imagined it would be. Dala Horses and evening swim and shacks. On one occasion, however, everything to go wrong. Nearby Leksand put the signs along the way for a water world.

Fortunately the child's father and I were perfectly synchronized in our horror that rounded up with hundreds of thousands of second sweaty families with children in a fenced water Hell.
"LOOK WHAT A BIG TREE!"Exclaimed we run and got the non-literate children to look the other way. And so we had svischat past the pools and water slides without them ever needed to know what they missed (Until now then. But it should be barred by now.)

People often say that they love to seek out their own small gems beyond the beaten track. Men det vete fan. My experience is that people go on part, terrified to get lost if they deviate in the slightest from the wide, Charted tourist route.

It's both sad and luck. Sad because you miss out on so much adventure, lucky for us who can keep our favorite spots alone. Could it be because they want to have some kind of fortune-guarantee on their holiday, those few days when life should be lived fully? And so one forgets that the only a water park can guarantee is expensive ice cream, poor french and someone slips and settles?

Hamnen2I think it is all about marketing. Smultronställen is simply harder to sell. Take my own personal favorite around Vättern; Röttle by, a few kilometers south of Gränna. An ad for Röttle would sound something like, "No kiosk, ingen glass, no cafes or restaurants, not toys. WELCOME!"

But the fact is that there is a place on earth I spent so many happy days with my children where. Utforskandes Rasmus mill, fascinated watched the mighty waterfall, vandrandes i den trolska bokskogen, lazily spirit picnic on a blanket in the harbor. To say nothing of all the hours that we have collected, Staple, picked and thrown sandwich with all the rocks formed round and smooth by the water. And then have a picnic move on to barbecue with evening swim. Recipe for a successful day? And! Guaranteed fun? And!

Johanna-retroIt's a bit the same with Hallska estate in Granna, where I summertime is my little retro shop. We are ten steps from the main street Brahegatan on a heritage declared yard, We have a very cozy café, an antiquarian, a gallery, a paper workshop and is also Grännas only polkagris free zone – but damn what difficult it is to attract tourists to make a small, slight detour from the tourist path. We hang the flags, pennants and signage, but no. Many simply not dare.

In the summer, perhaps we should simply bet on a big banner reading "GUARANTEED COSY". Or maybe even better: "Water Parks 20 METER”?

Welcome to the Gränna in summer. All who dare shirk polkagriskokerierna get a medal for bravery!

Johanna Linder
freelance journalist, host for Karlavagen P4. Driver summer Grenna Retro on Hallska farm in Gränna. Lives in Gränna.

johanna@kullerbytta.com