Quiet places attracts holiday

On holiday leaves many of us with stressful cities and jobs in order to get peace and quiet. What is it that attracts when choosing a place to spend our leave of? We look at the map. How far from roads and other houses located accommodation? Ideally, we want to be close to a lake also.

Vättern is smooth and dangerously beautiful. I'm looking out the Visingsö lying there utslängt midway between East Vätterbranterna, where I am, and Hökensås on the other side. It's quiet inside the croft that has been here since 1840. Then there was no gravel road that now goes below. To get here was, instead, you had to walk along a narrow steep road from the harbor at Lake Vättern. The other option for getting here to the croft was through the forest road from the village Smedje Mountain, about one mil south of Gränna.

Lose stronghold in time and space
Just the way took the writer and Academy member Elin Wagner in the late 30's when she was here to visit relatives. She held during the time of writing his book A Thousand Years in Småland. At Smedje Mountain Elin stayed up and got stuck on the magical view and great silence. There on the old winding and hilly road, she stood then April 1 morning and peering out over a breathtaking view over the Vättern. The experience inspired her so much that she let draw it down, and it had to be the beginning of the book:

"A few mil north of the southern tip of Lake Vättern makes the eastern shore a bulge and rise at the same time high and steeply out of the water. On this focal point is some red Småland farms combined into a neighboring Halle called Smedje Mountain. One morning in early April took me a good friend through the forest that separates the village from the main road Stockholm-Jonkoping. In the woods broke a view against us whose courage and resilience could dumb one. In the gray morning light snötung spread the isvita empty infinity. Uti this infinity was tossed like a lasso a zip tight blue curved line. So dreamlike and confusing was this view that we came away us and lost our footing in time and reality. "

the thousand years in Småland (1939) of Elin Wagner

So was the year 1939. If you stand in the same place today gaze spirit out of Vida Vättern you will certainly not struck by the silence, but the roar of the European route 4. Wägner journey through Småland was thus more than 20 years before E4:An existed. When then built in the 1960s must have been the most profound has happened landscape on the east side Vättern since the boat was invented. We can hardly imagine a soundscape without E4:An Men Wägner description made me start thinking about the importance of silence when we experience a place.

Is this possibly a description of what we look for when we want to break with the everyday stress and get away from the flow of information and expectations? The feeling of losing control of time and reality, whether it be on a beach in India or on a stump in the forest? And where can we find silence, peaceful places around Vättern?

Quiet in the woods
To get away from E4:An sounded outside the cottage where I sit writing, I go to "silence" in Raby forest one mil away. Raby forest is a nature reserve located east of the community Skärstad. Here you will experience old coniferous forest in the hilly terrain with beautiful forest lakes and bauer feeling. Bauer Trail runs through here. The forest is visited during the week including the high school students who do nature studies organized by the Nature School Ekobussen. An exercise that is practiced diligently, just like the rest of the country 100 Natural schools do, the sensuous exercise "to sit quietly in nature". The strange thing about this exercise is that it creates a lot of emotion in both children, young adults. Some are a little afraid, others almost falls asleep. The most common reaction is that we want to continue. The silence and rose gives more flavor, only we are given the opportunity to stay up.

The phenomenon skogsbad means similarly to the guidance using the mind to mind in the forest. For a year you can get skogsbad on ecotourism facility Urnatur outside Ödeshög Östergötland.
Ulrika Krynitz is ecologist and founder of Urnatur. Along with Mogens Jensen, she offers skogsbad in summer. Ulrika tells us that originally the idea from Japan. There is skogsbad, Shinrin-yoku, common since the 80s. In Japan, certified through the forests that are found to be especially good for well-being. During forest bath, participants on the call to activate their minds, for example, by tasting edible plants, smell of moss and still listen to the forest sounds. Ulrika explains that nature's scents have a naturally relaxing effect. She also notes that the forest's own sound, as trädsus and birdsong, is not seen as a distraction but rather is soothing. This is different from how the brain is affected by the continuous noise of the city. Ulrika has noticed an increased interest Urnatur and to stay overnight in tree houses, especially from the younger generation. One of the most positive and powerful experiences that visitors bear witness to the darkness and silence of the woods when no electricity is available.

quiet retreat
Anything that touches skogsbad is quiet retreat that is usually held in a scenic place with beautiful and tranquil surroundings. About one mil south of Gränna lies Wettershus retreat yard. The road here runs through a pedestrian tunnel under the E4:an. A hundred meters down it quickly becomes quieter! Soon the sounds instead Vättern ripple on the beach. The walk goes here and there along the St. Francis Trail. The place is magical. The low brown buildings blend into the landscape. Here I meet Rosie Gard, director of Wettershus retreat yard. She says that if you sign up for any of the retreats, you come and just be, wander in slopes and meditating silently. Rosie calls himself chaplaincy. When visitors come, they are told that they will be part of "the gift of being relaxed". No phones then. After the stay are common comments that "one of the best I have experienced". Rosie says that when we meet without words, we meet on a deeper level, for the silence sharpened our senses. The contrast is strong, how are we supposed to live. She says "we live on the surface", and that we then miss the opportunity to wonder and fascination that we have around us here and now.

Rävafallet - audible but not noise
In my continued search of quiet places around Vättern I visit Hökensås located on the west side. Parts of Hökensås are namely utmarkerat on the county map of undisturbed areas. At the urging of locals do I get to Rävafallet few kilometers south of Brandstorp. Once murmurs and rapids case. The place is magical and wonderful, beautiful. There is a campfire site among the large boulders and the old pines. But silence is not! Nevertheless, I will be filled with the site's atmosphere and feel that I want to stay. I'm not disturbed by the relatively high sound of the waterfall. Do you want to be all alone in a big old-growth forest, take you further north Tiveden National Park. Tiveden is an area of ​​real wilderness feeling. Here you are welcome to put up a tent one night and fires in designated areas. Choose to take you out in the woods alone or join one of the skilled nature guides.

When I, after this discovery, search for quiet places around Vättern, take a writing break and go out of my cottage to take some air, I hear as usual E4:An rumble in the background. I still take my coffee out on the porch located with the house sound barrier. Morning sun warms nice, birds chirping in cherry trees – it is pleasurable!


A few quiet places:
• North of Örserum and out on the lakes and Ören Bunn
• Råbyskogen – Uvaberget
• Ramsjön
• Hökensås – Rävafallet in about Holman 2 km south of Brandstorp
• National Tiveden
• Islands in Vättern archipelago outside Askersund
• Omberg
• ःolveden
• Vättern

Turistambassadörerna: Many irons in the fire at the cradle of Swedish industry


Name: Charlotta Haskovec
Job: driver Kanalbutikerna 5 knots and Sail In, Executive Director of All Sweden shall live, Skaraborg, Vice Chairman Charles's tourism AB, member of Forsviks friskola, responsible for setting the location in Forsvik plus various associations
Age: 49 years 2017
Bor: Forsviks then 2002
Family: partner, two children
unexpected interest: reading is my rest and baking. Baking is a way for me to gather strength.

When I meet Charlotta Haskovec I am struck by how like quiver around her. With bright eyes she exclaims:
- The hardest thing is to prioritize. There are too few hours in the day!
She gets a quickly understand that about her, things happen. The commitment to a living countryside is one of her strongest motivations. Charlotta talk about their top tips for visitors coming to Forsvik and Karlsborg:
- When it comes to nature, the absolute best advice a visit to Tiveden National Park. Here is the silence. For cultural experiences, it's Fors Mill and Karlsborg Fortress is obvious attractions. Forsviks industrial environment is beautiful in an original and authentic way. Best places to eat in the Forsviks cafe and Food and Tivedens food. Best accommodation currently available at the Hotel Villa Gota, a newly renovated luxury hotel in Forsvik. There is also a very nice outdoor center in Granvik Granvik called Event. For example, you can go RIB here. The canal is otherwise the main reason for both sailors and drawn to forsvik. Sing with guest artists at the canal at Karlsborg during Fridays in July attracts lots. The area around Ombo island attracts with its beauty, the docks för private and coastal feeling.
To Charlotta has strong interest in rural areas comes from the fact that she grew up there. She has always seen the advantages of living in the country. - There is fresh air and no stress. A great value lies in being close to nature, and following the change of seasons. It gives a broader view of life. Charlotte's wish is that more people will discover it. Therefore, she wants to work for us to live, live and work in rural areas.

TACK, For you add luster to my life!

Since the launch in April of 2018 Around the year Vättern newspaper, in the twenty Procedure, I have been so amazing very positive comments and happy cries. It is so inspiring to hear that the magazine Around Lake Vättern, together with our website, FB, Instagram will benefit the entire year.

For me that is the new owner and publisher for a year, it has been a very exciting and challenging year.

I have learned so many new things and got to broaden my skills from selling ads and sit
with the editorial board to be the project manager and the "spider in the web".

My goal is to guide the experiences and places that give a flavor to life.

Right now it's just what I do!

to all of you tipsters, turistambassadörer, advertisers, coworker, kommunrepresentanter – yes short all good, happy people who have helped large and small! You are invaluable to our joint work to do Vättern an even stronger force and a major attraction for people both far and near.

I would especially like to thank my "squire" Cecilia Lindheimer graphic designers, author, photographer and all-in-allo when it comes to newspaper production. She can also sort out the tangled thoughts and give good advice on computer technology!

Charlotta Haskovec, wonderful motivator and small business owners, in Forsvik next to Gota Canal, which ensures that around Vättern seen on social media. Please visit and like us on FB and Instagram to get what she finds on right now! In summer, she is responsible for our Instagram relay together with representatives from each of the ten municipalities participating in our cooperation.

Roger Smith, our always happy distributor, Together with his wife Bridget has traveled many times around Vättern this summer and ensured that the magazine, in both Swedish and English can be found almost everywhere.

to my wonderful children and other family, new and old friends and my beloved cat Leo!

to myself, Eva, because I took the chance and dared to jump into a new project owner
Around the magazine Vättern. But cheered on by friends, family and colleagues, anything is possible.

Now it's one-year anniversary!

Want in this way to wish you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year 2019 with very silver lining!

Warm greetings
Eva Sandgren

Forsviks use a cultural jewel

During the annual forsvik days are usually the area teeming with visitors. Industrial environment is now classed as a listed building and is visited annually by approximately 30 000 people.

The small resort Forsvik in Karlsborg municipality close to the canal is a natural- and cultural gem. Here are the oldest known industrial site - Forsviks use with a combined industrial environment as it looked in the early 1900s. Today classified as a heritage building, with around 30 000 visitors annually. It works Maria Lindevall ago 2000 receptionist, Guide and exhibitions. Maria tells how the whole forsvik lives up in summer.
- It's the big picture of the beautiful environment, where, through a series of activities and events both want to make history live and provide visitors with pleasant experiences. The mill was closed down 1977 and the buildings began to decay, but in the early 1980s, it was realized that the value of the environment and started major renovation works. In total there are twelve restored buildings showing both production and how people lived in the community around the mill and the living environment of workers'.
- Previously, it has been mostly focused on the technical process, but when 600 anniversary 2010 and then in the exhibition "The women's stories" we have chosen to highlight women and their significance has been forgotten. There were many women use cartridges that appeared in the hidden. It was Elizabeth Cronström who ruled mill 40 years 2017. She was single-minded, rich and widow, which at the time was the premise. New this year is the exhibition of the great iron foundry. It shows all aspects of work in a foundry from the working to the casting process, concludes Maria Lindevall.

Art Round with growing pains

The past three years have been Southern Vätterbygdens art tour had growing pains of a rapidly expanding organization. Now the work begins to fall into place and the much-needed muscle rest with a built up structure has set konstrundan on the map.

2017 years working. From the left: Natasha Nichols, Elisabeth Glandberger, Sara Magnusson, Jenny Söderlund, Bjorn Will Power, Martina Safe, Anders Andersson, Mattias Hattimas Mogensen, Marie Hertzberg, Soren Nordenström and Vera Zherdev.


- It is wonderful that we are now the third year in a row can arrange konstrundan, says Vera Zherdev, Secretary of the Southern Vätterbygdens art tour. Interest is high and the week before the subscription period has expired, we were fully subscribed with a bunch of reserves in line. Many artists are returning from previous years, says Vera Zherdev, but there will also be a lot of new. Most of the exhibitors are local artists and craftspeople, but we also hitresta from large parts of the country. The goal has always been to involve local art scene to show the diversity that is. The catchment area is large and it becomes difficult for visitors to see everything. The idea is that you get to sift and visit different parts of konstrundan from year to year. collection exhibition, folder and the app will give an overview of the visitors to create their own itinerary.
- Konstrundan is an artist-driven and we are all volunteers, says Vera Zherdev. We who have been involved from the start, had a view to the art tour is open to all. Therefore, the width is large where amateur and professional artists and craftsmen share the attention of visitors. A variation in the materials they work with, and its expression is also an important part of the experience, and therefore we have no restrictions on how large or small works to show the collection exhibition. This is something the visitors really appreciated.

Adventurous aims to Habo

Hakan and Jessica Hagård runs an adventure center on his farm outside Habo.

For the adventurous thrill seeker and physical challenges in the open is Hagårds Lagård in Habo a must. Here the family Hagård in recent years built up an adventure park in beautiful environment with a challenging high rope course, cableway with 500 meter ziplines, climbing wall, Combined Events, paintball and various kinds of shooting. Hagårds barn is on the family farm Julared dating back to the 1600s, on page spouse Håkans, says Jessica. Self she comes from Ornskoldsvik, but has lived here since 1995.
- We did not want to have their own animals, and wondered what we could do with all the old buildings, and then we realized that it would be a fun idea to build a large playground for children and adults, she says. Habo is an idyllic and peaceful society with Habo old wooden church, famous for its wood paintings, fishing in Hökensås and rural café Pleasurable.
- But we lacked adventure activities, So where are we an option. Normally works Jessica rural development in Agriculture, and think it's fun to be able to contribute to something that can develop rural areas. The family's four children are also involved in helping the company.
- It is of course much work we put into this, but it is fun to do something together. They will both private individuals and booked groups, both experienced adventurers beginners, but it is required to have a certain balance and courage.
- We hold firmly to the security so there can feel secure. There is also a café with locally produced ice cream, and a conference room- and dining. It is popular with hen, stag, compounds and groups to book for a moment together adventurous.


Mullsjö beckons with unspoiled nature and delicious pastries

Emma Kristensson is the face of Landhs patisserie in Mullsjö. The pastry shop is, however, even in Habo and Bankeryd.

Anyone who visited the open-air Mullsjö municipality has certainly been on Landhs patisserie founded by the three brothers 1933. Since then, it has expanded considerably and in addition to locals, guests go long distance, for the famous lunch buffets and brunches and cake buffets on weekends. The pastry is fabulously beautiful next Mullsjön where all 100 seats have lake views. Is it really badsugen get permission to take a dip from the bridge, although there is no bathing, says Emma Kristensson that has become the face of Landhs. She has worked here since she finished high school 20 years ago, and the store manager. Landhs has in recent years also launched branches in Bankeryd and Habo, but is best known in Mullsjö. Much has been spread through social media, where Emma is diligent in posting pictures of today's wares, and it is obvious which features the power it gives.
- Sellers are our shrimp sandwiches on rye bread. We also own specialties Tosca Viennese boxes and Finesse pastry with glass of cream and strawberries that is a variation of our popular buns. Budapest pastries with banana are also popular. The wide range from the traditional to the newly created and modern.
- We do everything from scratch and try to have as wide a range as possible. In the summer we organize prawns with troubadour on a few occasions. Mullsjö is otherwise known for its beautiful and pristine nature with long hiking trails in old growth Ryfors, Sweden's oldest golf course and all the lakes.
- It is clean and peaceful and mullsjö residents are softer than city people, experiencing Emma.

Oriental oasis in the old mining district

For those looking for exotic seclusion in the Swedish natural environment is a rare park and garden gem one mil south of Askersund. Bastedalens China Park was built in the 1960's by Ebbe Johnson, editor of Östgöta Correspondent, with a keen interest in Asian culture and garden art.

Since 1986 it has carefully been run by Pia Stenströmer on Bastedalens mansion, now left over the operation and maintenance of landscape architect Annika Olstedt. The expansive garden contains foreign elements in the form of plants, trees and ornaments.

- It includes temple tree Gingko, Earth's oldest trees, and Katsura, kakträd, says Annika looking forward to form cutting and clearing for the season.
- You may not think that many of the plants have their origin in Asia, such arrow, bamboo and peonies. What distinguishes the Chinese garden is that it is relatively friväxt and a concentrate of nature itself, but marked by the human hand.

The garden shall reflect nature's and man's constant changeability, our well-being, also aging, which also has its beauty. The park is located in an old limestone quarry which, with its high walls provide the perfect backdrop to the different nature of the rooms. The pavilions at selected locations have their own poetic name, as "The Gambling wind pavilion. Here you can for a moment sink, catch your breath and cool off from the outside world frantic pace.

Had Aalto

New book for Vättern Passengers

For those looking for more useful tips on places to visit around Vättern, or have specific ties this mythical lake, is the book "Vättern - Meetings food people". It is a mixture between the guide and inspiration-cookbook, in beautiful photographs accentuates forty well-selected locations around the lake.

It is the journalist Ivana Vukadinovic who explored and together with photographer Desiré Östergren embarked on a journey that evokes both the senses and food / lust for life. Through their personal encounters with different people conveyed knowledge in a fun way about both the history and geography of nature and culture. It is a journey in four provinces; Östergötland, Småland, Västergötland and Närke. They stop to everything from castles to more simple, intimate coffee houses, mills, churches and B. The unique environment has its own story to life through the people and the food is the common thread - the green is the emphasis on organic and locally grown. Recipes get your mouth watering.

On the pier Glass Restaurant and bistro in Motala served example älgchiligryta and älgburgare, as well as a different and laced cream menu. Barn 206 Vadstena offers Cheat Chef autumn soup, and the legendary 50's diner in Gränna serves polka kladdkaka. There we learn that every morning, a bunch of old men to eat the "old man sandwich" with liver pate and pickles or fried egg and caviar. For those who want to be a tourist at home, this is a good tipsbok to discover gems in its vicinity that you might not known. For how many Odeshog visited Urnaturs cool forest hotel which attracts visitors from around the world? Here you are both close to nature and the menu says Ulrika chard steaks. Uppgrenna Nature House is a more upscale Visitor Center with a glass roof and Mediterranean garden, built on the basis of the idea of ​​nature's healing power. There are also visits to the Swedish Broadcasting Museum in Motala, Visitor Center Takern and in the vast, bewitching Tivedsskogen - or "pagans and häxkarlarnas forest" as the author Verner von Heidenstamsgatan called the.

Here and there the year around Vättern you can take note of some texts from the book and the page 6 also a recipe.

TEXT: Had Aalto

Art and Antiquities best tips in Mjölby

Ia Lindgren is one of 20 entered in Mjölby Arttour.
She and the other artists show their works in each studio, which can be visited by appointment.


Mjölby art tour takes place 17-19 August and the group exhibition with the 20 ordinary members plus some guests will take place in the old power station in the city center, beautifully situated near the homestead farm and left the buildings.
- This is the best part of Mjölby, says the artist Ia Lindgren. The large height differences in Mjölby beds for the waterfalls and the old mill environment, around which Hembygdsparken grew up. Ia Lindgren receives in his studio that she designed herself.
- There is a great diversity of expressions and techniques in konstrundan, and we who participate develop together when we meet. Most of the artists exhibiting in their studios in addition to the group exhibition, and they can of course visit at other times of the year, says Ia Lindgren. The website shows what is offered and there is contact information for artists, so you can determine the time if you want to come and watch. Ia Lindgren Guides addition Hembygdsparken is very much about interesting relics: Royal mounds and Lund slope outside Vallerstad. Lund slope is an age-old cemetery with stones set in a manner similar to Stonehenge in England Högby stone think Ia Lindgren also interesting. It is a rune that contains a full pedigree on one side.