Sweden's most secret archipelago


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.


Crayfish and "the world's largest exhibition of lithographic art" - in Tidaholm!


Insjokraftfiske_0790 --- Photo-Jonas-IngmanIn the calendar, summer has started but weather-wise, we have not had any summer taste yet. And in two months, it is actually crayfish premiere. This is something that we in Tidaholm looking forward! The crayfish is a big part of the lives tidaholm, Most have grown up as a child of the Cancer Day every year to fish for crabs in Tidan river that runs through town. Also this year, the Cancer Day take place on 7 August, then all children catch crayfish for free in Tidan from five o'clock in the afternoon. On Saturday, 8 August festivities continue with Kräftival on the Old Market Square. On the day there will be fairground, Bakluckeloppis, pony rides and associations that shows up! The evening starts with Quiz Time & sing to then continue with an owl show with Magnus Uggla hits, and ends magnificently with a speedy conduct of Linda Bengtzing. A lovely weekend in Tidaholm!

For those who want to catch crayfish on another occasion, there is the powerhouse which includes both crayfish in a fantastic environment of VinContoret and then crayfish with all accessories belonging to. The packages are suitable for both families with children, couples and groups! Go in and look at runtvattern.se to find our packages.

Insjokraftfiske_0018 --- Photo-Jonas-IngmanThe last week of July and first week of August in progress "world's largest exhibition of lithographic art" in Tidaholm. This is associated with a lithographic symposium Tidaholm hosts every four years, then it will artists from around the world. In four exhibition halls will lithographic art displayed, this is a unique opportunity to see the graphic artists from different countries. The 1 August, you can also get your lithographs valued by Peder Lamm, known among other things Antikrundan.

Feel free to contact us at the tourist office for more tips, 0502-606208, turistbyran@tidaholm.se, www.tidaholm.se

Welcome to detect Tidaholm in summer!

Ida Elf & Asa Sjögren

Malin Wistrand

Welcome to Askersund – at Sweden's most secret archipelago!

To work in Askersund vicinity is a great privilege!

Sweden's most secret archipelago

With Hammarsbron in the fund.

Askersund is a summer- and idyllic archipelago with a convivial atmosphere and many regular events. On weekdays, I work at the tourist office and especially in summer is the most common question: - What to see and do here? The question we love to answer! There is certainly plenty to see, discover and do. Everywhere in all directions, we have amazing natural and cultural attractions, Points of Interest, castles and museums and a variety of lodging accommodations and facilities. Many of our guests love to walk along the serene hiking trails and nature reserves with stunning views. Did you know that you can find Sweden's most secret archipelago with us in Askersund?

Sweden's most secret archipelago

We tip almost daily guests on Sweden's most secret islands and many times surprised and astounded those of the fabulous landscape of the archipelago, where the secrets whisper to visitors from the lapping of the waves. In Norra Vättern you will find detailed 250 Islands, islets and rocks are embedded the unique freshwater archipelago and who invites all who visit it on a very special and unforgettable experience!

Here you can hoist the sails or curl up in the kayak cockpit and head out into the vast and pristine archipelago – find your secret spot and let yourself be touched by the beautiful idyllic archipelago. Slip into the sparkling crystal clear water and cool off after relaxing moments on the sun-warmed rocks.

Nature Ports& Guest harbors

Askersunds port

Askersunds port.

Some of our guests come with their own boat to us and we usually tell whether our relatively newly built marina and set in place Askersunds port or on the wide range of natural harbors in unconstrained situations in the archipelago.

Several of the islands of the archipelago are equipped with both toilet, bin and barbecue areas. On some of the islands are also allowed to stay overnight in tents or in shelters. Here you can sleep well!

From the archipelago is always near guest harbors and service. In several places you can call into a bridge to either to simply enjoy, going to a restaurant visit, play golf or attend a castle tours?

Tivedens National Park

Hiking in Tiveden

Exciting hiking in Tiveden forests.

Many of our guests want to combine their stay with us with both the archipelago and the virgin forest. Then we recommend including a visit to Sweden's southernmost forest Tiveden Tiveden National Park, which is just outside Askersund. Based on the national park there are several hiking trails in different directions. Many of our guests choose the summertime to comply with a knowledgeable guide that tells you more about the area, legends, history and other interesting facts about the Tiveden.

In other words, there is a lot to discover and see. If you want, you are always welcome to us at Tourist- & Events Agency.

We help you to find your adventure!


Malin Wistrand


PS. See also our own page with more pictures www.vattern.se

Vätternrundan results of a research experiment

I år, 2015, running the 50:e Vätternrundan. Perhaps it was the start of the motionscykelvåg that just increases and increases. The story of how Vätternrundan came to the familiar, and can be told over and over again. But what was really the people, with not too accurate for-preparations, and above all, without any adapted for the purpose equipment, cycled 30 mil around Sweden's second largest lake? And why did they do it?

Stone-Otto Liljedahl

Stone-Otto Liljedahl

Motala Bördige doctor and later professor Sten Otto Liljedahl came after half of his career to take an interest also for their own health. Running and skiing took less good, but the bike worked better.

The 40-year-old Liljedahl wanted to have a goal with his training. To ride the 30 mile round Vättern was the first. But as usual, put the then Docent Liljedahl not himself in the first room. In the local newspaper one day after the race he explained that bike adventure was part of a research project. The reporter asks: "Why do you do these experiments with yourself?"

"Already, because I want to know what I'm talking about, so that no one can come and say that it's just theories. This experiment is part of a long chain of other samples that we made at the Karolinska Institute. Immediately after this I aim to make multiple checks on a larger number of people. These will undergo similar trials that we are now undergoing ", responds Stone-Otto Liljedahl.

Which therefore needed a companion who could control the heart rate and other body functions during the journey.

The family Liljedahl

- To begin with, there was talk that I would follow, says Sten-Otto's wife Ingrid Liljedahl.

- I thought we would take a week at us around the lake, but when I got clear to me that it would be done in a day I backed out.

Cut out Motala Journal 198 1964. Stop in karlsborg during the Stone-Otto Liljedahls and Evert Rydell's first round.

Cut out Motala Journal 198 1964. Stop in karlsborg during the Stone-Otto Liljedahls and Evert Rydell's first round.

We found Ingrid and parts of stone-Otto Liljedahls family in the house on Granvägen 2 Motala, i Varamon, where it all started. Then Stone-Otto Liljedahls summer house, today residence for his son Peter with family.

Peter is gearing up for its third round, again with the start number 1, which is reserved to the family. Earlier rounds of Peter was the anniversary years 1987 and 1990. Around the table are also the daughters Eva and Karin who made the respective round, both 1985. With also Karin's son, Marcus, who will make his first race this anniversary year.

Once Vätternrundan became an official and growing races did place first as the start and finish, and many years after that as a center for all the family Liljedahls acquaintances and acquaintances of acquaintances during round.

- It was like a Bedouin camp with tents everywhere and lots of people, continues -Ingrid who took it upon himself to make porridge, bake pancakes and cook steaks to all gathered in Varamon.

Idrottsläkarnas fader

If Stone-Otto Liljedahl is known to posterity as one of Vätternrundan founder as it is for many perhaps easy to overlook what he accomplished as a doctor and became known both among colleagues of a whole world of sport.

In medical circles called Stone-Otto Liljedahl as "The father of sports medicine" - sports physicians father.

- My father realized that it was possible to do much more for active athletes who suffered damage, says Peter Liljedahl. A sprained ankle, a broken knee or a damaged hip could spoil an entire sports career while waiting for the regular care.

So it was that way-Otto Liljedahl already 1958 became the football team doctor, and later also the Medical Director of the Swedish Olympic team - during the entire six Olympic Games, from Rome 1960 to Moscow 1980.

From near and far

Granvägen 2 was the summer home and Motala place for relaxation. But so relaxing it was rarely.

- He was passionate about his work and was incredibly involved in everything and everyone, and, most incredibly helpful. Hit came athletes from far and wide, known and unknown, says Ingrid and talks about all the memories when injured athletes literally stood in line outside the summer house of stone-Otto would review their X-rays.

Stone-Otto Liljedahl was a surgeon at the Karolinska in Stockholm and went on to become a professor at Linköping Hospital. Linköping, he moved not only himself, his work and his family. He was joined by a long list of talented colleagues, laying the foundations of the prominent university hospitals Linkoping boasts today.

Of knee arthroscopy and the recognized burn clinic at Linköping University Hospital's other famous works autographed Stone-Otto Liljedahl.


(The article published in this year's edition of the newspaper around Vättern)

Gathered in the hall of the former summer house, nowadays the villa on Granvägen 2, Karin, Ingrid, Peter, Eva and Marcus. We also glimpsed Stone-Otto Liljedahls cycle that Peter will now get on for the third time with the start number 1.

Gathered in the hall of the former summer house, nowadays the villa on Granvägen 2, Karin, Ingrid, Peter, Eva and Marcus. We also glimpsed Stone-Otto Liljedahls cycle that Peter will now get on for the third time with the start number 1.

If- and the relaunch of entrepreneurs in the quality of life for body and soul


Now expanding Nettan Torner their business on Poplar Street in Motala with two additional partners, operating in the same industry; body- and beauty.

In Motala where the transformation occurred from heavy industry to eg the beauty industry creates new jobs and clinic at Poppelgatan helps make Motala attractive.

- I have had my business 5 years and worked with traditional skin- and beauty. But felt I wanted to expand and offer it as example is popular in larger cities, says Nettan Torner owner of Nettans quality of life. Today, continues Nettan, it's not just an exclusive group of people who care for their appearance without my customers range from young mothers to cheer seniors.

And one of their new colleagues are Rania Abdocakar, originating in Motala and now an immigrant from Jonkoping,

- My specialty is permanent tattoo, eg eyebrows, which has had a resurgence in recent years, and of course Botox injections, said Raia . Furthermore continues Raia – It will be fun to get to know Motala residents and offer more exclusive range!

Colleague No two is a known Motala-face, Helli Bjorklund with ABF as his latest work, which has now been saddled and trained as a chiropodist.

- I want my customers to feel peace and quiet with me, get good foot care and I always end with classic foot massage. We intend to take care of everything, from head to toe, says Heli and smiling!

The new focus is started and inaugurated on 8 december, and that it is just before Christmas fits well. It is very common to give away a gift for Christmas, on any of the above opportunities to improve and beautify the outside.

- And, we have busy days just before Christmas, we have many visits to the clinic just for the purchase of Christmas gifts in the form of gift cards. But it is lovely days, said Nettan. And would finally like to wish everyone a Merry Christmas and a Happy New 2015!

Read more on Nettans Livskvalités website

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50:e Vätternrundan

Night Pass

Night Pass

With eight months to go until our events 2015 we can welcome about 27-28 000 notified already in November's autumn darkness!

We will welcome even more before we enter June 2015 in the calendar, and bicycle and jogging boom still persists, we can note with pleasure.

Preparations are running a long time and a great change for next year is that the starting location and fair / shop will swap places. A simple fled in theory but more complicated in reality, However, everything goes as planned and anchoring among all parties concerned take place in a wonderfully positive spirit.

This summer, the 50:e Vätternrundan be implemented and obviously we prepare this anniversary, the three people so far have gone all 49 times will all be on the start line.

Many are also those who are there for the first time, about half of all participants every year new boot list. They have decided to accept the challenge that our race being and on the way there, they will improve their health and quality of life, something we are very excited to be a part of!

In June we will also hear the national anthems are played in Motala and World Championships medals will be awarded!

Long distance triathlon in the crotch and from around the world will triathletes to fight. This event is part of our activity plan for our anniversary.

Many people are there each year helps to ensure that all visitors / cyclists get a great experience when they come to us. One group are those who rent their houses / flats for our participants, a prerequisite for all to be well cared for.

And there are many more that are equally important to our events will be successful. Without all of these partnerships would be no cycling race in Motala! These days in June every year is important “window” against the whole world to put Motala on the map. With a good host, chances are many people who come to us to bike also comes back to Motala on more occasions, something that obviously we would like to!

Now it's full focus on next summer, interest from our participants is greater than ever and we tagged!

Warm welcome to Motala and our arrangements 2015!

Eva-Lena Frick, CEO Vätternrundan

100 years of dreams

_MG_9745_Hotellet_316x175For exact 100 years ago held the Re-Opening party with prom here at Ombergs Tourist Hotel! The hotel, Originally built 1892, had burned to the ground but thanks to enterprising people like Ellen Key, it was rebuilt.
The idea is dizzy – Not only that during all these years since its, People have come here to stay at the guest house and dine in the restaurant. The idea is also staggering to the then, as we now, saw the potential of what was close, and used nature in the form of raw materials but also as recreation.

100 years have passed but the feeling of days gone there and reminds us that we are creating a part of a förhoppningsis long history here at Ombergs Tourist Hotel!That it was an old-honored guest house was obvious, but only after a time in the house, and after meetings with people who lived, eaten, celebrated and work here, we understand the unique and important place this is too many, and not least ourselves! The importance of managing this house as it is worth, we saw from the beginning but we also saw that it would require a tremendous amount of knowledge, time and even money to restore it.

All four of us owners are the Jonas Larsson is responsible for the property. He is interested and knowledgeable on Architectural and has started work that will last long, long.

Together with Jonas, we have, Pernilla Larsson (economy- and conference booking manager), Linda Johansson (Restaurant Manager) and Marcus Larsson (Chef) planned and created economic and structural conditions for Ombergs Tourist Hotel to live in 100 year.

In order to continue to manage this incredible place it is not enough with the four of us and our talented employees. It requires guests to come here day after day, year round and contributes to the business and thus create resources for the future.

Therefore, we are extremely grateful for all of you who return to us time after time. You also recommend friends and acquaintances to come here to enjoy the breathtaking scenery, the old wooden house, the familiar treatment and especially- the well-cooked food made from local and organic ingredients from the region!

Without all these lovely guests, we would be nothing and had not had the prerequisites to continue working with not only our dream, but also the continuation of the story of Ombergs Tourist Hotel!

Hästholmen – a charming town by Vättern


It's always a great experience to be part of the Horse Park along with many people. Here thrive both residents and visitors. A glance in the rearview mirror.

A reasonably sheltered bay, one of the few on Vätterns east side, made the Horse Park became a popular landing place for wayfarers during 1100- and 1200s.

By Sea Horse Park - Hjo was a good connection between the eastern and western Sweden for both personal- and cargo traffic. During the 1300s, traffic was brisk and Hästholmen flourished.

In the 1300s was Hästholmen one of four cities in Östergötland with its own city seal. According to documents from the 1384, is the imprint of a seal on which it stands “Villa Hestolmiensis”, which is to mean the city or bracket.

From the beginning, there was no port facility so the larger ships had to anchor at “save”. In the 1850s came the actual port building to the harbor and then got basically the design as valid today.


Horse Park is today a developing society with the increasing number of visitors who want to experience the proximity to the water but also the small town charm. The most important is that those who live and thrive in that way, more and more visitors.

During the summer, many båtbesökare but many also take overland to see and experience life in the harbor. This fantastikska summer swimming area also has had many visitors thanks to the beauty of Vättern The water had a further experience of Vättern.

Horse Park is characterized by the small town charm and that different interests can interact in a good way. The marina has invested a lot for boaters, the joint, new bridges, building and future swash plate to make boats clean. Trolling activities have increased betydlit recent years and to contribute to increased activities has improved boat ramp, a fiskrenshus under construction. Since a long time Hästholmen fishing port association boathouse in the harbor for the fishing in a slightly larger scale. Horse Park is also a famous place for diving and diver education and divers are an important element in the harbor. All of these compounds in the port enables collaboration and cooperation developed. We have taken advantage of when we work together with future plans. The investments in the port has contributed to more visitors throughout the Horse Park which meant that other traders invested more. Here are companies that keep on diving, kayak rentals and boat tours on Vättern. There are several restaurants, glass coffee shop and florist with other garden items and trinkets. Like in many places there is also the Horse Park flea market with many diverse things. For those who are interested in history are petroglyphs and proximity to Omberg and Ellen Key. For those who are interested in sports activities are available ranging from boules, miniature golf, proximity to Omberg and a very good golf course at Stora Lund.

Welcome to an exciting Hästholmen and want you to stay here year round so it is planned for new homes in the harbor!


Michael Cornell

Chairman of Hästholmen Port & Store AB, a company that started 1856.