Explore Sweden’s Exceptional Beauty

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Vikings Village – Foteviken

 

There are still real, live Vikings, and you can visit them at one of Sweden’s most absorbing attractions. An evocative ‘living’ reconstruction of a late–Viking Age village, Foteviken Viking Reserve was built on the coast near the site of the Battle of Foteviken (1134) and contains some 22 reed-roofed houses. You can tour all of these, check out the great meeting hall, see a war catapult and buy Viking-made handicrafts. It’s all admirably legit, too – the reserve’s residents hold to old traditions, laws and religions.

 

Winter Sports, Åre

 

Winter sports in Lappland are a major draw. To go cross-country skiing, just grab a pair of skis and step outside; for downhill sports, be it heliskiing or snowboarding, Åre is your best bet. Few pastimes are as enjoyable as rushing across the Arctic wasteland pulled by a team of dogs, the sled crunching through crisp snow – but if you want something with a motor, you can test your driving (and racing) skills on the frozen lakes instead.

 

Inlandsbanan to Gällivare

 

Take a journey through Norrland along this historic train line (summer only), which passes small mining towns, deep green forests, herds of reindeer and, if you’re lucky, the occasional elk (moose). Built during the 1930s and rendered obsolete by 1992, the line has more than enough charm and historical appeal to make up for its lack of speed – you’ll have plenty of time to contemplate the landscape, in other words. It’s a beautiful, oddball means of transport, best suited to those for whom adventure trumps efficiency.

 

Gammelstad

 

There is an abundance of Unesco World Heritage–recognised treasures in Sweden. A fine example is Gammelstad church town near Luleå. The largest church town in the country, it was the medieval centre of northern Sweden; visiting feels a bit like time travel. The stone Nederluleå Church (built in 1492) has a reredos worthy of a cathedral and choir stalls for a whole consistory, and there are 424 wooden houses where rural pioneers stayed overnight on their weekend pilgrimages.

 

Vasamuseet

 

Stockholm’s unique Vasamuseet is a purpose-built preservation and display case for an ancient sunken battleship. The ship was the pride of the Swedish Crown when it set out in August 1628, but pride quickly turned to embarrassment when the top-heavy ship tipped and sank to the bottom of Saltsjön, where it would await rescue for 300 years. The museum explains – in fascinating multimedia – how it was found, retrieved and restored, why it sank in the first place, and what it all means to the Swedish people.

 

You can check this site for more travel tips https://www.youtube.com/user/WorldVenturesTV.

 

 

 

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