Day 4: From Vimmerby to Oskarshamn
Friday, 25 August 2017
If there’s one custom people in Sweden pay close attention to, it’s the tradition of ‘fika’ - a simple concept of taking a break with a cup of coffee or tea, and a little of something, preferably sweet, to eat - a cinnamon roll or cookies. But the essential thing is that you do it, that you make time to take a break, sit down and feel the world slowing down instead of grabbing a coffee ‘to-go’: that's what ‘fika’ is all about.
Day 3: From Öland to Vimmerby
Thursday, 24 August 2017
The island of Öland slipped away behind us as we were heading towards Vimmerby. This tittle town in the northern part of the province of Småland is where Astrid Lindgren, one of the world’s best loved children’s authors, was born in 1907 and where she laid the foundation for her writing. Today, Vimmerby is a home of the Astrid Lindgren’s World - a beautifully constructed theme park full of imaginative playgrounds and an open air theatre with many stages where specially written plays, based on Lindgren’s stories, are perform daily during the summer months. This was why we decided to get off the coastline for one day.
Day 2: From Karlskrona to Öland
Wednesday, 23 August 2017
In the space of less than an hour we found ourselves in a lovely village of Kristianopel, where we took a walk on the old city wall, before making our way to Kalmar - one of the oldest cities in Sweden. After strolling around its astonishing Kalmar Castle, that goes back to the Middle Ages - a graceful symbol of the city, we pulled out onto a busy Öland Bridge spanning for 6072m over the Kalmar Strait and connecting the mainland with the island of Öland. Having turned south, we followed the road through a lonely, a prairie-like landscape of the Great Alvar - a dagger shaped expanse almost 40km long and about 10km at the widest end, until we reached the lighthouse of Långe Jan on the southernmost cape of the island.
Day 1: From Ysatd to Karlskrona
Tuesday, 22 August 2017
After what felt like an eternity, we set off for the Episode V - a final push of our circumnavigation of the Baltic Sea.
It was 6:15am, when, seven hours after departing from Świnoujście on the Polish coast, our ferry - Scania - operated by Unity Line, docked in Ystad. Driving alongside the coastline, sometimes on the main road, but most often choosing the ones less travelled, was a great way to enjoy all the qualities that this part of Sweden holds - the sea, coastal hills, meadows, fields and wide beaches. Quite often those secondary roads in themselves lead through stunning sceneries making the detour well worth the extra distance. And, we always try to take our time, make stops and take closer look at whatever catches our attention.