Swedish Tour #1

Tour #1 in 2022 began June 15 in Uppland, and finished back in Uppland June 29.

This was the approximate plan of the tour:

Wednesday, June 15

Leaving Uppland, we drive west to Västmanland, through the city of Eskilstuna, crossing Lake Mälaren  on a scenic drive into Södemanland.   There are possible stops to see, including Viking-era carvings and runestones.   

We will stop for lunch at Julita gård, a historical cultural museum set in an 18th-century manor house and its grounds.

Continuing west, we may pass through Örebro, a modern city with an 11th-century moated castle as its centerpiece.   We may stop at the home of Alfred Nobel in Karlskoga, or Sveafallen, a nature preserve in Degerfors.   If we have time, we can see the impressive Picasso sculpture in Kristinehamn, on our way to our first destination, Karlstad.

Thursday, June 16

We will spend the day in Värmland  sightseeing.   We will explore the city of Karlstad, along with smaller towns in the vicinity.    We will make a visit to the spectacular weaving factory in Klässbol, and perhaps the charming town of Årjang, with its tourist bureau in the shape of a giant troll.

Friday, June 17

From Karlstad, at the northern edge of Lake Vänern, we will drive down the eastern edge through the wide valley province of Västergötland to the old city of Skara, where we will stay for a couple of nights.

Saturday, June 18

Today we will visit Läckö, a 13th-century castle that has been continuously occupied since it was built.   We will also go up on the mountain Kinnekulle, with great nature, scenic views, and historic places.   Among other things, we will visit several churches dating from the beginnings of Christianity in Sweden.   We will probably encounter some local musicians, as well.

Sunday, June 19

The plan is to drive southeast through Jönköping to Vimmerby in Småland, seeing some museums along the way, as well as some extraordinarily interesting towns and churches.

Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday, June 20 – 22

During these two days we will explore the “Glass Kingdom”, seeing several Glassworks where some of the world’s finest crystal is made.  We will also visit some important sites in Småland and Östergötland.

Thursday, June 23

A long day of driving will take us back north to Uppland, where we will stay on the grounds of the great 17th-century iron foundry in Österbybruk.

Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, June 24 – 26

Midsommar!   The longest and brightest day of the year is celebrated this weekend.   We will take part in traditional local celebrations on both Friday and Saturday, and attend a music concert on Sunday.   We will also get to see museums, the Baltic coast, and important places in Sweden’s history.

Monday, June 27

Today we take the train into the city of Stockholm, where we will see the Nordic Museum, the Vasa Museum (considered one of the top historical museums in the world), the Old Town, including the Royal Castle.   We will be back to our bed and breakfast near the airport in time to pack for tomorrow.

Tuesday, June 28

Today we drive to the city of Uppsala, to see the cathedral, Sigtuna, the old capital of Sweden, a viking museum, and many other fascinating places.

Wednesday, June 29

After breakfast, the tour participants get taken to the airport for the trip home, or to someplace nearby if continuing to stay in Sweden a little longer.