Sweden offers fantastic destinations and places where you can experience so much more than just the pulse of the city or the traditionalsights.Experience some of the hidden gems and make your stay truly memorable. Welcome to wonderful Sweden!

Magical Trollsjön

Lake Trollsjön outside Abisko is compared to Lake Garda in Italy. According to old legends sulfur is said to protect against witchcraft and it is the link to the Swedish name Trollsjön. The lake really shines like fire. Not far from Abisko is Låktatjåkka or Vassijaure where you can take the train. From there it is a six kilometer hike to Trollsjön. Start
with a walk through a beautiful forest, then climb upwards and be rewarded with a fantastic view. After the hike, you continue through Kärkevaggedalen, which is a fairytale landscape with rock formations created during the ice age, lush meadows with mountain flowers and small winding streams. Then you come to the magical Trollsjön. Clear blue water flows down from nearby glaciers and does Trollsjön is crystal clear with the opportunity to see 36 meters down into the depths.
Enjoy the beautiful view and take the chance to take a refreshing swim.

Stenshuvud National Park

Stenshuvud National Park was formed in 1986 and is located in the south-eastern part of the province of Skåne. For a long time the area has been affected by grazing and farming. Stone mounds piled up to clear land, stone fences and ancient remains in the area bear witness to the presence of people and their impact on the countryside.
The national park occupies 400 hectares, including 80 hectares of sea. Stenshuvud mountain itself consists of three peaks. The northern one, rising 97 metres above sea level, is the highest. To a large extent, the area is covered with forest, hornbeam being the predominant type of tree. Older trees with broad canopies, such as beech and oak, remain from the time when grazing took place in the area. Today grazing livestock have returned to the national park, keeping the countryside open.
The many different biotopes in the national park contribute to an abundant variety of flora and fauna. Here you will find sandy heaths, wet meadows, rocky coastland and beautiful sandy beaches. Below the mountain on the west side, there is a bog and alder marsh. The national park has abundant flora with some rare species such as barren strawberry, black spleenwort, sand pink, pasqueflower and immortelle.

Ombo Islands

Here you find Karlsborgs own archipelago – Ombo islands is a popular tourist destination with beautiful views and amazing sea life. People come here – both by land and sea – to experience the magical nature. Ombo lies in the northern part of Vättern’s archipelago. The five hilly islands, with a dramatically look, have an irregular beach contrast
and vertical mountain edges down into the water. Here you find nature harbors, bays, and lagoons with clay seabed. The bays where the wind reach sometimes has shingle rock seabed. On the island grows up to 300-year-old and partly wild wood like rocky ground pine forest with moss carpets. The area between Ombo islands and the main land is called Djärknesundet. Here you also find the rocky ground pine forest on the mountain parts that goes out into the water. The terrain is very cut up, with a lot of opportunities for to dive from the cliffs or by the sand beaches where Djärknebäcken reach Vättern. The land access is partly financed by EULife Nature.

Anna and the West Sea

Join a unique art experience. Every summer a sculpture exhibition with world-leading artists is arranged in the middle of the Bohuslän cultural landscape, with its grazing sheep and traces from the Stone Age. Sculpture in Pilane is a wild experience for all ages. Anna and the West Sea The exhibition area is more of a living landscape than a traditional park, and you can either walk where the fancy takes you or follow the beaten paths over meadows and hillsides. From the hills you have a fantastic view of the West Sea and the Bohuslän archipelago. One of the largest and most beautiful sculptures is found here, “Anna” by Jaume Plensa, which has become a landmark for the whole of the West Coast and is now permanently located in Pilane. Pilane is among the top ten attractions in Europe. New works of art are shown every summer. Since 2007 Sculpture in Pilane has
shown art by Erwin Wurm, Tony Cragg, Magdalena Abakanowicz, Jaume Plensa, Alice Aycock, Bernar Venet and Laura Ford, among others. In 2016 the Guardian, a major British newspaper, nominated Sculpture in Pilane as one of the ten best sculpture parks in Europe.

The alvar landscape
If farmers on Öland had not raised livestock, no alvar would have existed. It is due to the interplay between man, animals and a peculiar nature that these open plains have been formed and preserved. There are alvar plains in both Northern and Southern Öland, with the Great Alvar in the south as the best known example

Blue Öland
Take the opportunity to discover Öland as you will not see it by car or bike, on a tour with geologist Jan Mikaelsson. During this guided tour along the coast between Byxelkrok and Horns Udde, you will hear about Öland’s exciting history from the time when the island lay on the southern hemisphere until the present! You will of course also learn about the island’s unique limestone with its ancient animal life in the form of fossils, and the significance of limestone for the local population throughout history. At the quarry near Horns Udde you will see traces of early quarrying during Gustav Vasa’s era from a completely different perspective that sets the imagination going.

Hanseatic town of Visby
Visby was the main centre of the Hanseatic League in the Baltic from the 12th to the 14th century. The Hanseatic town of Visby was inscribed on the World Heritage List in 1995 with the following justification: Visby is an outstanding example of a north European medieval walled trading town which preserves
with remarkable completeness a townscape and assemblage of high-quality ancient buildings that illustrate graphically the form and function of this type of significant human settlement.

Gotland Museum
At Gotland Museum you can see the unique picture stones, gold and silver treasures, authentic medieval interiors among a lot of other things. 8000 years of rich history from Stone age, Viking Age, the Middle Ages until present times. Exhibitions reflect the cultural history of Gotland.

Kosterhavet national park
Many of the rare and unique species live in the depths of Koster’s underwater fjord, the Koster trench. It runs through the national park from north to south and attains a depth of
247 metres. The Koster trench is connected with deep submarine areas in Skagerrak that continue all the way out to the North Atlantic’s continental slopes. From there ocean water with high salinity and low temperatures is conveyed into the Koster fjord. That enables many deep-water fauna to live here in very close proximity to the coast. In all, about 12,000 species can be found in the national park area, which covers about 390 square kilometres. Kosterhavet National Park is comprised primarily of water and underwater environments. It is Sweden’s first marine national park and is located in the municipalities of Strömstad and Tanum. In addition to a large expanse of water, the national park also encompasses parts of Rossö island and a large number of islets and skerries, especially in the archipelago south-west of Koster. South Koster and North Koster are not included in the national park, except for a couple of areas on South Koster. The profuse nature of the Koster islands has long been protected as a nature reserve. The same is true of the adjoining nature reserves on the islands of Saltö and Nord Långö. Next door to Kosterhavet National Park is the Norwegian sister park, Ytre Hvaler. Together these two national parks form a large and valuable marine area with strong environmental protection.

The Skåneleden Trail
The entire Skåneleden trail is marked with orange markers and signs, so you’ll always know in which direction to go. The Skåneleden Trail is a 1,250 kilometre-long marked long-distance hiking trail through the countryside of Skåne. Choose from five separate sub-trails comprising a total of 105 sections, some of which are connected, making them perfect for circular hikes. The entire trail is marked with orange markers and signs, so you always know where you’re going. Walk the coastal sections for dramatic contrasts between rocky shores, sandy beaches and the open sea, or hike the hillsides of mid-Skåne with lush green beech forests, fascinating rock formations and abundant flora and fauna. If you want that sense of remote seclusion, the lakes in north-east Skåne are surrounded by deep forests and historic sites.

The High Coast Trail
The High Coast Trail extends through the entire world heritage site, from Hornöberget in the south to Örnsköldsvik city in the north. The environment along the trail varies a lot and shift between deep forests, mountain tops, sandy beaches, steep cliffs and green meadows. The 130 km long High Coast Trail stretches through the entire World Heritage Site that shares its name, starting in Hornöberget in the south and ending in Örnsköldsvik in the north. The trail is divided into 13 sections that are a unique mix of coast and forest with exciting areas rich in flora and fauna along the way. There are numerous activities, side trails and unique nature experiences for you to enjoy: deep forests, high till-capped mountains, rocky shorelines, mountaintop viewpoints, cobble fields, sandy swimming beaches and nature reserves. At times you will find yourself up to 250 metres above sea level. Nowhere else in Sweden can you hike at these heights so close to the sea! Regardless if you are a beginner or an experienced hiker, there will be sections perfect for you along the trail. We want you to have a fantastic time on the High Coast Trail – take your time and enjoy yourself, you are about to experience some of the World Heritage Site’s absolute highlights.

Southeast Skåne including Österlen is the county’s piece of paradise. Lose yourself in the romantic views over rolling fields, drop by a quaint farm shop to pick up fresh food, or stay in an idyllic fishing hamlet and enjoy fresh fish from the early morning catch.

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