Sweden - A Long Time Ago

Author: Sue Rogers
Date: 6th August 1999
  • An overnight ferry from Elsinore (Helsingore) to Helsingborg. No bridges in those days - and not so many Scandi thrillers either.


  • North to Stockholm. The scenery the same each side of the road, and in front. Pine trees, fields, lakes and clusters of log cabins.
  • The capital  has engulfed 14 islands, which require more than 50 bridges to join them, another city with claim to the name ‘Venice of the North’. It’s a beautiful city, set on a large harbour at the mouth of a lake and water taxis shuttle you to the different sights (all the signs are in English) on special tourist day passes. One highlight was the restored Viking warship, the Wasa, which, like the Mary Rose, sank on its maiden voyage
  • You can also walk to much of this compact city over the bridges. The cobblestone streets and gabled timbers of the Old Town (Gamla Stan) with the thirteenth-century Storkyrkan Cathedral and the Royal Palace, are especially enticing. The Nobel and ABBA museums have been added since. What a dilemma trying to decide which to visit if time is short. Also, of course, all the modern Scandi chic in the many ultra-stylish shops and cafes.
  • Another, overnight, ferry from Stockholm, across the Baltic Sea, to Turku in Finland. There was a very good smorgasbord buffet on board.

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