Waterfall at Andersafallet
Sunday 5 August
After an extensive breakfast we went out for a hike. We passed a waterfall where over 300 steps leed you up the Andersåfallet waterfall. It was a climb, but really nice! Back downstairs Anna did drink straight from the running water of the waterfall, she had become curious how it tasted after we told you could just drink it as it is so pure.
We drove a bit to the Skilift of Funasdalen. We went up the steep elevator via a Swiss built (duh) gondola. Up there the view is beautiful. Wide views in any direction. Many lakes and especially the vastness of the country. We pondered how it would look like covered by snow in the winter.
View from the top.
We made a short round walk at the top. Dark clouds gathered as we walked. We quickly walked back to the gondola, but not fast enough: the rain caught up with us. Large drops fell down and got us pretty wet. The afternoon remained overcast and on and of light rain, but we were comfortable and dry in the Fjalnas cottage in good company!
Monday 6 August
We held a quiet day. Did some shopping and did some site seeing by (still grey modern grey hybrid rental) car. In the evening we enjoyed a beautiful sunset. It remains wonderful how long it stays light in summer in Sweden, although we did notice that it was getting darker sooner than previous weeks in Norway.
Tuesday 7 August
We were hoping to pick up Bloomie in Roros (Norway just over the boarder from Sweden) today, but we had not received any information yet if today was the drop off day. As a result, we made little plans for the day. We walked around in the area and spotted a reindeer family running close to the house. Wonderful to be embedded in nature.
Meanwhile, we enjoyed the reoccurring great Swedish Fika (coffee with cake). Delicious. We enjoyed the homemade treats. In the afternoon Ewout was notified that Bloomie would be brought to Roros that evening. That was great news as we could continue our journey! Yet, we felt could have stayed for weeks in Fjalnas, due to the beautifull place and even more for the company.
That evening Ewout drove to Roros and exchanged the rental car for Bloomie and Bakkie. The braking problem did not seem to be fully fixed, but later that week turned to be more of a wear in period and breaking was solid again. Ewout returned safely to Fjalnas late that evening and we still could enjoy the late sunset and some drinks with our great hosts.
Wednesday 8 August
On departure we were accompanied by reindeer who seemed planning not to let us go, but after a while we could pass. Did you know reindeer aren’t the brightest of animals? We drove endlessly through forests and then even more forests. We held a lunch stop at the recommended Cafe Cineast in Sveg where we bought their famous ‘chocolate ball’. As predicted we would enjoy it the rest of the day. A small bite is satisfying, so incredibly heavy chocolate. The cafe is special, with all it movie memorabilia and themed rooms. We continued our journey to a campsite halfway the journey to Stockholm.
Thursday 9 August
The day started early so set of for Stockholm on time. We arrived at Stockholm around lunchtime. The camping was on the other side of the city from where we came so we drove all the way around the city. Once on the campsite it was warm. Once we unpacked and settled we walked to the sea front to cool off in the water. That evening we read about Stockholm and came up with what we wanted to do.
Friday 10 August
After breakfast we walked from the campsite to the metro. We could commute over water but the time schedule wasn’t convenient for us early birds. When we arrived in Stockholm we where impressed! What a beautiful city! We did the tourist thing a boarded a ‘hop-on-hop-off’ boat and discovered the city from the water. We loved it! Great weather, beautiful buildings and scenery. This could be a city where we see ourselves living… Only that winter cold and snow, we (especially Susan) have to come to terms to then. Tired but satisfied we went back to the camp site. In the late afternoon we cooled down again in the water. Anna was highly anticipating the day to come; finally the day we would visit ‘Pipi-land’.
Saturday 11 August
Anna was pretty wound up that morning and therefore it became and early morning. At opening time we arrived at Junibacken (Pipi-land according to Anna). It was pretty busy, we are not the only ones (with early bird offspring). We explored the whole children’s activity museum from front to back. It was a great adventure that we all enjoyed. In particular Anna that was so enthusiastic during and completely satisfied afterwards. We concluded with a play of Pipi at ‘real-life’ Villa Villekulla. When we left, we knew we had done well to be early: what appeared to be a bicycle park place on arrival turned out to be a (mandatory) pram / stroller spot that was ridiculous jammed up. Strollers everywhere! If you ever go here yourself: go on time!This entry was posted in Europe