We have spent the last few days pootling along the coast east through Sölvesborg, via the Karlskrona archipelago to Kalmar and across the 6km bridge to the island of Öland and have seen some lovely sights on the way. Yes Basil, I’m afraid this is going to be a best-of post.
The Viking ruin of Ales Stennar – 56 stones in a boat shape.
A Bronze Age burial mound, complete with engravings The red paint highlights were added in the 1920s – the locals had a habit of using the stone for their own purposes, so an attempt was made to show them how important the site was and that it needed preserving. It worked and the first archaeological dig started in 1931.
A clamber over the rocks a short walk from a roadside rest stop.
An overnight parking spot at a beach carpark.
Over a bridge to Tjurkö, on the Karlskrona archipelago.
Herringärden – once the centre of southern Swedish stone-cutting, now a tiny village on Tjurkö and very convenient for another overnight stop.
We’ll be heading inland soon and then making our way north of Stockholm – we found a good deal for the Finland ferry, so are leaving in a couple of weeks.
We’ve had a mix of weather so far – each day has had bright sunshine interspersed with rain. Until today – I did a huge load of handwashing last night, so of course, it is pouring with rain today. Such is life.