Recently I went on a trip to Sweden to visit family and friends. I also did a short trip over to Scotland. Sweden is a great country to visit, especially when the weather is nice. Plus the food is fantastic!
Sweden is about the size of California, borders Norway and Finland and has a population of 9.6 million. Majority lives in the big cities of Stockholm, Göteborg and Malmö that all are coastal cities. But you don’t have to go far to see water, nature and open space no matter where you are. As most European cities the towns or cities are dense with the country side and farmers right outside the city limit. Three quarters of the country are surrounded by ocean so naval history and fishing are traditions that run far back. Plus with over 97,000 lakes to choose from spending time on and by the water is part of life.
Friluftsliv means “outdoor life” in Swedish and is a big part of life for Swedes. We spend a lot of time hiking, walking, biking, skiing and any other activity that can be done outdoors, by a lake, in the mountains, in the forest or even a park. Most Scandinavians are big outdoor enthusiasts.
So after this short history lesson of Sweden and Swedes here are a few photos I took along my trip. Below photos are from Jönköping which is the 9th largest city in Sweden. Still, it is a small city where you can walk the Main Street and city center in fifteen minutes and easily get around with bus if needed. There are three lakes within walking distance with nature paths along the lakes and plenty of parks to enjoy.
But besides the main lake there’s a city here. Although it’s easy to feel as if there’s not when wandering along the lake.
Well, after strolling through town, it was time to enjoy one of my favorite parts – the nature preserve, that goes along another lake and is only about a ten minute walk from down town. As in any European town people walk or bike everywhere.
So as you can see there is a lot of history, lakes, nature and beauty to experience in vicinity of downtown Jönköping, Sweden. Each lake has it’s own unique beauty but nothing speaks “wow” like a sunset on Vättern.
For more information on Jönköping click here. I hope you enjoyed a quick tour of a place I once called home.