We have a close friend who grew up in Sweden and from the day we met him it’s been one story after another about his amazing country. He’s a bit of a “let me tell you a grand tale” type of guy, which makes his stories even more intriguing. We’ve heard about breathtaking waterways, exciting city night life, tasty cuisine, and a few experiences that I can’t mention in this post.
Having someone like this in our lives has definitely added a new dimension to our world view. Aside from introducing us to fish sauce in a tube, he’s really fostered our excitement and curiosity about this country.
A couple of months ago, we were approached by West Sweden and Volvo to take part in their Gothenburg and West Sweden In a Volvo campaign. We jumped at the chance to explore this country and we will departing on our adventure in mid June!
So what are we going to do while we’re there? We will be driving around Western Sweden in a brand new Volvo, visiting Gothenburg, hiking, taking part in a midsummer celebration, learning about the Swedish lifestyle, and exploring Marstrand.
Gothenburg Canals & Archipelago
While I’m sure it’s a bit different from the canals of Venice, we’re excited to take a tour of Gothenburg’s gorgeous canals. The buildings and trees extending into the air along the canal show off the architecture of the city and create those mirror-like water reflections we love to photograph. While in Gothenburg, we will also be visiting the famous Upper House Spa.
It’s usually not an epic trip for us unless we visit at least one island. I don’t know what it is with us and our addiction to being surrounded by water — especially since I have a deep-seeded fear of drowning alone in a cold ocean — but we can’t leave Sweden without exploring some islands.
West Sweden is dotted with islands all the way to Norway. Here’s the plan: eat plenty of fresh, mouthwatering seafood, hike with a local Swede, and take in those beaming red houses along the coastline that make your pictures pop!
What else will we do in Sweden? Well, some of our itinerary is still up in the air, so we’re at the mercy of our Swedish hosts. I know they will show us a good time, but it sure would be amazing if we could see a moose (hint, hint). No pressure. I’m just saying it would be a trip maker.