“Beautiful and wonderful – every minute of it.” That sums up Susan and John Petty’s three days traveling through West Sweden, as winner of the Facebook contest for Volvo Overseas Delivery customers. They began their Swedish adventure in Gothenburg, travelling onto Stockholm and finishing on the west coast.
“We had read the first three Camilla Läckberg novels to try and get a feel for the geography of the area. While very good reads, they didn’t fully prepare us for the stunning natural beauty or the delightful experiences we encountered.” Their first day was spent exploring Fjällbacka. “The streets of the village provided a great afternoon of exploring on our own, and Bryggan Fjällbacka was a convenient and very comfortable hotel, with a very good restaurant.”
The next morning we took a short drive to visit the Vitlycke Museum, a world heritage site which has Bronze Age stone carvings. “We were fortunate enough to have one of the staff archeologists provide us with a personally guided tour of the site. He shared insights with us, which made it even more amazing. ”Where else could you find a carving of a Bronze Age moose?
It was then back to Fjällbacka to catch a boat to the Weather Islands. “When we arrived at the Inn’s dock, my husband and I looked at one another and we both said, “Wow!” It is truly a unique and wonderful setting. We both said we wished we had honeymooned here.”
“We dropped our bags in our room and spent the afternoon walking around the island, before returning to the Inn for drinks on the dock and a delicious meal. And you know you’re in a very special place when even the sunrises are something to savor.”
“We were scheduled to return to Fjällbacka late morning and the Inn staff asked if we were interested in taking an inflatable boat for our ride back. We weren’t expecting excitement, but when the boat captain handed each of us insulated coveralls to put on, we knew we were in for something fun. We arrived safely, but the trip did get our pulses going. And we were glad we had the suits on.“
Back in Fjällbacka, we were met by a long-time local who took us on a walking tour of the town, during which we learned there was a lot more to the village than murder mysteries and Ingrid Bergman. We finished with a walk through the King’s Cleft in the Vetteberget. We are amazed that at the height of the summer season there are upwards of 1,500 people walking through the Cleft an hour!
We then traveled to Marstrand, arriving late afternoon at Marstrands Havshotell. The hotel has a great spa, of which we were happy to make use of, given our very busy previous days. Once again, in the evening there were great views and a wonderful dinner in the hotel restaurant.
“The next morning, before returning to Gothenburg, we took the brief ferry ride from the mainland to the island. We walked through the village, very discreetly looking at the well-kept gardens of the island cottages on our way up to the Carlstens Fort. After climbing onto a rampart, we were treated to a beautiful view of the harbor and the archipelago.”
“No place on earth offers the special sights, tastes and experiences of West Sweden and we are very happy to have learned that fact first hand!”