In the middle of our Norway jaunt we hopped over the border into Sweden for 6 days, and this was a total contrast to the Norwegian experience.
The area that we explored is known as Dalarna and is in Central Sweden. There were no great mountain ranges here (although the Southern Kungsleden Trail starts in this region), but it definitely had a very easy-going and relaxing charm about it. We found rolling hills with deserted ski resorts, wandered through forests and by isolated lakes, walked along what is probably the longest lake pier in the world at Rattvik and frequented delightful little coffee shops with the most delicious cakes.
The weather here was much warmer and sunnier than further west in Norway – almost too hot at times – and the only downside to this, was that it brought the mozzies out at times.
Tilly had one very close shave though on a walk here. Being a Labrador, she’s forever sticking her nose into things that don’t concern her, and on this particular day she decided to try and shove an adder about. I have to say that I’ve never seen a snake strike in real life before, but this one launched itself twice at Tilly’s nose – with its mouth open too – and she’s very lucky that the snake was obviously just doing ‘warning’ strikes or she would certainly have been bitten.
Back on the subject of delicious things to eat, a few months ago at home, Geoff and I had discovered Magnum ice creams and had fallen into the most inexcusable and shameful habit of making sure there is always a stock of them in the freezer….so imagine our further delight with all things Swedish when we discovered that here, you could not only buy the White Chocolate flavour ones (our favourite), but that they also sell a ‘White-Chocolate-With-Strawberry-Ice-Cream-In-The-Middle’ variety!
Yes, Sweden definitely had a lot going for it…