Category Sweden

Monday Morning Blues – The af Chapman Youth Hostel in Stockholm

I recently paid a visit to the Swedish capital, known as the Venice of the North. Consisting of a series of islands, it is home to a unique youth hostel, a full rigged steel ship named the af Chapman. Built by the Whitehaven Shipbuilding Company in the UK and launched in 1888, she undertook voyages […]

Scandinavia Tour 2022 Part 4 – From Sweden Into Norway

Kiruna to Narvik When my travelling companion and I were learning geography at school, we were taught all about the Swedish iron ore industry and how a train line was built to Narvik so the ore could be exported. You see, the shallow Swedish Baltic Sea port at Luleå that was the main route out […]

Monday Morning Blues – Riksgränsen in Sweden

I recently passed through Riksgränsen on the train on the way to Narvik in Norway. Riksgränsen is a popular ski resort in Sweden, just 709 metres from Norway. The train station is Sweden’s highest at 1,228m above sea level.

Scandinavia Tour 2022 Part 3 – Iron Ore in the North of Sweden

I left off part 2 with us being stuck in Boden waiting for a rail replacement bus to take us to Gällivare. To our surprise our ticket collector travelled with us and proceeded to give us a guided commentary on the journey. As bus journeys went this was not too shabby! The three-hour journey sped […]

Scandinavia Tour 2022 Part Two – Luleå in Sweden

Luleå  The bus journey from the Finnish border would take 90-minutes and flew past despite the frequent stops, the small settlements acting as brief interruptions from the golden forest and lichen covered rock. We soon found our hotel and then took to the Baltic coastline. Luleå in Norbotten County is a key export centre for Swedish […]

Submarine Base Entrance Balaclava, Crimea, Ukraine

Euro Match Day 17 – Ukraine v Sweden

The final match of the round of 16 takes place in Glasgow. Ukraine The ex-nuclear submarine base in Balaclava in the Crimea was such a secret that the town of Balaclava did not appear on maps and even the families of engineers, scientists & technicians who worked there had no idea that the base existed! […]

Royal Castle, Warsaw

Euro 2020 Match Day 13 – Sweden v Poland

Another Baltic derby in the Euros takes place in St Petersburg. Sweden The Iron Ore Line runs from the ice-free port of Narvik in Norway to the Baltic port of Luleå in Sweden’s Baltic Coast. The final leg to Narvik is known as the Ofoten Line which was constructed to transport iron ore from the […]

Euro 2020 Match Day 8 – Sweden v Slovakia

To Russia with love you the Swedes & Slovaks for the first game of the day in St Petersburg. Sweden Stockholm is situated on a series of islands, with the central one called Gamla Stan which contains most of the impressive buildings. The first time I went was in 1989 on an inter-rail trip. The […]

Euro 2020 Match Day 4 – Spain v Sweden

The third game of the day takes place in Seville. Seville just so happens to be my favourite city in Spain. Superb tapas, the world’s finest flamenco, a magnificent cathedral, beautiful landscaped gardens of Los Jardines de Murillo, the wonderful alcazar and non-stop sunshine. A float down the River Guadalquivir is a very enjoyable way […]

Bridges of Europe – Part Two, Northern Europe (Benelux & Scandinavia)

The feats of engineering that have enabled road & rail bridges to be built in the mountainous regions of Scandinavia is nothing short of mind boggling. Cutting right through mountains, traversing raging rivers and spanning majestic fjords, they have been built with hard toil and ingenious design. Best of all, they not only blend with […]