Checking in: Clarion Grand Hotel, Helsingborg – Scandinavian Travel Article

Checking in: Clarion Grand Hotel, Helsingborg If you’re fond of historical hotels, you’re in for a treat! In this post, I’m taking you to the charming city of Helsingborg in Southern Sweden, where a grand old hotel is to be found: Clarion Grand Hotel. Below my review, you’ll find an interview with General Manager, Anna Eklund. Let’s check in, shall we? Hosted stayOn a freezing cold but beautiful December afternoon, I had the pleasure of getting on board the ferry from…

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Stockholm Steam Bath – Daily Scandinavian – Scandinavian Travel Article

Stockholm Steam Bath – Daily Scandinavian One of the things we most look forward to when visiting Stockholm is the authentic Swedish massage at Sturebadet, the city’s oldest and most exclusive health club/spa. Don’t miss the Stockholm Steam Bath. The facility is located in the upscale Sturegallerian shopping complex in the fashionable Östermalm district. It was once the haunt of Greta Garbo. The original Sturebadet, opened by Dr. Carl Curman in 1885, burned to the ground in 1985, but it…

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Döda Fallet: The Dramatic Story of Sweden’s Dead Falls – Scandinavian Travel Article

Döda Fallet: The Dramatic Story of Sweden’s Dead Falls Once upon a time there was a waterfall known as Storforsen (the Great Rapids), which tumbled 35 meters (115 feet) out of Lake Ragunda along the Indalsälven river in Jämtland, Sweden. Yet in 1796, this mighty waterfall was silenced forever due to a combination of human interference and the power of nature. The site of one of Sweden’s most devastating natural disasters is now one of the region’s most popular tourist destinations.…

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The Year in Photos 2019 – Retirement Travel Article

The Year in Photos 2019 Backstreet Cultural Center in Treme, New OrleansWhether our trips are long or short, we all try to preserve our travel memories with photos. It’s not uncommon for us to search through our photo libraries just to figure out when we traveled where. No matter how much we take notes and post stories, it’s our photography that shows us, indisputably, where we were last February (Vietnam), or in February 2012 (Vietnam). This last week of December, we’re…

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Exploring Wild Sweden – HoneyTrek – Couples Travel Article

Exploring Wild Sweden – HoneyTrek In Sweden, it is your “Right to Roam.” Hiking, biking, canoeing, camping (even on private land) is your constitutional right as a Swede or even a visitor, as long as you follow a few common-sense rules and utter respect for the land. This concept (Allemansrätt in Swedish) seemed unbelievable at first, but after spending five days in Sweden’s pristine wilderness, their deference to mother nature is unquestionable and awe-inspiring for everyone who explores it. As…

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The Ramsund Carving: A Legendary Tale Inscribed in Stone – Scandinavian Travel Article

The Ramsund Carving: A Legendary Tale Inscribed in Stone All photos copyright Annika S. Hipple / RealScandinavia.comCarved into a rock face in the woods south of Lake Mälaren is one of the most impressive runic inscriptions in all of Scandinavia: Sigurdsristningen — literally the Sigurd Carving, but more commonly known in English as the Ramsund Carving. The carving dates from the 11th century A.D. and tells the story of Sigurd Fafnesbane (Fafnir’s Bane), a legendary hero who features prominently in…

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Sustainable Travel Starts in Sweden – Retirement Travel Article

Sustainable Travel Starts in Sweden In the woods in Sweden’s Östergötland County, thinking of tourism’s future.She had mentioned in her soft but serious voice that she wanted to talk. Finally, on our last evening together, six of us pulled our chairs close and leaned in over our dinner plates to hear what our guide wanted to say. I assumed she’d share details about her business. We were six visitors from four countries traveling in Sweden to attend the Adventure Travel…

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