Island of Ven

Good food, drinks and stunning landscapes. Ven is an island in the middle of the narrow between Sweden and Denmark.

Me and my G have just arrived to the mainland after 3 days on the island. Still I’m trying to find a reason to go back.

Our accommodation for our stay at Ven has been on the camping Camp Ven in our tent. This place as been really good. Clean toilets and showers. What I should call the right amount of guests. A bar and resultant with both good food and drinks much better than I’ve expected out of a camping. Good service, I can really recommend this place.

First day we spent settling down at the camping and having a nice evening with dinner and wine.

Our second day we rented bikes in order to ride around the entire island which takes about 90 minutes. A beautiful ride. However we to a break in one of the harbors to have a smoked salmon lunch with potato salad and a beer. After that we continued to a beach and took a swim and then returning to the camping.

After short stop at the camping we took the bikes to Spirits of Hven Backafallsbyn for a gourmet tasting. Where we tasted Vodka, Akvavit, Gin and Whiskey and learned what drinks you could do from some of them and proportions. The also talked about the history and the making of the different spirits and of the distillery.

After the tasting me and G had a great dinner at their restaurant. Where we both where very pleased with the food and the setting. Lovely outdoor section of the restaurant.

Then we headed back to to camping and took the ferry back to the mainland. The easiest way to get both to and from the island is by ferry from Landskrona.

Ven where a super nice short stop at our vacation and I can highly recommend it. The fact is that I would more than love to go back.

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Food, Beer & Copenhagen

Right now in Copenhagen for about 24 hours on vacation. So I’ve been here before and seen the little mermaid, Nyhavn and a few other tourist sites. So, what to do? It’s pretty simple. I love this city and I love food and beer. Which in this case seams to be a pretty perfect combo. Because that’s something that Copenhagen does really good.

Me and my wife started of by talking a walk and go shopping in the district of Vesterbro that is a really cool district. I found a new shirt and T-shirt.

Then we had booked a table at Mad & Kaffe after recommendations from a friend that lives in Copenhagen. Here I had the best ice the I ever had. Sweet ice the with passion fruit. Already here this where a really good place that I had the salmon sandwich and the fries with aioli and it became a great place. One of my best experiences of Scandinavian food.

After lunch it was nice to walk from Vesterbro to Nørrebro along the lakes and water in central Copenhagen. The warm sunny weather and the beautiful and diverse architecture made this replacing and beautiful. Got that summer vacation vibe.

Then we stopped at Brus which is a stunning beer and food bar in a brewery run by To Øl. I found this place while looking for beer bars and breweries in Copenhagen. This is hipster place with classic Scandinavian interior and amazing beer. Probably my new favorite place in Copenhagen. Can’t wait to visits the place again.

A walk back to the hotel and then dinner at Warpigs in Kødbyen. Which also is a brewery pub know for its meat in Texan bbq style and their beer. Real great meat and good beer in a big square with a lot of other restaurants.

Amazing day in Copenhagen and a great day just hangin around.

West Coast Kayaking

I’ve been kayaking before but last weekends winds where around 8-10 m/s so that where a decent challenge. Especially since it was the third time I was out kayaking at sea. However, I’ve spent more time kayaking in lakes.

The crew for the trip where 3 out of 4 members that will go to Lofoten in 2,5 week. It was me, my wife G and out Norwegian friend A. So we geared up and paddles out into the waves and it took some effort and about 2 hour before we reached the island Ängholmen about 5 kilometers from Marstrand that is a more famous location at the Swedish west coast.

There we set camp for the night and and had a really nice evening swimming, testing tents, sleeping gear and outdoor kitchens for the trip to Lofoten. Where a pretty nice test. Windy but rather warm temperatures in the air and sunny. Also got some pretty nice photos. And I had 24 hours without internet. I just sent texts telling my family when I arrived and left locations and took a few photos. Most photos however, I took with my GoPro camera.

Loved kayaking at the west coast so it might happen again.

Winter Hiking Alone

The original plan where to go cross country skiing today here in Oslo but that plan almost literally melted away. Spring apparently arrived in Oslo today an the outdoor temperature has been between +6-13 degrees Celsius in a sunny Oslo. That where not my original plan.

However, I had a plan B that I’ve been looking into the since a few days back when I started to scout the weather and possible activities in Oslo. During these days I found a stunning post in the Instagram account @Oslo by @ingridheggheim from Grefsenkollen. So that where the main goal with today’s hike where to hike up the mountain of Grefsenkollen.

I hiked up the mountain in a route that sent up and around the mountain. After Grefsenkollen I had my sight set on Lachmannsfjell. That became a bit different hike because of snowy trailers and deeps snow and when I arrived to the peak it wasn’t any view but it was a good experience in finding routes, getting off track and hiking in 80 centimeter of snow, but when finding my way out of the woods and down the mountain alone. It was the first time I hiked alone and it where a bit different but I kind of got into it. Can absolutely happen again. I had nice views of Oslo and perfect sunny spring weather during the end of the hike down the mountain at it was an amazing day.

Tonight I’m heading back to Sweden and Långberget ski resort. For cross country skiing. Will be my first time there and I’m excited about trying out new tracks.

Planning weekend in Dalsland

Late last night I drove home from the cottage in the countryside in Dalsland. Me and my girlfriend G have been there with some friends in order to do some plannning. Well, I guess it’s time to tell you, in May I’m getting married to G and we will get married in Dalsland.

So we have been to the venue and checked how we could have the tables. Meet the owner of the venue and the chef. We have also planed with our toastmasters A and S. But we also got the chance to hike around the lake. Even if was cold and came a lot of snow yesterday it was beautiful.

Day off by the Sea

Today is just why I love being Swedish. First of all it’s a official holiday so I had a day off from work today. So I started the day by sleeping in and then a nice breakfast on the balcony in the sun and 25 degrees Celsius. In other words just perfect weather.

Then I had some must do stuff before I leave for the world championships of hockey in Copenhagen and my stay I. South of Sweden at a friends place. But by lunch my buddy S showed up so we made lunch and headed of the the sea. Amazing weather all day and we had a relaxed beach day where we pretty much had a small beach for our self. Just hang out and took a swim in the 14 degrees Celsius warm ocean. Which somehow became the highlight of the day. Love swimming in the ocean!

Now last minutes packing for the weekend! See you tomorrow!

World most beautiful skiing

I am speechless. This Easter weekend is among the best skiing experiences ever. Not necessary because the ski resort is the best ever but because the total experience involving weather, views and skiing where all with prefect conditions.

I spent Easter skiing in Beitostølen, Norway. Both cross country skiing and alpine skiing. Love both of them and grew up skiing both at least once a year but the last couple of years I’ve mainly been cross country skiing. Just because I own a pair of cross country skiis and I had 15 minutes from the door to my apartment to the tracks in the woods during the 3 years I lived in Oslo.

However, this Easter weekend I spent the first two days cross country skiing. The first day a short 5 km track in the world cup track in the Beitostølen cross country ski stadium and it surroundings which where nice, with good views, good tracks and nice afternoon/evening sun.

The second day I took a longer route and more of a cross country skiing hike on 23 km up the mountain and on top of the mountains and around a ice and snow covered lake with views of Jotunheimen which is a majestic mountain landscape that sometimes is called the roof of Norway because its many peak that’s higher than 2000 meters. Clear blue skies, sunny and warm weather, amazing views and perfect tracks and all just wild and raw nature. To be honest I don’t think cross country skiing can be any better that this.

Yesterday I where a bit tired from the 23 km cross country skiing the day before and decided to go alpine skiing because the ski resort of Beitostølen also offers this. Hired equipment and took among the first lifts up the mountain and then pretty much skied for the entire day and tried all slopes in the entire resort. I had a blast. Not the best slopes that I’ve tried but they where all prepped great and the views and the weather where absolutely amazing. I would do this any time if you asked me to go here again.

So now I’m back in Gothenburg again, arrived a few hours ago and couldn’t resist of sharing there photos with you guys. What’s you’re best skiing experiences? Please share and leave a comment below.