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.
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.
Yesterday was cross country skiing day for me and my wife G here in Långberget. A fantastic day and +2 degrees Celsius which gave us some challenges with the grip. So the first longer skiing session this year. Felt really good and today’s distance became about 18 kilometers. We tried three different tracks today all with quite low elevation but I thought it felt really good and is used to much more elevation from when I cross country skies in Norway. However this was real nice!
The plan today is to go alpine skiing in Branäs the one of few ski resorts this far south in Sweden that I haven’t tried so far.
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.
It’s a special week. I’ve got a few days off, more exactly Thursday and Friday. Some even if it’s Monday I’m preparing for a mini vacation and winter adventure. Super excited.
So what’s the plan? The plan is to on Wednesday drive to Oslo, Norway for one night I order to pick up my wife and while she’s at work in Thursday I’m thinking if either get out skiing or an a short hike in the Oslo area. So when she gets off work I will pick her up and drive to Långberget, Sweden in order to meet up with the in-laws and go cross country skiing on Friday. The go alpine skiing on Saturday in Branäs. The. Hopefully get a short cross country session on Sunday as well before we drive back to Gothenburg again.
The bags are prepared and packed so I just need to prepare the last tomorrow and pack the car.
I’m super excited!
Wheels up and I’m in my way to London, UK for the first time. Never been so excited but I’m getting there. So one of the first flight out of Gothenburg this morning and left a cold but beautiful city behind in the Scandinavian dark.
Why London? The main reason is that my wife G got in birthday gift when she turned 30 a visits to Harry Potter studios in London by me and her sister K. So that’s the main reason so we travel with Gs entire family including hers sister Ks boyfriend J.
Then is also a bit a reason for me for visit London for the first time. Then I hope to get the opportunity to take a lot of photos. Right now I’m on the plane and I will try to keep you updated during the weekend. But just thought it was time to kick off the weekend blogging already now. All recommendation in London for a first time visitor is more than welcome in the comment.
Arrived in south of Sweden after a day at work together with old friends that lives down here. Amazing to be here and to catch up. Had an amazing evening hanging out with my oldest friend A and his girlfriend P and their amazing kids and my friend C. So A have made a magical BBQ buffet for us when we arrived and me and C had some nice beer with us. So first we spent some time playing with the kids and after they went to bed we adults had some beers and watched some hockey and talked,
However, now it’s bed time in order to be ready for the world championships of hockey tomorrow in Copenhagen where me A and C will spend the entire day. I’m so looking forward to it! Good night see you tomorrow!
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!
Bags are packed, skis and cameras are ready. I’ve take the day off work tomorrow and after work today me, my wife G and sister K head up to Oslo in order to get some more bags, equipment and a good nights sleep before we head up to Beitostølen ski resort. I’m super excited for both alpine skiing and cross-country skiing. A few years back me and G where in Beitostølen with some friends and really liked it and I know all my grandparents have been here several time also. It’s a pretty small ski resort and there is some alpine skiing here but the big thing is the cross-country skiing where they have 320 km of tracks (some used for parts of the world cup tour) and some on top of the mountain which is absolutely beautiful. So Norway we we come!
This morning I woke up in an sunny Copenhagen with snow in the air. I live a short walk from the train station and could see from my hotel window, it’s a pretty majestic building. I started of the day by take a walk to the pedestrian shopping street Strøget.
Started out by the city hall which is a enormous brick building with status and gold.
We walked along Strøget and took a side street in order to find H&M’s latest concept which is a store brand called Arket. I rather quick found two T-shirt’s and a woolen hat. Bit by wife won the shopping as she usually does.
The my sister and her boyfriend joined us and we had a quick hotdog at 7-eleven. Before we hoped on a hop on hop off sightseeing bus and a tour called the mermaid tour. Yes it actually takes you to the statue of the mermaid as a inspiration of the famous danish author H.C. Andersens story. The tour also show us Nyhavn a The Royal palaces in Copenhagen among other things.
After that we slit up for a moment me and the family and me and G got back to Strøget for some more shopping. And I spent some time taking some photos. The tour and the walking around Copenhagen has really made me see more of the great architecture of Copenhagen.
We finished of the night by dinner at the concept restaurant The Italian. Which obviously serves great Italian food. Where we had a three course dinner and some good wine, everyone excepts my sister which is pregnant. So pretty awesome day and I highly recommend The Italian.