03 Dec 2005
Leaving Hälsingborg we travelled through the beautiful Swedish countryside – green pastures, lakes, conifers and autumn trees. Climbing all the time, we passed the huge Lake Vattern, then finally arrived in Stockholm, “Venice of the North”. This city was built on two groups of islands, which were connected by about 42 bridges. The large town hall sported a tall tower supporting a lantern above which glittered the three golden crowns of the Swedish coat-of-arms. We entered the courtyard of the square palace and were confronted by a fierce soldier holding a sten gun, so decided to look at the shops instead. The cake and sweet shops contained the most wonderful selection of confectionery – alas! We could only afford bread. After looking at the local youth hostel (an old sailing vessel at anchor in one of the large canals), we travelled through the countryside again, passing through the towns of Orebro and Karlstad, then pitched camp on the pine-clad banks of the enormous Lake Vannern.