Travel memories from south Sweden in June-July 2000

During the spring I decided that I would spend that years summer holiday in Sweden. I hadn't spent so many holidays travelling around in Sweden, and I also wanted to get photos of "Cars made in Sweden" - something I had begun writing about on my web site.

I checked event calendars and various tourist information to find car related places I wanted to visit, then checked what more there was to see at those places and what was interesting between them, and found a suitable route. Then I booked rooms for the first half of the route, bought film and made the other usual preparations.

On Tuesday 27 June I drove out of the garage and took the E18 westwards from Stockholm.

(I don't think this photo is from that trip, but it's nice to begin with...)

During the trip I were to see both lots of cars and many other interesting places. If you aren't interested in cars, please follow me on this memory trip anyway and enjoy other things I saw. (You may scroll down on this page and look.)

Oh, a road work. A Volvo dumper. Was it an Åkerman excavator?

Ah, one of the newer Scania trucks.

Funny how some people seem to think I'm a bit of a car freak - but I'm not, really. It's just that I began writing about "Cars made in Sweden" since I discovered that there weren't so much about them on the Internet. It's nice to write about something that not a whole lotta others write about. And then it's nicer for my web guests to see photos with the texts. That's how it is.

What's that? Well, I can't get over to that side of the highway so easily...

My first stop was Sala Traktormuseum, which was easy to find via country roads.
There were more to see than I had expected, so it took some time...

When I drove from the museum I decided to skip visits to the old silver mine in Sala and the tractor museum in Möklinta, and drive direct to Grängesberg. On the way I made some short stops to take photos of a few Volvo BM marked harvesters and Kalmar trucks. When driving along a bank of soil I glimpsed the top of a yellow thing. I slowed down, and after a while found an exit that took me to the other side of the bank. Yes, my intuition was right.
Kiruna mine trucks.

I arrived at Grängesberg a bit late in the afternoon, and understood that I wouldn't be able to see what I wanted to see during the day. Instead of leaving early next morning, I should first visit the third museum. The first change to my route plan took place already on the first day...

First I visited the Lokmuseum.
A large area with lots of engines and wagons, and other railway stuff. Fascinating.

Opposite the Lokmuseum were the mine museum, and some vehicles were displayed outside. I took a look but didn't enter. After having bought something to eat I found the youth hostel. (Nice to be a 'youth'...).

Leaving the hostel next morning, I took a look at the large Lomberg wheel.

It was once used to pump water out of the mines and bring up rocks.

When Motornostalgi opened I enjoyed walking among the objects, of which many had nothing to do with cars or so, and the special display like old shops.

On the roads again I passed Kopparberg, looking for Stjärnfors where there was a car museum. On the way I passed Ljusnarsbergs Church, from 1635. The tower was built in 1661.

At Stjärnfors there were a number of elder farm buildings and a golf course, but I didn't find anyone who could open the museum for me. Yes, I knew that I ought to have booked in advance... but since I wasn't sure that I would pass there I just thought I could take a chance...

Back, and via Skinnskatteberg to Köping where I took a walk in familiar streets but now with several new shops. For two years I studied here, but that was lots of years ago. Then I visited Bil & Teknikhistoriska Samlingarna.
Renault 1901, Overland 1917 and Delage 1931.
Moto Rêve 1915, and an old mc that probably was built by Lambert Nilsson who built a car in 1905.

Leaving Köping I passed another road work, with among others two Dynapac machines.

It was late afternoon when I came to Örebro, where I had booked a hotel room for my second holiday night.
The Nicolai church from the end of 1200s and early 1300s.

During a walk in the centre I ate a good sandwich nearby the castle.
This castle has seen some action. In the 13th century it was built as a small stronghold, but around 1570 it had grown to it's full size. It has been beleaguered several times and a number of historical Swedish events took place here. Among others a nine month long siege led to Gustav Vasa taking over the castle.

In the evening I visited a local weekly car meet.

The next morning, Thursday 29, I continued westwards. Along the road I saw these...

In Karlskoga I visited Bofors industrial museum and the Nobel museum. I didn't know that Bofors had made that many different products! Not only guns and tractors...

In the museums I also was told about some working conditions through time. Like: One time when they had many orders for guns but poor resources, deliveries were delayed. So, in 1884 the board of directors decided to replace the coal fires with a steam generator for heating in the gun workshops. With this the men could work with details while standing still. In 1885 the smoky oil lamps were replaced by electric lighting from a waterpowered dynamo.

While driving south I saw this set during a break in my driving.

Maybe the young trees tries to lift the large stone, but it's too heavy with the two stones on top of it?

In Motala there was party time. At least almost. The set was rigged for a pop concert during the evening. Besides walking around, I visited the fire brigade museum and the Motala Motormuseum where there are many cars and motorcykles. At the Motormuseum I ate dinner and bought a model of a Volvo PV544 (to match my son who had begun to place models of 'supercars' from Italy and the U.S.A. in our livingroom), and then left for the youth hostel in the outskirts of Motala. I was lucky to get a room with a view, over lake Vättern. Unfortunately the view was too grey, but I took a walk along the shore between the rain showers.

Early next morning I headed northwards to get to the other side of Vättern. As you see on this photo it wasn't so dry.
First a Volvo with timber, then a Scania with a Volvo...

In the morning I visited the Karlsborg Fort, named after the first Swedish King of the Bernadotte family: Karl XIV Johan. I knew the museum hadn't opened yet, but I could take a walk inside parts of the fort. The fort was built according to the 1819 defence plan including many forts, but when the only fort was finished in 1909 its concept had become obsolete. Anyway it's an impressing fort, with among others a 678 metres long End Rampart, a 100 metres long Rifle Room and 263 gun ports.

I was a bit early, so in Skövde I took a look in an industrial area. There I could take photos of trucks from Atlet and BG, and this rebuilt Saab.

Shortly before 10 I came to Pansarmuseet in Axvall, where I spent some hours.
There were several Swedish-made tanks, and others too, but it wasn't easy to get good photos in there.

My next stop was in Tidaholm, where many trucks were made until 1934. But, the museum had other opening days than in the leaflet I had got earlier...

After a pizza I drove down to Jönköping, where I got some extra time to revisit the town before going to sleep in another Scandic hotel room.

Saturday morning I took a look at the Smedbyn area while waiting for the Husqvarna museum to open. While waiting at the parking lot across the street I heard a rumble, and a motorcycle gang came and parked their bikes. I really got a bit afraid...

... when thinking about getting into the museum after them, since I wanted to be able to walk rather fast and take photos. So, I went up to the entrance before the museum opened...

The first motorized lawn mover, from 1947.

Also they made the first domestic microwave owen, safes, rifles, outboard boat engines and much more. A really interesting museum. That museum visit also came to an end, and around midday I went on southwards on the E4.

My next stop was in Laganland, right beside the E4. There I had lunch, and then I visited the car museum with several more luxurious cars.
The owner was restoring an old Benz. (It was a Benz, wasn't it?)

Continuing southwards I went to Ljungby, thinking of some factories there. I found Ljungbymaskin, and took some photos. Among their wheel loaders outside the factory I saw something that looks like an elder Volvo terrain car...

On the way back from Ljungby I passed another elder car, one of my old favourite models. Here with a roomier end.

Looking for the next youth hostel where I should stay I missed it. I thought that it was a house I passed, but I didn't think it fitted the place I'd got described. Instead I drove into Moheda and stopped at a pizzeria to ask for it. They couldn't help me, so I got back to the car to drive back to that house. But, the car didn't want to... It didn't start...

On the way there I had felt something a bit unusual with the gas, like it wasn't slowing down when I eased on the gas pedal after an overtaking. Now it wouldn't start at all - on a Saturday afternoon in a small village...

I pushed the car into a parking place, phoned for a wreck truck, and read a pocket book while waiting. When it came the driver couldn't do anything but towing it to a repair shop. However none were open during the weekend...

I asked him to take me to a larger town where it was possible to rent another car, and he was very helpful. Then I phoned the youth hostel to say that I would be late and wanted to stay one or two nights more... Luckily it was ok.

With a Volkswagen Polo I arrived to the hostel, and I called and cancelled some bookings. I wouldn't get my car back until Monday, in the best case.

This change to my plans were a bit more irritating, but it's just to do the best of it. At least I had another car to travel with, and I had a good nights sleep.

Sunday morning. I had read some local tourist info, and set off - solo in a Polo. Smålands Bil, Musik, Leksaksmuseum in Rydaholm was the main visit I had planned for this day, and there were lots of things to see.
There were cars and toys and oh so many more things. I talked a bit with the guy working there, and it was the one arranging the now annual Gärdesloppet in Stockholm.

I had lunch at Hjärtenholms Lantbruksmuseum (agricultural museum), where they had a Bofors tractor. Also they had some interesting old wagons.
The left one was built in the early 19th century. The second has a seat with suspension. The right one was built to carry stones, and its rear axle can be removed to make loading easier. They sure had clever solutions earlier too.
A washing machine, handdriven but with an owen to heat the water, and a motorized thresher.

I came back to the hostel rather early in the afternoon. Nearby there was an airfield, and I took a walk there.
Ready to take off.

Back in the hostel I saw another museal object, an old Husqvarna sewing machine. After having taken this photo I spent some time writing letters. With a little hope to get my car back the following day, and to continue my route, I fell asleep.

Monday morning, the 3 July, I Polo'ed to the repair shop to talk with them. Then I drove to the Kronoberg Castle. It was closed, but I got some photos.

The first building was raised in the 15th century for the Bishop of Växjö, but Danish troops destroyed it in 1469. The new castle was taken over by the Swedish state during the Reformation in 1527. Later Gustav Vasa and his sons enlarged it to a foursided stone castle with towers in the corners. After the reign of Karl XI it sadly fell into disrepair.

After the short stop in that medieval area I drove south and further back in time. On that Monday morning time journey I passed another road work.

With a feeling of fascination and respect I entered an area with more than a hundred gravemounds and stone circles.

Some were destroyed.

Various life forms on an old stone, among others a cricket.

This shipformed stone circle was easier to see from a height.

Inglingehögen is the highest gravemound in the area, over 6 metres high with a 36 metres diameter. It was probably made during the Great Migration, the period 300-570.

On the top of it is a raised stone and an elegant stone ball.

Beside the mound is a copy of the engraved stone ball, and I took a photo with a film box beside it for comparison.

Passing a Dynapac roller at a road work.

In the late afternoon I heard that my car wouldn't be ready during the day. The fuel pump had to be replaced and they had ordered one. Hopefully I could get the car Tuesday morning, otherwise on Wednesday... Back to Moheda, where I packed to be ready.

The morning of Tuesday the 4th was busy, with returning one car at one place, fetching mine at another place, leaving the hostel on one side of Växjö and heading towards the opposite direction. But, well ahead of lunchtime I took the road towards the Kingdom of Crystal - 16 glassworks in the area between Växjö and Kalmar.
(There's an expression 'in the darkest of Småland' - this seems to be there...)

I like glass as material, and don't mind to have some glass objects at home. Since I don't want to buy expensive things, visits to glassworks and their shops with among others cheaper second rate objects were something I looked forward to.

To sum it up (with some hours on receipts):
Målerås, 2 things (12.04)
Gullaskruv, 1 thing (12.48)
Kosta, didn't buy a thing!
SEA, a candlestick (14.14)
Skruf, 6 glasses and 2 vases (14.42)
Nybro, 3 things (16.35)
Pukeberg, 2 small 'candy'
The first glassworks in Sweden were founded in Stockholm in the mid 16th century, near the customers in the court and among the nobility. However there were richer resources in this area, both with forests and sand and sites to use waterpower, so later when glass became more usual many glassworks were established in Småland. During the second half of the 19th century some 40 glassworks began their business here (while less than 40 were opened in the rest of Sweden).

This building in Kosta is dated 1742. I wonder which photo I shall use...
  (An elder Volvo...)

At several glassworks you can see the craftsmen at work. I had lunch at one of the glassworks where I could sit looking into the workshop (don't remember which one it was). That was a nice view.

Tourists watching the craftsman forming the glass.

Tourists watching him fetch more glass material from the oven.

In a small museum in Kosta I saw this pump wagon used to fight fires.
It was built by S Henrikssons Sprutfabrik in Stockholm, a type 12B with serial number 435/22 (in case you wonder).

Outside Skruf I took two photos of a Scania truck decorated with the nicest ad I've seen, an aerial photo of an archipelago with some islands formed like the companys logotype. When I took the first photo the camera used the flash, so I took one more with the flash off. At home I saw the difference...
How could the flash from the small camera give this effect on a sunny day?

That afternoon I drove a bit more careful, thinking of the new things I had packed in the boot. I spent the night in another STF youth hostel, this one in Nybro.

That Wednesday began with a drive to an aviation museum between Oskarshamn and Kalmar. After a while I found the building, and learnt that the museum had closed some years ago... Well... The previous year I had found a folder about the museum, but that wasn't any help now.

Back south, and a revisit to Kalmar. My previous visit took place some decades ago, but I had some clear memories of the castle and I wanted to see it again. At that time I had met the musical family Osmonds in the castle, and were lucky to get their autographs - except Donnys since he was too young to write his name. Yeah, some years ago.

First I took a look at the long bridge to the island Öland.

It continues on this photo, all the way.

It doesn't look like that? Take a closer look at this enlargement and you'll see the black dots of the bridge pillars.

It's 6.070 metres long.

Then the castle.

The first construction took place in the second half of the 12th century. Later Kalmar Castle was fortified, and even later Gustav Vasa and his sons rebuilt it into a renaissance castle with banks and round defence towers.

When the town grew on Kvarnholmen north of the castle it fell into disrepair, used as grain store, prison and distillery. Around mid 19th century restorations began, followed by more in the 20th century. I'm glad they did that.

A view to the south. Was it from there the Danish troops came, who destroyed Kalmar during the war in 1611-12?

The castle wasn't open that early, so I took the E22 south to Karlskrona. I hadn't booked a visit to the Albinsson & Sjöberg car museum, and they couldn't let me in with such a short notice which I understand. Instead I took a walk in the town, and visited the maritime museums shop.

To the left is Jarramas, built in 1900.

Continuing along the coast I saw a fast Saab.
Looks like a JAS 39 Gripen.

Was this strip from that Saab, maybe?

Here I make a short pause in this travel memory, to tell you about when I was writing this and editing the photos. With the photo above I 'asked' the program to make an automatic adjustment of the photo - and this is the result of that operation:

Looks like the camera caught some air density variations to the right in the photo, not visible to the human eyes on the photo above. Was there a sonic bang that compressed the air? Some secret function? Or are the patterns to the right in the photo some reflections made of some dirt on the cars window? I guess I'll never know.

Back to the travel memory, where the days trip ended in Karlshamn. Eating icecream on a boat in the harbour, walking around in the town centre, finding the STF youth hostel, and having another good nights sleep.

My route followed the E22 during the early morning of Thursday 6 June, and I made a stop at Fjälkinge Church.

It's eldest parts were built in the 12th century.

A nice place to see.

This is probably the bestlooking roundabout I've seen. Somewhere in Kristianstad or Hässleholm.

In Hässleholm I searched for a museum with military vehicles, but couldn't find it. I found the street and a site with storage houses that had doors suitable for vehicle storage, but no signs at all. Totally closed for me. Not a single note with info, not even a single chink to peek through.

With a kind of a sigh I drove southwards, out into the countryside.

How far would I go?

Where would I take myself?

Did I know?

I drove over field after field, through a rolling country, under a cloudy sky, on dry dusty roads that sometimes didn't seem to be roads any longer.

But they were, and they led me to this building.

And to that one too.

The castle of Hovdala.

The buildings are from the 16th and 17th century. At that time this part of Sweden was a part of Denmark. With the help of the tower the Danish managed to fight off a Swedish attack in early 17th century during 'the Kalmar war'. It stood firm during other attacks too.

In the park this fountain caught my interest.

Water keeps the ball 'floating', and it slowly rotated. I liked that one.

But, why had I driven to this castle? I guess you can guess...

In one of the buildings this 1860 'Wienercarriage' was exhibited. It was built by M Skånberg in Malmö.

1903 Oldsmobile Curved Dash.

This 1905 Cadillac was one of the first taxi cars in Sweden, used in Stockholm. At that time the total number of private cars in Sweden was 174.

This narrow 2-seater is a 1913 Wanderer type W1.

Having enjoyed the small but pleasant temporary veteran car exhibition, and some good things from the café, I returned northwards.

West of Hässleholm I visited another old church, Finja.

The roman style church was built in the second half of the 12th century, and the tower in 1664.

Continuing westwards I happened to see a tractor under some trees across a field. Wasn't it a... I drove back and took a long distance photo of this Volvo BM Valmet 805.

After a while I saw a road sign telling me that there was an exit for a road to Ljungbyhed - so I used it.

There ought to be an interesting museum here...

...but I didn't find any. Actually I didn't find a single person in the whole area, although I walked around for some time.

I took two photos of this plane, but I'm not sure which one to use here. The one with the fence in the way, or the one with only half a tail fin?
That Saab SK60 was the only technical connection to the history of Ljungbyhed, that I saw. Ljungbyhed, sometimes called the cradle of the Swedish Air Force. The first plane took off from Ljungbyhed in 1910, and later it became a place where pilots were born.

That was the second museum I didn't find in one day. Besides, a telephone call gave me the info that another one was closed while renovated.

One museum I did find, 'Technique in grandfathers days' in Helsingborg, was closed. I knew it would be, but why not drop by just in case? The owner was there so I had a short chat with him, but he had had a group visiting during the day and was tired. I could understand that, and took photos of some vehicles parked outside.
Svedala scraper from 1947.

I went down to the main part of Helsingborg, parking my car near the large tower up on a height.

The tower Kärnan ('the core') is the only remaining building of the medieval brick fort that around 1400 replaced the wooden stronghold. Helsingborg was several times attacked during the wars between Denmark and Sweden. Once the Swedish King Karl XI had all of the fort torn down, except this tower, but the Danish troops still didn't surrender. In 1710 Magnus Stenbock and his 'peasant army' with men from Skåne won a battle, and from then Helsingborg has been Swedish.

At the tourist office I asked about a museum where they apparently had a car made in Sweden among the objects, built by Jönsson in 1898. Sadly the museum was packed down, waiting for a new building to move into.

This house was built in 1641.

Talking about Denmark - there it is, right behind that brick wall.

Well, not directly behind it. There is some water between Denmark and Sweden.

There is a frequent ferry traffic between Helsingborg and Helsingør.

There are also lots of ships passing Öresund on their way to or from the Baltic Sea. It's easy to understand why Denmark fought so hard to keep this part of Sweden, and to have control over such a strategic passage.

I walked out on a pier.

On the way back two elder cars passed me.

No, it's not just I who take photos of cars...

A 1939 Chevrolet and a 1947 Ford 'Woody'.

In the evening I once again bought petrol for the car, and some other things for me to enjoy in the hotel room before going to sleep - with Friday on my mind.

Friday 7 July - a triangular roundtrip day. The morning drive took me to Ängelholm, where I took a look waiting for Banmuseet to open. A museum about railways, in several aspects. I enjoyed the result of their work to make an interesting museum. Naturally there were some of these vehicles.

This one from 1905 is one of 115 of this model built by Ljunggrens Verkstad AB in Kristianstad in 1902-15.

There were also several displays like this manual telephone switchboard, used in Helsingborg ferry station until late 1962.

An inspection trolley with a '2 manpower engine', from around 1880.

A replica of the old Swedish locomotive Novelty from 1829, the challenger at a train race in Britain the same year.

An even elder railway carriage.

Pleased with my visit I went over to Ängelholms Hembygdspark, an open air museum and leisure park. Waiting for the small technical museum to open I strolled around the area, where there were many things to see.


  Oldsmobile Curved Dash

1907 Stoewer, made in Stettin (Germany)

Leaving Ängelholm I drove westwards, made a couple of left turns and some other maneuvers - and came to a peaceful site with a good view over the northern part of Öresund and northeast Denmark.

A good strategic place for a thing like the one to the right on the photo.

It was far from the largest gun I've seen, but this gun battery at Beredskapsmuseum wasn't so bad. I put a film box there to make it easier to see the size, in the grey U-shaped piece.

This museum is based on a fort built in the 'Skånelinjen' in 1939-40. This defence line was built in little over a year, and consisted of more than 1.000 concrete constructions for defending soldiers along the southern Swedish coastline.

To the left false rocks used to hide guns.

A number of guns.
The tank is a m/40K, built by Karlstads Mekaniska Verkstad in 1944.

A Scania-Vabis with a large crane.

When I almost was back in Helsingborg I saw something in a roundabout that I decided to follow, hoping that it would be parked not too far away.

And it was.

A Volvo PV544 from 1960 that later became a convertible.

Then I made a stop at the large fire station, to see if they seemed to have a museum there. There seemed to be something, but I didn't see any old fire engines through the windows, and it was closed. Outside I saw another Scania with a large 'crane', a Scania L86.

In Helsingborg I first spent some more money in the same shop, and then spent another night in the same hotel room.

Why not spend Saturday 8 July, 2000, near Båstad, I had thought during the spring. So, on that day I drove towards Båstad. Mostly it looked like this along the road.

Once a Saab 900 passed me and a Volvo P1800ES.
No, I didn't feel annoyed.

On the other side of a field I saw three other Saabs, not flying.

Most of the day I spent enjoying Båstad Classic Car Show 2000. Follow the link if you want to see some photos from there. (At the bottom of that page is a link back here.)

On the way back to Helsingborg I let a Jaguar pass me.
It looks great from behind.

Coming into Helsingborg I noticed some notices with, as I remember, arrows on them. They led to a field near the hotel, where there were another kind of cars.

A Monster Race.

"Putte II" has a 900hp Chevrolet Marine V8 powering the 4.500kg heavy 'Lamborghini Countach'.

This one had a bad landing.

It was fun to see, but I didn't stay so long. Back to the hotel, where I began to pack my things. Tomorrow it was time to travel on.

Sunday morning I left Helsingborg rather early, to make a short visit to the STCC (Swedish Touring Car Championship) race in Falkenberg. On the way I made a detour to take a photo of a car farm.

It was something I had seen the day before, but I hadn't thought about taking a photo of it. During Saturday evening I had realized what it was I had seen, and got the feeling 'is that how cars are made?'.

Let me enlarge a part of the photo, so you see it clearer. It looks like the car is almost ripe to harvest.

There's always something new to learn.

Back to the E6/E20, heading north.

I had made a note in my travel plan that I should take a look at Halmstad, and take a photo of the castle. I think this is it...

... but I'm not quite sure, so I won't tell you anything about the castle in Halmstad.

Talking about castles. They were often built on a height of some kind, or on some other site where the owner had a good view over the surroundings.

Apparently some campers also want to have a good view, and use special arrangements to get it.

That's a goodlooking car. Mercedes-Benz 300SL, I think.

Have you noticed that the design of that Mercedes-Benz is reflected in the body of the Volvo 850?

Not? Well, take a look at the bottom of that photo and you'll see it.

Around the race track I saw many cars, either waiting in lines or parked on temporary parking places away from the race track... You understand what I tell you? Yes, I decided to skip it.

Instead I drove away to another place, where I parked the car and sat silently having a kind of a picknick out in the country.

I read a little, listened to the sounds of flies, and now and then watched the watch. After some time I decided to continue my trip, which at that place meant to drive back some hundred metres.

Svedinos Bil- och Flygmuseum was a large museum, I discovered, to be in Sweden. There I saw many unusual cars, and I was glad that I had skipped the STCC race which gave me more time to enjoy the museum. The only thing I didn't like was how tight the cars and planes were parked, making it harder to get good photos. But, with such an interesting content the museum was a highlight.
1905 Piccolo (Germany), 1920 Seneca (U.S.A.), 1922 Magirus (Germany) with electrically powered ladder.

A bike from around 1860, built in Värmland (Sweden), 1911 Gräf & Stift (Austria).
That car once was parked in Strömmen in Stockholm... for over 40 years... Strömmen is a stream...

Some of the cars made in Sweden: 1897 'Olsson', a Scania-Vabis between two Tidaholm, and Futurecar.

FFV J22 and Saab J29, both made in Sweden.

After at least two rounds in the rooms and halls I drove north to Varberg, where I first visited the fort.

Even when standing rather far away and tilting the camera (to 'make the photo wider') the fort was 'too large' to fit in the photos.


The construction began at the end of the 13th century, among others of the castle. In 1637-43 Danish King Kristian IV made it larger, but only two years later he had to leave it to Sweden.

My trip continued, and around two in the afternoon I came to Göteborg. I found the right roads out to the Hisingen island and to the Volvo museum. I had visited this museum in September 1999, but since I was 'passing' I wanted to see if they had changed some cars. They had.

I also bought me a toy car there... maybe you know of what car?

On the way back to central Göteborg the clouds darkened, looking threatening, as if they had become angry with something.

Later it really got bad. Really bad.

When editing that photo some days ago, I again 'asked' the program to make an automatic adjustment of the photo. Funny, isn't it?

It really got bad, that photo.

Luckily I took another photo of that beautiful sunset.

Very pleased with the day I enjoyed another Scandic hotel room, and another good night.

Leaving Göteborg on a Monday morning, 10 July, I used a road taking me eastwards, away from the coast. My next stop was Borås, a nice town where I was unlucky hunting cars made in Sweden. I found the fire brigade museum, but they hadn't time to show it to me (and I hadn't booked in advance here either) and an old car that I had heard was in another museum was unknown to the staff I talked with.

At this time I had made many changes in my route plan, and from now on I hadn't booked any rooms which meant that I got a new activity during the following days of the trip. At home I had written a paper for each day, with short notes about interesting places in the areas I planned to pass. Several of them I had skipped, mostly since I didn't feel like taking detours when I was in the area, and some others I had visited after reading local tourist info where I passed.

One place I did visit, as planned at home, was the old church in Hedared.

This is the only remaining stave church in Sweden, probably erected in the 16th century.

Continuing northwest I was stopped on a road.

I heard an alarm signal, and saw a flashing light...

Ain't that nice, I thought, waiting for it to come forth.

And there it came, a locomotive used on the museal railway Anten-Gräfsnäs.

It fetched wagons and passengers at Gräfsnäs station.

If I took a ride with it? No. Why not? Don't know. Probably I had saabthing else on my mind...

But I took a walk in the park around Gräfsnäs Castle, that once again is in large a ruin. The first castle here was built in the 14th century, and the legend tells that something was hidden in one wall - with a curse. Considering the later history the legend has... Among others the curse was made so no owner should possess the castle for more than three generations, the castle were to burn three times and after the third it would not be rebuilt.

It had a strategic position defending Sweden, but in 1612 it was occupied and plundered by Danes. A fire struck the castle in 1634. In 1649-53 a wing was built, which was destroyed by fire in 1734. In 1834 the castle was sold, and the day the contract was signed a dinner-party was arranged - and in the kitchen a fire began...

Back behind the wheel I steered on to Trollhättan, where I first went to the Saab car museum. There I took many photos.


I also passed the factory.

Taking a walk I saw this funny fountain, with a comet spurting water. A funny idea that I like.

Although it wasn't a dry place, not even on land, I took a walk along the canal.

In the 18th century Christopher Polhem started the construction of a canal, but due to lack of money it was stopped. However, in January 1800 the canal was opened. Some 20.000 Swedish and foreign ships pass here every year, I read in a book from 1989.

I was lucky to have a hotel room with a fine view over the canal and the bridge, and saw several raisings of the bridge and passing boats.

Not only small boats. Here comes "Snow Star", registred in Delfzijl in the Netherlands.

Here comes more of it.

And here comes the end, with the ships bridge visible behind the tree.

The end of her.

It really was a nice place, and since it was wet outside I really enjoyed that room with a view.

The evening was, as earlier evenings, filled with reading tourist info and replanning the following day. And eating something tasty.

There were larger ships passing during the night too.

Oh yes, I also slept during the night.

Tuesday 11th I left Trollhättan early, and followed the eastern shore of lake Vänern on my way north. I had decided to try to visit three museums in Arvika during the day, so I didn't make any stops on the way there. I also had decided to go back to Stockholm the following day.

Volvo power under electric power...

I visited the motorcycle museum Kedjan first.

Waiting for the Volvo museum to open, I had lunch down by the quay. Then I took a walk, among others outside Volvos factory, where wheel loaders were produced.

Inside the museum were some vehicles you don't see in so many museums.

I left the museum and went to my car. Meanwhile another heavy Volvo left the factory. On a Scania.

In Arvika Fordonsmuseum they had many vehicles, and a nice shop.


Except the green 1931 Opel, all of these were made in Sweden.

After my last museum visit during this holiday trip I drove to a resort in Årjäng. There I had rented a cabin for the night, and I slept well in it after an evening walk along the lake.

Early on Wednesday 12 July I left the resort, to go back home. Driving up to the E18 I turned west and drove happily into Norway.

Yes, I did.

No, it wasn't a mistake.

There are some Norwegian things I like, that I can't buy in shops in Sweden. So, when it's suitable I buy a bag or two with me home from Norway. And, since Årjäng wasn't that far from Norway I drove to Askim. Nothing odd with that, is it?

After doing business in Askim I drove to Stockholm non-stop. I hadn't planned to, especially since I hadn't eaten breakfast, but... I had planned to stop at a pleasant place and eat, but it was warm and sunny - and with among others chocolate in the car and no parking places in the shade I decided to drive a little longer. Approaching Lake Mälaren it began to rain, and then I decided to go straight home. Luckily I had something to eat and drink near the driver seat, both Kvikklunsj and Solo.

When I had parked the car, it had taken me over 4.400 km in 16 days, and then I had those Polo days. I had visited over 20 museums and events where there were vehicles made in Sweden, not counting those that were closed when I came there, and many other interesting places.

It was a wonderful holiday trip, with lots of things to see. Just the kind of holiday I like the most.

Epilogue: When I wrote these travel memories from the trip, now almost four years later, I got many smiles and nice memories during the roughly twenty hours it has taken with the text and photos. Twenty more hours of joy from the trip. Hopefully it brings you a little pleasure too, and maybe you too want to see more of southern Sweden.

2004-07-14. Text/pictures: Arne Granfoss ©. Prod: AG Informice