The journey between Marstrand and Mossbylund was uneventful and once there we prepared for a week of relaxing, some sightseeing and not so much geocaching. Ystad is the closest town and it has a nice centrum perfect for strolling around, complete with small alleys, lots of roses and a medieval greyfriars abbey.
Mossbylund, the hotel where we are staying, is just 100 meters from a nice beach so there was a lot of bathing for the kids, less for me as the temperature was only 16⁰C (61⁰F).
During our stay in Mossbylund we did short visits at Ale stenar, a megalithic monument, and Smygehuk, the southernmost point in Sweden. At Smygehuk there were some old coast defense facilities but they were all dismantled and left for geocachers to roam around in.
On our way back home we visited the Kolmården wildlife park and stayed there over the night. The best attraction at Kolmården was the low-going cableway that gets you really close to the animals.
We are on an adventure!
Summer is here and with some time of from work we have big plans. This week we will spend as far south as you can get on the mainland in Sweden. We are attending a summer camp for autistic children and their families in Ystad, and we are counting on a lot of splashing in the water, geocaching and sightseeing.
Since Ystad is 8-10 hours drive from home we decided to divide the driving into 2 days and spend a night at Marstrand, a really wonderful place.
Thanks to geocaching we had planed the trip into 2-hour parts with a nice stop for lunch and coffee, and this alone, being able to plan a trip without knowing anything about the places along the road makes it worth getting a geocaching account.
Lunch was planned at a small hidden beach, just 5 minutes from the highway. This beach used to be a stop for the steamboat that was taking people around the lake Hjälmaren. A perfect place for some hotdogs on a disposable barbeque.
Old steamboat stop
Next stop was for some coffee at a motel that was built to attract people passing by once when this road was more used than today. Long time ago it was futuristic and, when USA was far away and expensive to get to, the USA inspired design helped bringing customers. Today it more looked like it was lost in time.
Futuristic motel complete with 60’s America-inspired decorations
Third stop for our first day on the adventure was at our destination for the day, the island of Marstrand. To get to the island we had to leave our car on the mainland and get on the wire-driven ferry, not that it was far between the mainland and the island but the ferry made it feel like it was more than 200 meters from mainland. A wonderful island in the far west of Sweden with some wonderful walkways around the island and just about enough geocaches to keep us busy until bedtime. Dinner was burgers but not just any burgers! For the adults they came with shrimp and lobster “coleslaw”, my son had his burger chopped into pieces and without any vegetables and for my daughter it came without vegetables or burger at all. Only french-fries for her. I know that some parents with autistic children avoid restaurants because of the menu, I’m just saying that if it costs more than McDonalds then they often can make special arrangements if you just ask.
Burger without meat, bread or vegetables.
After dinner we went to discover what the island had to offer and found a fortress, a lighthouse and more than a few stunning views. I often find it hard to take photos that show what I see but I think the scenery at Marstrand made is impossible to take bad pictures.
Small alleys at Marstrand, there is no cars on the island so there is no need for large streets.
Walking into the Carlsten fortress
Canons at the fortress
View from one of the higher points of the island towards Denmark
Rock-carving close to the high point
Guest-harbor was full of boats today
Sunset over the ocean as we saw it from our hotel.
We found a bench named “Bench for memories” and had to try it out.
The geocache we found here was named ´Summer paradise´and at close to 11pm we felt that this was a place to return to sometime
That lighthouse was as far as we could go towards west. Absolute magnificent walk out there.
A bit further and we are in Denmark.