Tag Archives: Stockholm

Stockholm Sunset and May Blossom Signals End

A sunny day in Stockholm ended with a long sunset; lengthened by walking up a hill near the hostel to see the sun above the city centre buildings.

So the last night ended similarly to the beginning in Bergen.

Knowing Me, Knowing You

In the morning, as I walked to the bus for my return flight, May blossom drew crowds of Saturday morning strollers.

I got lost once more before finding the bus station.

The sun was still shining.

My flight was from Stockholm Skavsta airport, 100km to the south. I saw lots of nice open countryside on the journey.

From the flight I saw  a long bridge. I researched it afterwards, and discovered it was the Øresund Bridge; linking Malmo in Sweden to Copenhagen in Denmark; the longest combined road and rail bridge in Europe.

Abba‘s Eagle

My first cultural introduction to Sweden was probably Abba winning Eurovision in 1974, when I was nine years old.

Now, I left Sweden flying westward with the sun, somewhat like an eagle; the subject of my favourite Abba song.

That week, Agnetha Fältskog of Abba released her comeback album ‘A’. It was successful.

The End of the On The Road

It was the end of my 25th anniversary tour, that had begun in Brittany, September 2012. One year ago now.

This month I am due to turn 48, a year older than Jack Kerouac‘s final age.

But fifteen years younger than Agnetha.

Here’s some photos from my last day in Stockholm:

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Marc Latham’s central site is the Greenygrey (http://www.greenygrey.co.uk), and he has books available on Smashwords and Amazon (http://www.amazon.com/author/marclatham).

Stockholm Fjäderholmarna Island Photos

On my second and only full day in Stockholm I took the ferry from Slussen out to Fjäderholmarna; the nearest island in the vast Stockholm archipelago. It was a nice trip and relaxing picturesque island. Here’s some photos from the ferry and on Fjäderholmarna island:

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Marc Latham’s central site is the Greenygrey (http://www.greenygrey.co.uk), and he has books available on Smashwords and Amazon (http://www.amazon.com/author/marclatham).

Flying into Haugesund, Viking Homeland, Western Norway

My twenty-fifth anniversary tour of Europe was completed in the past month, April 30th to May 11th, when I flew to Bergen in western Norway and flew back from Stockholm in eastern Sweden.

Final Journey Mirrors Planned First

I had originally planned to travel by ferry to Bergen to start my first jaunt around Europe in 1987, but in the end headed straight south from the U.K., after delaying departure until late August to attend that year’s Monsters of Rock festival.

I had wanted to visit the fjord region ever since, as well as Stockholm, which was said to be a beautiful multi-island city. So I bought cheap single flights from London Stansted to Haugesund and Stockholm to Stansted with Ryanair.

After making the short journey north from Haugesund to Bergen I planned to travel across Scandinavia, from the western coast to east. It would be the first border I’d cross outside the U.K. for about fifteen years.

Flying into Haugesund

My flight from Stansted to Haugesund went smoothly. Leaving England I could see the Scroby Sands Windfarm off Great Yarmouth. Then it was all sea until reaching the fjords of Haugesund, Home of the Viking Kings. Here’s some photos:

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Scroby Sands Offshore Windfarm
First Sight of Land: islands west of Haugesund.
First Sight of Land: islands west of Haugesund.
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Descending into Haugesund.
Descending into Haugesund.
Sea is visibile from Haugesund airport.
Sea is visibile from Haugesund airport.
Welcome to Haugesund: Homeland of the Vikings.
Welcome to Haugesund: Homeland of the Vikings.

Marc Latham’s central site is the Greenygrey (http://www.greenygrey.co.uk), and he has books available on Amazon (http://www.amazon.com/author/marclatham).