• europe,  sweden,  SZ

    Stenshuvud: one of Sweden’s lesser known national parks.

    Sweden is well-known for its superb nature and wildlife. The country has protected a lot of its natural heritage in no less than 30 national parks, scattered over the whole area of the country, from north to south and from east to west. Those national parks may be one of Sweden’s most important assets, and one of the primary reasons why travelers visit this country (next to its capital Stockholm, and Swedish meatballs I suppose…). While the most spectacular large mammals (including reindeer, moose, brown bear, wolverine, lynx ánd wolf) can be found in the centre (more or less starting just north of Stockholm) and north of the country, they…

  • europe,  sweden,  SZ

    Bearwatching in Sweden

    If you’ve been following our blog for a while, you know we are nature enthousiasts. Seeing a brown bear in the wild was still on our bucket list when we left for Sweden, despite previous efforts in Finland and Slovenia. While you can try to spot more abundant Swedish wildlife, such as moose, reindeer and foxes by driving around at dawn or dusk, brown bears are known to be quite shy and tend to run away when they hear human noises. We knew an observation hut would elevate our chances of seeing a bear in the wild. After some research on the internet we found Sara Wennerqvist. Sara runs the…

  • europe,  sweden,  SZ

    Things to do in Sonfjället with your kids…

    Sonfjället (or Sånfjället, if you want the correct and original spelling) is one of the 29 national parks in Sweden. The park consists of the Sonfjället Mountain and its surrounding forests. Due to its central location, this park is an easy addition to any road trip in the country, whether you come from the south, the north or the centre. And since it is only a 1-hour drive from Härjedalen Sveg Airport, it is also a short break opportunity. Because yes, Sonfjället is the ideal spot for a break from your busy life. Visit beautiful Sonfjället to immerse yourself in nature, tranquility and solitude. If you need some exercise, go…

  • camping,  europe,  sweden,  SZ

    Färnebofjärden & a canoe trip on Stora Kloten

    Färnebofjärden  national park brings you to a unique landscape formed by the river Dalälven, which spreads across large areas, creating spots that look more like lakes than rivers. We decided to spend a couple of days there. If you decide the park is worth a visit, make sure you protect yourself from mosquitos. We had a very dry period when visiting and it was only in Färnebofjärden that we got some unwelcome mosquito visitors. In normal summers, the mosquitos there come by the masses. Park staff advised us to bring a hat  with mosquito net attached, strong repellent and impregnated clothing. I can imagine we would’ve really needed those had the weather…

  • citytrip,  europe,  stockholm,  sweden,  SZ,  themed posts,  themepark

    48 hours in Stockholm

    During our Swedish roadtrip, we passed the capital Stockholm on our way to the middle of the country. We decided to explore Stockholm for two days, to get at least a taste of this magnificent city. In this blogpost we will give you our things to do in 48 hours Stockholm. We hope you find our tips usefull! Day 1 Start of your day on foot in Gamla Stan, the old historical neighbourhood. It has a fair share of important buildings, like the Royal Palace and the Parliament. Mostly, you’ll find cobbled streets, colourfull houses and cosy souvenir shops. Afterwards, pass the Royal Palace and head towards the water. You can…

  • europe,  SZ,  Wales

    A short trip into Wales.

    Dragons, King Arthur, medieval castles, prehistoric tombs, a rugged coastline and an unintelligible language: for me, Wales always had this certain mythical feel to it. Since I visited the Pembrokeshire coast with my parents maybe 20 years ago or so, I just knew I had to come back one day. Even though Pembrokeshire was stunning, it simply isn’t representative for the rest of the country. Seriously, Wales has so many different faces to it that I think there isn’t any region in this country that can be seen as “representative”, or “typical”. For example, when standing in front of the Pierhead Building in Cardiff, who would ever suspect there is a 2000 km² wide massif of 1000m-high rugged mountains only 250km to the…

  • europe,  SZ,  the netherlands

    A weekend away in The Veluwe (The Netherlands).

    These last weeks have been very busy and stressful for me. For a teacher, the end of May is a period of making new exams, correcting lots of tests and assignments and reading your students’ theses. This means working long nights, all work and no play. And this for 3-4 weeks. Now that this period has come to an end, things are finally slowing down again. But we really needed to get away for a few days and have some family quality time. A few days ago, Annick was searching the internet for cycling trips with a parent-kid tandem bike. It’s an activity that’s on her personal bucket list and Febe has also been asking about it for…

  • amsterdam,  citytrip,  europe,  SZ,  the netherlands,  unesco world heritage

    What to do in Amsterdam

    A lovely tree in Vondelpark Amsterdam is a city with many sights. Annick has spent a couple of weeks there in total: some exploring on her own, others with work, tagging along 80 15 to 16 year old kids. We also took Febe to Amsterdam when she was only two, proving citytrips and (small) children go well. You can read all about that here! When you are visiting Amsterdam, what should you do? Amsterdam in a day Essential to see Amsterdam in a day is to walk around the canals, who are declared Unesco World Heritage. You can start from the Central Station (which is probably where you will arrive…

  • europe,  SZ,  the netherlands

    Foodtruckfestival Cuisine Machine

    An appetizer of mealworms to start off our day! Last week I got a message in my mailbox from the province of Zeeland, announcing that there was a foodtruckfestival in Vlissingen this weekend: Cuisine Machine. Since it’s my birthday on the 15th of May, I thought it would be a fun event to attend. Foodtruckfestivals are hip nowadays. It seems they are everywhere. The concept has always appealed to us, but we have never actually been to one – because we figured it might not be that great for our 5-year old. Cuisine Machine had that covered: with balloonmaking and jumping castles as entertainment for kids, we set off to Vlissingen…