Things to Do in Sweden - page 3
A collection of small islands located on the Kattegat Sea coast, the Southern Archipelago makes a fashionable holiday destination for Gothenburg locals, as well as a popular choice for boat cruises and day trips. The car-free islands offer a notable change of pace to mainland life, with their sparsely populated villages and traditional fishing settlements linked by scenic footpaths.
The largest and most built-up islands are Brännö and Styrsö, each served by a cluster of guesthouses and restaurants, but equally appealing are the tranquil beaches and sleepy villages of Donsö or Asperö, where walking, cycling and kayaking are the principal tourist activities. Additional highlights of a boat cruise around the archipelago include the nature reserve of Vargö, a top spot for bird watchers, the small isle of Köpstadsö, where wheelbarrows are famously used as transport, and the military-controlled Känsö island, which blooms with wildflowers during the summer months.
Gothenburg’s famous Slottsskogen Park contains 137 acres of woodland, open spaces, jogging trails and penguins right in the heart of the city. That’s right, penguins. At 2:30pm every day, you can even see the birds being fed at the lake they share with a group of clapping seals.
Throughout Slottsskogen Park there are open paddocks where you can see Swedish animals like elk, deer, and Gotland ponies. This is a park that doubles as a zoo -- the oldest one in Sweden. There’s also a children’s petting zoo, open in summer, where kids can get to know the park piglets, rabbits, and kid goats. It’s also fun to see the Swedish heritage area with small cottages from different regions. Once used as deer hunting grounds, Slottsskogen has been a protected park since 1874. Wander the forest trail in late summer, past native beech, maple, and oak trees, and look out for wild strawberries and blueberries -- the perfect trail mix -- right at your feet.
If you’re into sand tiger sharks or toucans, dinosaurs or all things space-related, Universeum is for you. Gothenburg’s largest science center, there are seven floors of things to do. Check out the Ocean Zone, one of Europe’s largest aquariums, where you’ll see 8 different kinds of shark go wild at feeding time, and touch the sandpaper-like skin of the local rays. Head to the indoor rainforest where you’ll see sloths, monkeys, and butterflies -- look out for poison arrow frogs too.
Opened in 2001, this huge science center spans 8,000 m2, with hands-on workshops on every level. One of the most popular spots is the Space section, where you can go inside full-sized space capsules and ‘jump’ on the moon. If you have a kid who is interested in being the next Sherlock Holmes, take them to the Crime Lab to learn more about how investigations work. In this section, the kids can also find out how good a witness they’d be.