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Fjällbacka, a fishing village

Fjällbacka has a very long history, started from Stone Age. It was a place where Ingrid Bergman lived when she visited Sweden and was featured in the film “Ronja the Robber’s Daughter” of Astrid Lindgren.

But I was not aware of its existence until I watched a detective TV series, Fjällbackamorden (Fjällbacka Murders), of Camilla Läckberg. It was the series and filming techniques that attracted me to this small and charming village on the west coast of Sweden.

This and other villages around here have given me a new picture of Sweden. This is not similar to anything I have seen in big cities such as Stockholm, Gothenburg and Malmö, in towns in the mountains or small islands i Stockholm’s archipelago.

Here you will find characteristic houses and harbors along the coast lines and more summer houses up on the hills. There is a hill that situates in the middle of the village where you can easily climb up to get a breathtaking view over the village and archipelago.

About photography. In the beginning it was supposed to be photos of orange and Falun red/maroon houses contrasting with blue skies. However, everyone of us knows that we cannot control the weather so I used an inspiration from the series to shoot my photos instead.

Now, let me present you Fjällbacka through my lens! The photos are on order how I discovered them.

Stora Hotellet, Fjällbacka

Stora Hotellet

Fjällbacka coastlines

Fjällbacka houses and harbors

The harbor

Boats and the harbor

Kungsklyftan

A view from Kungsklyftan

A view of archipelago

A view of archipelago

A view of archipelago from Kungsklyftan

A view of archipelago from Kungsklyftan

Harbors and coastlines

Harbors and coastlines

Kungsklyftan, a cleft that has huge stone blocks wedged in like a roof

Kungsklyftan, a cleft that has huge stone blocks wedged in like a roof

Stora (Big) and Lilla (Little) Vetteberget

Stora (Big) and Lilla (Little) Vetteberget

A fantastic view from the top of Vetteberget. There is something in this picture that makes me fall in love with it. Perhaps powerful coastal wind.

A fantastic view from the top of Vetteberget. There is something in this picture that makes me fall in love with. Perhaps powerful coastal wind.

On the top of Vetteberget

Miniature of lakes and forests on the top of Vetteberget

A coastline next to the sailing school

A coastline next to the sailing school

At the sailing school

At the sailing school

This to remind me the location where I stood and enjoyed breathtaking views. Did you see the stairs?

This to remind me the location where I stood and enjoyed breathtaking views. Can you find the stairs?

I thought I was lost to discover the place :)

It costed me to get lost to discover the place 🙂

Leading line

A leading line

Can't have enough of the scenes :D

Can’t have enough of the scenes 😀

I have to thank those guys for standing on the pier :D

I have to thank the guys for standing on the pier 😀

It's midsummer, so we can't miss a majstång (maypole) at Ingrid Bergman Square

It’s midsummer, so we can’t miss a majstång (maypole) at Ingrid Bergman Square

Logbook from Åre: ski day 4

(WARNING! It was for me to remember about what had happened and not much about giving travel information)

Today I learned a new weather condition named, perfect ski weather. It got clear visibility, sunny and wind breeze.

Daily weather report from the balcony

Daily weather report from the balcony

Mount Åre

Mount Åre

From here you can choose to ski on Vargbacken, Björnbacken or Hermelinbacken

From here you can choose to ski on Vargbacken, Björnbacken or Hermelinbacken

My lessons continued on Vargbacken (the wolf slope), tried to change from snow plough turns to parallel turns. We did a whole day skiing with a short pause for sweets and beers at Carins.

Carins korg late lunch

Carins korg late lunch

Carrot cake

Carrot cake, looked good but too sweet for me

Warm chocolate

Warm chocolate, tasted similarly to instant chocolate (2 stars out of 5)

Continued skiing!

Another view

Another view

It’d been a long day but was worth every second. It’s such a free mind activity esp. when I could ski. However, a less fun part was when carrying ski equipment back to the cabin.

Our cabin

Our cabin on Åre Björnen

JJ's walkway

JJ’s walkway

So far, our main activity was skiing, we were on skis most of the time since we’d left the cabin if we didn’t rest at Carins. I’d like to go sightseeing but it’s almost not possible. Once we backed, I didn’t wanna leave, my feet and legs were perhaps crying.

Logbook from Åre: ski day 3

(WARNING! It was for me to remember about what had happened and not much about giving travel information)

Back to a normal fun but anxious day. The weather didn’t look promising at all this morning and we knew exactly WHY. We were discussing the night before if we’d buy three-day lift tickets to be able to get some discounts. The break event would be on if we’d go skiing every day and we would and the forecast said so.

Left in town, right in mountains. Number on top is temperature and under is wind speed.

Left in town, right in mountains. Top number is temperature and under is wind speed.

But it’s actually getting better after 11 a.m.

Daily weather report from the balcony (after it got better)

Daily weather report from the balcony (after it got better)

I went on Björnbacken again because it’s irritating that I previously failed. It turned out that it was even worse this time, now I had more fear to go back there. Not a good decision to hurry to finish the thing (but I must come back).

Just noticed when writing this blog that not many photos were taken today but I did get some good ones 😉

Snow art created by strong wind between yesterday's evening and today's 10 a.m.

Snow art created by strong wind between yesterday’s evening and today’s 10 a.m.

Weather report at 18.20.

Weather report at 18.20.

Weather report at 18.25

Weather report at 18.25

Logbook from Åre: Audi S5 Test Drive

(WARNING! It was for me to remember about what had happened and not much about giving travel information)

I had a holiday from my holiday which meant ‘no ski’ today. You might not be able to imagine how good it felt. It meant no stress to go down from the cabin on ski, no tired legs and no pains from ski boots.

My daily weather report from our balcony

My daily weather report from our balcony

It’s low tempo in the morning, had breakfast and relaxed in the sofa. I couldn’t sit still so long, so I started to look around and did my photography activity.

Windows with a view

Windows with a view

A figure of a cool boy on snowboard

A figure of a cool boy on snowboard

A lovely figure of a girl on skis (oops! she's lost one stick)

A lovely figure of a girl on skis

We’re going to the center of Åre, picked Audi S5, drove to Åre lake and did some tests on ABS and the tracking control system on ice. At the end of the test drive, they let us drive without those intelligent systems, still on ice.

Test drive track

Test drive track

Before that, we had half an hour to enjoy the city in daytime. It’s a nice, blue-sky day. It’s mild weather to walk in town (I mean, it’s still around zero but it was warmer than the day before, no wind and sunny).

In Åre town

In Åre town

Sport Hotel in the town of Åre

Sport Hotel in the town of Åre

Then, we drove! Not a perfect day for driving though, the track was wet.


Logbook from Åre: ski day 2

(WARNING! It was for me to remember about what had happened and not much about giving travel information)

JJ started his day with removing snow and fixing our walkway. Snow came back today, I wondered if we could go skiing but it seemed lots of people were on their way already. It’s probably similar to, while you’re on earth, why you will be afraid of rain. Yah!!! that’s rain but this is snow, it’s bloody cold, you know.

First thing I saw when opening the door

First thing I saw when opening the door

Next door

Next door

I still worked on my progress on basic skiing techniques but on longer, wider and steeper slopes. Vargbacken fits my level of skiing well, but then JJ tempted me to went to Björnbacken and that’s when the new challenge began.

Vargbacken on a snowy day

Vargbacken on a snowy day

Well, it was a failure on Björnbacken, 4-time falls but no injury. It’s quite steep (too steep for me) with high snow powder which required other techniques. My speed increased on each turn until it went out of control and I fell or forced myself to fall. However, I managed to get down or it’s more like I had to cause I wouldn’t let such an insecure feeling stay with me so long. Once I was down, I knew we’d meet again soon. I’d decided to finish it before I left Åre (even though I was unsure I could).

Down from Björnbacken

Down from Björnbacken

We’re a lazy couple, so after few hours of skiing, we just got ourselves a table and energy food at the same restaurant. We weren’t disappointed and few days later, JJ went back to order hamburger again because of the juicy hamburger meat.

Pasta with smoked moose, parmesan cheese, parsley and champion at Carins Korg

Pasta with smoked moose, parmesan cheese, parsley and champion at Carins Korg

Carins hamburger

Carins hamburger

When we came back JJ started his rutin by removing snow and fixing the walkway!

Last thing I saw before the door was closed

Last thing I saw before the door was closed

I didn’t exercise regularly lately, so going skiing 4-5 hours a day every day was on the way too much. At the end of the day, it had depleted my energy but tomorrow I had a holiday (from ski) :D. We’re going to do a test drive of Audi S5 quattro on the lake!

Logbook from Åre: ski day 1

An exciting part of the trip was uncertainty of the weather esp. in mountain areas. We were able to rely on the hour-by-hour forecast, still it could be illusive sometimes.

We didn’t expect to do much today when we woke up, it might not be possible to ski. Then, the weather totally changed and it was the first time I could see the whole, long mountain range, from the top to its foot, which lied along Åre lake.

From the restroom

From the restroom

Golden Årekutan

From the balcony

The key keeper

The key keeper who was deeply buried under snow yesterday

Hard work before skiing

Hard work before skiing, JJ made a very nice pathway with leveled steps for us and the neighbors.

Panorama from Åre Björnen

Panorama from a sidewalk on Åre Björnen

After the first turn on the road from our cabin, my degree of happiness just went up to its peak, I got excited with the landscape and nature in front of my eyes and it really made me want to ski!

Cheese!

Cheese!

On the way to ski lifts

If it was like this, I could go skiing every day!

Picked up our ski equipment

Picked up our ski equipment

After few hours of skiing, it’s time to feed ourselves and JJ was rewarded with good beer for being a patient ski teacher ^^.

Eating at Carins Korg was double expensive as eating in regular restaurants but there were not so many choices. After tasting the first bite, there was a reason that it could put those prices. Food there were really, really good. Wallenbergare was juicy and had crispy exterior and fantastic presentation. However, Gulaschsoppa was nothing special.

Wallenbergare at Carins Korg

Wallenbergare at Carins Korg

Gulaschsoppa at Carins Korg

Gulaschsoppa at Carins Korg

First lesson on Nallebacken :D

First lesson on Nallebacken 😀


Someone still worked

Someone still worked to deliver a master piece.


That’s all for today.

Logbook from Åre: Stockholm – Åre

This Swedish winter, JJ and I planned for a ski vacation in Åre, one of the most popular ski resorts in Sweden. I skied first time during the Christmas holiday in Åre last year and was on ski about 3 hours. JJ is a very positive person, he has a dream that we will go ski together from the top of Åre one day ^^.

We booked the trip in January, shortly after we came back from Åre, two return train tickets and a cabin on Åre Björnen were paid. We had quite large space for ourselves as the cabin was for 6 persons, one of the rooms was not used at all.

It’s one of the most memorable and extreme trip for me because of JJ and the weather, respectively.

2 Mar 2013, train from Stockholm C 07.59 – Åre 15.08, tåg 82, vagn 5, plats 52

Leaving Stockholm

Leaving Stockholm

Happy travelers!

Happy travelers!

When passing Ockelbo

When passing Ockelbo

The forecast said it's gonna be a storm, at Hudiksvall.

The forecast said it’s gonna be a storm, at Hudiksvall.

Ånge station, it was sunny.

Ånge station, it was sunny.

Snowed and windy, perhaps the forecast was right! @Östersund Centralstation.

Snowed and windy, perhaps the forecast was right! @Östersund Centralstation.

Arrived in Åre

Arrived in Åre

An adventure just began after we’d arrived in Åre. We found that JJ lost his lift card, which led to a change of our traveling plan to the cabin. JJ went to buy some food for next day and called taxi but the answer was there wouldn’t be any taxi for an hour! We didn’t know what was waiting for us when we spent an hour to figure out how to get to the cabin.

We walked from Åre station to Kabinbanan station, found a taxi and an answer that there was a bus accident which blocked the traffic up to and down from Åre Björnen. It started to get cold, we went inside and a girl said, “we are closing in 1 minute”. Now cold and hungry!!! Good we had homemade Swedish meatballs which we planned to sell if we stuck in the storm and others needed food, eiei!!!

Keep walking

Keep walking

Perhaps there is hope at another end of the tunnel

Perhaps there is hope at another end of the tunnel

No. Our commerce didn’t work out but it saved us from starving in the coldness 😛 Then, the bus came but before we arrived at Björnbacken, the storm was already there but it’s just the beginning. It got stronger and stronger, the forecast said it’d be 30m/s wind speed and had a warning level 2 (of 3). The visibility was really bad, I couldn’t see people’s footprints who just 5 meters in front of me. Soon, it was hardly any walking trails left either.

At the last turn from the road to the cabin (which at that time, we didn’t know where it was), we couldn’t even see our cabin, in fact, it just lied next to the big house in front of us. It seemed all houses and lights had disappeared in the storm. Cold, dark, windy and snowy. Strange enough, I thought it was fun.

Now, we’re standing in front of the front door to our cabin, JJ’s gone to find a key, which we were told hints where it’s hidden. He came back and said, “I couldn’t find the key”. And I was like, WHAT!!! In the end, we found it, it was where it’s told, but the hints didn’t say that it’s gonna be a feet under snow.

Now I felt safe and warm, we liked the cabin, it was homey and I started to observe the storm outside.

Arrived safely at the cabin

Arrived safely at the cabin

Shoes also needed special care :)

Shoes also needed special care 🙂

Good night!

Good night!


P.S. Thanks JJ for pictures on the train ❤