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August 1, 2008

A last walk around Reykjavik

We took a final walk around the city, visiting the Tjörnin lake and cemetry.

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August 2, 2008

Our hotel in Reykjavik

We stayed at the Hotel Reykjavik Centrum, on the parliament square


August 3, 2008

View from our hotel

From our hotel we could see over the parliament square, among other things, with windows on three sides. This was a great room in a great hotel in a great location.


August 4, 2008

A final impression

Our final impression of Iceland was seeing the steam rising from the Blue Lagoon in the distance. This was a great holiday, a place we intend to visit again, next time we hire a car and travel at our own pace.


Of course, I knew I would forget something along the way - this time it was the mention of necropants during the Haunted Walk - we missed out on the chance to go to see them this time around though. Next time.

But now back to exploring Stockholm and its surrounding area.

August 5, 2008

Gamla stan rune stone

Having spent quite a lot of time wandering around Gamla Stan, I was surprised to discover a rune stone I've not noticed before.


August 6, 2008


We took the train toward Saltsjöbaden, but got off at Fisksätra (Swedish). This looked, on the map, as if it might be an interesting place - unfortunately it isn't as welcoming as we had hoped. Still the island was not so bad as the concrete centre on the other side of the railway.

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August 7, 2008

Saltsjöbaden again

After Fisksätra we went on to Saltsjöbaden

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August 8, 2008

Midsummer celebration

We went to a midsummer Blót, these days more of a maypole style festival than the original blood sacrifice (incidentally also related to the origin of the word 'bless'...to mark with blood). Quite a number of us collected and we wandered off into the woods to find a clearing where we could erect the 'maypole' and dance around it. It was quite an honour to be invited to such an event, and an interesting insight into modern interpretations of Norse traditions.


August 9, 2008

Skansen at Midsummer - part 1

Once again we went to Skansen - for midsummer this time. They hold traditional Swedish midsummer celebrations there and the place was the busiest we've ever seen it. Still, there was a rain shower which cleared a lot of the people.

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August 10, 2008

Skansen at Midsummer - part 2

(see part 1)
Skansen animals at midsummer.
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August 11, 2008

Skansen at Midsummer - part 3

(see also part 1 & part 2)
Some statues at Skansen.
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August 12, 2008

Skansen at Midsummer - part 4

(see also part 1, part 2 and part 3)
A. at Skansen
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August 13, 2008

Skansen at Midsummer - part 5

(see also part 1, part 2, part 3 and part 4)

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August 14, 2008

Statues at Millesgården

We went to Millesgården", a sculpture garden on Lidingö in the grounds of the house of, and dedicated to, the artist and sculptor Carl Milles.

There are three terraces looking back across the water toward Ropsten and beyond to the city, he collected many copies of his works around the world, including his fountain at Nacka Strand.

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August 15, 2008

A. at Millesgården

(see also Statues at Millesgården)
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August 16, 2008

Columns at Millesgården

(see also Statues at Millesgården and A. at Millesgården)
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August 17, 2008

Öst Långholmen

We took a visit to the other end of Långholmen, the ex-prison island, now city centre sanctuary, with views up to Högalids kyrka and back across the lake toward Riddarholmen.

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August 18, 2008

Långholmen prison

Långholmen prison is now a hotel and hostel, where the rooms are cells. It also has a small museum to show information about some of the more infamous prisoners and development of the prison itself.

When the prison closed, the island became a leisure island, a parkland near the centre of the city.

See also Långholmen and Långholmen Öst

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August 19, 2008

Långholmen GT3000 meet

There was a GT3000 meet on the prison island of Långholmen.

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August 20, 2008

Hornstull again

On our way back from Långholmen we passed through Hornstull.

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August 21, 2008

Gamla Stan once again

On the way home from Långholmen we stopped by on Gamla Stan again.
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August 22, 2008


Our final stop after Långholmen was Kungstradgården, where, for a change, there wasn't any ice skating going on.

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August 23, 2008

Sollentuna Mässan

Sollentuna Mässan is being replaced by Kista Mässan

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August 24, 2008

Helenelund Cadillac

Walking around the backstreets of Helenelund I discovered a Cadillac.

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August 25, 2008


I took a walk along the shore of Kungsholmen, with views across the lake to Långholmen and Södermalm.

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August 26, 2008


Walking along from Kungsholmen toward Gamla Stan I took a closer look at the City Hall, and saw that the gardens are open to walk around.

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August 27, 2008

Sky over Stadshuset‎

There was something magical about the sky over Stadshuset.

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August 28, 2008

Statues around Stadshuset‎

There are some statues in the gardens around Stadshuset.
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August 29, 2008

The longhouse

We went to a Viking Longhouse near Östersund, an hours flight north from Stockholm. The longhouse is set in the forest of Norderön. I arrived on the friday evening, while everyone else had been there all week. Theres something surreal about being met at the airport by Vikings, but at least I could figure out quite easily who I should talk to.


August 30, 2008

Vikings in Östersund

Some of the vikings at the Longhouse.

August 31, 2008

Viking fight

The Vikings had a fight over a horn of beer.

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