Yesterday we visited a business friend of ours – Helena at Renbiten. Renbiten is the name of the company, “ren” is the Swedish word for reindeer, and is run by this Sami family.

We took two of the reindeers out for a walk in the woods, and Helena talked about the animals and the nature around us. We stopped for a fika in a tipi and learned more about the Sami culture and religion.

I can really recommend a visit to Renbiten if you are in the area of northern Dalarna (Grövelsjön/Idre).

Back at our favourite accomodation/paradise at UrNatur – stayed in one of the tree huts, chopped wood and cuddled with the lambs. Going back here tomorrow, and I thought I’d write a longer presentation or blog post about Ulrika and H√•kan who runs this place. Check out www.urnatur.se

Last week during a hike in Dalarna, and some mountainbiking in Trysil, Norway. The destinations are about 6-7 hrs drive from our area and at the moment we do not have any organised tours here. But if you have the time – we can also recommend a trip to this area!

Järvsö is one  of the destinations outside of out main area, that we go to visit a few times each year. The downhill mountainbiking is so great here! They have a scale from green to black, for all levels.
This was our second trip to Järvsö this year Рand as usual Dag helped out a lot with tips and tricks.

An old health resort, that’s what Medevi Brunn is. It has this old well that people once thought contained healthy water. The area had a hotel, a pharmacy, caf√©, a church, a bell tower, a restaurant, a bath house and more. This place was active during the 17th and 18th century, and even though it’s not a spa or health resort any longer the houses are still there. It’s not only a museum, it is still used as a hotel, restaurant and caf√© during the summers. Walking around here is a great experience during any season.
We visit Medevi Brunn during our Historical & Healthy tour.

The past two days we’ve had the Historical & Healthy Tour – and documented it quite well this time with photos and Instagram Stories. The place we visited first was the runestone in R√∂k – called R√∂kstenen. It has the longest rune inscription in the world!

 

Then continuing the 10 minute drive to Alvastra Abbey – which is a beautiful ruin at the foot of Omberg. It is quite well preserved and it’s easy to imagine what the life must have been like for the minks once living here. Visiting this ruin in autumn is really nice! We have to wait a few more weeks before the leafs turn golden. We have a guided tour of the area, for about 30 minuts – before eating lunch at Ombergs Turisthotell, 1 minute drive from the ruins of Alvastra Abbey.

 

These are both parts of the Historical & Healthy tour – you can read more about it here!

The castle in Vadstena is a place we visit in both “Cultural & Culinary” and in “Historical & Healthy”. The guides here wear costumes and pretends to be one of the old kings or queens who once lived here.
The castle was built in the 16th century – you’ll learn more about it during the tour!

  

The wine yard at S√§rtsh√∂ga is very unique – since wine yards are not very common in Sweden. It’s an adorable place, the family that runs it also run a B&B and a restaurant serving home-made pizza. And their own wine of course. This place is included in our tour “Culture & Culinary”

The last time we were there – this beauty spent the evening at our table…

 

We had one of our kayak tours two days ago – paddling to the caves at Omberg, having some “fika” on one of the tiny beaches before paddling back to the harbor again.

The tour takes about 3 hours. It’s really fascinating to be able to paddle so close to this mountain!

Jämtlandstriangeln is a +40km hike in Jämtland, in the northern part of Sweden. Most people hike the triangle during three days, and stay at the cabins along the way. Linda and her kids had a week of vacation, and spent five days of the trails. The idea was to walk it in four days, but due to a storm they stayed two nights at a cabin before they continued. The other two nights they slept in their tent.

The weather was lovely the rest of the hike, with great views and a lot of reindeers.