It’s been a good year! We started out in summer and had our first groups in June. During summer we had a lot of rentals and guided kayak tours. We also had a couple of german newspapers  here and Visit Sweden came out for a visit. In October we attended ATWS in Tuscany – meeting old and new friends from the industry, both buyers and suppliers. Now looking forward to a new year with loads of activities – more info is coming soon!

Some pictures from a hike at Omberg in December 2018.

 

About a month ago (sorry about the delay) Linda visited Tuscany and the Adventure Travel World Summit 2019. An international conference arranged by the world wide organization ATTA. During the four days it was a huge focus on sustainable tourism. But not so much about what we can do about it, and I know, it’s difficult. Tourism can cause a lot of problems, but it can also help us keep our woods and waters. I’ll write more about this later… I have a lot to say/write about this!

Here are some pics from the week.

 
Day of Adventure – a day when all the delegates participated in an activity.

From some of the lectures.


I didn’t see much of the town though, kept running at lectures and meetings from early morning til late night. But – these are the places where it all took place – so beautiful surroundings!

And next year – Sweden! Looking forward to a ATWS at home!

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!

We’re in a project at the moment – working with ATTA, Visit Sweden, Visit Östergötland and Tillväxtverket among others. It’s about a big Adventure Travel Congress – the ATWS (Adventure Travel World Summit) that’ll be held in Gothenburg in Sept 2019. Linda was on a two-day conference on Malmö about a week ago, meeting other companies within the industry. Met a lot of both old and new friends.
When we checked out from the hotel – Dalai Lama checked in – how cool? Next conference will be in Tuscany, Italy in October.

 

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 – and 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, café, 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 café 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 Rök – called Rökstenen. 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!

Once again we had our Outdoor Introduction, this time for a group of Germans, both adults and children. The fire ban is gone since about a week, and we had pouring rain during the night, which made it possible for us to finally make a campfire again! Although we didn’t have that much time today – we only did the basics, preparing the logs and tinder, and making sparks with the fire steel, and started a tiny fire that we put out after a minute.
We also visited the cave by the water, but could’t enter today due to the waves – a bit too windy today, again.

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 Särtshöga 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…