Hisingen is one of Sweden’s biggest islands and it is connected to Gothenburg centrum by a bridge. The closest I have ever been to the island was when I went to Backaplan, an area with quite a lot of shops and I was there to shop of course. I have never explored it that much for it has always been out of way for me when going home, so one sunny yet windy Saturday I dragged my husband to get to see a bit of Hisingen.
Take the boat!
Instead of taking the tram or bus we decided to take the boat that stops at Lilla Bommen. The boat ticket is the same cost as the tram and it is like a DIY hop on hop off only that we only hopped off twice. The good thing about being in the boat is you get to see the side of Gothenburg city from the ocean, a different yet beautiful perspective. I suggest going to the boat’s open area normally on top so you get a good view and take better pictures. You can also take your bike to the island if you want, the boats have a place for them.
Since it is an island, there are pedestrian lanes by the ocean and there is nothing better than exploring the area by foot. You feel the wind and smell the ocean while walking around and you can stop anytime and maybe sit down and worship the sun or just relax.
If you have not been in this part, it will be a good idea to do so. Something to explore on a free day.
Jag kommer tillbaka här snart! (I will come back here soon!)
Sunny day on a red day Thursday so we decided to head over to Saltholmen to be a little close to the ocean, to smell the salty air and enjoy the warmth of the sun. Saltholmen is tram 11’s end stop and you can take it from the central station. As expected, the tram is packed and we were standing for a good 30 minutes from Järntorget. It is also the gateway to the different islands in Gothenburg, there are boats going to the archipelagos where people have their summer houses as well so you can imagine it can be really tight and warm inside tram 11 on a sunny day. Saltholmen can also be reached by bike because there is a bike lane all the way through, this is probably something I can do with friends during summer.
When we reached the Saltholmen tram stop we did take a boat to the islands for it was not part of the plan and we have to meet our friend for lunch. We only explored the area and relaxed a bit by the ocean. We walked around passing by the different docked yachts and drooled over them. We stayed there for maybe 90 minutes just walking around, relaxing and of course taking pictures. Saltholmen is easy to go to and cheap, you only need a tram ticket to get there.
Spring was fast approaching by then and I had my mind locked on the idea of owning a bike. There was no important reason behind it actually, I just wanted to own one and use one when I feel for it. I started discussing it with my better half and he asked 2 questions that almost convinced me that I should not have one. First question: When will I use the bike? Second question: It is almost always windy in Sweden and pretty sure that it will be cold, so back to the first question, when will I use the bike? He nailed it of course like always but I already told myself that I will have one so to meet halfway and not to feel too bad if I don’t get to use it, I bought a cheap but working second hand bike. The bike costed me only 200kr but the accessories was around 350kr. Not ideal I know but I soon realized that my head is a lot more important than the bike, thus, the helmet.
I looked up bike rules and requirements right after I shopped for one and found a site that details such. Here is the link but it is in Swedish so let me summarize what it says in English.
A bicycle should have working brakes
A bicycle should have a working bell.
When driving at night, the bike should have reflectors and lights as shown in the below picture taken from the same website above. This would be a lot easier to show than to write.
Anyone below 15 years old are required to wear a helmet when biking even in a fenced area. Anyone 15 or above has the option not to wear one but it is always safe to do so.
Gothenburg has bike lanes, a lot of them, almost everywhere. It also has bicycle traffic lights that are almost always automatic, no need to press the button when you need to cross but be mindful, some are manual still. When making a left turn, you wave your left arm so bikers behind you will know. The same thing goes when you make a right turn, you have to wave your right arm. The bike lanes have arrows that inform whether it is one way or 2 way. When in doubt, get off and walk instead on the pedestrian lane until you figure out what you need to do or where to drive. I do this a lot of time to get myself out of trouble most especially if I am new in the area.
Just like bicycle lanes, bicycle stands are also quite common. They are mostly in places close to tram/train/bus stops. Schools, buildings, supermarkets also have bicycle stands close them. When you own a bike, own a bike lock! It is good to secure your bike when you plan to leave it in a bike stand.
Are you a bicycle owner in Gothenburg? Ska vi cykla tillsammans? (Shall we bike together?)
When I hear cherry blossoms I think of Japan mainly because when I see pictures of this beautiful tree it is always taken in Japan. This association has then changed when I first laid my eyes on a cherry blossom tree close to where we live and was told by my father in law that there are a lot more in Järntorget! What a relief, I don’t have to go to Japan! 😛
If you live in Gothenburg don’t miss the cherry blossom trees at Järntorget, they are beautiful!
‘Staycation’ is probably the perfect term to use every time I stay over my in-laws place for it does feel like a vacation. Both cook restaurant like food, looks good and tastes even better. Jättegott! I sleep as long as I want, I get fika and when the weather is not so bad my father-in-law drives me around the county for me to explore and take photographs. I am their favorite daughter-in-law, they only have one son.
This Easter, I decided to have another staycation since my husband works anyway. Kungsbacka is about 30 minutes train ride from Gothenburg city so it isn’t that far actually. I arrived on a Friday and as always I was greeted with delicious food on the table. This time around, both of them only speak Swedish to me for they assumed that I already have the skills. I was focusing too much and trying to understand what they say. I have never been too exhausted since I arrived in Sweden but it helped build the confidence!
On Saturday, we drove to Fjärås Bräcka to see if the flowers called Backsippa (Pasque flower) have bloomed yet. Unfortunately they have not. It is maybe because the weather is still cold and not spring like. Close to the area lies the biggest lake in Halland county called Lygnern. This is the largest lake in the Halland Country and serves as source of drinking water for Kungsbacka.
This road by the lake is closed for cars.
Ponds of drinking water. The water here is pumped from the lake and filtered with pipes underground. From the ponds the water sinks down through and when the filtering process is done it is then pumped up to the households.
142 steps down. This was used in the old times by travelling people, there used to be a railway station below the long staircase.
The Kolera Cemetery. Residents of Fjärås who died during an epidemic in 1834 are buried here.
Li grave-field is Halland’s largest grave field.
After Fjärås, we drove to Tjolöholm to see more of the area other than the castle.
The Tjolöholm church was built in 1903-04. It has been unused for 40 years and was reopened in 1994.
The workers village are filled with red houses, a typical Swedish house in the old times. Today, these are available for rent.
A cottage located beside the castle’s former main gates.
I am missing the red leaves on the wall, they did not survive the winter.
There were quite a lot of people at Tjolöholm slott because of Easter so after going around we drove back home and guess what was waiting for me? A delicious lunch! #spoileddaugherinlaw
Last weekend I did the statue walk on a foggy, cloudy Saturday and it lasted for 2.5 hours as opposed to the 1.5 in the card. Well I walk slow and I take pictures of other things when I find them interesting. This weekend, with the sun out and the wind blowing, I completed the sculpture walk for almost the same time as the previous even though I took the tram on the way to some sculptures. Do you know why? I got lost. I have no map reading skills.
Here are the 11 sculptures in the minicard with their corresponding information and pictures.
Brunnen (The well) Mandana Moghaddam
Address: Brunnsparken (Near: Sodra Hamngatan)
Unfortunately I could not find this in Brunnsparken anymore. Maybe it is no longer there or I was looking at the wrong place.
Järntorgsbrunnen (The Five Continents) created by Tore Strindberg (1927)
Address: Järntorget (Near: Olof Palmes Plats)
Masterna. See at night! (The Masts) Erling Torkelsen (1971)
Address: Masthuggstorget (Near: Andra Långgatan)
Ägget (The Egg) Egon Möller-Nielsen (1951)
Address: Kungsparken (Near: Nya Allen/Vasaplatsen)