After a beautiful evening and good food there was time for recreation and the Museum of … ?
Trollhättan is the 23rd largest city in Sweden, the seat of Trollhättan Municipality, Västra Götaland County. It is situated by Göta alveolar, near the lake Vänaren, and has a population of approximately 50.000 in the city proper. It is located 75 km north of Sweden`slargest city, Gothenburg.
Trollhättan was granted city right in 1916 at which time it had about 15.000 inhabitants, now grown to 59.058. Trollhättan was founded on the river Göta alveolar, at the Trollhättan Falls. The sight was first mentioned in literature from 1413. Trollhättan had a strategic significance on the road between Västergötland and Norway. It was also of a commercial and political significance for shipping to and from Vänaren.
Utilisation of the river falls was the first important business activity in the area. From the Middle Ages milling and sawing operations have been conducted where the city centre is now located. For centuries, Trollhättan Falls was an obstacle for boats travelling the river, until a lock system was completed in the 19th century.
The first known written source of Lilla Edet dates back to the 16th century. The name comes from "ill", which means small, and from "ed", meaning a land passage between waterways, something similar to an isthmus. So in other words, this is the small isthmus, the large "Store Edet" has another name these days, Trollhättan.
It was the rapids Bergaström that prevented ships to pass Lilla Edet along the river Göta Älv. this obstacle was cleared in 1607 when a lock was completed after a few decades of work. Once completed, it was by many sources, the first lock in Sweden. It was however, destroyed in the wars with Denmark and then later rebuilt in 1784. It was also getting competition from the locks and canal built along the other shores of the river in Strömstad i 832.
The year 1888 was a dark year for three Swedish towns. This is the year that both Sundsvall and Umeå suffered devastating fires and where in large parts destroyed. Lilla Edet shared their faith and all three fires actually occurred on the same day-
The 20th century stated with increased development in Lilla Edet. The railway arrived in 1906, the current locks in Ström where where completed, and the first bridge across the river was built in 1926. The hydroelectric power plant was also opened in 1926, with three turbines, a fourth was added in the 1970`s.
Looks romantic, but after 8 hours in extreme wind and waves we are blessed with place at the guest harbour. Behind the headland, we have met "Poly". And it seems that the weather not are on our side.
Stenungsund is a regional business centre with increasing population. It`s also the centre of Swedish chemical industry, high tech industry and good living.
Stenungstorg Centrum and Strandvägen, is situated on the edge of the sea, the regional shopping centre with 80 shops providing just about everything you may need.
Steningsund has a fantastic environment for outdoor life, you will find the archipelago and salt water in the west and woods and fresh water lakes in the east.
Culture, association and leisure activities play an active and prominent role, with the house of culture Fregatten and the sport centre Stenungsund Arena as the meeting points for the inhabitants the community.
The harbour and Strandgatan in Hunnebostrand really come alive during the summer with its lively marina and authentic boathouses, small shops and high-class restaurants. The guest harbour is actually one of the most popular in Western Sweden, especially for families. Visit to the characteristics fish shop is almost obligatory - or you can buy freshly caught langoustines from the fisherman on Stora Gåsholmen at the Sailing Club in southern Hunnebostrand.
Hunnebostrand is also one of Bohuslän`s oldest coastal communities, dating back to the 13th century. The community grew during the great herring period 1556-1589. But it is probably the stone industry that put Hunnebostrand firmly on the map with its heydays in the late 19th century, when granite from Sotenäs was exported to the world. At the Stonemasonry Musem on the outskirts of the locality, you can learn more about the history of stonemasonry.
A short walkabout in the neighbourhood of Hunnebostrand … Fantastic place!
Arrived Hunnebostrand, and everyone is waiting for a new sunny day ..
Hamburgsund is a village in Tanum and is located both on the mainland and the Hamburgö. Between the two areas you can go with a cable ferry which is operating in the 130 meter wide Hamburgsund channel.
In the village there is a large proportion of the older buildings remain in the form of boat houses and residential buildings.
Hornborgs castle ruins was in use in the 1500`s and every summer Hornbore Thing is organised, a Viking game and Viking market.
Hamburgssunds marina is quiet and family friendly, close to the city centre, and the range of restaurants and shops. Fine beaches are within walking distance of one of the two docks. One part of the marina is located on the mainland and the other on the island Hamburgö. The Service houses are of the high standard and there is, apart shower and toilets, also a washing machine. The marina office is open from mid-June to late August.
History and curiosities
Already in the 1000`sthere was probably a thing venue where Honborgs castle ruins is located by the Hamburgsund channel just south of Hamburgsund.
The year 1558 is mentioned Hamburgsund as a customs station and numerous ships that brought herring in the area during the 1500`s are reported the customs paper for Öresund conserval works was built in the 1700`s thanks to Hamburgsunds protected location along the channel.
Settlement in the area began when people started conducting shipping momentum after that urban monopoly on shipping repealed during the 1800`s. Ships from Hamburgsund, and the surrounding islands, carrying wood and brick from Norway, coal and coke from Gothenburg and herring and stone from Bohuslän.
During the later part of the 1800`s there where two stone cutters shops in Hamburgsund, while fishing then still had its base in Sjöviken on Hamburgös, west side.
Adventures and sights
For those looking for natural and cultural experiences both on land and at sea will fin it and around Hamburgsund.
The ruin of Hornborgs castle was excavated at the beginning of the last century and among the findings are the back of cannon, cannonballs, bullets and other weapons of the older model where found. Today, low grassy embankments are the only remains of what's once the Horborg castle. The findings show that the period of greatness of the castle was around 1450-1530.
Notte-Lars cottage is the only remaining hogback cottage in the surroundings. Up to waits level its rests on a mound og ground. Got-Lars, who was born in 1835 was short and could not do any heavy work. Instead, he sold biscuits and cough drops to be able to support themselves.
In Bottna is a natural formation that has been named Ramberg`sChurch. It consists of large boulders, and between them has formed passages and rooms. The last Catholic priest in Botany were driven here in the mid- 1500`s, the priest was called Ramberg and hence the name.
Grebbestad is a city in Tanum and one of Bohuslän`s most popular seaside resorts. As in so many other places in Bohuslän, fishing and seafaring has in the past been significant industries, and even today there are still several fishing trawler left in Grebbestad.
In the area around Grebbestad are also several interesting ancient monuments, such as a stone labyrinth and an ancient castle. Remains of similar nature have been found in several places further south in Europe, which could mean that early Bohusläningarna had contact with people in southern European cultures.
History and curiosities
Remains from the Iron Age shows that the area around Grebbestad been inhabited since ancient times. The fist time Grebbestad appear in the historical sources is at the beginning of the 1600`s, when the locals put their mark on the tax roll and settlement marks on the maps.
Industries such as trading, shipping, canning and fishing industries contributed to the development of the city during the 1800`s. In 1858 there were seven cargo ships in Grebbetad, and there where mainly timber and grain that was shipped out. During the last decade of 1800`s many stonemasons moved in to the community when the stone industry started. (In fact one of the spectacular views when passing these areas with boat)
Already in the late 1800`s Grebbestad became a seaside resort with mud cure as speciality. Th mud in the bay was then considered to be very health. During this period there was both warm and cold baths, longest preserved cold bath house was demolished in 1974.
Poet Ebba Lindquist (1908-1995) grew up in Grebbestad and as a tribute to her; a place with four boulders with some of here poems has been created. Evert Taube also has some connection to the resort. Here he wrote "En solid morgon" and "Så länge skutan kan gå" when he was staying at Otterö outside Grebbestad in the summer of 1954.
Greby graveyard outside Grebbestad is the largest graveyard around Bohuslän. More than 180 graves are visible on the surface, but under the ground lies probably many more. According to legend, is fallen Scottish warriors buried in the mounds. The graves where investigated in 1873 and could then be dated to the Iron Age, around 400-500 a.c.
Outside Grebbestad is the labyrinth Ulmekärr, probably from the Iron Age. Labyrinths are among the most enigmatic ancient sites and they are almost always in costal areas. Similar labyrinths like the one in Ulmekärr, can also be found around the Mediterranean, the Atlantic coast of British Islands and elsewhere in Scandinavia. The purpose of the construction of the labyrinth is probably about luck and fertility.
Röö-stone on Otterön has inscriptions in runes of the so-called older runic alphabet. The text on the stone tells of Swabaharjar, who became betrayed. The name comes from the an area of modern Germany.
In the nature reserve at Otterön is remarkable shell banks. At the ponds are shell banks of special geological interest, since they are largely made up of fossils of lime stored red seaweeds and not of fossils from different animal species. On Otterön are most lime-plants occurring in northern Bohuslän, such as orchids.
Inside the city Grebbestad is local church in the Gothic Revival style built in granite in the 1890`s. The Church`s most prominent and most valuable decoration glass mosaic in the choir as artist Joe Milla, did in 1965. A church of a different kind is Monk`s Church by the sea just north of Grönemad. There is a tunnel -like formation from the ice age with a depth of 12 meters. At the beach is a large boulder called the altar stone.
Finally the wind is fading out and left Strömstad. Here on our way to meet our next experience "Yellow Hump" on our way to Grebbestad.
Finally some sunshine! And energy is back after days with wind howling and rain.
Environmental friendly … You do not even need a sail!
Attached a shortcut to the harbour on the safe side. And Netflix, is worth every penny!
Attached a shortcut to the harbour on the safe side. And Netflix, is worth every penny!