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This trip was one of the best in our lives and if we would have to pick a day, that was the best, it was this one.
Following a good night’s rest at Göteborg’s hostel, we headed north. First to satisfy my aviation needs, we visited Göteborgs Aeroseum (which will be presented in a separate post) and then headed north through West coast archipelago.
We exited the highway E6 towards Oslo at Stenungsund and joined the road E160 which runs through some of the fjords and archipelago islands. As all the islands on this road are connected with bridges, this was the fastest, cheapest and most convenient way to get some of the West coast feel. And the first bridge we had to cross was Tjörnbron. The bridge is 664m long and was built in 1981, after its predecessor was hit by a ship and destroyed.
Scenery was simply amazing and these few photos can hardly describe the beauty of it while driving through. On the other hand, being a driver most often than not prevents me to take more photos while it is true, by the Murphy’s law, that when you spot something really beautiful, you can’t stop anyway.
After Fjällbacka, we were rushing back south to Uddevalla, then east and again north by the EU’s largest lake Vänern, towards Karlstadt. And we reached the reception in the last minutes before closing.
After a late afternoon and evening visit to the center of Stockholm and a good night’s sleep in the prison, it was time to hit the road. What lay ahead of us was the longest leg of our road trip. Driving down in approximately South-West direction we passed a number of “köpings” – word that can be equated to “burg” as in Edinburgh, Hamburg, etc.
One of those places was also Norrköping, home of the SAAB corporation, probably most known for the cars, but also a rather large aviation manufacturer and so driving down south by the town, we were greeted by pairs of aircraft posted on the display by the highway – Tunnan, Lansen, Draken and Viggen could all be seen as well as Safir, 105 and if I am not mistaken Saab 340. Halfway through our leg, we reached Sweden’s second biggest lake – Vättern.
It’s been a while since my last post and I won’t bother you with excuses – fact is I was quite busy photography wise in the last several months. I am working for leading Slovenian rock webzine Rockline.si as a journalist and photographer and here are some of my galleries from the past months
Ater Era, Nocturnal Depression, Make a Change, Kill Yourself…
Decapitated, Children of Bodom
Innergate, Tristania, Dark Tranquility
Condemnatio Christi, Chtonic, Satyricon
Animalhouse, Iron Median
Besides this, I also took part as official photographer for the Golden Flight Level 2014. GFL could be called a week long winter holidays for Air Traffic Controllers from all around the world. Slovenia was hosting the event this year and I took thousands upon thousands of photos at the end of January, both on the ski slopes, X-cross race track and parties and concerts through the week.
But worry not as of next week, I will continue the photo story of our roadtrip around Sweden…
After an hours drive from Skavsta Airport at Nyköping we arrived to our hostel at Stockholm. As I always like to try something different I chose the Langholmen hostel, which is in fact an ex-prison converted to less sinister use these days. Langholmen was the largest Swedish prison and was in use until 1976. A fact that it had its parking lot was significant as well.