After travelling to Stockholm on your own, your Guide picks you up
at your airport, hotel, or wherever, on Wednesday, as soon as you are
ready.

The first day will be spent traveling north, through the provinces of
Uppland and Gästrikland, and get our "home" in Hälsingland.   Our
stay will be at a charming 19th-century maritime hotel.

Thursday we will explore northern Hälsingland.   Expect to see a
traditional "fäbod", where the centuries-old tradition of keeping
sheep, goats, and cows around the summer pastures are followed,
and where you can taste special local cheeses and other dairy
products.  Have a chance to climb 1000-year-old steps to the top of a
church tower.  We will visit some small unique museums, and have a
great musical evening with local musicans and dancers!

Friday we will travel around central Hälsingland.   We may visit an
old linen works,  some old houses typical of the area, do a little
shopping, and visit some local musicians.  If there is interest, we will
also go to a unique hillside zoo that has only animals native to
Sweden.

Saturday will be our day on the Baltic Coast.   Interesting towns,
churches, museums are on the itinerary.   Perhaps we will stop at a
"loppis" - a home-grown flea market with all kinds of unusual items.
There will also be a choice to take part in music, singing, or dance
workshops in preparation for the coming festival.

Sunday is the day of the oldest fiddle festival in Sweden, at the town
of Delsbo.  
  Besides the music and dancing, we can take a 3-hour ride
in traditional churchboats across beautiful lake Dellen
.

Monday we drive to Dalarna, famous for its traditions.  We will stay
in our own delightful cottage on a farm near Lake Siljan.

Tuesday will include driving to the towns and villages around Lake
Siljan. Church organ concerts, visiting the workshops where the
famous wooden Dala-horses are made, and perhaps a steamboat
cruise on the lake are all planned activities.

Wednesday is the largest fiddle festival in Sweden, in the tiny village
of Bingsjö.   At least 10,000 people will be attending,  at least 1,000 of
them musicians.   Concerts on stage, dancing to live fiddle teams,
and jamming all over the farm where the festival is held makes this
one of the high points of the trip.

Thursday we will go to southeastern Dalarna, see the famous Falun
copper mine (the source for the red pigment for all those houses
around the country), and tour the home of Carl Larsson, Sweden's
most beloved artist.   His home is still owned by his family, and it is
kept exactly as it was when he was alive and painting.

Friday bright and early, we will head east toward Uppland again.  
Along the way, we will spend some time at a recreated Viking village,
where you can see just how real Vikings lived, and take part in
authentic Viking activities (peaceful, no raiding!).  When we arrive in
Uppland, we may stay at an old ironworks converted to a bed &
breakfast, or in cabins in the musical town of Österbybruk.

Saturday we will spend in northern Uppland, attending the small
fiddle/nyckelharpa festival in Skärplinge.   We will also visit other
towns and churches, to see important statuary and 14th-century
artwork.

Sunday we will be special guests on a musical walking tour of
Österbybruk, and will attend a special concert in the afternoon.

Monday we tour central Uppland, connecting with nature, history,
and music.  We will visit the old capitals of Sweden, Sigtuna and
Gamla Upsala.   In Uppsala we will see the imposing cathedral, and
explore the city.

Tuesday we go to Stockholm.  Our day will be spent walking around
the city, sightseeing, visiting museums, and shopping.

Wednesday is the last day of the trip.  A scenic leisurely drive  brings
us back to the Stockholm area, where you will be dropped off at your
point of continuation, for travel further on your own, or for the trip
home.     
Possible activities
Tentative Itinerary
Stockholm - Uppland -
Hälsingland -
Dalarna -
Uppland
- Stockholm
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Exact itinerary will depend on the
interests of the participants, as
well as last-minute events of
interest.
Tim Rued's
Sweden Tour 2017
June 28 - July 12
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