From 850 DKK
Cross the impressive Øresund Bridge
Walk amidst the rune stones of ancient Sweden
Step back into the Viking times
Enjoy the charming Swedish countryside
With time on your own
Only running on July 3rd, July 17th, August 7th, August 14th
Rune stones The Swedish Countryside Kåseberga Sunship Sandskogen Nature Reserve Area Øresund Bridge Old Danish churches
We leave Copenhagen and travel across the Øresund Bridge to Skåne, southern Sweden’s most beautiful county, with its wide fields, small towns and winding country roads. Skåne is known for its television detective series the most recent which features the Øresund Bridge and is called ‘The Bridge’. The plot focases on two detectives, Martin Rohde from Denmark and Saga Norén from Sweden. They are trying to solve the murder of a young woman, whose body has been left in the middle of the Øresund Bridge. There have been four series of The Bridge, with the last series being shown in 2018.
Once in Skåne we take the old main road past old Danish Churches, as Skåne was a part of Denmark until 1658. Along the way we will see some Rune Stones, with the old Viking language carved into them. Runes was the written language of the Vikings, with its own alphabet. Some of the letters look like Latin ones, others are quite different. Rune Stones were placed a memorial to someone’s life or an important event. Runes started to be written around the year 100AD and is influenced by the Roman and Greek alphabets.
As we travel along you will see golden fields of Rape Seed or Wheat, depending on the time of year. Along the road is Ystad, a hotbed of murder and intrigue, according to Henning Mankell, the author of the television Police Inspector Kurt Wallander, famously played by Krister Henriksson and Kenneth Branagh. We will drive through Ystad and then on through the Sandskogen Nature Reserve area. Sandskogen is dominated by trees and was planted in 1749 by the botinest Carl von Lineé. Sandskogen became a popular place to build summer houses with simple huts to costly villas and in 1989 was replanted, to stop the sand from the beach coming inland.
From Sandskogen, we come to the cliffs of Kåseberga and the Sunship, which dates back to the Bronze Age. The Sunship is a collection of stones, in the shape of a ship that’s over 2000 years old. Why are they there? We don’t know! But there is a theory – come and find out. The stone formation is the largest in Sweden and was first mentioned in writing in the 1300s. In 1729, King Karl XI visited the Sunship, which is also known as the Ales Stones. Below the Sunship is the village of Kåseberga, which is a very pleasant fishing harbour. 160 people live here, with its little restaurants and artists’ studios. The first paved road to Kåseberga wasn’t built until the 1930s and before this time, people travelled in and out of Kåsaberga by fishing boat. In the BBC Wallander films, the upper floor of Kåseberga Cafe and Bistro was used as Wallander’s office. After our trip to Kåsaberga, we make our way back to Copenhagen, crossing the Øresund Bridge and thinking about all the interesting things we have seen. Please do remember to bring your passport with you. Let’s Enjoy the Tour!
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