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Some ideas of a Tallevika vacation

Here we have gathered our absolute favorites with Kristinehamn as the starting point. These are suitable day trips, but of course, you can stay overnight and extend all these destinations. The more time, the better. Depending on how you travel and where you stay, there are, of course, additional destinations, sights, adventures, and experiences to recommend. There is much more to discover at the tourist information, but it is not always easy to prioritize what to choose and to know how much time is needed for it to be successful. That's why Tallevika exists. Check Visitkristinehamn or other visit sites (VisitKarlstad, Visitvärmland, Visitsweden, etc.)

Camping

We see camping as a place to stay and depart from with a good location. If you're looking for campsites where you stay on-site, we're not the right forum. If you have a caravan or motorhome, the large Manor Campsite in Kristinehamn is perfect. Close to town and close to the lake. There are many other campsites in the region so you can just choose. Many slightly older motorhome travelers may want to park in town at the marina pier, which is no more than 1 km from the center. It's quite crowded in the summer, so booking is recommended. The campsites have good maps of the different blocks, but all pitches are fairly equivalent. Depending on time and schedule, we can recommend taking a trip around Lake Vänern and trying out other campsites, for example, on the way to and from Kristinehamn. We've driven this route countless times with our caravan and can offer some tips. There are also good camping guides for different types of campsites, such as with a dog, with children, for motorhomes, or caravans.

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Accommodation

What type of accommodation you choose depends on what type of traveler you are and how you prefer to travel and do your vacation. We see three fundamental types: Camping, Cottage, and Hotel/Manor House. Of course, you can combine. Here is a brief description and some input for each.

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Cottage

There are excellent cottages of various sizes and with different levels of equipment at the Herrgårdskampingen in Kristinehamn. We recommend the larger cottages that are fully equipped with everything you need, some even with a patio and guest house. There are also some nice private archipelago houses available for rent on Airbnb or other platforms. We have contacts with some nearby where we live, but there is also a nice house closer to town at Skymningen's bathing area. The ones we know who rent out are very skilled and appreciated. There is even a lighthouse with a beach that is rented out by Picasso's Veranda directly at Picasso's sculpture. You have to be early to book during the summer, and houses are best rented on a weekly basis. Many Germans and the occasional Swiss we know make huge car trips through Norway, Sweden, and Finland to see everything, but that's not something we recommend if you want a stress-free and relaxing vacation with unique experiences. Check under Links/Summer houses.

Manor House/Hotel

Staying at a manor house combined with a city hotel is a very enjoyable way to vacation and can of course be combined with hotels, hostels, or cottage rentals as mentioned above. The manor houses throughout Värmland are often old private estates of industrialists that have been converted into conference or spa facilities. They often offer various packages with accommodation and good food at great prices. There are manor houses for golf packages, bike holidays just around the corner, kayak/canoe rentals, or tennis/padel. Outside of Kristinehamn, the small but very charming Ölme rectory is a must-visit. It's a converted rectory with 8 rooms and a high-class gourmet restaurant run by a young and talented family. A little north of Kristinehamn is Hennickehammar, which we have visited several times. Try to avoid weekends if possible because of summer weddings, and stay longer than one night. Check Links/Manor Houses.

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Day 1: Tuesday
Arrival with lakeview dinner

If you take the 10.05 flight from Zürich, you arrive 12.30 to Stockholm Arlanda. If you already are in Stockholm, you can take the Arlanda express from Stockholm city, and we can all meet at the airport. We leave Arlanda with our comfortable bus in direction of Enköping and Västeràs. We take a quick leg stretch somewhere on our way to Kristinehamn. Except for Karlskoga where the dynamite was invented by Alfred Nobel, we mostly see forest. If you look carefully, you may see an elk. We enter the center of Kristinehamn and check in at one of the small hotels in the city. Nothing luxury because we can’t find it here, but it is cozy and personal. After check-in and a quick rest, we take the bus along the famous seaside walkaway to roads end. Here we get a small glimpse of the world known landmark Picasso sculpture that you will see more of tomorrow. We enter the new restaurant Rönnebergs Sjökrog to take the welcome drink at the bridge. We can see the nice big houses on the other side of the water and each of them has a special history. Most of them were built as summer resinets for the rich people during the industrialization. The welcome dinner is served, and we can enjoy the view of the open sea and the boat traffic outside the restaurant when we start to get to know each other.

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Day 2: Wednesday
A Harbor day in the archipelago

After the breakfast we take the bus the same road again along Vàlösund, once selected the most beautiful seaside in Sweden. We stop at the Picasso parking where the road ends. From her we take a walk among the Swedish wooden houses and through some small forests. Earlier this was summerhouses for vacation but since some years people start to live here permanent and the community connected the area 2017 to the water infrastructure. We might even see the original Tallevika house from 1932. At Picassos Veranda we take a glass of champagne and visit the small Picasso shop direct by the statue. We also try the famous shrimp sandwich. If we are lucky Christine af Bro, a replica of a sailing ship used here during 1600-1800 to ship iron to Europe will pick us up and take us out on a small tour on open water and between the islands. We enjoy the fantastic view and watch all old manors by the sea during the boat trip all the way into Kristinehamn center. A short walk through the city park and the old town and we are back at the hotel. After a quick relax, we walk back to the old harbor and enter Mastmagasinet, the famous music restaurant with their own boat parking in front. Here we enjoy the dinner and some music with individual walk back to the hotel.

Day 1: Tuesday
Arrival with lakeview dinner

If you take the 10.05 flight from Zürich, you arrive 12.30 to Stockholm Arlanda. If you already are in Stockholm, you can take the Arlanda express from Stockholm city, and we can all meet at the airport. We leave Arlanda with our comfortable bus in direction of Enköping and Västeràs. We take a quick leg stretch somewhere on our way to Kristinehamn. Except for Karlskoga where the dynamite was invented by Alfred Nobel, we mostly see forest. If you look carefully, you may see an elk. We enter the center of Kristinehamn and check in at one of the small hotels in the city. Nothing luxury because we can’t find it here, but it is cozy and personal. After check-in and a quick rest, we take the bus along the famous seaside walkaway to roads end. Here we get a small glimpse of the world known landmark Picasso sculpture that you will see more of tomorrow. We enter the new restaurant Rönnebergs Sjökrog to take the welcome drink at the bridge. We can see the nice big houses on the other side of the water and each of them has a special history. Most of them were built as summer resinets for the rich people during the industrialization. The welcome dinner is served, and we can enjoy the view of the open sea and the boat traffic outside the restaurant when we start to get to know each other.

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Day 2: Wednesday
A Harbor day in the archipelago

After the breakfast we take the bus the same road again along Vàlösund, once selected the most beautiful seaside in Sweden. We stop at the Picasso parking where the road ends. From her we take a walk among the Swedish wooden houses and through some small forests. Earlier this was summerhouses for vacation but since some years people start to live here permanent and the community connected the area 2017 to the water infrastructure. We might even see the original Tallevika house from 1932. At Picassos Veranda we take a glass of champagne and visit the small Picasso shop direct by the statue. We also try the famous shrimp sandwich. If we are lucky Christine af Bro, a replica of a sailing ship used here during 1600-1800 to ship iron to Europe will pick us up and take us out on a small tour on open water and between the islands. We enjoy the fantastic view and watch all old manors by the sea during the boat trip all the way into Kristinehamn center. A short walk through the city park and the old town and we are back at the hotel. After a quick relax, we walk back to the old harbor and enter Mastmagasinet, the famous music restaurant with their own boat parking in front. Here we enjoy the dinner and some music with individual walk back to the hotel.

Day 1: Tuesday
Arrival with lakeview dinner

If you take the 10.05 flight from Zürich, you arrive 12.30 to Stockholm Arlanda. If you already are in Stockholm, you can take the Arlanda express from Stockholm city, and we can all meet at the airport. We leave Arlanda with our comfortable bus in direction of Enköping and Västeràs. We take a quick leg stretch somewhere on our way to Kristinehamn. Except for Karlskoga where the dynamite was invented by Alfred Nobel, we mostly see forest. If you look carefully, you may see an elk. We enter the center of Kristinehamn and check in at one of the small hotels in the city. Nothing luxury because we can’t find it here, but it is cozy and personal. After check-in and a quick rest, we take the bus along the famous seaside walkaway to roads end. Here we get a small glimpse of the world known landmark Picasso sculpture that you will see more of tomorrow. We enter the new restaurant Rönnebergs Sjökrog to take the welcome drink at the bridge. We can see the nice big houses on the other side of the water and each of them has a special history. Most of them were built as summer resinets for the rich people during the industrialization. The welcome dinner is served, and we can enjoy the view of the open sea and the boat traffic outside the restaurant when we start to get to know each other.

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Valösund T Hermann.jpg

Day 2: Wednesday
A Harbor day in the archipelago

After the breakfast we take the bus the same road again along Vàlösund, once selected the most beautiful seaside in Sweden. We stop at the Picasso parking where the road ends. From her we take a walk among the Swedish wooden houses and through some small forests. Earlier this was summerhouses for vacation but since some years people start to live here permanent and the community connected the area 2017 to the water infrastructure. We might even see the original Tallevika house from 1932. At Picassos Veranda we take a glass of champagne and visit the small Picasso shop direct by the statue. We also try the famous shrimp sandwich. If we are lucky Christine af Bro, a replica of a sailing ship used here during 1600-1800 to ship iron to Europe will pick us up and take us out on a small tour on open water and between the islands. We enjoy the fantastic view and watch all old manors by the sea during the boat trip all the way into Kristinehamn center. A short walk through the city park and the old town and we are back at the hotel. After a quick relax, we walk back to the old harbor and enter Mastmagasinet, the famous music restaurant with their own boat parking in front. Here we enjoy the dinner and some music with individual walk back to the hotel.

Day 1: Tuesday
Arrival with lakeview dinner

If you take the 10.05 flight from Zürich, you arrive 12.30 to Stockholm Arlanda. If you already are in Stockholm, you can take the Arlanda express from Stockholm city, and we can all meet at the airport. We leave Arlanda with our comfortable bus in direction of Enköping and Västeràs. We take a quick leg stretch somewhere on our way to Kristinehamn. Except for Karlskoga where the dynamite was invented by Alfred Nobel, we mostly see forest. If you look carefully, you may see an elk. We enter the center of Kristinehamn and check in at one of the small hotels in the city. Nothing luxury because we can’t find it here, but it is cozy and personal. After check-in and a quick rest, we take the bus along the famous seaside walkaway to roads end. Here we get a small glimpse of the world known landmark Picasso sculpture that you will see more of tomorrow. We enter the new restaurant Rönnebergs Sjökrog to take the welcome drink at the bridge. We can see the nice big houses on the other side of the water and each of them has a special history. Most of them were built as summer resinets for the rich people during the industrialization. The welcome dinner is served, and we can enjoy the view of the open sea and the boat traffic outside the restaurant when we start to get to know each other.

Picasso.jpg
Valösundet 3.jpg
Valösund T Hermann.jpg

Day 2: Wednesday
A Harbor day in the archipelago

After the breakfast we take the bus the same road again along Vàlösund, once selected the most beautiful seaside in Sweden. We stop at the Picasso parking where the road ends. From her we take a walk among the Swedish wooden houses and through some small forests. Earlier this was summerhouses for vacation but since some years people start to live here permanent and the community connected the area 2017 to the water infrastructure. We might even see the original Tallevika house from 1932. At Picassos Veranda we take a glass of champagne and visit the small Picasso shop direct by the statue. We also try the famous shrimp sandwich. If we are lucky Christine af Bro, a replica of a sailing ship used here during 1600-1800 to ship iron to Europe will pick us up and take us out on a small tour on open water and between the islands. We enjoy the fantastic view and watch all old manors by the sea during the boat trip all the way into Kristinehamn center. A short walk through the city park and the old town and we are back at the hotel. After a quick relax, we walk back to the old harbor and enter Mastmagasinet, the famous music restaurant with their own boat parking in front. Here we enjoy the dinner and some music with individual walk back to the hotel.

Valösundet 3.jpg
Valösund T Hermann.jpg

Day 2: Wednesday
A Harbor day in the archipelago

After the breakfast we take the bus the same road again along Vàlösund, once selected the most beautiful seaside in Sweden. We stop at the Picasso parking where the road ends. From her we take a walk among the Swedish wooden houses and through some small forests. Earlier this was summerhouses for vacation but since some years people start to live here permanent and the community connected the area 2017 to the water infrastructure. We might even see the original Tallevika house from 1932. At Picassos Veranda we take a glass of champagne and visit the small Picasso shop direct by the statue. We also try the famous shrimp sandwich. If we are lucky Christine af Bro, a replica of a sailing ship used here during 1600-1800 to ship iron to Europe will pick us up and take us out on a small tour on open water and between the islands. We enjoy the fantastic view and watch all old manors by the sea during the boat trip all the way into Kristinehamn center. A short walk through the city park and the old town and we are back at the hotel. After a quick relax, we walk back to the old harbor and enter Mastmagasinet, the famous music restaurant with their own boat parking in front. Here we enjoy the dinner and some music with individual walk back to the hotel.

Day 3: Thursday
A history day in a small town

After taking our breakfast our host today Christina meets us in the lobby for a guided tour in the city. We get the history of the different houses from the time when this was the center of iron export to Europe. This history will follow us during the week. We visit the the historical museum in the old town before we take lunch at the famous restaurant Oliveriet at the pedestrian walk in the heart of the center. The owners: Jenny from Kristinehamn and Andreas from Sardinien, have built a reputation far outside the region of offering top Italian food.  After lunch you get the chance to walk for yourself. You can visit the antique shops in the old town or do some own exploration in the city. Along the water there is a famous pottery and coffee shop where we meet again for some special deli tasting. It’s also worthwhile to take a bit longer walk to see how people live in the old houses build by the rich businessmen long time ago and see the enormous church, bigger than many cathedrals. A sign of the importance of the city when it was built. In the evening Christina brings us to their family brewery very close to the hotel. In Värmlands Brygghus we taste their different brews, and they explain the complicated Swedish alcohol law. The best food to combine with beer is a Swedish midsummer Smörgasbord and we will enjoy this in a suitable location fitting the theme of the day. It is a lot of fish but also cold meat in different ways and from different animals. To digest the typical sweet, pickled herring we need to help with some typical aquavit flavored with some healthy herbs. We enjoy the bright summer night when we walk back to the hotel.

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Day 4: Friday
A nature day in the wild

Today we spend the whole day in the nature. After the breakfast we check-out from the hotel. The bus takes us into the forest north of Kristinehamn. We pass the famous boarding school Lundberg where most royals and noble people made their high school studies. We continue to the sea Lungen and arrive at Bjurbäckens slussar, the old locks build 1850 to allow boats to raise the 11 meters height difference and continue their beautiful journey in Värmland. From there we will follow the trail called iron trail along the sea, through deep forests, and over large moors. In the middle of the large moor, we look at Carl-Henrik’s favorite pines. Watch out so you don’t sink when you walk on the soft ground. Somewhere along the trail we get our picknick lunch. The bus picks us up and takes us to an old manor which was the home of the town priest until 2001. We enter the fantastic atmosphere that will be our home for the two last nights. This old house is not built as a hotel and therefore the rooms and the bathrooms all look different. A quick change and some refreshments and we leave again in a different direction. We will see a new nature, more open and with very old oak trees along the east side of lake Vänern. If we are lucky, we will be invited into the most famous Manor in Värmland, Värmlands Säby. This private estate is managed by the owners themselves and we hopefully meet both the father and son. They have invited us to have an exclusive dinner in their original 1700-century dining room. They will tell us the history of the manor which is connected to the history of Sweden. They have a large wild animal population on their property and in particular, elks so they will also tell us about the hunting in their forests. The dinner follows the theme of the day, and we taste the different wild meat from the local forest accompanied with selected red wines. Back at the preachers’ home we can reflect on the historical impressions from the week, and we hopefully sleep well without being disturbed by the ironworker’s souls from the 1700-century.

Day 5 Saturday
Karlstad, the capitol of Värmland

Our final day contain several surprises and experiences. We leave with the bus and stop at Välvsviken shopping center before Karlstad were we always go for shopping. This is the opposite to what we have seen the last days. As we are fans of sports, we can spend hours in the huge XXL All-sports-united-shop. You will also have a chance to a quick walk through. Quick is difficult because it is like Ikea for sports. There are also other shops like Jula, the popular Swedish workmate shop or El-Giganten, the Swedish version of MediaMarkt. We leave again and go to Karlstad, the biggest town in Värmland with 100’000 habitants. It is situated where the river of Klarälven enter Vänern and there, in the middle of Klarälven you find Sandgrund (shallow sand), an island which is our target destination. We take a lunch in the famous restaurant Matbruket inside the museum were two of the best chefs in Värmland make us a short lunch. We spend some time in the museum or in the island park along the sand beaches. For the art lovers we have time to visit Lars Lerin and his own art museum in the Sandgrund building. He is considered one of the most outstanding watercolor painters in the world. We meet up again and take a historical walk-through Karlstad via Frödingparken with the old fire station. Carl-Henrik’s grandfather and grand grandfather both worked here as fire chiefs the beginning of the 1900 century. We continue down to the new city harbor area. We enter one of the chartered old yachts for a boat tour through Karlstad. We enjoy an aperitif onboard as we pass the new buildings along the water with their yacht parking in front. Back in town the bus takes us back to Ölme Prästgàrd “the preacher’s where we spend the evening”. We get ready for the last dinner together by listening to the history of the house while enjoying the aperitifs. We enjoy the last dinner together and discuss our experiences and the plans some of you may have to explore the Värmland or other part of the country on your own. When we goes to the nice rooms it feels a bit sad that the Tallevika Tour has come to an end.

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Day 6: Sunday
Departure

After the breakfast is is now time for us at Tallevika to say goodbye. A small lunch package for the road and off it goes. The bus will leave at 9 o’clock to arrive at Arlanda latest 13:00 and in due time for some last shopping at Sky City close to terminal 5 where the 15:55 flight to Zürich leaves. For those who stay longer and have individual arrangements, congratulation and have a great vacation. For the other, see you back in Switzerland or why not back in Sweden next year.

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