Sunday, August 24, 2014

Land of lakes and beauty

Sweden has lakes in abundance. Fishing and canoeing seem favourite pastimes and riding through this amazing country it's easy to see why. Riding north we took the smaller roads, like the 172, to see the real Sweden; rather than just flying along on the highway. Judging by the many foreign license plates, Sweden has become a favourite holiday destination for foreigners too. The ride through Germany is a long one, but worth it. It oozes an atmosphere of easy living and enjoying life to the full.

The 172 took us past the Dalsland canal, a famous series of locks that interlink several lakes into one waterway. It was built to allow ships to sail between Lake Vänern and central parts of Dalsland as well as the southwestern Värmland lake districts. The perhaps most well known is the Håverud aquaduct. Today it's more a tourist attraction during the summer months, for yachts, motor boats and canoeists.

We camped alongside one of the many lakes and stayed there for two days. The peak of the holiday season was now well and truly over and we could enjoy it in relative solitude. We also enjoyed the for us anyway typical Swedish Polarbröd and Mimosa salad! I'll let the photos do the talking in this post as they well and truly speak for themselves.