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My travels in Sweden:
A cruise from Stockholm to Härnösand, Höga Kusten and back to Stockholm
I have visited the Swedish coast Höga Kusten (High Coast) by car a couples of times. This time we took a cruise to see the coast from sea.
More information about Höga Kusten at Wikipedia:
Ship departure, Frihamnen Stockholm:
At 3:30 pm we leave Stockholm from Frihamnen (harbor). We have a fine weather with sunshine.
Many people are out on the deck and looking when we departure. To the left the island Lidingö.
On the opposite side we have the popular island Fjäderholmarna. Ferries take you to the island with it's restaurants. This is not far away from the place when our famous ship Wasa sink a couple of hundred years ago.
More information about Fjäderholmarna and Wasa ship at Wikipedia:
On the island Lidingö we see the ship yard Boghammar, maybe the place where my fathers old mahogany cruiser Monalisa was built.
More information about the mahogany cruiser Monalisa:
The ship we cruise with, M/S Silja Symphony has a little bit different design, it has an open space, a galleria in the middle of it.
More information about M/S Silja Symphony ship at Wikipedia:
In the galleria there are plenty of restaurants.
The first dinner we took was a buffet, we find a lot of tasty food. We even booked a buffet for the second day, but change our minds and used that ticket to a A la Carte restaurant at the galleria.
Much later we leave the Stockholm's archipelago.
In the evening the bar opens and we got music and entertainment.
Second day, towards Härnösand:
Waking up the following morning and found open sea all around us.
After some hours we come closer to the coast city Härnösand which is our second stop (during the night we stopped at Åland's Mariehamn for a couple of minutes).
Härnösand is divided in two places, one at the island and the other on the mainland. We had a very beautiful view over the coast city when we enter the area.
More information about Härnösand at Wikipedia:
The ship anchor at the deep harbor. On the pier we can see a lot of towers for wind power plants.
From the ship we have a ten minutes walk to Härnösand city.
We stand on the mainland and have a view over the island, the name of the island is Härnön.
We walk along the pier to the bridge which take us over to the older part of Härnösand.
After we crossed the bridge we follow the pier on the other side and came to this place. There is a small island in the river, beautiful place and it has the name Mellanholmen (Middle island).
Part of the river on the East side of Mellanholmen.
After that we walked up to the church where we found the old wooden houses.
Walk down the Telegrafgatan (Telegraph street) and came to Storgatan.
Storgatan (Big street) take us to the North part of the city, it's here you found most of the restaurants.
A small little red wooden house is left in the city. Most of our old city wooden houses has been burnt down over the years and replaced with stone houses.
An opening between the houses let us get a view of the harbor.
Back on the East pier we got a view again of our ship. The stop in Härnösand is only 4.5 hours and we must be back on the ship after 3.5 hour to not be left behind.
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A walk back to the bridge that take us over to the Western pier and back to our ship.
Along the pier we found this beautiful old Swedish boat, a Storö 34. It looks to be from the 1970s with it's plastic hull, older ones has even the hull built in wood. Built by Storebro bruk.
More information about Storebro Bruk at Wikipedia (only in Swedish):
Before we enter the bridge we have something important to do.
Gunilla is in immediate need of a cup of coffee. But too long queue meant we had to move on without coffee.
We have earlier seen a building that we thought was the old railway station. We walked closer to it to see it in details. Now we see that it's not the railway station, it's the court house.
More information about Härnösand's court house at Wikipedia (only in Swedish):
At last we found the real railway station, an old wooden building with the railway behind.
When we are not far away from our ship we see this, a car museum, it's told to be the biggest in Sweden. There are old cars outside: Austin, Simca, Volkswagen and a Saab with a two stroke engine.
At the entrance we see the old Volvo P1800, Volvo's sport car from the 1960s, the car that Roger Moore drove in the action TV serie Simon Templar.
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There is no time for us to visit the museum, but we take a look inside. Looks nice, we will visit it in the future when we are out on the Northern roads with the car.
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Not far from the museum we found another old thing, a steam locomotive, maybe it belongs to the museum. The locomotive has the name Astrid and has an impressive weight of 70 tons and the tender 40 tons. Built 1916 in Sweden at Nyqvist & Holm.
On the backside of the museum there are not only one Cadillac cabriolet 1959, there are two of them !
Back to the ship, 20 minutes left to departure. At this harbor we have to use the aft ramp to enter the ship. A lot of the people have used the ship as a parking lot during the cruise, cheaper than to have the cars parked in Stockholm city.
We now leave Härnösand and my friend Gunnar who lived in Härnösand for many years say this:
Departure towards High Coast archipelago:
Now the big thing about this cruise starts, the cruise through the Archipelago of Höga Kusten.
The land rise at fast speed along this coast, it has to do with the former ice age. At some places it has formed shingle beaches. The stones make a clappering sound when the waves roll in.
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Over the Ångermanälven (river) there is a relative new bridge that looks very amazing. That will be the first to see on this cruise. You see the two high towers of the bridge in the background.
Höga Kusten Bridge:
The towers to the bridge is 180 meters high. The bridge also has the working name, Vedabron. The river is Ångermanälven. In earlier time it was a ferry behind the bridge that crossed the river.
The bridge's span is 1210 meter with a clearance below of 40 meters. This big ship can not pass under the bridge.
I have driven on the bridge by car three times.
Last view of the bridge.
More information about Höga Kusten Bridge at Wikipedia:
A passage between the islands out to the Baltic sea, but we continue our cruise inside the islands.
There are just a few houses on these islands, mostly summer houses I think.
We had a terrific weather this day and could sit outside all the 4 hours this part of the cruise took.
More than half of the archipelago has been traveled now.
The island Högbonden, it has a lighthouse and to get there there is a cable car to the hill which you can see in the middle of the island. A very popular place to visit, maybe there is possible to stay over night too.
More information about Högbonden at Wikipedia:
One of these hills should be Skuleberget. When I droved on the highway and passed through this hill at the evening it was lit up by a blue light, that was 20 years ago.
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Last part of High Coast, Ulvön:
The last island to pass by, Ulvön.
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After we left Höga Kusten we went into the ship for a rest, a dinner and after that we have to rush up to upper deck to get a view of the sunset. It's not very calm to do a cruise. During the night the ship anchor once again in Mariehamn for a short moment.
Third day, back to Stockholm:
Next day when we wake up we have left Mariehamn and is close to the border of Sweden. A couple of hours later we are deep into the archipelago of Stockholm. This could be the island Justerö, not far from Stockholm city.
An hour later we enter the Vaxholm archipelago which this photo is from.
Fjäderholmarna once again and only a couple of minutes from the harbor Frihamnen. This cruise was very exiting, to have a look at Höga Kusten from the sea. With good luck with the weather we didn't miss any part of it.