July 20, 2012

Biking Adventure in Osterlen and Discovering Sweden’s Beautiful Countryside

Biking Adventure in Osterlen | Discovering Sweden's Beautiful Countryside

Oh my goodness, what a whirlwind this day was!! :) This was our last full day in Sweden. The trip absolutely went by in a flash. It seemed like we had only just gotten there! It was so bittersweet to be moving on. I absolutely loved every single minute of our time in this stunning country. Everything simply radiated with colorful beauty and quiet peacefulness. So missing it right now! :)

Biking Adventure in Osterlen | Discovering Sweden's Beautiful Countryside

On our last day, we headed out bright and early for a biking adventure through the gorgeous region of Österlen. I had no idea what an adventure we were in for! :)

Biking Adventure in Osterlen | Discovering Sweden's Beautiful Countryside

Led by our amazingly athletic guide Per from Adventua, we rode along the coast of the Baltic Sea from the quiet fishing village of Baskemölla to the utterly charming beachside community of Vik. We passed this cute little Moo Cow along the way! :)

Biking Adventure in Osterlen | Discovering Sweden's Beautiful Countryside

I absolutely loved the precious beach cottages in Vik!

Biking Adventure in Osterlen | Discovering Sweden's Beautiful Countryside

This was such a darling community.

Biking Adventure in Osterlen | Discovering Sweden's Beautiful Countryside

The houses were like dollhouses! The homes were closeknit and the roads were just big enough for one car.

Biking Adventure in Osterlen | Discovering Sweden's Beautiful Countryside

I was in awe at how beautifully landscaped each and every home was. Every yard was overflowing with roses! :)

Biking Adventure in Osterlen | Discovering Sweden's Beautiful Countryside

We turned away from the coast and continued on through lush, shady forests, and then our landscape opened up to bright blue skies and sweeping hills of farmland.

Biking Adventure in Osterlen | Discovering Sweden's Beautiful Countryside

Sugar beet farms.

Biking Adventure in Osterlen | Discovering Sweden's Beautiful Countryside

Biking Adventure in Osterlen | Discovering Sweden's Beautiful Countryside

Biking Adventure in Osterlen | Discovering Sweden's Beautiful Countryside

Golden fields of hay.

Biking Adventure in Osterlen | Discovering Sweden's Beautiful Countryside

Biking Adventure in Osterlen | Discovering Sweden's Beautiful Countryside

All in all, we pedaled nearly 15 miles up and down hills, on gravel roads, through sandy beaches, and across wooded mountain trails. I absolutely loved discovering this beautiful region of Sweden.

 


View Sweden Day 4 in a larger map

Here’s where we traveled on our fourth and final roadtrip day in Sweden. Zoom in and click on each marker to see what we did there, or click here to see a larger map with a list of all the points of interest. Zoom in on the orange line to see our biking path around Österlen. Definitely be sure to zoom in around Malmö. On my last afternoon in Sweden I had the fabulous opportunity to go on a shopping expedition all over Malmö with my own personal shopper and stylist! Mia showed me some of the CUTEST spots in Malmö, and I’ve marked them on the map for you to check out. If you are ever anywhere near Malmö, you must give these shops a visit! :) Contact Mia to find more of Malmö’s cutest boutiques and arrange your own personal shopping day!

Thank you so much to Volvo, Visit Sweden, West Sweden, Skåne, and SAS for this incredible opportunity.

Check out CarPlusVacation.com to find out more about the Volvo Overseas Delivery Program and how this trip was possible. Use their interactive trip planner to plan your own virtual roadtrip Sweden. Choose your car, where you’ll stay, and what you’ll do, and you can  submit your itinerary to their Roadtrip of a Lifetime sweepstakes to be entered to win the roadtrip you just planned. How incredible would that be?? :) Contest ends on August 15th.

Have a fabulous weekend!!



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33 Comments





1
The Mrs @ Success Along the Weigh July 20, 2012 at 7:38 am

You know, I’ve never even considered Sweden as a place I wanted to visit…until now.

Thanks for sharing your adventures with us!

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TidyMom July 20, 2012 at 7:58 am

Amanda I think you are going to put Sweden on a lot of people’s vacation radar after this trip! just stunning photos!!

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Maria July 20, 2012 at 8:01 am

I am packing my bags right now! What a beautiful place!

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Kathy Petersen July 20, 2012 at 8:08 am

Enchanting…beautiful photos.

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Sommer@ASpicyPerspective July 20, 2012 at 8:17 am

Amanda, it looks like a fairytale! I need to start sending my hubby anonymous emails about Sweden…. maybe he’ll get the clue!. :)

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Liz July 20, 2012 at 8:17 am

Your photos are certainly beautiful to look at, but I originally found your website through liking your recipes and you haven’t posted one since April! Is that just not a priority anymore and will this be a photography/travel blog from now on?

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shelly (cookies and cups) July 20, 2012 at 8:39 am

Seriously Sweden! Who knew you were so gorgeous! Love all the pictures :)

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Shaina July 20, 2012 at 8:48 am

What a wonderful way to see the countryside! I’ve loved following your trip, Amanda! Thank you for sharing.

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zayda July 20, 2012 at 8:57 am

beautiful pictures!

zlovesv.blogspot.com

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Suzanne July 20, 2012 at 9:02 am

I’ve been watching the PBS Wallander series and Sweden never looked this good! I thought it was all gray and dark, and full of ominous fields of grain blowing violently against (more) gray skies. After seeing your pictures I might consider coming here after all. In the summer of course!

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Deb July 20, 2012 at 9:13 am

Stunning photos! Would love to be able to travel one day. sigh…maybe after my Lego picking up career is over…

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marla July 20, 2012 at 9:14 am

Oh Amanda, with each of your posts I want to visit glorious Sweden even more!!! Stunning photos of this beautiful countryside :)
Sweden is on my bucket travel list and I will refer to all of your FAB posts :)

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Heather Christo July 20, 2012 at 9:54 am

Just incredible Amanda. My favorite is the picture with the red barn and the trail of red flowers along the road. Just so beautiful.

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ryane July 20, 2012 at 10:19 am

Beautiful …………………………………. All those colors. Love the cow at the waters edge, and those sweet little houses and flowers Lovely thanks for sharing all that beauty with us.

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Amanda July 20, 2012 at 11:26 am

I know you are talking about travel and a fun vacation, but after reading about Sweden and seeing the land… I kinda just want to move there. :)

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Christina July 20, 2012 at 11:33 am

Beautiful!! Love the cottages!

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Vanessa July 20, 2012 at 11:41 am

Amazing photos! I especially love the cottages and the flowers along the road!

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Tracy July 20, 2012 at 12:04 pm

Amanda,
I really enjoy your wonderful photography.
The second photograph, so beautiful, looks exactly like a painting.

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najwa kronfel July 20, 2012 at 12:41 pm

Beautiful photos, what gorgeous place!

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Deliciously Organic July 20, 2012 at 1:20 pm

Wow! What beautiful photos! It looks like a wonderful vacation!

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JulieD July 20, 2012 at 1:54 pm

Amanda, absolutely gorgeous!! I think someone said in one of your comments in one of your other Sweden posts – that they never thought that Sweden would be a travel destination…I agree and you have proven me wrong. So fun and so happy for you that you got to travel there. xoxo

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Kim July 20, 2012 at 2:59 pm

Your pictures have been so much fun to look at! I love the little houses with the ladders up to the door. I’ve never been overseas, and watching your road trip is seriously making me want to save up for Europe someday. Thanks for sharing! :)

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Heather Mayberry July 20, 2012 at 3:33 pm

wow! that is beautiful! so glad you had a good trip!

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Jeanette July 21, 2012 at 8:29 am

Amanda, thank you for sharing all the beautiful pictures of your trip. I love the colorful beach cottages and the beautiful landscape. I hope I’ll have a chance to visit one day!

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Brooke @ Food Woolf July 21, 2012 at 8:49 am

What a beautiful vacation. Makes me want to start booking a trip!

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BusyMomofTwins July 22, 2012 at 7:44 am

Your photography is stunning. These images are a breathtaking portrayal of your trip. I have a friend leaving for Sweden tomorrow. So jealous! What a fantastic destination.

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binhtheredonthat July 23, 2012 at 8:44 am

OMG!!! I’m in love with Sweden through your photos, something about golden fields of hay but I’ve always loved. Just send my husband an email suggesting to buy a Volvo so we can go on this trip. Slim chance but I thought I try.

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Pamela Tadlock July 24, 2012 at 7:25 am

Beautiful, stunning photos. Loved seeing Sweden, but as a 9 time Volvo owner would like to see a little more of the Volvo people, plant and cars. Can you go back? Could be a sequel.

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theurbanbaker July 24, 2012 at 10:43 am

gorgeous photos, Amanda. sounds like a wonderful adventure!

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Erin @ Texanerin Baking July 24, 2012 at 3:45 pm

The picture with the duck! Oh Sweden. I love it. I can’t believe you did so much in only four days! And my husband told me to tell you that he loves the hay field pictures. I do, too. :)

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Maria July 3, 2013 at 7:12 am

Oh I envy you so much! The photographs are stunning as always :)

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Vijay Naik August 25, 2013 at 12:07 pm

I Lived in Sweden (Stockholm) for five years. I was able to travel by bus, train, T, and Air to a fairly large number of places. It is a glorious and beautiful country, clean and pristine . At the time (in the 90,s) at least, it was safe to go anywhere. My camera clicked constantly, and I was furiously trying to do watercolors when the weather permitted. So, what if it is not exciting and actionpacked for the youngsters. The only problem I frequently encountered in travelling around was that , you had to plan for food, ahead of time; they roll the sidewalks early and you will have to return to your ‘rum privat’ with candy bards. But the Swedish countryside is supremely beautiful. Move over U.K.

Your photos are beautiful, they make me homesick for Sweden. – Vijay

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Renee May 14, 2014 at 6:10 am

Thanks so much for sharing these
beautiful and artsy photographs!

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