Sweden day 4June 19, 2016 in Sweden ⋅ ⛅ 17 °C
This morning we set off to see the VASA and Nordik museum. Outside the museum on the water were 3 vessels, we went aboard 2, the first was a 1915 lighthouse boat called Finngrundet used around Sweden to warn ships of shallow areas, rocks etc. They would be a floating lighthouse. The second vessel was the Icebreaker which was a coal driven vessel that became oil run. It had water jets to loosen ice and a bow propeller to help break the ice. It used to tow vessels out of the ice too.
The VASA museum was all about the warship Vasa that sank on its maiden trip in 1628, a ship of King Gustav Adolf. It is the world's only preserved 17C ship.She sank in Stockholm harbour.
The Nordik museum covered the life of Sweden from its indigenous beginnings, Laplanders, known as Salmi people now recognised officially.There is an enormous statue of Gustav Vasa King of Sweden, 1523-1560. There are about 3 languages spoken but most try now to learn Swedish. Founder of the museum Artur Azelius, museum's name he changed in 1880, to reflect its becoming a foundation.Life and times of Swedes, their apparel, jewellery, furniture, customs, religious ceremonies. We then walked along the foreshore of some of this island Djuragarten, enjoying the gardens, monuments and sheep before crossing the bridge and walking back to our hotel. Stephen went to check on tomorrow's bus stop for our return to Arlanda airport . We asked at reception but the girl could'nt help so we went looking. After finding it we had dinner at the same pizza restaurant , with local beers instead of young wine. 20.9 kmRead more