An hour’s drive north from Stockholm, on the scenic island of Väddö in Roslagen, you’ll find a countryside idyll, perfect for those who want to take a nice day trip from Stockholm and leave the hectic city life for a while. At Väddö Gårdsmejeri, an old family-owned farm, you can experience authentic Swedish countryside, and it’s great for both children and adults. It’s one of the few remaining local farm dairies in Sweden, and here you can meet cows, pigs, and other animals, see how the farm’s delicious products (including a fantastic organic burger cheddar) are produced in the dairy, and experience fun activities.
Many people come to Väddö Gårdsmejeri for the food, so make sure you’re hungry when you get here. Only really good food is served, without additives and other oddities, and you can closely follow all steps of the food production. The restaurant Bonden & Burgaren serves high-quality burgers with meat from the farm, their own cheddar cheese, and locally produced ingredients. In Bondens Glasskalas, with a nice view of the Väddö canal, you can enjoy homemade ice cream inspired by Italian gelato and made from organic milk from the farm’s cows. Among the activities, you can enjoy lots of fun. Some favorites are the cow release at the beginning of summer and the exciting ghost party in November.
If you’re itching to view the stunning Stockholm archipelago for yourself, but have limited time, why not hop on a 2-hour boat ride for the evening? The M/S Vindhem departs twice weekly from Old Town (Gamla Stan) and takes passengers on a lively, picturesque excursion out on the water.
For dinner, it’s an all-you-can-eat shrimp buffet, or beef tacos if that’s your fancy. Don’t expect to disembark much, though – other than a 10-minute stop on one rock, for the most part, you’ll stay on the boat! With live music and boisterous dancing, this is the place to see Swedes at their most festive.
In the world of porcelain, Gustavsberg has many famous traditions, and famous brands like Iittala, Arabia and eponymous Gustavsberg sell their wares that are eagerly sought after by collectors.
Stop by the museum, meet reenactors at the reconstructed Viking village, or join a guided tour of archaeology. You can even grab a traditional Viking meal at the newly refurbished Särimner restaurant.
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