Northern Delights: Berlin to Stockholm - Page 3

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India Quay
The Other Amsterdam: Copenhagen's India Quay  (courtesy, Visit Denmark)
Pillar Monument
The City of Islands: Stockholm's Pillar Monument  (Corel)

Day 7: Copenhagen to Karlshamn (120 Miles)
Plunge eastward into the southern tip of Sweden, passing through the region of Skane, with about 250 miles of beaches, toward Karlshamn in Blekinge, about 120 miles from Copenhagen. The coast and tiny islands offshore hold myriad ops for outdoor fun. Rent a sea kayak in Karlshamn to explore local inlets and islands, or rent a bike and travel some of the smaller roads through scenery of deciduous forests, farmhouses, and quaint cottages. In the late afternoon, fish for salmon in the Morrum River, where Swedish kings have cast lines for hundreds of years.

Days 8-9: Karlshamn to Visby (130 Miles + 3-Hour Ferry Ride)
It takes about two hours along the coast to reach Oskarshamn, where you can hop the three-hour car ferry to Visby, a Viking port, center of the Hanseatic League, and World Heritage Site on the island of Gotland. See the 2.2-mile, 13th-century city wall, house- and church-lined lanes from the Middle Ages, and Visby's botanical gardens (DBW Kansli, S. Kyrkogatan 3; +46.49.821.7590; www.dbw.nu/tradgard/), then take to the hills. Gotland has a stunning array of landscapes, from beaches and cliffs dropping into the Baltic Sea to moors and serene forests. Immerse yourself in them by hiking some of the seaside paths, or tour the countryside villages by car. On the second day, ferry north to Gotska Sandon National Park (+46.49.824.0450) on the eponymous island. Remote and rugged, you'll discover dunes, pine forests, and spectacular seascapes. Stay overnight in one of the island's traditional red cottages before returning to Gotland the next day.

Day 10: Visby to Stockholm (3-Hour Ferry Ride)
Catch the three-hour car ferry from Visby to Stockholm in the morning. Built on 14 islands on Lake Malaren, Stockholm is a city of bridges, canals, medieval churches, Renaissance palaces, and winding old streets, all with a pleasant Nordic sensibility. Walk through the touristy old town of Gamla Stan to see lanes lined with edifices from the Middle Ages; view contemporary art, fashion, and design at the Kulturhuset (+46.8.508.315.08; www.kulturhuset.stockholm.se); or take rides with the locals at Grona Lund (+46.8.587.501.00; www.gronalund.com), an amusement park next to the sea. Don't leave without seeing Vasa, the only intact 17th-century ship in existence with the world's oldest sails, standing 172 feet high and 226 feet long inside the Vasamuseet (www.vasamuseet.se).

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