Follow Jeroen on his holiday!

Jeroen is a traveller from Holland. And we can all see he is a fun loving and just slightly goofy guy, right? He’s planning his next trip. Jeroen is going to Västmanland – The Essence of Sweden. So, what’s so special about that? (Apart from the awesome destination he’s picked of course!) Well – YOU can come with him! And you don’t even have to leave your living room.

Jeroen will gear up with a camera on his head and one of those super cool (hm….) selfie sticks. He will film all his adventures and at certain times he will even live stream parts of it so that YOU can decide what Jeroen the Dutch Traveller will DO!

During the last few weeks thousands of people from 30 countries have been voting on activities for Jeroen. And the winners are…

Yummy in my tummy
Don’t worry be happy
Tango for two
Strike Oil
Gone Fishing…
Beaver & Breakfast
Get those clothes off!
Wet and Wild Action
Do you Dare?
Tick it off the bucket list

Check these and other activities out below, and follow Jeroen on his Västmanland adventures on August 19-23. Follow Västmanland – The Essence of Sweden on Facebook to find out more.

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UPPER BODY WORK OUT

Participate in a Black Smith Tryout and make your own hook at Kungsörstorp. Work out your upper arms while being creative. In the end you will have a pair of nice biceps AND a hook to brag about.

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You aint nothin’ but a HOUND DOG! Click to Vote

IF ELVIS WAS A SWEDE

Raggare is a Swedish subculture known for their love for hot rod cars and American 1950’s pop culture. Today it is associated mainly with middle aged men who enjoy meeting and showing off their retro American cars. One of the biggest gatherings is Power Big Meet held in Västerås in July each year. Take a ride with a ”raggare” and buy a ”tunnbrödsrulle” (don’t worry you’ll find out what it is...).

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HARD CORE!

Let Jeroen prove how tough he is and learn to survive in the Västmanland wilderness at Kolarbyn Eco-lodge. The local guide will teach him how to clean water, make fire and find food.

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PEDAL AWAY

Find a happy camper to challenge to a pedal car race at Herrfallet Camping and Holidaypark. Then pedal as fast as you can, but be careful so you don ́t end up in the lake nearby. If you want to say hello to the fish, use the Pedalo instead.

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CHEESY

You tasted it, but how is it made? Help Birgit make cheese at Wernergården and find out how they make their delicious cheese.

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GONE FISHING…

Around Färna there are many beautiful lakes that provide fantastic fishing opportunities. The best results can be acquired when we go out with a boat. Roach, Bream, Rudd, Tench, Perch, Pike and Pike-Perch can be found – if you know what you’re doing! Go fishing with Marnix from Färnas Hjärta B&B.

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ARTISTIC TALENT

At the National Museum in Stockholm visitors can see the Olov Aborelius painting “Sverigetavlan” showing a beautiful view of Lake Snyten in Ängelsberg. Paint your own version of “Sverigetavlan” at lake Snyten.

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ENJOY…

Buy a Kalles Kaviar and knäckebröd. Prepare and eat a ”Knäckebröd-macka”.

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MOOO

A Swedish cow doesn’t say MOOO but MUUU. Have a picnic in a field filled with cows and find out for yourself at Edens Garden B&B.

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GOOF AROUND

Sala is a lovely small town in Västmanland. The park with it’s dammed up waterways connected to the old Silver Mine is very pretty and in one corner of the park there is a playground that pre-schools from surrounding towns often use as day trip destination. Invite 5 random Swedes to a picnic in the park and a play in the big playground in Sala.

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DO YOU DARE?

Challenge yourself at the High Wire Adventure Course at Sala Silvermine – one of Sweden’s most exciting and beautifully situated adventure courses, with several stimulating features (say what!?) such as ropeways, hanging bridges and a zip line.

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DON’T FORGET YOUR RUBBER DUCK

Relax in the warm water of a wood-fired hot tub at Edens Garden B&B. Edens Garden is situated in beautiful nature and surrounded by farmland.

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SWEDISH WORDS OF WISDOM: “GLIDE IN ON A PRAWN SANDWICH”

There are some really strange sayings in Sweden – some of them even a Swede couldn’t explain. To glide in on a prawn sandwich means to get advantages without trying. On that theme: Participate in a ”Prawn Cruise” on Hjälmare Canal.

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AHOY!

In the forests of Västmanland, two hours west of Stockholm, wilderness meets rural life. Experience the wilderness from a canoe on a lake near Ulvsbomuren Wildlife Safari & Lodging. If you are lucky a moose or a deer might sneak down to the lake for some water.

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CUDDLES

Hellen at Ulvsbomuren went from an executive job in Stockholm to becoming a sheep farmer and B&B host in the middle of the Västmanland forest. She took a course in how to look after sheep and breed lambs and is now an expert. Meet this remarkable woman and hug a sheep at Ulvsbomuren Wildlife Safari & Lodging.

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NEARLY FAMOUS

Swedish TV-series Jordskott was filmed in and around Sala. Visit the exhibition at Sala Library and go to some of the sites featured in the popular series.

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“MORS LILLA OLLE”

Go berry picking, just like “Lilla Olle” from the Swedish children’s song at Rosenberg B&B. And remember to taste some of the berries while picking, eating straight out of nature’s pantry is all part of the fun.

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MAKE IT STICK

Make stick bread on a camp fire. Stick bread is in theory a handy way to make some bread while in the outdoors. In reality though, it is often a lot messier and it’s definitely harder than it looks.

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THE SKY IS THE LIMIT

Take a photo of the stunning view from Sky Bar at First Hotel Plaza in Västerås. This is not for those with fear of heights. But those who dare look out will be rewarded with a stunning view. And why not try the glass elevator that gives you chills down your spine.

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BACK TO BASICS

Spend a night in Sweden's most primitive hostel Kolarbyn Eco-lodge. At Kolarbyn neither electricity nor running water disturb your wilderness experience. Here you can happily fall asleep in front of the crackling fireplace and awake to beautiful bird song. And if you’re lucky you might end up talking to a squirrel.

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KITSCHY

Travelling around Sweden you are bound to come across a number of more or less ugly signs saying “LOPPIS”. A loppis is a yard sale or flea market . Go to a Västmanland “Loppis” and buy the kitschiest thing you can find.

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GIRLS GIRLS GIRLS

The girls at Västerås Tourist Information Centre are known for their exceptional service and cheerful attitude, and they obviously enjoy their work. Work for an hour behind the counter to find out what all the fuss is about.

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HAVE YOU SEEN MY LEMUR?

Take a “groupie” with some of the animals at Kungsbyn Animal Park. You have a lot of different animals to choose from, so why not try to get as many of them in the picture as you can. Just make sure they don ́t get in to a fight with each other.

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AAARGH!

Anundshög is Sweden’s largest burial mound, 9 m high and 64 m in diameter: the mound is probably from about 900 AD and it is said that King Bröt-Anund is buried here, although it has never been proven. Take a guided tour of the Viking remains at Anundshög and take a selfie looking scarier than a Viking.

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SIZZLING HOT

Last year Västmanland suffered the largest wildfire in Sweden for 40 years and over 1000 people were evacuated from their homes. Large areas of beautiful forests were destroyed, but a year later new life is already on its way. Follow a Fire Fighter to the remains of the big forest fire.

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MUSHROOMS!

Pick mushrooms in the forest with Hellen from Ulvsbomuren Wildlife Safari & Lodging. The forests around Ulvsbomuren are deep and full of interesting wildlife.

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MUSCLES REQUIRED

Strömsholms Canal is one of the longest canals in Sweden. Along the canal there are 26 locks. Open a lock by hand at Strömsholms Canal.

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STAR GAZER

The Swedish Right of Public Access (“Allemansrätten”) is unique and means we are free to roam in nature as long as we follow some simple and rather obvious rules (quit leaving rubbish!) Sleep in a hammock in the forest, watch the stars and enjoy Allemansrätten!

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BEAVER AND BREAKFAST

Get up crazy early and do an unforgettable Beaver & Breakfast tour at Edens Garden. As the world awakes to a brand new day you silently glide across the water to look for beavers. Finish the tour with a healthy breakfast cooked at the fireplace by the water.

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NOBEL PRIZE

The poet, psychologist and Nobel Prize winner Tomas Tranströmer lived in Västerås for 35 years. His poems have been translated into 50 languages and, for Västerås’ literary fans, Tomas Tranströmer is the city’s very own poet. Read a poem by Tomas Tranströmer at “Tranströmers Plats” in Västerås.

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ADRENALINE RUSH

Go tandem paragliding with De Wilde Outdoor. The flight takes place on a field, where you get pulled up 400-600 m in the sky (by a winch) and then released. You then get a smooth flight for about 5-15 minutes.

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EXHIBITION OF CARS AND TECHNICAL HISTORY

Technical history is alive in the town of Köping! Visit the exhibition of cars and technical history in Köping and see immortal classics like Cadillac, Bentley and Rolls Royce.

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THE VIKING WAY

Board a ship with some Vikings at Frösåkers Brygga and if you feel like it, dress accordingly, grow a large beard and drink mead.

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MEET ME BY THE POOL

Arrange a pool party at Skedvistrand (www.skedvistrand.se) and splash the day away. Inflatable palm trees, cocktail umbrellas, nice music, water guns or perhaps you have something quite different in mind like Polar Bears and ice cubes. Let your imagination be your guide.

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GOURMET GRILL

Have a Grill party Swedish style, learn the trade hands on! Swedes are crazy about eating outdoors. Learn to throw a Swedish Grill Party from the professionals at Färna Herrgård & Spa.

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RAISE ABOVE

Fly a helicopter with SHC Scandinavian Helicopter Centre and get a bird’s eyes view of Västmanland.

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UUURK?

Swedes eat a lot of strange foods. The Swedish version of Black Pudding is called Blod-pudding and is a common feature at the dinner table, often served with some lingonberry jam. Eat Swedish Blod-pudding in a Västmanland home (not for vegetarians or the faint hearted!).

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WILD SWEDEN BEAVER SPOTTING

Beavers have no natural enemies in the water, so if you are in a boat, they don’t recognize you as a threat and are easier to spot. Participate in a Beaver Safari in rubber boats with eco-friendly and quiet electrical engines with WildSweden.

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DOWN UNDER

Take a guided tour in Sala Silvermine and see this well preserved mine first hand. The guide will take you on a journey back to the 17th century during the stories of the hard life of the mine workers.

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STINK BOMB

Surströmming is Swedish for “soured herring” and is fermented Baltic Sea herring. According to a Japanese study, a newly opened can of surströmming has one of the most putrid food smells in the world. Infiltrate a Swedish Surströmming Party and (try to) enjoy!

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TAKE A WALK

Take a walk through beautiful Ängelsberg and make a stop at Villa Englaro to hear Lena Carsall tell you about the fascinating history of this quaint village.

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PASS THE SUGAR DEAR

Find an old lady in a hat (or dress up as one!) and go for a “kafferep” at Färna Herrgård & Spa. Drink their delicious tea (or coffee if that’s more to your liking) and don't forget to taste each of the seven different cookies.

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BALANCE OR GET WET

It may look easy – and it is - if you don’t mind getting wet... Go Stand Up Paddle Boarding with Lakeside Adventure.

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IN THE PATH OF HISTORY

Take a guided city tour in Arboga and learn all about the history of the town.

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MOON LIGHT MEMORIES

Summer nights in Sweden are hard to beat, and there is something special about a small forest lake in the moon light. Take a midnight swim in a forest lake.

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SOMETHING FISHY

Go Kayak Fishing with De Wilde Outdoor in Svartådalen (“Black River Valley”) The kayaks are equipped with three rod holders, of which one is rotatable. The kayak also has a waterproof container for phone/camera. It is also possible to attach bagage/luggage. The kayaks are ideal for fishing, taking a family trip or to get closer to the bird life.

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RELAX!

Sätra Brunn was founded in 1700 and is one of the oldest health spas in Sweden. Have a spa treatment at Sätra Brunn.

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GET THOSE CLOTHES OFF!

At Kolarbyn Eco-lodge there is a floating Sauna on the lake. Take a Sauna and a skinny dip in Lake Skärsjön at Kolarbyn Eco-lodge.

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NEED FOR SPEED

Sjöevent offers high speed RIB boat tours on Lake Mälaren. Take an unforgettable ride at over 50 knots in the archipelago.

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TAKE THE MIDDLE WAY

Take a tour of Swedish 20th Century history with “Folkhemsturen – Sweden the Middle Way”. Find out why Swede ́s are so Swedish on this fabulous tour that takes you to the country of “lagom”.

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TRY ANYTHING ONCE…

Back in the day the rich and famous used to travel to Sätra Brunn to drink crazy amounts of the mineral rich water from the spring discovered by Provincial Medicus Samuel Skragge in the year 1700. Go to Sätra Brunn and drink from the healthy and tasty spring.

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MEET THE MAN WHO SLEEPS WITH MOOSE

The Moose Man sleeps in the forest with the moose when a new calf is born, so they grow up thinking he´s one of them. Take a tour at Gårdsjö Älgpark and pat the moose. If you’re lucky you’ll get to pat Leffe the Moose Man as well.

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IT TAKES TWO

Find a friend and rent a tandem bike at Hem till Gården to take a tour of Västerås. And make sure your friend pedals away uphill or take the back seat and relax while the person in front gets extra training.

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DU GAMLA DU FRIA

Richard Dybeck, who wrote the Swedish National Anthem "Du gamla, du fria" was born in Odensvi (Köpings Municipality, Västmanland). Let a singer in Köping teach you the Swedish National Anthem.

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SAY HELLO TO THE PERCH

Spend the night under water at Hotel Utter Inn. Your night companions can range from perch to roach staring at you from outside the window.

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LET’S TAKE A SELFIE

Take a selfie with the receptionist at Elite Stadshotell in Västerås and while you’re there take the chance to admire the Jugend style.

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FREDAGSMYS

Fredagsmys is a relatively new addition to the Swedish language and traditions. Experience a real “Fredagsmys” with a Västmanland family. What to expect? Basically sitting on the sofa eating Tacos (Swedish style!) and watching TV or perhaps just using their smartphones posting happy family pictures or chatting to friends...

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BE A WEIRDO

Drink a Pucko (the name pretty much means weirdo) and hang with the locals at Sweden’s most common kind of restaurant – a pizza place.

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CHEAPER THAN DIAMONDS

There are about 300 000 moose in Sweden, and most of them live in the forests of central Sweden. A moose can poop over 20 times a day, and their winter poop looks like little balls and can be collected years after the hm...”event”. Collect some Moose spilling and make earrings!

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BRÖÖÖL!

Bröööl is what a Moose says when speaking Swedish.... A male Moose can be up to 210 cm high at the shoulder and weigh up to 850 kg. No wonder we call them “The King of the Forest”. Go on a Moose Safari with WildSweden to be sure to spot these magnificent animals.

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TAKE ME FOR A ZOOM RIDE

Visit Fallängetorp för Fä & Folk and go for a Zoom ride in the forest. Drive over stones and logs without any problems, feel the wind in your hair and say hello to the forest animals as you pass them by.

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SNIFF IT

Learn to track with a tracking dog at Fallängetorp för Fä och Folk. Let the dog steer the way and hope for the best.

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TANGO FOR TWO

At the square in Norberg you will find Elsa Andersson’s Café that was founded in 1916. Invite a friend and have a Swedish Fika. Try their famous ”Tango Cake” at Elsa Anderssons Café in Norberg.

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THE SCH-SOUND

People from other countries usually struggle with the Swedish sch-sound (that can be spelled “sk”, “sj” “sh” or “sch” just to make it even more confusing). Find a Swede that is willing to teach you to say "Det finns sjukt många sjysta och sköna aktiviteter i Västmanland - kom hit och prova själv!"

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LIVE A LITTLE

Get some attention by dressing up as a Jester and do some tricks in Arboga Medieval Town. Arboga is one of Sweden’s oldest towns and was early on a place of importance to the country. In 1435 the first Swedish parliamentary meeting took place here. In August of each year “Arboga Medeival Days” are held.

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I SCREAM, YOU SCREAM, WE ALL SCREAM FOR ICE CREAM

Make your own ice cream cone in the ice cream truck at Färnas Hjärta B&B. We especially recommend the Smurf flavour!

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LAST MAN STANDING

Challenge the staff at Kungsörstorp to a game of Paint Ball. Run, hide, aim and try to be the last man standing. This requires strategic thinking and a lot of protective gear. So watch your back or you might end up a loser.

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STAIRWAY TO HEAVEN

Climb the church tower at Västerås Cathedral and learn more about the cathedral that has been awarded three Michelin Stars, with the explanation “worth making a detour for”.

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WET AND WILD ACTION

Kokpunkten is an incredibly fun indoor water park filled with thrills and a fantastic view of the Västerås archipelago. Challenge some visitors at Kokpunkten to a water slide race.

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IT ́S OK TO BE BORING

Take a Swedish "tipspromenad" (yeah - it’s a pretty strange activity where you go around looking at questions placed on trees...) If you live in Sweden you will have to endure this rather boring activity at anything from birthday parties to the office Christmas party and the kid’s end of school gathering... Basically it’s what you swing together if you arrange a gathering and lack imagination.

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SIT UP STRAIGHT

... and no talking in class. Participate in an old fashioned school lesson at Vallby Open Air Museum and learn all about how a school day looked like in the 1910’s. But remember to behave or it will be the “skamvrån” for you.

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STRIKE OIL

One of the world ́s oldest oil refineries is situated on an island called “Oljeön” (The Oil Island) in Lake Åmänningen. The oil was transported a very long way to reach the refinery – and once the product were finished they were shipped back out around the world. Take a tour of Oljeön – possibly the world’s oldest and still intact oil factory.

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SINGING BOWLS

For century’s eastern monks understood and used metal bowls for creating sounds for meditation and curing processes. These bowls are hand made from seven different kinds of metal and are called Singing Bowls. Let Mandy give you a Sound Massage with Singing Bowls at Edens Garden B&B.

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ROLL UP THOSE SLEEVES

Shear a sheep at Fallängetorp för fä & folk. Fallängetorp is an ecological farm and a hostel in the Västmanland countryside. Today, sheep are sheared with machines but to try the old fashioned cutters is a memorable experience.

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STAY STYGIAN

Spend an hour at rehearsal with Swedish Melodic Death Metal Band Stygian Ascent.

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YUMMY IN MY TUMMY

Try at least 10 locally produced things at Saluhallen Slakteriet Market Hall. In 1934 almost 4000 Västmanland farmers opened a cooperative Butchery and it became one of Northern Europe’s biggest. Before it was closed in 1990, the first Swedish McDonalds hamburgers were made here. Today the beautifully renovated building is full of local businesses selling high quality, locally produced and mostly organic products.

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BOOGIE WOOGIE

Dance with someone in the big hall at Strömsholm’s Royal Castle. Ask someone for a dance in the most gallant way and strike some moves on the dance floor.

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WITCH CRAFT

Make an ointment with the witch at Fågeltorpet. Spend a day making ointments, lip balm, and shampoo from natural ingredients such as flowers, leaves, olive oil and beeswax etc. Bring home your products, recipes and an understanding for Nature’s healing power.

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FIND YOUR INNER CHILD

We actually had a tourist ask us “but what do you DO in the forest” once. Well, here is one good option: Make a farm with cows and pigs from pine cones and sticks in the forest at Kolarbyn Eco-lodge.

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DON’T WORRY, BE HAPPY

Get your smile on and visit Happy Face Place in Västerås for a Kubb challenge. (Kubb is a Swedish lawn game where the object is to knock over wooden blocks, by throwing wooden batons at them). Challenge other visitors to a game of Kubb and finish with a “dessert waffle eating-bonanza”.

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SWEDEN’S TRADEMARK BUN

Swedes are very proud of their cinnamon buns and it is a must try for anyone with a sweet tooth. There is no better place to taste them than at Skepphandlarens Stenugnsbageri in Köping, where only the highest quality ingredients are used. Bake cinnamon buns and have a Swedish fika at Skepphandlarens Stenugnsbageri.

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FUN, FUN, FUN AND CLIMATE SMART

Try the Cable Park in Västerås Harbour. A cable park is like a skate or snowboard park except it’s for water sports, and instead of being towed behind a boat, you are pulled by an electrically-driven cable; a similar mechanism to a ski lift. You can water-ski, kneeboard, wakeboard, wake skate and kiteboard and with obstacles like jumps and rails the park is perfect for beginners and experts alike. Its fun and climate smart!

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BEWARE OF MOSQUITOS

Pitch a tent in the forest and spend the night in solitude. First mission, pitch the tent without running away from the mosquitos. Second mission, pitch the tent again, because it was standing on rocky ground and the rocks hurt your back laying in the tent. Third mission, open a tin of Ravioli and learn that you forgot your matches to the portable stove. Fourth mission, take a few hours making fire without matches and heat up the food. Fifth mission, sit, relax and watch the mosquitos having their dinner.

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WHAT DO YOU LOOK LIKE?

Karlsgatan 2 is a meeting point for art and cultural heritage. The building is home to Västerås Art Museum and Västmanland’s County Museum in addition to a gift shop and a café that serves delicious lunches and homemade cakes and pastries. Paint a self-portrait at Västerås Art Museum Karlsgatan 2.

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HOT HOT HOT!

Swedes grow up with outings in the forest in all seasons. A must on such an outing is making a fire and grilling hot dogs for lunch. Make fire without matches and grill hot dogs at Kolarbyn Eco-lodge.

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TREASURE HUNTING

Lakeside Adventure offers a number of action filled outdoor activities. Go Geocaching and cave crawling to get a taste of what’s on offer.

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TICK IT OFF THE BUCKET LIST

Stay the night all alone 155 m underground at the Mine Suite in Sala Silvermine. Lay in your bed and hear the echoes from the past, the dripping of water, the sighs of mine workers long gone and the soulful whispers from “the lady of the mine”.

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TWEETS FOREST STYLE

Go bird watching in Svartådalen (“Black River Valley”) with Birdsafari Sweden. Before there were TWEETS, there was (rocking) Robin. Try to spot a Robin or one of the many other different birds in this region.

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HISTORY IN THE MAKING

Engelsberg Ironworks is one of the most important industrial monuments in the world. Iron was shipped from here to Stockholm and the world beyond by Strömsholms Canal. Discover the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Engelsbergs Ironworks by taking a guided tour.

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