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A Guide to Småland in Sweden

I was asked on Instagram to make a Småland guide.

We travel to Småland each year and if possible twice a year, in spring and winter. Eventually we’ll move to Småland and retire there. Hopefully in 2016 we’ll buy our first home.

The best (tourist) time to travel to Småland is between June and September as all the attractions are open. But I recommend to travel to Småland in mid May or early October as all the tourists will be gone and you have everything to yourself. I can also highly recommend the month December as “Jul i Småland” is so enchanting. Do bare in mind that in off tourist season you are really all alone.

Where to stay

We always stay in Andersborg, one of Junette en Inge’s homes, in the small hamlet of Karlstorp. It’s 15 km to Mariannelund and 30 km to Vimmbery. It’s set in beautiful grounds and feels like home to us.

Astrid Lindgren related places to go

1. Astrid Lindgrens Värld in Vimmerby

Just at the end of the road where Astrid lived as a child and young adult lays a really adorable theme park all about the wonderful stories Astrid wrote. I can highly recommend this theme park for young and old as it’s super cute and it takes you back to all the stories you fantasized about when you were little.

2. Astrid Lindgrens Näs in Vimmerby

This is a must do for all Astrid Lindgren fans. On the grounds where Astrid grew up you can find a beautiful museum, a rectory (which is decorated especially for Christmas in Noisy Town style – oh my), Astrid’s Childhood home, the home Astrid later build for herself and all is surrounded by beautiful gardens.

3. Bullerbyn – Noisy Village

The small plot that was used to film the series. This is utterly cute and my favourite Astrid place.

4. Katthult – the home of Emil

Remember Emil and his sister Ida? Although Emil and his family lived in Lönneberga, the series were recorded in Katthult and you can still wander around the set. It’s open all year long, there’s no gate or admission to pay, so hop over any time you fancy.

Other places to visit

1. Virum Moosepark

This is a wonderful park run by a couple who really love there moose. You can actually cuddle, feed and even kiss the moose. It’s wonderful!!

2. The Kvill Oak

3. The many beautiful lakes (for swimming)

If you spot this sign in Sweden, take the exit. It will take you to beautiful lakes where you are allowed to swim in. There will be parking, most of the time a small playground and always a long jetty with steps. These lakes are breathtaking, in summer and literately in winter as they are freezing cold.

Cities

I’m not such a big fan of Swedish cities in general. There’s something dreary about them that I can’t explain. But nice cities in Småland are Jönköping and Västervik.

There’s more to see, do and explore in Småland, but this guide is to my favourite part in Småland.

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20 Comments

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    eva maria
    24/02/2015 at 12:01

    Thanks so much for this! We will definitely go there one day. It looks wonderful.

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    Katrin
    24/02/2015 at 12:07

    Thank you Yvonne, that´s great! We´ll be in Smaland in September this year and I am looking forward to explore all of the places you suggested. Can´t wait!

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    Willy
    24/02/2015 at 13:40

    Oeps, ik zit meteen op het puntje van mijn stoel te genieten van je post over Småland. In mei logeren wij in Andersborg. In 2013 logeerden wij er in september. Het was toen heerlijk weer en wij hebben veel op de veranda kunnen zitten nadat we weer thuis waren van de leuke uitstapjes in de omgeving. http://hejtjorven.blogspot.nl/2014/03/even-binnenkijken-bij-vakantiehuis.html
    Groetjes,

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      Yvonne Eijkenduijn
      24/02/2015 at 13:45

      Oooooooh wat een super leuke blog heb jij. Ik ga daar uren spenderen. En zo leuk dat ook jij de huisjes van Junnette en Inge hebt ontdekt. Bedankt voor de super link.

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    Nele
    24/02/2015 at 15:54

    Oh, ik krijg al zin om op reis te gaan! (if only i had the money after buying an apartment! ;-))
    Ik moet denk ik 12 of 13 geweest zijn toen we ook naar Astrid Lindgren’s Värld geweest zijn en ik vind het zo tof om te zien dat dat nog steeds bestaat! Een beetje vage ondertussen, maar toch vooral mooie herinneringen vol enthousiasme heb ik daaraan!

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    Stel
    24/02/2015 at 16:16

    This is one place I would love to go to one day! We had lovely Afrikaans translations of Pippi and Emil and I always wanted to see where emil sat in the wood shed and carved his little men. I did hide the books for a while as my eldest re-enacts many things he sees or hears…and I didn’t have the energy for a blue-painted baby face…

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    Suzan T'Hooft
    24/02/2015 at 18:01

    I love this post! Doet me helemaal zin krijgen om snel ook eens naar Zweden te gaan!
    xxx

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    Carla
    24/02/2015 at 21:42

    Ik ben nog nooit in Zweden geweest maar het staat wel al een tijdje op mijn to-do-list. En nu ben ik helemaal om! Mooi gedaan

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    Maria
    25/02/2015 at 07:17

    Wow! So in love with this place I must visit! I know you are working on your magazine but I would LOVE to see more posts like these to find out of the lovely places to visit in Europe! 🙂 So in love with your blog it’s unbelievable 🙂 Can I ask are you a self taught photographer or did you study photography and if so, where? Also what apps (for instagram photos) and programs (for blog and magazine photos) do you use? They are so natural and aren’t overly touched up which is so nice.

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      Yvonne Eijkenduijn
      25/02/2015 at 08:04

      Thank you Maria!!! I’ll dedicate a post to all the questions you’ve asked.

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        Maria
        25/02/2015 at 18:16

        Thank you so much. I look forward to reading it! 🙂

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    bart de roeck
    25/02/2015 at 10:59

    Ziet er echt heeeeel mooi uit. Thx for sharing!! X

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    Marianne
    25/02/2015 at 18:16

    Ik ben, tussen mijn 20 en 30e, een keer of 7 in Noord Zweden geweest. Ik had er een penvriendin. Ik zou er graag nog eens naartoe willen. Ook naar andere delen van Zweden.
    Ik was als tiener (en nog steeds) fan van Abba en vandaar mijn liefde voor alles Zweeds.
    Trouwens Agnetha is geboren in Jönköping en Björn in Västervik. ‘t is maar dat je weet 😉

    Hej då,
    Marianne

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    Amielle
    25/02/2015 at 22:24

    This is such a lovely post and takes me back to my trip to Sweden! I stayed with a relative in Lund and was blown away with how gorgeous the country is!! 🙂

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    Claire Robinson
    27/02/2015 at 12:25

    Looks dreamy…

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    dooris
    03/03/2015 at 19:18

    Another nice city in Småland is Eksjö, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eksj%C3%B6

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    Anna
    08/03/2015 at 18:39

    http://www.asensby.com/
    Another great place to visit. Between Jönköping and Aneby.

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    Ilse Witjes (buutvrij)
    20/03/2015 at 16:23

    Holy Moly wat een geweldige huisjes ik snap dat je daar wilt wonen, laten wij nou een weekje vrij zijn in de mei vakantie en laat jij dat nou de beste reis periode vinden , ik toets het gelijk in op de anwb route site …hmmm toch wel 1000 km rijden vanuit Arnhem met ‘n campertje dat meestal de 100km p/uur net niet haalt…oh nou heb je me lekker gemaakt op naar de zomer vakantie dan maar want met reizen incl. is een weekje wat te kort…IK WIL OOK EEN ROOD HUIS.nl

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    Pauline
    25/03/2015 at 21:36

    Wat een herkenning. Jouw enthousiasme en passie voor dit mooie stukje van Zweden begrijp ik helemaal. Wij waren ook meteen verkocht ! En ja, ook wij proberen zeker ieder jaar wel iets daar te plannen.
    Als je tijd hebt kijk maar eens naar wat foto’s. Je herkent de plekjes wel. Groetjes, Pauline
    http://www.kostbaremomenten.nl/blog/archieven/tag/sweden

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    Diana
    27/03/2015 at 16:05

    I want to go!

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