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
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.
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.
The small plot that was used to film the series. This is utterly cute and my favourite Astrid place.
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
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!!
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.
There’s more to see, do and explore in Småland, but this guide is to my favourite part in Småland.