Iceland - day 10

Day 10 started with Akureyri - the Capital of North Iceland. Lovely city in a very picturesque location.

More photos from the road number 1.

Glaumbaer (Glaumbær) - an open-air museum of traditional Icelandic turf houses. Such architecture provided insulation in harsh weather conditions and was also a solution to insufficient amount of wood available. I think that from all sites of this type, this was one the best. The biggest and also very well preserved. If you want to see the buildings from inside there is a need to buy a ticket.

Few more shots from the road. :)

Iceland - day 8

8th day meant driving into east coast of Iceland. Not many waterfalls there but a lot of amazing landscapes to photograph. I honestly had a hard time choosing photos to show and there are more that I wanted to show in the first place, but what the hell. ;)

After the night at Haukafell camping we rode to Höfn.

Next stop was little town called Djupivogur. We saw the most amazing landscapes driving there.

After quick lunch in Djupivogur we went further north along east coast, driving road number 1. We settled for the night at Egilsstadir camping before exploring north the next day.

Sweden - part 2 - Marstrand and its vicinity

Second part from my trip to Sweden. Fourth day started with a trip to Lacko Castle, nice building but not very much to see when it comes to interior. Although placed in a lovely location.

In the afternoon we went to see little town called Marstrand with 17th century fortress. It's definitely worth visiting. We haven't been inside the fortress due to lack of time, but from it's vicinity there's a stunning view.

On our way back from Marstrand we stopped on a parking where we saw a lot of old cars. "Raggare" is what you want to google if you want to read about Swedes love to vintage American cars.

Sweden - part 1 - Malmo, Goteborg

This is long overdue, but finally I finished with photos from my last vacation in Sweden. Our trip began in Rostock, Germany after a day-long ride by car, with overnight ferry to Malmo, Sweden.

Early in the morning, after arrival in Sweden we started sightseeing by walking around Malmo. Our first stop was the famous Turning Torso building and it's vicinity.

Because we started sightseeing so early in the morning, there was still time to find a place for the night and visit huge ZOO called Skanes Djurpark. I finally had a chance to see moose, as on my trip to Norway I didn't have the chance, they hid themselves very well. :) Shots didn't go well so only 4 from the park.

Our first night was at Ullstorps stuguthyrning camping with 600SEK for a night. This place is extremely quiet and peaceful. It's also very close to Skanes Djurpark ZOO and we even got discount for the ZOO just for staying there.

On our second day we travelled to Alingsås and stayed in Lygnareds Camping (350SEK/night), this time not a cabin but a room. We had a lazy evening, swim in the nearby lake (water was extremely clean and extremely cold!), play cards, just the usual stuff. We rested well before our trip to Göteborg the next day. The city welcomed us with heat and clean sky and a small welcome committee. We started with city's port. I wouldn't be myself if I didn't photograph birds and ships...

After this we went Maritiman museum. Visiting the ships inside the museum took as a few hours but it was definitely worth it. I took a lot of photos and selecting only few was a struggle!

The most interesting to see was Swedish submarine Nordkaparen from 1962.

Later we went to see more city centre, district called Haga was particularly eye-catching.

When you drive into Göteborg with your own car you will be directed to free parking spaces with electronic boards, very neat. We eventually stayed in Rosenlund 2 parking with 15SEK/1hour or 80SEK/12hours fee.

The Tall Ships Races

As a part of summer vacation in 2013, I have visited Szczecin during The Tall Ship's Races final. There was a big feast to celebrate the event.

The Tall Ships’ Races are races for sail training “tall ships” (sailing ships). The races are designed to encourage international friendship and training for young people in the art of sailing. The races are held annually in European waters and consists of two racing legs of several hundred nautical miles, and a “cruise in company” between the legs. Over one half (fifty-percent) of the crew of each ship participating in the races must consist of young people.

Between 1973 and 2003 the races were known as The Cutty Sark Tall Ships’ Races, having been sponsored by Cutty Sark whisky. From 2004 to 2010 the races were supported by The City, Province, and Port of Antwerp. The current sponsor of the Tall Ships’ Races 2010–2014 is the city of Szczecin.

Some of the ships were available for touring. Here are some shots from Russian ship Shtandart (built in 1999).

Szczecin is the capital city of the West Pomeranian Voivodeship in Poland. In the vicinity of the Baltic Sea, it is the country’s seventh-largest city and a major seaport. As of June 2011 the population was 407,811. Szczecin's shipyard arena below.