Goodbye Sweden – Hello Norway

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Abisko is very close to the Norwegian boarder so when I left I headed west and very soon I were in Norway. There are two ways of going from Sweden to Norway here. One possibility is by car and the other by train. The first time I came here was about 20 years ago and then I went by train http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Iron_Ore_Line. I still remember that I wanted to write in my diary during the train ride, but had to stop because it was so beautiful outside that I just had to look out. Some 10 years later I was here again and full of joy I drove my car from Sweden to Norway and was so disappointed because by car you miss this incredible beauty. So now, another 10 years later, I go by train.
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I left Abisko together with a Chinese student. We talked a bit during the tour. When we crossed the Swedish-Norwegian boarder and we saw the first glimpse of the Rombaksfjord he just turned to me and said; – You must be very proud living in this country. I don’t know if he ment Sweden or Norway, but it doesn’t matter, I live in both countries. And Yes, I am very proud of my part of the world!
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rombaken

Narvik has a very interesting history, but unfortunately I had just some minutes to catch the bus to Harstad and arrived there in the evening.http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Narvik
Tomorrow I will embark the Hurtigrute and sail through the Vesteraalen Islands to Lofoten.

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On the road…

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I am the General Manager of Haman Group and my name is Anette Karlsson. Born on the countryside in southern Sweden, studied in Cologne in Germany and today living a life divided between my two homes in Sweden and Norway I feel European and Scandinavian at the same time.

For me it is extremely important to be updated and to search for new possibilities for our guests. I want to know what we offer in order to be sure that our guests get the best experience in Scandinavia.
Tourism, destinations and products have totally changed in Scandinavia during the last 10 years. Tourism in Scandinavia used to be about scenic group tours, individual car tours and city breaks to one of the capitals of Scandinavia, but today’s guest is looking for excitement, exclusivity and unusual destinations.
I started this blog because I want to share the Scandinavian spirit with you and I want to write directly “from my heart”. I apologize for all misspellings, grammar errors I do in the English language.
English is my third language but I am constantly working on getting better. Never the less I write this blog in English so the most people can understand me.

The tour can start!

Follow me!

Scandinavia during winter time – YES!!!
Follow me on my trip in northern Scandinavia in January. During two weeks, I will stay north of the Arctic Circle and explore possibilities in Sweden and Norway on my own.
Starting with a flight to Luleå and probably visiting the TREE HOTEL, the ICE HOTEL, ABISKO, HARSTAD, HURTIGRUTE AND LOFOTEN.

I will test the best and most special accommodations, travel with public transportation, hitchhike, eat the best meals and meet locals. JOIN ME!

Anette Karlsson
General Manager
HamanGroup

HamanGroup AS consists of Haman Scandinavia AS, Terra Nova Scandinavia AS, Authentic Scandinavia AS and Scandinavian Incentives AB with offices in Oslo and Stockholm.