No one knows exactly when people first settled the place now known as Stockholm, but the city was first mentioned in writing in in documents signed by the regent Birger Jarl and his son, King Valdemar. The Viking legacy remains in the thousands of runestones scattered throughout Scandinavia, as well as in archaeological sites and museums where you can learn about how they lived, fought, and sailed the seas even beyond the boundaries of the known world. People have been carving wooden horses as toys and decorative items for hundreds of years, but it was in the early s that the Dala horse began to take its classic shape, with bright colors and painted flowers. Walking through Gamla Stan is like walking through Swedish history. Among the most intriguing are the stones covered in Viking runes that give a glimpse of the culture and society of the era.
Stefan and Helena von Bothmer have lived in the Koster Islands, the westernmost inhabited islands in Sweden, for more than two decades.
But lest you think this is some sort of kinky fetish story, allow me to explain. Much of the Koster archipelago is part of Kosterhavet National Park, which was established in Stefan and Helena von Bothmer have lived in the Koster Islands, the westernmost inhabited islands in Sweden, for more than two decades. Walking through Gamla Stan is like walking through Swedish history. As you might imagine, this switch was anything but easy. The prizes established by Swedish inventor and businessman Alfred Nobel in his will are generally considered the most prestigious awards in the world.