Famous for its folk singing festival every July, Vastervik is perhaps Sweden’s best kept secret. This little town, with its untouched archipelago, leafy green meadows and picture perfect streets is the best of Sweden wrapped up in warm welcomes and rich experiences. View more
Local produce here is king of all restaurants and dishes, so whether you chose to dine in one of the top restaurants in the country (try Saltmagasinet Resturang & Bageri, only open in summer) or just chow down on fiska (coffee and cake; a national pastime in Sweden) in a local waterside café, expect delicious food that melts in the mouth.
The Swedes spend much of their time outside – their motto being that there is never any bad weather, only bad clothing, so this is a place to embrace the great outdoors. Starting with the beautiful Vastervik archipelago, take a boat trip, grab a blanket (it can get chilly, even in summer), settle down on the top deck and get ready to see some of the Mother Nature’s finest work. The more adventurous among you might enjoy a kayak tour and a chance to paddle around Hasselö Island, which boasts the grand total of 36 year-round residents! For those preferring to stay on terra firma, experience a slice of Västervik’s medieval life on-foot in the picturesque city and Old Quarter. Not to be missed are the Bronze Museum (with archery, a stone maze and treasure hunts for the young and young at heart), the Candlestick maker, the narrow gauge railway with its working vintage steam engines and 44-mile track.
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Explore the Bronze Age with an archaeologist from the Västervik Museum during this panoramic, half-day excursion to Tjustbygden.
Västervik, Tjustbygden, Bronze Age District, Ancient Monuments
Depart the pier with an archaeologist from the Västervik Museum for the scenic, approximately 30-minute drive towards the splendid landscape around Tjustbygden. One of the most remarkable areas of Sweden, Tjustbygden features thousands of ancient monuments dating from the Bronze Age.
Cairns, Rock Formations, Rock-Carvings of Ships, Humans, Feet and More
Although it consists of mostly cairns and rock formations, the area is also home to one of the major rock-carving areas in northern Europe. Grave monuments are mostly found up on heights and ridges, and viewed from a distance. They are fascinating to see, and feature rock carvings showing ships, humans, feet and more from thousands of years ago. Your archaeologist/guide interprets the meanings of the carvings you see, and imparts his knowledge about the Bronze Age. At the conclusion of your visit, re-board your coach and commence the short drive back to the pier.
Please note: This tour involves a moderate amount of walking for approximately 0.74 miles (about 1.2 kilometres), at times over uneven, sandy, gravel, and cobblestone surfaces and hills, with a few steps to negotiate to get on/off the coach. This tour is not suitable for guests prone to seasickness, guests with limited mobility and guests who utilise a wheelchair. Guests are advised to wear warm, comfortable clothing in layers with flat, closed-toe walking shoes, and bring sun protection and a weatherproof jacket from the ship. The tour sequence may vary. Space on this tour is very limited; we suggest you book in advance to avoid disappointment.
Embrace the scenic beauty of the Västervik Archipelago from a unique perspective during this half-day, boating and sightseeing excursion to Hasselö Island.
Västervik Archipelago, Hasselö Island
Depart the pier with your fisherman/guide aboard a local boat for the ride to Hasselö, one of the largest and most vibrant islands in this archipelago. Hasselö was populated in the 1400s, and people have lived here since. Approximately 36 people currently live here year-round, but the population swells to about 500 people during the summer months. The local population once worked primarily in the fishing and agricultural industries; today, tourism, carpentry and service are important sources of income on the islands.
Off-Road Island Tour, Leafy, Deciduous and Pine Forests, Meadows, Rocks
Upon arrival on Hasselö Island, half-of your group proceeds for an archipelago meal at a local restaurant, with some free time to explore the town and browse the local shops. At the same time, the other half of your group departs for a guided, off-road sightseeing tour around Hasselö and Sladö utilising tractors and quad-bikes with wagons. The nature is varied, from leafy, deciduous and pine forests to meadows and bare rocks against the open horizon.
Local Restaurant,coffee break
Following your off-road island tour, proceed for a coffee break at a local restaurant, along with some additional free time to explore the nature of the island at your leisure, whilst the other half of your group takes the off-road island tour. At the conclusion of your visit, embark the boat and commence the approximately one-hour ride back to Västervik. Upon arrival at the pier, disembark the boat and return to the ship on-foot.
Please note: This tour involves a moderate amount of off-road driving over bumpy and uneven natural surfaces and inclines, and walking for approximately 0.6 miles (about one kilometre), at times over uneven, sandy, gravel, and cobblestone surfaces and hills, with a few steps to negotiate to board/de-board the off-road vehicles and embark/disembark the boat. This tour is not suitable for pregnant guests, guests with neck and/or back problems, guests with heart and/or respiratory conditions, guests prone to motion sickness, guests with limited mobility, and guests who utilise a wheelchair. Guests are advised to wear warm, comfortable clothing in layers with flat, closed-toe, and non-slip walking shoes, and bring sun protection and a weatherproof jacket from the ship. The tour sequence may vary. Operation of this tour is subject to weather conditions.
Experience a slice of medieval life in Västervik on-foot during this picturesque, half-day sightseeing excursion through the city and Old Quarter.
Västervik City Tour, Old Quarter, Wooden Houses, Medieval Castle Ruins, Church of St. Gertrude
Depart the pier for the short drive to the city centre. Upon arrival, begin a guided walking tour. Along the way, learn about the city's history, and its people, boatmen, houses and places. During a stroll through the Old Quarter of the city, pass by wooden houses, medieval castle ruins and the 15th-century Church of St. Gertrude.
Västervik Museum, Mars Makalös Maritime Exhibition
Next, proceed for a guided tour of the Västervik Museum and see the history of Mars Makalös, the 'Marina of the 16th Century'. Learn about Sweden in the 1500s, its flourishing Baltic Sea trade and the Nordic Seven-Year War. Hear the story of Mars, unique of its kind, and other ships dating from the 16th century. Following your tour, you may opt to re-board the coach and return directly to the pier, or remain in town for further exploration and return to the ship on your own.
Please note: This tour involves a moderate amount of walking for approximately 0.93 miles (about 1.5 kilometres), at times over uneven, sandy, gravel, and cobblestone surfaces and hills, with a few steps to negotiate to get on/off the coach. This tour is not suitable for guests with limited mobility and guests who utilise a wheelchair. Guests are advised to wear warm, comfortable clothing in layers with flat, closed-toe walking shoes, and bring sun protection and a weatherproof jacket from the ship. The tour sequence may vary.