We are lucky enough to live in southern Sweden. Blekinge, our part of Sweden, has an archipelago made up of 1650 islands, skerries, and islets. This summer we have taken you on our adventures around the Blekinge archipelago, and now we return to its capital, Karlskrona. This post will complete the series I have done about the Blekinge archipelago by giving information on what to see and do, where to eat, and where stay in Karlskrona.
Karlskrona Background Information:
Karlskrona is the capital of our county that we live in here in Sweden, which is called Blekinge. It is home to both Sweden’s only naval base, and the HQ of the Swedish Coast Guard. It is built on many islands which are also part of the Blekinge archipelago. The city was built in 1680 when the navy was relocated here from Stockholm, to have a better strategic location against Denmark, and less likely to be immobilised by ice this far south. The city has kept its structure from its original design, and the streets are in a grid pattern. This allows for the wind from the sea to blow right up into the centre of the city…..it is a very windy place most days!!! But it is a beautiful place to visit and there is a lot to see and do here all year round.
How To Get To Karlskrona:
The city of Karlskrona can easily be reached via car, bus, train, ship, or even archipelago ferries from other parts of the archipelago. It has very good transport links.
What To See And Do In Karlskrona:
- Blekinge Museum: Here there are exhibitions about the county of Blekinge and its cultural heritage. It also has activities for the children, an interesting playground area, and a cafe. Entry is free, but check opening times before visiting.
- Wämöparken: This a beautiful open outdoor area which is home to a small animal zoo (think farm animals), playground, old cultural replica buildings, a dog agility course, cafe, barbecue areas, large outdoor games (think oversized chess boards and pieces), and many trails to walk of varying distances through the woods. Entry is free, but check opening times before you visit.
- Lyckå Castle Ruins: The castle was built from 1545 – 1560 and is situated on the outskirts of Karlskrona. What remains are the outer ground floor walls and the foundations of the 2 corner towers. This is a lovely place to let children explore and use their imaginations as to what the castle used to be like in its heyday.
- Karlskrona Marinmuseum: This is a museum about the naval history of Sweden. However, the biggest draw might be the submarine exhibit, which you can explore inside and out at your leisure. They have lots of activities they put on for children, as well as an indoor play area. Opening times vary throughout the year (so check first, but it has lots of good opening hours), and admission is free.
- Saltö: To reach this small island part of Karlskrona, drive through the main island of Trossö and out the other side, where you will find a lovely beach. It is great for families, with a kiosk and a walking trail as well.
- Brändaholm: This lovely little corner of the island of Dragsö is accessible by the archipelago boats in the summer or you can park nearby if wanting to take a stroll around it, and it is full of lovely little red wooden homes. It is a beautiful area with the feel of the 1920’s.
- Take a stroll around Björkholmen. This is where the first dock workers built their homes. Explore and discover the old cottages and enjoy some calm in this old part of town with its narrow streets and colourful wooden buildings.
Karlskrona has lots of other islands to explore too, each outstanding areas of natural beauty with lots of trails to walk along and admire the Swedish scenery. I have just listed a few of the main things to get you started on a visit here 🙂
Where To Eat In Karlskrona:
There are many places to take a good Swedish fika, both cafes and restaurants, to suit every style and taste (but expect to pay Swedish prices ). I do want to share my three favourite ones with you though:
- Pinchos: This is such a fun place to eat. It offers tapas style food (think mini portions of burgers, fish and chips, risottos, garlic breads etc) that you order from a fun style app. Brilliant for people like us who may not understand the menu 🙂 The drinks are fun too, there are alcoholic and non-alcoholic cocktails that involve being decorated with sweets!! Right up my street. You even get popcorn to nibble at while you are choosing and waiting for your meal. Booking is needed (but you can do that online too).
- Sumo Sushi: Now this place got me eating sushi for the very first time in my life and now I’m addicted!! It is a very small lovely little light restaurant in the centre of Karlskrona, so you may have to wait for seating, but I really enjoy eating out here.
- Sjörök Spis Och Bar: This a lovely family restaurant with a gorgeous view (especially in summer) of the marina and some stunning yachts that come in and out. Sit on the decking and enjoy your meal while listening to the tinkling of sail boat masts, and really feel yourself relax.
Where To Stay In Karlskrona:
Around Blekinge there is lots of choice from stugby (little huts), youth hostels, B&B’s, various camping options, and hotels. Here are a few options for Karlskrona itself;
- Camping: Dragsö Camping and Skönstavik Camping both offer an array of camping options (including a few huts), with a whole heap of facilities and activities available. Both are positioned beside the sea, so have lovely locations.
- Hotels: There are number of hotels in central Karlskrona for differing prices. They are the Hotel Aston, Clarion Hotel, Scandic Hotel, First Hotel JA, Hotel Conrad, and First Hotel Statt.
- RV Parking: On the main quayside in Karlskrona, you can also just pull up in your RV and plug into special spaces made available. The parking isn’t so scenic as it is a car park. But get at the front, and you’ll have a stunning view of the marina, sea, and other islets out there. You are also ideally placed to explore Karlskrona on foot or bike then as well. Contact the harbour office for more details.