- Not get stuckt in the...
- Not get stuckt in the city!
Go to the tourist office and ask them to help you find the following places: (Then pack your bag with coffe, té, sandwiches, vine etc etc and enjoy Halmstad on off beaten path).
1- 'Prins Bertils led' A easy track by the sea.
2- 'Grötvik' A litle harbour by the sea.
3- 'Sandhamn' a little harbour by the sea, if you have to choose between 'Grötvik' and 'sandhamn' choose 'Sandhamn'.
4- 'Tylösand' the no 1 Beach.
5- 'Frösakull' a part of the beach wich is not so crowded.
6- 'Steninge'. A nice little village outside Halmstad by the sea. Stop and take a coffe at 'Götstas Cafe' and look out over the sea. The sea and the beaches...
The River Nissan is one of the most famous salmon rivers of south Sweden and has been ever since the 17th century, even if it had a crisis between the 1920s-1970s before it recovered again, Fishing is allowed almost everywhere along the river as long as you have a valid fishing license for the part of the river that you want to fish in (they are divided into 9 sectors) and follow the time restrictions. Fishing generally starts 1 March but in some sectors it is mid May to September only. There are also loads of lakes with other fish. You can buy a license at the tourist office or in selected sports shops.
Built in naval Karlskrona (where you can see her sister ship Jarramas) in 1897 the Najaden was built as a training ship and later used for sea cadet boys who could go on sailings to England and Germany some summers. In WWII she was moved to the Scanian coast and used to block the harbour at Torekov, which damaged the ship incredibly but a grocer Aronsson had her repaired back in Karlskrona and donated her to Halmstad which has since been her home. Najaden and the Cutty Sark in London are the only two full-rigged ships left to have steel and wood combined in the hull construction. You can get a guided tour on board the Najaden in summer by the "Friends of Najaden" but the hours are a bit erratic so check with the tourist office first if you are set on seeing it. Otherwise, just wander down to the river for a gamble. She's still nice to see from the quay too. Friends of Najaden have in fact done a great job in restoring her yet again as she was getting old and was threatened in the 1980s. Below is a link to an old Swedish TV film about life on board.
We had lunch in Halmstad on Sunday, 29 June 2008. We were passing through Sweden as we travelled from our camp site near Fredrikstad in Norway to our final destination of that day, Odense in Denmark.
We found some time to walk along the local waterfront and we took pictures of a fountain, a church and the local fortress (see our tips).