Sundby Travel Guide

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Sundby Things to Do

  • The carving of Sigurd.

    This is a very old carving and has so much history behind it. This was during the viking time and it is their grafitti, but known and famous compare to young kids spraying paint on walls in the city. This has a meaning and a very old history behind the painted carving.

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  • Swim.

    Sundbyholm is a very popular summer destination and especially it´s beaches. i would not say the poeple go there to visit a beautiful beach, but more for the nature and the surroundings. It is a very beautiful place, and I guess not many people outside Eskilstuna knows about this perfect summer Place.

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  • Sigurdsristning (The Sigurd Carving)

    The Sigurdsristning is a special place with a lot of history. You can see it on the side of a quiet road, somewhere in between the trees. A little sign tells you where it is, and when you climb up the rock you see this…. A huge rock with carved pictures surrounded by runic inscriptions. But what you feel is history, and lots of it. I find it an...

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  • Do you want to know more about Vikings?

    I am rather fascinated by the Vikings and the traces that they left here in Sweden. Maybe it is because I live so close to a Viking site that I am so intrigued by it. Here are some links to my and Åkes pages where we have written a bit more about the Vikings:- Sigurdsristning at Sundbyholm- Anundshög at Västerås- The most famous of all runestones...

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  • My name written in Runic

    Hahaha, I just couldn't resist this one... writing my name in Runic :-))In the second picture you can see a little detail of the Sigurdsristningen with Runic writing on it. The word means "for".Runes are an old form of Germanic writing. The oldest runic alphabet is the "Futharken" and consists of 24 runes. The runic writing dates back to the first...

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  • The Saga of Sigurd Fafnesbana... part 1

    In the next view tips I would like to explain the several parts of the Sigurds Ristning by telling the sage of Sigurd Fafnesbana.... hahaha, or actually the small part of the saga that is shown on the rock, as it is a very lenghty story and only part of it has been written down here.... The Saga of Sigurd Fafnesbana :Otter was one of Rodmar's three...

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  • Drawing of the Sigurdsristning

    It's time to take a look at the whole carvings. It is best illustrated by this drawing of the rock carvings. This will give you a better idea off what you are seeing in all the pictures of the rock carvings on this page and give you an idea what the whole carvings looks like. The Sigurd Carving has snakes on the outside, which are filled with...

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  • Why are the carvings here?

    The custom of carving runes on erected stones and exposed bedrock became common around 1000 AD. It became common in the eleventh century to build bridges for the souls of the dead and to mention them in adjacent runic inscriptions. And this explains why there are runic inscriptions next to a bridge here at Sundbyholm. The Sigurdsristning is special...

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  • Sigurdsristningen (The Sigurd Carving)

    The landscape was much different in the times of the Vikings, because the water level was much higher in those days. The lake covered much of the countryside south of Sundbyholm. So this rock would actually be at the side of the river, not high above an adjecent road, as it is today. The explanation for this difference in water level goes back to...

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  • The Saga of Sigurd Fafnesbana... part 7

    Sigurd than travelled to Fafnir's home, where he found the disputed gold and many other precious objects. He loaded the treasures onto his horse Grani, a direct descendant of Odin's horse Sleipnir. However, Grani refused to move from his stall before Sigurd himself mounted.The picture is a close up of Sigurds horse Grani.

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  • The Saga of Sigurd Fafnesbana... part 6

    Sigurd sought out Regin and cut off his head so that he would escape his thoughts in the future.When you enlarge the picture you can see the carving a little bit better. In this part of the carvings you can see Regin with his cut off head laying to the right side of him.

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  • The Saga of Sigurd Fafnesbana... part 5

    After the deed Sigrud accidentally burnt himself while roasting Fafnir's heart over an open fire. He put his fingers in his mouth and got Fafnir's blood on his tongue. Instantly he could understand birdsong. The birds warned Sigurd. Regin was planning to kill him, partly to revenge his brother Fafnir, partly so that he would have the treasure to...

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  • The Saga of Sigurd Fafnesbana... part 4

    Urged on by his foster father Regin, Sigurd dug a hole at Gnitaheden where Fafnir, in the shape of a snake, usually slithered his way down to the lake to drink. When Fafnir entered the trap, Sigurd stabbed him through the heart with his sword, Gram. Fafnir died and Sigurd was then given the name Fafnesbane (the Bane of Fafnir)In the carving you can...

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  • The Saga of Sigurd Fafnesbana... part 2

    "Fafnir became enraged and killed his father to get at the gold. Thereafter, Fafnir took the shape of a snake and brooded atop the gold at a place called Gnitaheden."The snake is the part that goes all around the ristning and this is the head that you can see on the right side of the carvings. The snake is Fafnir, son of Rodmar. In the lower part...

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  • The Saga of Sigurd Fafnesbana... part 3

    "Regin, who was a smith, wanted a share of the patrimony and planned to seize the gold through trickery. He brought Sigurd, who had earlier become his foster son, into his plans. He forged a razor-sharp sword, named Gram, for Regin."In this close up of the Sigurdsristning you can see the bellows, anvil, hammer, a pair of tongs and a fire which...

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  • The road to Sigurdsristning

    The Sigurdsristningen are close to Sundbyholm Castle. Driving from Eskilstuna in the direction of Sundbyholm, just before you arrive at the castle, there is a little road to the right which brings you to the carvings. The road goes down the hill, over a bridge, and on the right side of the road is the rock with the carvings. You have to pay...

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  • Painting 'Det Gamla Slottet'

    And this is the painting mentioned above that Prince Eugen made in 1893. This is one of his more well-known paintings. Other famous works of his are Molnet (The Cloud) and Det Stilla Vattnet (Still Water).

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  • Statue 'Prinsen'

    This is a sculpture in front of Sundbyholm Castle called 'Prinsen' after Prins Eugen (1865 – 1947). Prins Eugen made a painting of the castle in 1893 called the ‘Det Gamla Slottet’, which means 'the Old Castle'. Prins Eugen was son of King Oscar II.This sculpture made by Sven Lundqvist in 2003, 110 years after the painting was made.

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Sundby Nightlife

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    by sim1 Updated Oct 28, 2003

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    A sunset that is dear to my heart, and a sunset I can see often. It is taken during my evening walk from my house towards Sundbyholm Castle with the view over Lake Mälaren. This picture was taken in September 2003. It’s now October when I type this and the sunsets keep coming earlier and earlier, and the shadows grow longer day by day. A clear sign that winter is rapidly on its way. But the sunset keeps being beautiful every day, no matter what time of the year.
    I am afraid this is about the only nightlife you will find in Sundbyholm! Hahaha, like I mentioned before, it is very rural :-) But I love it here! If you do want some nightlife, restaurants or shopping, than the city of Eskilstuna is not that far away.

    Sunset at Lake M��laren
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Sundby Local Customs

  • Watching some tv :-)

    It's really crazy, but my mom sometimes doesn't let me work on the computer.... growl, growl..... Not good!!! Please everyone write to her that I SHOULD be on the computer ---> *looking at all of you with my big brown eyes.... no one can resist those, hihi, so please start writing :-)))) *If I am not on the computer, I mostly sit beside my...

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  • Writing to my friends! :-)

    I loooove my friends here on VT! My special big friend is Nobby (Norbaert) and his travelmom. They are so nice!!!! I try to write to them as much as I can. But as I am only a little bear, writing an email isn't so easy!!!! But it works! My little bear paws are too small to type. But I have found a good trick!!! I just hop around with my big bum on...

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  • Apples for free!

    If you click on the picture you can see it a little bit better; the sign above the apples says :Var så God!Tag för dig!Hahaha, my Swedish is not so good, so I'll give you a free translation of this sign : Please, take some apples! I saw these apples and this welcoming sign on a bicycle tour around the countryside. It was a beautiful day, and a...

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Sundby Warnings and Dangers

  • Surströmming

    BIG WARNING! I think my folks have a disorder. They eat rotten fish!!! Its called Surströmming. They claimed they were forced by their neighbours and that they just eat to be polite, but but ....Surströmming is herring and salt put in a can and left to ferment in 3-4 month. !!!!!!I hide under the table and tried to get some meatballs from the...

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  • Watch out for..... ?

    Watch out for moose of course!!! Hahaha, not for me, lol :-)This is the road going to Sundbyholm and very close to my home. Recently they have spotted moose in this area, so they put up some warning signs for moose. I haven't seen any moose close to my home yet though, hahaha, but I am still hoping to spot one some day in the fields behind my house...

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    by sim1 Updated Mar 2, 2004

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    Miscellaneous:
    The daylight hours (hours between sunrise and sunset) vary a lot between the winter and summer months. People may expect to see the midnight sun during the summer, because they are in Scandinavia. But this is not true for Sundby, because you are not far enough north in the country.

    In December you will only have 6 hours to enjoy the day. The sun will get up around 8:30 in the morning but is already setting again before 3 o'clock in the afternoon and that doesn't leave you that much time to do some sightseeing.

    In June it is a totally different world, and I love this time of year. Around the longest day (21 June) you will experience the long looooong days! There are 18,5 hours of daylight during those days, the day seems to last forever. The only disadvantage is when you are a light sleeper, as the night only last 5,5 hours.

    Average hours of daylight:
    Jan 6,9
    Feb 9,3
    Mar 11,8
    Apr 14,5
    May 17
    Jun 18,6
    Jul 17,9
    Aug 15,5
    Sep 12,9
    Oct 10,2
    Nov 7,7
    Dec 6,1

    Sunset and sunrise in Sundby

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Sundby Off The Beaten Path

  • Stora Sundby Glashytta.

    Visiting this place gives you double satisfaction. You can see how the pieces of art glass (from wine glass to different art objects for home decoration) come to life and, second, you can visit the store and buy everything you like. The objects are not the cheepest, but i loved their quality and i saw many interesting objects.

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  • Interesting places to see in the area

    • Eskilstuna: not a real tourist destination, but it has some nice places. My favourite of all is the Fors Kyrka (Fors Church). Also worth visiting is the Klosterkyrka, sculpture 'Hand of God' by Miles, the historic area of "Rademachersmedjorna" and the museum "Faktorimuseet".• Tidö slott: A beautiful castle with a toy museum.• Ängsö Castle: A...

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  • Interesting places to see in the area

    • Anundshög: old burial mounds from Viking Age.• Birka: ruins from old capital city of Sweden.• Mariefred with Gripsholm Castle. A picturesque village and a beautiful castle. In the castle is also the Swedish National Portrait Collection.• Sigtuna: old city with lots of historical background.• Sko Kloster: one of the most popular castles with a...

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  • A winter wonderland

    Around the Sigurdsristningen and the castle is a little Nature Reserve with some nice hiking trails. It is such a nice area to go here for a walk and just relax and enjoy the views. Here are some photos I took during a winter hike and just show the wonderful winter atmosphere of the area. I can't guarantee that you will have snow in the winter in...

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  • The tegelslagarsstugan

    Hahaha, no, this is not my house! This is the "tegelslagarsstuga" or in English: "the cottage of the brickmaker". I really like this little house, hidden in the woods, close to my house.. I think it looks so picturesque. It gives the idea of the area though, rural, picturesque and quiet. The house dates back to the 17th century. Many of the big...

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  • Little cottage in the wintertime

    Do you recognize the little cottage? It is the same one as the previous, but now in the wintertime. The photo was taken at the end of January 2004. We have been having quite a bit of snow this year, and I really love that! It makes everything look so very picturesque. Hahaha, it can be quite cold here also in the winter! I'll give you some more...

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The deer are back again!
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Group of deer in my front of my house
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Light in the darkness
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Picking apples in my backgarden
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