The Bredablick, is a 30 metre high tower, built of brick, in the north-eastern area of Skansen. It is described as a gothic tower, has five floors and a viewing platform 77 meters above sea level. .
The Tower was renovated in the 1980's and now has a cafe and a viewing floor at the top of the tower.
The Tower wasn't moved to this site, but was built here in 1874-76.
The next homestead I came across had two Ladie's looking after the House.
One was busy doing the dishes, and the other was inside busily cooking some traditional cake.
Golly, it was a hot day, and it was extra hot in the wooden home with the open fire.
I was offered some cake which I tried and thought nice.
Next, I walked onto the Sami Camp which is an autumn and spring camp for the mountain Sami. It shows how the mountain Sami lived at the beginning of the 20th century when they still followed a nomadic existence, moving about with their reindeer.
The northern parts of Sweden, Norway, Finland and Russia are home to a Sami population of more than 70.000 people.
The Sami national day is celebrated on the 6 of February with music, speeches and souvas - a savoury dish of reindeer meat and other things....At sami camp, Skansen.
Please join me on a walk around the Village
As I walked around the Village, I found that each house or farm belonged to a different area, which had different culture and tradition's.
The Delsbo Farmstead was the first I came across. These building's came from north-central Sweden and it's made up of four building's surrounding a courtyard. The setting represents a large, prosperous farm in the mid-19th century.
I was invited inside by the Lord & Lady of the House, both dressed in traditional clothes.
They spoke English so I was able to find out a little about the home, and the richly decorated wall paintings.
Skansen is a 300,000 square-metre or 75 acre outdoor museum, or park, or zoo founded in 1891. It is basically a miniature Sweden showing each area's wildlife and historical villages and homes. There are areas where local animals are kept, usually in large natural areas, and there are working historical stores and coffee shops where you can buy candy, baked goods, or sit inside for a old-fashioned snack and tea.
The cub bears were especially fun to watch as they climbed the trees and wrestled with each other. We sat inside a Sami (people from the north of Norway, Sweden, Finland, and Russia) camp and listened to some Sami guides dressed for the part explain to us (in English) about the history of their people and and their current situation. We saw some kind of witch scare some children out of a house (it was all in Swedish, so we didn't quite catch that one).
As it was October, there were no crowds at all and a very pleasant experience. Apparently the Swedes flock to the place at long weekends and Summer holidays. In the Summer there are also regular singalong concerts, demonstrations of Swedish folk dancing, and live music.
This is an excellent way to spend a day, or most of a day, with the family. All will enjoy.
If, like us, you enter the park at the Hazelius Gate, there is a bit of a climb up into the park proper. If you want to take it a bit easier you can pay a little extra [I think it was around 25 SEK] to take the funicular up the hill
In the village area one of the buildings has glass blowing demonstrations as well as a shop selling the stuff made there. There is a viewing area so you can sit and watch the glass blowers working away which was pretty interesting. Amazing how a blob on the end of a stick can turn into a beautiful glass or vase in a matter on minutes!! Definitely worth checking out. The only slight downside is that you are basically just watching them work, they don't actually explain what they are doing
Skansen is located near the center of Sockholm on the island Djugarden. It is an open-air museum where you can see old swedish buildings that were moved here from different parts of the country. You can also explore typical swedish animals, this young moose ....
If you don't get the chance to see some of the real Swedish wildlife, make sure that you at least visit Skansen at Djurgarden.
Skansen is a kind of open air museum combined with a zoological park. Here you can see all kinds of typical building and activities from the past Sweden. You also find all the typical Nordic animals, like reindeers, wolverines, lynx and elks.
Skansen is open every day of the year, except Christmas Eve.
January through April 10.00-16.00 hrs.
May 10.00-20.00 hrs.
June and August 10.00-22.00 hrs.
September 10.00-17.00 hrs.
October through December 10.00-16.00 hrs.
May through September 11.00-17.00 hrs.
(a few houses stay open until 19.00 hrs. in June through August)
October through April 11.00-15.00 hrs.
(only a few houses are open)
Adults between SEK 30-70
Children (6-15) between SEK 20-30
Depending on season!
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Visiting the open air museum of Skansen allows us to get to know a little bit of the architecture from different parts of Sweden, as well as the typical animals form the Nordic countries.
The museum has a very vast area, so you should bring some comfortable shoes and reserve a whole afternoon to see everything.
You can bring your own food and drink.
I loved the allotments at Skansen and the little summer houses they had on them. They looked the size of a typical garden shed but were done up like little houses inside, so pretty! The gardens themselves were beautiful also, who wouldn't be happy to sit and relax at this pretty table!
There are a few different styles of farmsteads and country buildings like a village hall and school within the park. I loved this farmstead with its beautiful garden and the lovely red colour of the buildings
Skansen also has a zoo section with many nordic wild animals - including wolves, lynx, seals, elk, reindeer and the most popular, which are the Brown Bears. We were lucky enough to see the brown Bear cubs all cuddled up together for an afternoon nap which was too cute. Some of the other animals were a bit shyer and we didn't see them at all such as the lynx but we did see quite a lot and it was worth taking the time to get to the eastern side of the park where they are all located
I loved this wee church! Although it looks very simple from the outside, the inside was covered in frescoes. It was originally built around 1730 in western Sweden and is still used today for weddings.