The runes are located all over the place around Tanumshede, but Vitlycke Museum is a good starting point. Located around a kilometer outside the actual village it shows the history behind the carvings.The best reason to go there though is the huge carving site just around the corner. Vitlyckehällen is the biggest site in the area, and stretches...more
In the Bohuslän area on the west side coast of Sweden there are more than 1500 runes/rock carvings. The best and biggest part of them are situated in Tanum, 1,5 hour drive north of Gothenburg.In 1994 the area was taken onto the Unesco's list of World Heritage, and is now protected. Over 450 different sites in the area show the runes, that were made...more
Picture here shows an example of the carvings you can find here. The stones are so big that i couldnt catch them properly with my camera.Anyways, if you enlarge this picture, you will see at the top a big boat. Somewhat down the bottom is a man waving his axe or scythe and what more to the left you can see animals either dears or ordinary cows....more
Closeby the Vitlycke carvings a museum has been built featuring the aspects of this world heritage site. The museum also refers to other carving sites on the globe.The exhibition devides into two areas. An inside area where you find information about the different locations where the carvings were found, the research about them and attempts to find...more
Some minutes walking up the hill above the carvings of Vitlycke, you can have a look at two cairns (gravehills). The path is partly slightly rough and if it rains you should take care not to fall, but if you haven't seen these kind of graves, it is worth the effort.There are signs leading to the graves.more
Like at the other sites also here at Aspeberget you will find beautiful and well preserved rock carvings. Most of them have been colored to make them more visible to the visitor, but if you keep your eyes open you will find some in the original form. These are hard to see (photo3), but some ar signposted for you.more
The carvings at Vitlycke are easy to be found from the Vitlycke museum. Just follow the footpath towards the street and cross it. Now you are already there. You can now follow a round path to the different rocks. There are many signposts explaining what you see and about the meaning of the carvings. On top of the hill you will find two cairns from...more
The carvings in Litsleby have many objects looking like boats. But the main carving is a warrior holding a spear which is in a pretty good condition. This figure is assumed to be the largest carving of a person in Europe! Like Vitlycke here in Litsleby carvings are the main attraction (beside the landscape) and connected by wooden trails making up...more
There is nothing else to go but the restaurant at the visitors centre but that is no punishment at all. The "dagens rätt" is served as a buffet and very tasty. You have to eat here or bring your own.
Favorite Dish: I have fond memories about the citric flavored water and dessert.
When you walk around to the different rock carvings, take care that you do not crash on the very slippery wooden tracks. Also the rocks which have moss on them can be quite slippery (those of course on which you are allowed to walk). Especially when the ground is wet. So be careful.