Industrial and rural heritage in Sweden

Industrial and rural heritage in Sweden

A trip along Sweden´s industrial and rural heritage, traditions and history

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Author: Eva Oscarsson, Director Tourism & Rental at Motor Home rental


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Discover the industrial and rural heritage in Sweden, traditions and history, while enjoying nature.

With a motorhome you are free to set your own route and discover industrial and rural heritage in Sweden.

Start in the south of Sweden, a region where an early industrialization has gone hand in hand with strong agriculture traditions. These traditions you can still see and experience as more and more Swedish country side resorts are involved in working their land as to be sustainable.

If you are starting your trip in Gothenburg and you like cars, trucks and motors, then it is worthwhile to visit to the Volvo museum.

Close to Gothenburg, in the textile town of Borås, visit the Textile Museum in order to explore the textile and fashion industry in Sweden.

While in Jönköping you can visit the museum of Huskvarna and learn about the history of their production of guns, motorcycles, chain saws and sawing machines. Also, check out the Industrial Museum in Norrahammar featuring the industrial development of the towns in the Jönköping area.

Not far away from Jönköping in the vicinity of Gnosjö you will find several interesting industrial museums. In addition, visit the Store Mosse, national park and Isaberg´s  Mountain resort, if you and your family likes MTB. Otherwise, spend a day at the western inspired amusement park High Chaparral. Stay a day or two more in Småland, visit one of the arts & craft workshops and exhibitions in the town of Bodafors.

Continue your visit to the of lake Vättern travelling westbound to Forsvik and visit the museum of Forsvik Bruk with 600 years of industrial history.

IKEA has a museum in Älmhult, the town where it all started. If you are interested in furniture design of today, check out the family run furniture company FormH17. Visit their workshop at the farm Hult. Motorhome visitors can park overnight on the farm.

Crystal Village

Cycle or trek in the Crystal village Målerås, in the midst of the glass production region. As well as, visit a crystal factory with a shop and a museum. You can try and blow your own crystal bowl there. Park at Målerås Vandrarhem, where they receive overnight motorhome parking guests. In Målerås you can also visit a family business manufacturing genuine leather crafts. Buy their leather products made from hides of moose, yoke and ox. You can also experience the manufacturing on site. In Boda, you can visit an interactive museum and a culture centre, The Glass Factory.

Close by you will find Ödevata Fiskecamp. It is a farm and fishing resort located in a stunning environment. In the past it has been a correctional facility ran by the Swedish Prison and Probation Service. It is a stark contrast to the outstanding recreational area it has become under the current owner today. They receive motorhomes for scenic overnight parking.

Historical Regions

Eksjö, Hjo and Nora are three towns with an interesting history and the centres or ”old towns” made up of wooden buildings, which were constructed by skilled craftsmen.

On the very southern tip of Sweden you will find the Naval City of Karlskrona, a city full of military history. In 1998, Karlskrona was inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage List. Check out the guide company Kulturkompaniet, including an introduction to the Swedish naval and cold war history.

Then head towards the center of Sweden. Go through Götakanal, connecting Vänern with the Baltic sea, a construction project that started in 1810 and took 22 years to complete. Ultimately, your destination is Rättvik. Götakanal is also great for cycling with great Swedish Fika stops along the way.

Lastly, visit Dalhalla, an amphitheater located in a former limestone quarry. In the village of Furudal you will find Furudalsbruk, an old-time forge with a long history of design and industrial production going as far back as the 18th century. Also, visit the old-time summer grazing farms (Fäbodvall), towns and villages keeping traditions, festivities and family run farms alive. Go trekking on the ”Fäbodvall” of Ärteråsen in Furudal or Karl Tövåsens levande Fäbod & Gårdsmejeri.