Do you know much about Sweden? Sure, you probably know that Stockholm is the capital of Sweden, you can sing along to every word of Swedish pop band ABBA’s Dancing Queen, and you’ve no doubt put together DIY furniture from IKEA at some point in your life. But I bet you didn’t know this: Sweden is the second most coffee consuming country in the world. They even have a special word for it - fika – because a cup of coffee is about way more than just drinking it; it’s a social ritual. Intrigued? Then read on to find out what Sweden in a Volvo is all about.
We’ve been itching to go to Sweden for a while. We got a tiny taste of Arctic Sweden when we visited the village of Kukkolaforsen, but our afternoon there left us wanting more. So we’re incredibly excited to be heading to Sweden May 31st with Visit Sweden and Volvo. No, we won’t be chasing any Northern Lights on this trip; it’s that time of the year to experience the Midnight Sun with nearly 18 hours of daylight each day of our trip. So we can definitely fit in a whole lot of adventure – and does Visit Sweden ever have a ton of adventure planned for us!
Along with three other bloggers – a food lover, an art lover, and an environmentalist – Visit Sweden and Volvo have selected us to as their explorers to showcase the best of what West Sweden has to offer for active adventurers like us. Take a look at all that we’ll be up to here and then enter to win a trip to Sweden just like the one we’ll be on.
Our friends at Visit Sweden tell us exploring Sweden by car is easy and road tripping is one of our favorite ways to travel. We hear that the roads are well maintained and traffic jams are rare. But we’re prepared to meet the occasional moose on the road. And Volvo is ensuring we can travel without limits (they SO get us) by sending us around West Sweden in a brand new 2015 Volvo XC70. We’ll pick up our all-terrain XC70 at the Volvo Factory in Gothenburg…we just might not want to give it back at the end of the week! We are currently shopping for a new car…(hint, hint).
You may be wondering why on earth Volvo would just send us around Sweden. Well, Volvo Car Corporation was founded in Gothenburg in 1927 and Volvo is still manufactured in Sweden today. They even have an Overseas Delivery Program which offers a complimentary trip to Sweden with the purchase of a participating Volvo vehicle. How cool is that? Pick out your new Volvo at the Volvo Factory in Gothenburg, take it for a test drive around Sweden, and then it will be shipped to you at home in the US to your nearest authorized dealership.
What To Expect in West Sweden
Our Explorer trip is a perfect mix of urban adventure, nature, and comfort in chic hotels where we can relax along the way. We’re excited about exploring Gothenburg while paddling kayaks in the canals, heading out to several of the islands, and feeding moose at the Moose Park in Dalsland. There are 97,500 lakes in Sweden and we’ll be hitting at least one of them in a canoe and doing some mountain biking for fantastic views over the lake. We won’t give away everything that we’ll be up to; you’ll just have to follow along with the hashtags #WestSweden and #inaVolvo. So be sure you’re following us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.
Sweden in a Volvo is going to be one amazing trip and we can’t wait to show you all of the awesome adventures you can have in Sweden. Are you ready to start planning your own trip yet? Or maybe pick up your new Volvo in Gothenburg?