The Quaint Naval City of Karlskrona, Sweden

KARLSKRONA?

“If you’re into nature, Karlskrona is the place to visit!” my aunt who is based in Gothenburg told me.

#VisitKarlskrona - Sweden's Sunniest City!
#VisitKarlskrona – Sweden’s Sunniest City!

I wanted to join the Gothenburg Fam Trip when I signed up last minute for TBEX Stockholm. Instead, I was offered an opportunity to visit a place called Karlskrona – Sweden’s naval city. I gave it a go despite the fact that I am not really a history buff nor a professional camper.

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My first SJ Swedish Rail ride

Together with travel bloggers from the UK, USA, Mexico and Italy, we embarked on a train trip from Stockholm to Karlskrona – something everyone is excited about!

HOTELL CONRAD – Our Home in Karlskrona

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If you’re looking for the perfect accommodation in Karlskrona, I highly recommend Hotell Conrad (check discounted rates)! I almost didn’t want to leave my room when we arrived to check our rooms. Too bad I wasn’t able to maximize my stay since we had to carry on with the city tours right away. Here’s a short room tour:

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It was nice to have the spacious room for myself after staying in a mixed dorm hotel room for a week. I picture myself returning with my family in tow.

CITY TOUR WITH HISTORY LESSONS

047-karlskrona-sweden-039We walked towards the main square of the town centre, where the statue of Karl XI is found. Two churches – Fredrikskyrkan and Trefaldighetskyran impresses a lot of visitors. We also discovered why Karlskrona became a part of the list of UNESCO Heritage Sites in 1998.

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Historians will find the Underground Military Bunkers tour interesting. While on this tour, I was thinking of my own country – What if we had these secret livable underground hideout during the war? If there’s one thing I learned from the Swedes, that is to be prepared because you’ll never know when the enemy will attack – or if they ever will.


THE ULTIMATE KAYAK CHALLENGE

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I’m not really an adventure blogger, but I can carry on with a kayaking activity. It is the first time for me to deal with strong current, which is a challenge on my part. Thank goodness our guides from Karlskrona Kayak were patient and supportive even if I came across as helpless in some instances! I have to go back to redeem myself! 😛


MASSIVE ITALIAN FOOD FEAST AT SKEPPSGOSSEN – Pop-up Restaurant

So we traveled from Stockholm to Karlskrona and went straight to a walking tour and eventually a kayak activity. Most probably by now you’ve predicted that we were soooo hungry!

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I imagined a massive dinner treat from our hosts, but woah – I wasn’t ready for THIS:

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Good food + interesting stories + cool personalities = Memorable Night!


THE KUNGSHOLM FORTRESS TOUR

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To know more about Karlskrona’s rich history, half of the group proceeded with a guided tour to the Kungsholm Fortress. It is the most photographed landmark of city and a nice place to take photographs. We joined a tour where we were the only non-Swedish guests.

 

THE NAVAL MUSEUM A.K.A. MARINMUSEUM

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Know the naval history of Karlskrona and explore a real submarine! Voted as Museum of the Year in 2015, kids and adults will have a fantastic time in this hub. The best part? No entrance fee!

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I will try my best to write a comprehensive post about the Historical City Tour, Kungsholm Fortress and Marinmuseum.

Fun travel bloggers in Karlskrona - we will be back!
Fun travel bloggers in Karlskrona – we will be back!

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My time in Karlskrona was short, but not a minute was wasted! I am quite drawn to this place to the point that I felt bad when I had to leave on schedule while some of my friends stayed for another night for the RIB Cruise and stayed in one of the islands. Hmmm… Maybe I am destined to go back when I finally learn how to bike, kayak independently and carry thermal clothes with me.


^Play this song 😛

Yes, I’ll be back.

SPECIAL THANKS to Visit Karlskrona for the lovely trip! 

6 Comments

  1. Sarah said:

    Aaaah! This looks so fun! The Underground Military Bunker reminds me of the Tunnels in Davao, actually! Those weren’t just for the military, though. There were prison cells, too :'( But of course, I’m very much interested in the food! Oh-lala! Are you writing more about that? Or tell me about them the next time we see each other!

    October 30, 2016
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    • Senyorita said:

      Haha yes I am planning to write another blog entry solely dedicated to that fun dinner treat. It was a big surprise for most of us and I consider it as one of the best moments of my matakaw persona 😛

      November 1, 2016
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  2. That is a beautiful, rustic place! The kayaking activity seems very interesting. We would definitely love to visit there someday.

    October 31, 2016
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    • Senyorita said:

      You should visit Karlskrona soon especially if you love nature activities. The kayaks were pretty ‘high-tech’ for someone like me 😛

      November 1, 2016
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  3. Heidi said:

    Looks amazing! Heard enthusiastic stories from Skye already. Really will have to visit Karlskrona on one of my future Sweden trips!

    November 1, 2016
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    • Senyorita said:

      Nice to hear that! I want to visit Sweden again and explore more places 🙂

      November 3, 2016
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