Even culture is part of this trip ;)
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Since we were the only guests we had our private guide which was amazing. She gave us a great picture about life in former times. If I remember it correct you can stroll around the houses for free but if you wanna see them inside you have to book a guide. The tour was about 1 hour long and we were able to ask a lot of questions which were answered with enthusiasm and great knowledge by our young guide.
Close to Gammelgarden you find the Halmens Hus which shows everything you can make from straw like hats, decorations etc. We haven't visited it since we wanted to head off to another amazing landmark in Bohuslän.
Close to the village of Tanum you find some famous rock carvings. In 1994 the UNESCO declared it as a World Heritage Site because of the high concentration of petroglyphs.
Wikipedia has a good description of the site: The largest flat rock of Nordic Bronze Age petroglyphs in Scandinavia, the Vitlyckehäll, is located in Tanumshede. It was discovered in 1972 by Age Nilsen, who was originally intending to place an explosive charge for construction work.
In total there are about 3000 Tanum petroglyphs, occurring in about 100 panels.
Scandinavian Bronze Age and Iron Age people were sophisticated woodworkers and very competent travelers by water. (Dates for ages vary with the region; in Scandinavia, the Bronze Age is roughly 1800 to 600 BCE) Some of the glyphs depict long boats of the Hjortspring boat type carrying around a dozen passengers. Wagons or carts are also depicted.
One glyph depicts a hunter with a bow, and others depict hunting scenes.
The rock carvings are endangered by erosion due to pollution. To the dismay of some archaeologists, they have been painted red to make them more visible for tourists.
It was an interesting place to go. Unfortunately the weather turned lousy again. The rain poured down on us and the soil was soaked. Some places weren't able to reach because we sank into the mud until our knees ;)
At the late afternoon it was time to find a campground. We decided to drive as far west as we could get and look for a place close to the ocean. In Grebbestad we found a campground with solid soil which was more important for us than the good standard it had ;)
Since the surrounding of the campground is amazing we climbed the rocks for a walk and an overview of the campground.