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View from Gammelgarden on Bengtsfors
Since it didn't stop raining we escaped from the midlands to the west shore because we hoped for better weather there. But before we headed west we visited Gammelgarden. Gammelgarden is one of the biggest folklore parks in Sweden high up over the town of Bengtsfors. It was founded in 1929. This open-air museum gives a wiew of a major farm, as it looked in northern Dalsland during the early 19 th century. You will find all the buildings belonging to the farm itself, but also some of those common to the village. All in all you'll find 17 buildings there.

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.
View from Gammelgarden on Bengtsfors


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.

View from Gammelgarden on Bengtsfors
These are concentrated in five distinct areas along a 25 km stretch, which was the coastline of a fjord during the Bronze Age, and covers an area of about 51 hectares (126 acres or 0.5 km²).

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.

Gammelgarden in Bengtsfors
Some of the stone pictures show people performing agrarian tasks. There is a human at a plough drawn by two oxen, holding what might be a branch or an ox-goading crop made of a number of strips of hide.

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.



aloneinthecrowd says:
Hehehe, yes sometimes I can't resist :p One day, when I was a bit younger ;), I climbed down the rocks in Vancouver at the Lighthouse park which was quite easy. Climbing up was a bigger experience :o
Posted on: Jan 24, 2010
huibdos says:
You lowlanders always want to climb rocks ^>^
My girls did the same near Stockholm
Posted on: Jan 24, 2010
aloneinthecrowd says:
Thanks Vance :D Wikipedia helped a bit ;)
Posted on: Jan 23, 2010
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