Part II: Sweden
From the 2nd of August to the 4th of August
After crossing the Øresund bridge from Denmark we continued up the coast to Gothenborg. Here we stayed at Elite Park Avenue Hotel. Situated in Gothenborg’s main street Avenyen. A wonderful hotel with excellent staff and rooms. The price was reasonable considering it is a four star hotel with prime location. We will most likely be back next time we visit Gothenborg. At least if we go without dogs.
Our plans for Gothenborg was relaxing and a visit to the amusement park Liseberg. That didn’t work out, as just before we reached Liseberg we came across a dinosaur! Both of us having had dinosaurs as an interest earlier in life, and still reading up on them from time to time it was bound to sidetrack us. We ended up at Universum instead of Liseberg. Not at all a bad thing.
It was a rather huge place but we visited the flora and fauna part and of course the dinosaurs on the rooftop.
They had one display of fish, birds,reptiles and amphibians from Scandinavia. Another part had a rainforest environment, they had a huge marine aquarium tank – and several small ones. A collection of serpents that I really enjoyed and of course the dinosaur display. Animatronic ones. I guess they weren’t all that amazing, but as it kind of was a trip back to childhood we had great fun seeing them anyway. Luckily several of the species had been uploaded since we were kids and gotten their feathers.
On our way back to the hotel, we got the first rain during our vaccation. And it really poured down. It was refreshing. Knowing we would be back at the hotel before long we made no attempt at staying dry, but enjoyed the pouring rain. Me rather a bit more than him though.
Leaving Gothenborg we visited the zoo Nordens Ark (the Ark of the Nordic) before driving into Norway. This zoo primarly have northern species. Big areas for their animals and areas that are possible to rotate between animals to some extent, meaning that the animals get more stimulation than staying the exact same area all the time. I long wanted to visit this park as they have several species of cats I haven’t seen in life before. I wasn’t let down, and I loved the fact that the animals may hide themselves from view if they whish to.