It’s beautiful in Sweden. When I see those red wooden houses
my heart rises. (Tamina) Me too. Sweden is a great holiday destination with plenty of water
and even more possibilities. Incredibly relaxed and close to nature
you can be on your way. (Stefan) You’ll find unusual
Landscapes and then: Stockholm. It’s such a nice town.
– Yes, it is. (Tamina) In June.
at the Midsummer Night’s Eve Festival it’ll be almost daylight till midnight. It’s pure Sweden. These are the highlights
from our beautiful shows. We start in the capital
Stockholm and go to the archipelago. Getting to know the Göta Canal and
make a detour to Gotland. We end our journey
high in the north in the countryside
around the Arctic Circle. A great one for me,
fascinating winter world. The one I saw a few years ago.
I was able to experience at first hand. It was sometimes
pretty exciting, too. Help! Help! (Stefan) In Sweden
you’re in for a treat. (both) Welcome. To our highlights…
– …between Gotland… …and the Arctic Circle. Subtitles: WDR mediagroup Ltd.
on behalf of the WDR (Tamina) Most of them,
who are taking a vacation to Sweden, arrive in Stockholm. It’s a great town,
lively and modern. Surrounded by water and therefore
pretty mild on the climate. * Music * (Stefan) 80 km from the
Stockholm city centre away lies the “archipelago”. It consists of, believe it or not.
30,000 islands, skerries and rocks. Some inhabited islands are for
their lively summer parties. (Tamina) When I was in Stockholm,
I’m on one of the many ferry boats and onto the
Fjäderholmarna archipelago. * Music * (Stefan) A tour of the archipelago
is an absolute must, when you’re in Stockholm. So I took the steamer.
accompanied by Tatjana Reiff. And what can I say? This archipelago landscape
is just adorable. * Music * archipelago garden
is such a beautiful word. A garden full of islands. Big and small,
inhabited and uninhabited. That’s a region that’s got it
that there is nowhere else comparable. And as soon as you get there.
in a very special mood. The island archipelago was created
during the Ice Age, by the way. In the 14th century.
the first time mentioned in a document. From 1940 to 1985.
nor a military restricted area. Today the archipelago
a top destination. * Music * Yes, it is
real little adventure here. Beautiful, huh? Totally nice. Ah. There you go.
That’s how I pictured it. You come to the
already on board into a
very special holiday mood. My companion Tatjana Reiff it draws private
to the archipelago again and again. Born in the Rhineland fulfilled
she was more than 20 years ago the dream,
to move to Stockholm. There’s a house on every island.
and there are people living there? Not everyone,
but on many islands. And not just one,
but a few more. They belong first and foremost
very wealthy Stockholmers. Cause villas like this one
aren’t exactly cheap. They’re very different too. They’re wooden houses, villas. There’s modern in between. According to taste. Our destination was the island Sandön
on the outer edge of the archipelago. The journey takes 3 hours. In the village of Sandhamn
the pilots have always lived, that the big ships
through the archipelago. We bought ourselves an electric scooter.
to explore the island. Very funny, by the way. (speaking Swedish) Smells good, doesn’t it?
– Great. (speaking Swedish) I bought Kanelbullar.
– Cinnamon buns. Have you met him?
– Yes, wonderful. Please, please.
– Thank you. I’ll take care of it. Great, thank you.
What’s in there? Lots of butter. Cardamom.
– That’s right, this Indian spice. You can taste it.
– Yum. sandhamn
is a real excursion classic. 100.000 tourists
come here every year. And he is the center
for the summer activities the royal
Swedish Sailing Company. Many regattas start from here. But more importantly:
The island is just cozy. That’s easy
I was a salvation to my soul. That was something,
I’ve never seen before. Just a minute,
when you get on a little island. and immediately feels so secure,
It’s funny. (Tamina) Next archipelago island. Landsort is
5 km long and only 500 m wide. The sea is even in August
not warmer than 18°. Actually, it’s here
always very peaceful. * Music * End of June
it suddenly gets crowded here. A special day is coming. Cause this is where the
Midsummer Night’s Eve Festival celebrated. On the midsummer weekend we already have
times 300 tourists to Landsort. Then
every house on the island. It’s something you have to experience,
the midsummer day on 21.06., the longest day of the year. (Tamina) And the calendar
Summer solstice, the Swedish tradition of
pagan customs are celebrated. Everything begins
in the morning on the meadow, where wild flowers and birch green
can be collected. They say Elves and trolls are standing in this
special night behind the bushes. * Music * The Midsummer Festival is the day of the
Children, families, friends. For lunch
you meet people, that are important to you, and eats the classics of the
traditional Swedish cuisine. Those delicious fishy things. There’s herring in any case, and those delicious dill potatoes.
you eat at this feast. Girls and young women wear a
Midsummer festival flower wreaths in the hair. The midsummer pole has
similar to our maypole the meaning
of a fertility symbol. (Tamina) There are traditions,
to create identity in Sweden. The Midsummer Night Festival
is one of them. Celebrating it that way,
to return to the roots and the tradition
to revive the world. That’s something,
what connects the Swedes, they celebrate it from big to small. That’s very nice,
if you get to dive in. (singing in Swedish) The dances and songs that
can be played on Midsummer Night, even the youngest learn. Especially popular: Sma grodorna,
the song of the little frogs. (singing in Swedish) (Stefan) Also schnapps songs
are popular at this festival. Because people drink in
that bright night a lot. The beautiful thing is,
that the day doesn’t end. It’s getting dim,
a different lighting mood. At some point, you think now.
it should be late afternoon, and it’s 11:00 at night. (singing in Swedish) We’re returning from the archipelago.
the capital Stockholm. They’re also called
“Venice of the North.” Countless canals, harbours
and islands characterize the cityscape. Stockholm: for me
one of the most beautiful cities in the world. I never was before, for the first time.
2011 for a beautiful show. But I’ve been six or seven times since then.
in Stockholm, also with the family. Because it’s just so beautiful. * Music * Built on 14 islands,
A third of the city is water. That means that
local public passenger transport can be a ferry. No bus, no train,
It’s a ferry. And that’s all I find
an absolute dream. It’s a town, who breathes an incredible amount of air
and has very relaxed people. And so for a city break.
offers plenty of room for relaxation. Although, of course.
can experience a lot intensively. The Old Town of Stockholm
is located on the island of Stadsholmen. The first houses
were already created here in the 13th century. The old town’s great,
It’s like it’s made of one piece. There are very narrow
small medieval alleyways. Partly it is
no more building sins, no more fractures, that you feel like you’re
as if we were back in the Middle Ages. Hey, nice. Totally beautiful. Look, Psalm 37: Command to the Lord your ways and
hope for him, he will make it well. German inscription. Drinking water. So you can also
save a little. It’s tourist. When we were shooting there,
it was partly so: Mrs. Kallert, what are you doing here? I’ve inspired many of you.
I’ve seen you walk through Stockholm. It’s always very nice. They’re all here, of course,
but it’s a place like that, you can understand that. Here you can breathe again.
It’s a really relaxing place. Beautiful, isn’t it? Check this out.
these beautiful signs everywhere. Astrid, Selma Lagerlöf,
Nils Holgersson. The Swedes
and her famous children’s literature. You’ll find her everywhere. Just like
a certain delicacy, the Swedes are famous for. The best way is to search for it a Stockholm
Traditional confectionery. Hi, can I help you?
– Yeah, we’re looking for cinnamon buns. Cinnamon buns, yes.
– Do you? Could it be?
– It’s the cinnamon buns. We are one of the best bakeries in the world.
of the city.
– I heard that. I highly recommend these. If you want it sharper.
we’ll do cardamom and vanilla. That’s even better.
– Any better? Maybe you should
I’ll try one of each.
– Okay. (laughs) Are you the one baking everything?
– I’d like to say, of course. But no, I’m the boss. Of course I do,
how to make them, but we have 25 employees,
who’ll take care of it. So very big here.
– This is
enormous. There is this place and… Check this out. What’s that? What’s that? This is
the classic princess cake. That’s what we’re known for. He looks very special. Perfect. Thank you so much.
– Thank you. I didn’t expect that,
A coffee house culture in Stockholm. Something special
and was very delicious. * Music * What you do in Stockholm
never need is a car. You can do everything by bike
on foot or by train. (Tamina) By subway. Because there are stations,
that will amaze you. Stockholm has
an avant-garde underworld. Artistically designed. So, blue line. * Music * Exciting.
Everywhere are these figures here. There are subways where you can get the feeling
it’s so filthy, filthy, It stinks,
you want to get out fast. Because the artistically
you have the feeling, people deal with things differently. It’s a more peaceful atmosphere.
on the subway. Some walk through in amazement and climb
maybe a station sometime, where they didn’t want to get out,
because it looks exciting there, because everyone’s different. What’s my name? Agneta. Yes. ? Gimme, gimme, gimme
a man after midnight. ? ABBA Museum. We’re coming. The entrance fee is
pretty high, but it’s worth it. Wow, that’s an alternating bath.
This is music, sound, pictures. The exhibition has an area of 5,000 sqm. You learn everything about ABBA, from the
Youth to the big celebrity hype. You see a lot of objects,
you’ve seen on TV. I figured there’d be a chance
Don’t, you hear something here, something there. And you know it all. You can tell,
how you grew up with it. ? Mamma mia, here we go again. My, my, could I never let you go. ? The fifth member. ? Mamma mia, here we go again. ? ? Friday night and the light is low. Looking out for a place to go. ? Tadada. What song?
– Dancing Queen. – That’s it. Badam, badam, badam. (Stefan) The ABBA Museum
is situated on the island of Djurgarden. The district
was a royal hunting ground. There’s supposed to be
in the middle of town a copy of Sweden’s
of the most famous animal breed. What’s her name? I’m about to be kicked by an elk. I wanted him
I need you to track it down. You heard me,
What kind of sounds do they make? (roars) Or they’ll beep all the way up.
(beeps) Yeah, that giant animal.
Do it again. Do the moose.
Stefan’s doing the moose. They beep like that. – From this
Giant animal’s gonna get a big peep. My search
led me to Skansen, the oldest open-air museum
of the world. (speaks Swedish) That was the Swedish sentence,
I wanted to ask through. No, there’s no doubt about it.
the moose enclosure. A folklorist named Artur
Hazelius founded the Skansen Museum in the year 1891 at times of beginning
Industrialization in Sweden. He was afraid that soon.
nothing more of the original, Swedish culture would remain. An ordinary museum
but he found it boring. This is how
the world’s 1st open-air museum. With old houses that
from all over Sweden and rebuilt. Today you can find
in almost every one of these houses. people dressed in historical costumes, who
to show how life used to be. (speaks Swedish) I’m sorry?
(speaks Swedish) Swedish?
– Yeah. Yeah. So I say to every Swedish,
who came towards me… …Where’s the moose?
– Everyone understands that. Then I always say:
(speaks Swedish) They didn’t get that. They were thinking,
I ask, I don’t know. Did you mispronounce it?
– I said it wrong. (speaks Swedish) (speaking Swedish) There you go, like down there.
Then you walk around there. Okay. Tack. (speaking Swedish) (speaks Swedish)
Bye. Bye. (speaks Swedish) There’s one,
I found one. This is called Alfred.
– Alfred? That’s nice. An elk.
I finally found one. Alfred. Bye, Stockholm. Now we learn
the Göta Canal. But before
we cycle along Lake Vänern, visit castle Läckö and drive
to Mariestad on the Göta Canal via Motala to the Baltic Sea. * Music * Big time. I’ll see you back there,
like there’s the North Sea. But it’s a lake?
– It’s the biggest in Sweden. How much bigger
than Lake Constance?
– 11 times. That’s huge. Do you dare?
– Sure, I’m sure. Easy now. Do you go in the water every day? Not every day, but in summer.
I try as often as I can, into the lake
or jump into the sea. I’m very curious to see how cold it is. It’s super slippery. I can do that.
– That’s totally possible. It’s warm. * Music * The aristocratic seat was built
in the Middle Ages. Its heyday
he experienced in the 17th century, when he was general and Reich Chancellor
Magnus Gabriel De la Gardie in baroque style. He was a favorite.
of Queen Christina, the daughter of the famous
Gustav Adolf, King of Sweden. Kiss peace and justice
on the ceiling of the great hall. He’s a member of the Peace of Westphalia.
and the envoys, which were not taken into account during the negotiations in Münster.
were there. To the castle
a beautiful garden. He was shot a long time ago. back to its original state
and turned it back into the way it used to be: into a magnificent vegetable garden. Every year
up to 12,000 plants. The high walls of the castle provide a good microclimate
for growth. Our next destination was Mariestad,
a small town on Lake Vänern. From there we wanted to spend 3 days on a special vessel
and then we’ll go on. Around the big leisure harbour
there are restaurants and cafés. And that was our ship: the famous Wilhelm Tham, more than
100 years old and listed. That was a dream of mine:
with a ship on the Göta Canal. 90 km
at walking speed. * Music * Here’s the view.
Then it’s A15. Here, nice old door. Come in here. They’re all the same size,
the cabins, about 1 m by 2 m. Relatively narrow,
but enough room for everything. Here are my bike bags. I even have a bathrobe. Here sleeps
the red beautiful backpack. Then that’s it, bath, shower,
Bathroom’s out in the hall. But every cabin has a scullery. A search screen for you:
Where’s the sink hidden? It’s right here. Attention. Tada. Fine, that’s enough, isn’t it? We were heading for the Göta Canal,
opened in 1832 and as one of the greatest
Swedish construction projects. The Canal
is the only one in the world who’s got 58 locks. a technical masterpiece. 91 m of difference in altitude you have to
to the Baltic Sea. Here in Sjötorp
it’s eight in a row. Canal boats like the Wilhelm Tham were specially designed for the sluices
of the Göta Canal. They fit right in, just a few inches
left and right are left. It’ll take time. It’s a sluice. You can get out there,
and walk around and get back on board. This way, you can get
get to know interesting places. At Norrkvarn
there’s a park with watercourses, Bridges and bucket wheels,
a little paradise, all tailored to the size of a child. The little guests can stay overnight with her parents
in cosy mushroom houses. The Hobbits say hello. At most of the sluices.
there are also cafés, where you can enjoy coffee and cake
I can observe boats from land. The old towpaths
along the canal, from which one used to take the boats
are now comfortable cycle paths. That was my favorite sound.
on board. That came in the morning,
at noon, in the evening and in the afternoon. I can’t believe you’re grasping food. So the plates were
as early as 1912 from the kitchen to the top
to the dining room. Much on the ship
still looks the same. During the renovations
was taken care of, the historical atmosphere
to preserve the memory of the past. Well, one fish. Here you go. * Music * (Tamina) Such a boat trip
It’s such a nice pace. You learn the land
in stages. And you’ve got the driving home
I’ve got something for you. * Music * I’ve been thinking
I took a pile of books with me. and not read one page,
because you’re always looking. Look there and how beautiful.
And that’s all it is. When you’re at these little islands.
it’s gonna be exciting. Because there’s the bottom of the lake.
quite irregular. Warn Navigation Signs
the captain from the shallows. Now we come to the Spetsnäskanal, that many people claim to be,
it was the most beautiful part of the canal. * Music * This is Wilhelm Tham.
around that bend. He throws every few yards
this rope out. Poor Smutje has to go to a bollard.
run and moor the ship there. This is how the ship
around the corner. There’s no other way,
or it would tick off anywhere. * singing * We’re here with flowers,
with the flags. And in a good mood, too,
to greet you. Who are these people? That’s a
very religious Christian family, and they’re already doing it.
for many years. Their ancestors have also
to the canal and greeted. Just for this boat?
– That’s not ordered either. They come voluntarily.
and they’re happy to do it. * singing * At Wilhelm Tham are
on the sides of wood, otherwise the ship would be in the curves
I’ll get a lot of scuffs. We docked in Forsvik. Because a trip
was on the program. Forsviks Bruk is a museum
and consists of a collection of of workshops,
Mills and industrial plants. The history of the place
dates back to the 14th century. The hydropower plants
were important, to provide energy for the drive of grinders and forging hammers
to generate a On the tour, we were told
as in the historical buildings 600 years of metal casting, Iron forged
and flour was ground. Workshops like these were the
forerunner of modern industry. * Music * In these shipyards.
the steamship Eric Nordevall II whose replica
you can admire in the harbour. The original was launched in 1836. and sank a few years later
in Lake Vättern. That’s where we want to go next. Motala becomes the capital
of the Göta Canal, because here was
the seat of the canal company, where in 1810 the first sod was turned.
has been set. Not only are there
nice restaurants and cafes, but also a fun museum:
the Motala Motor Museum. Matching it there’s the hit
of Ziv Malmkvist on the ears, in Germany 1964 No. 1. Do you know who Ziv is? Malmkvist?
– Sure, I’m sure. ? Love sorrow is not worth it,
my darling. ? Look here, an old trailer. And what did they have back then? A bathroom cabinet.
– With all the trimmings. Washcloths, towels. The chamber pot was also not allowed
– You can’t be serious. There is no such thing.
It was the ’50s, the ’60s. When it all started about
the Alps to Italy.
– That’s it. Great, great, great. Just like old times. Look here, the old moped.
from the King, Carl Gustaf. He drove it around the castle.
in Stockholm. Is this real or…?
– Yes, it is. Nah, that’s a puch. Used to be with us, too. Is that Carl Gustaf as…
– …when he was younger. And he had this scooter?
– That’s it. I think that’s great,
that he’s exhibiting this. * Music * Now comes the sluice highlight.
of the Göta Canal: The Carl-Johans sluice staircase
in mountain. 7 direct
interconnected chambers, with which one
19 metres in altitude. In Norsholm our little
Cruise on the Göta Canal. In the middle of the meadow
we were abandoned. Now it went on with the bicycle
along the canal in the direction of Mem. * Music * In Söderköping most of the
Wooden houses from the 18th and 19th centuries. During the Hanseatic period
the village had great importance, but industry
never existed here. With the most beautiful place, and
I’ve seen a lot in Sweden. Originally high 10. It looks a little bit like
like a movie set. Totally beautiful. * Music * Well, if it ain’t ice cream,
I don’t know.
– Oh, Tatjana. This shop
is known all over the country. Since the 19th century.
Söderköping is also a health resort. No wonder,
that the little town today an extremely popular
tourist destination is. In Mem
there’s the last lock, before it goes out into the Baltic Sea. Here, in 1832.
the Göta Canal. (Tamina) Our next journey leads us across the sea
southeast. There lies Gotland. The favourite holiday island
of the Swedes. (Tamina) Gotland, that sounds already
so mysterious and so beautiful. Everywhere on the island you meet
bizarre rock formations. (Stefan) Gotland is geographically located
on the same level as Stockholm. Still, it’s almost so warm here.
as on many a Mediterranean coast. (Tamina) The island capital
is called Visby. She also has an airport, but most
coming by ferry to Gotland. The Hanseatic City of Visby was an important trading centre
in the Baltic Sea region. That the Germans were once
had so much influence, still testifies today
Thunder House, that of an influential
belonged to trading families from Hamburg. Because of these beautiful
listed houses and the city wall became Visby in 1995
declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site. In the Middle Ages
there were more churches in Visby. than in any
another Swedish city. In the 16th century, in the war.
destroyed or not built any further, because the money was missing. The ruins still stand today. In summer Gotland offers
an annual highlight: the medieval festival in Visby. On the beach promenade
the festival opens. Not only disguise the actors
but also a lot of spectators. * Music * There you experience everything around the
Medieval, perfect for families. You can really immerse yourself in it.
with all the trimmings. Eat, drink, sleep, live,
Making fires like in the Middle Ages. Sell on the medieval market
around 200 dealers from all over Europe their goods and food. Known are the Gotlanders
for their craftsmanship. The whole thing is garnished by musicians
and other performers of all kinds. I’ve been thinking
what fell on your toe. I was glad… – …that you’re
I don’t want you living in the Middle Ages. I went to the doctor, x-rayed briefly. I studied history.
and found castles exciting. Thought the Middle Ages… Then I’ll have everyday history,
I’ve been looking into it more closely. What toothache they had.
and couldn’t do anything. How it stunk partially. If you know these details,
you think, dive right into the Middle Ages
not necessarily, but in Visby, it’s different. To take a week off,
anytime. (Tamina) Also a highlight at the
the Festival Weeks: the Knights’ Tournament. One will be the winner. The story goes like this: 3 knights fight
for the Gothic mayor of Visby and his followers
on the one hand, 3 for the German Mayor
and his wife on the other. For every hit.
there’s a point. Now the audience demands
the fight man to man. It’s a good thing the knights with historical armour
are protected. (Tamina) Iron chain mail shirts
and armour you can also visit the Gotland Museum
in Visby. They’re copies of the grave finds,
as the warrior generation to the Vikings,
so in the late Middle Ages. That was the time when Gotland
was Danish for almost 300 years. Swedish was the island
in the 17th century. They’re picture stones, between the 5th and 12th centuries.
have been produced. They were standing at graves, but also
in other public places. The museum in Visby
is a must for everyone, which was celebrated at the medieval festival
want to hear more as dance and disguise. Gotland was a sought-after spot
and has an eventful history. Also, unusually many
buried treasures. The treasure of Spillings
is the largest silver find in the world: 14,000 silver coins and
Jewellery from the Viking Age. (Stefan) Visby was a member
of the Hanseatic League. In the 12th century.
more and more merchants let themselves from German Baltic cities, the Rhineland
and Westphalia in Visby. They built beautiful townhouses, gained great influence
and levied its own duties, what the local
I didn’t like the rural population. Finally there was the civil war. The annual medieval festival reminds me of that terrible
Discussion. These stones, you saw,
how they’re arranged? Looks like a ship from above,
hot ship settlements. One suspects, that in the Bronze Age.
were used as graves. Bones have been found
in excavations. Let them guess,
that about 3,000 years ago. the Gotlanders
began the sea trade. (Tamina) Such
strange limestone rocks are called Raukar. You can find them on Gotland
in many places. The island exists in large parts
from a limestone plateau, 400 million years ago.
has arisen. The little red houses
are former fishermen’s huts. And no wonder, as a delicacy
smoked fish is offered. smoking fish,
is very common in Sweden. The salmon they sell here,
will not be captured from Gotland, but only
freshly smoked here. Like almost everywhere in Sweden.
warm smoked with fir cones. It’s those moments,
where I think, that’s the beauty of travelling. That in places like this.
can trace these traditions and experience it fresh and delicious, as it is at home
is not going to happen. (Stefan) Such collections
of wooden houses are typical for Gotland. There are
in many places on the island. In the small huts lived
the fishermen during the fishing season. Fishing
was very important to Gotland. Was it 800 years ago
Professional fishermen, it’s only 15 today. Professional fishing
is no longer worth it in this area. (Tamina) North of Lickershamn
it’s all about lime. We were in
of the former lime factory in Bläse and then in the Blue Lagoon. This is
a former limestone factory, which today is a museum:
Bläse Kalkbruk. The limestones were covered on the outside with
a conveyor belt and a chimney conveyed to the kilns
and processed into mortar. In Bläse, that’s what you learn in the museum, there was the limestone industry
from 1860 to the middle of the 20th century. It’s shown
how hard the work was. Like they did for lime,
very exciting. (Tamina) The museum also informs about everyday life
of the working class families back then. That’s how you get a good impression, as the people
lived on Gotland around 1900. Next to the museum.
there are small wooden huts, that you
for very little money. Air mattress and sleeping bag
you bring yourself. Typical on Gotland are
such plants as well, where you can get Bed and Breakfast
or camping. Or you rent
Houses or apartments. (Tamina) The former limestone factory
Furillen Factories now houses a design hotel. It’s made with natural materials
furnished and damn stylish. The Scandinavians can do it easily. This style, this clear design.
These beautiful clear forms. This feel-good atmosphere,
not too much, not too little. I like this very much. And we did a good job,
to reinterpret something old. Yes, the Swedish look. The Bläse-Kalkbruk Museum is the starting point
for tourists several times a day a historic train, in which formerly tons of overburden
were transported from the quarry. * Music * After 25 min drive
you reach a small bathing lake, which was once the result of lime mining
has arisen. Here you can
great bird watching, Fishing for salmon and swimming. * Music * Further north, there’s another
more beautiful bathing lake: the Blue Lagoon. This is the most popular bathing place
near the lime mining museum. If you feel like it, if you have time.
it’s warm enough to jump in. * Music * (Tamina) Our next stations:
the Kneippbyn amusement park, an event at the village Rone in the south
and the beach of Tofta. (Stefan) In Vattenland there is
the craziest water slides. * Music * A huge amusement park. The great thing is: Original film backdrops stand there
and the original Villa Kunterbunt. (man speaks Swedish) In summer, daily small plays
in Swedish. They’re still easy to understand. (Tamina) Of course, one can also
into the Villa Kunterbunt, in Pippi Longstocking’s house
from the 1969 movie. You find everything again, what Pippi’s life has to offer you.
that has remained in our memory. Also many photos
from the shooting. That’s how the movie theater was built. from location
to the theme park. (speaks Swedish) ? I have a house,
a colorful house. A monkey and a horse,
they’re looking out the window. I got a house,
a monkey and a horse. And anyone who likes us,
gets our multiplication tables taught. ? (Tamina) Pippi with her creator, the author of the children’s book
Astrid Lindgren. Actress Inger Nilsson
is still used today by many the only true
Pippi Longstocking remained. We met them at Gotland.
and asked, “Was Inger like Pippi? No, not in my memory. I had been Mommy’s girl,
never apart from her. Then I had to work with a film team
to Gotland and Stockholm. That was far away from my home. And you were
with strange people. How was
their relationship with animals? I really loved that horse. Even Maria, who played Annika,
we both loved the horse. They had
a horse casting, to find one,
that could carry three children. And it had to be white so that
you could paint the dots on it. That was really nice. And that little monkey,
who looked cute. He bit me in the hand once. I said take him away. He bit my hair, too. I had these pigtails. Then they gave me the one with the
Rope tied around my back, because he always wanted to run away. It made him terribly angry.
and I did it with my pigtail. The make-up artist screamed:
Oh no, it’s expensive! Don’t! Don’t! * Music * I am fascinated by
the Pippi Longstocking Stories that optimistic,
Freedom lovers and unorthodox. And that brave one. I gave it to my kids.
for about the tenth time. I’d be happy to read it to them,
because I think it’s a great role model. That’s what they say,
Appreciation is important, but freedom and individuality
is also important. * Music * Now they’re playing Kubb. And that’s
at the Kubb World Championship near Rone. The teams come from the USA.
Switzerland, but also from Germany. A team is called
“Bomb the king,” hit the king, and comes from Erkelenz. This is
the 3rd time World Championship, the second time for me. I wasn’t there last year. But my father
is playing here for the third time. My grandpa’s fourth time,
the first time, he was world champion. And we want
you’re going to be world champion someday. The game is complicated. First, you try
with the throwing stick one of the base Kubbs
at the sidelines. Only at the end
the king may fall. We’ve been to tournaments.
in Berlin and everywhere. That was a lot of fun,
That’s what we said, Now we’re going
to Sweden. This is a super atmosphere here.
with so many cubbers. You don’t see it anywhere else. (Tamina) We went on to a
small bay south of Visby right next to the beach at Tofta. Almost 1 million holidaymakers
come to Gotland every year and almost only Sweden. Not even 10% from Germany,
Denmark, Norway and Finland. In July and early August
it’s pretty crowded here. * Music * The water is shallow for a very long time. Class for children,
relaxing for her parents. On this Gotland journey
we went on a field trip to the neighbouring island of Farö. You can do that several times a day.
I’ll take the ferry over. To the sister island of Farö,
which is very different. Much more barren, much more original,
much stonier, but also beautiful. * Music * There’s more of these on Farö.
extraordinary limestone columns, called rockets. * Music * Especially because of this bizarre rock
tourists come here. It stimulates the imagination. You shouldn’t be surprised that
especially imaginative people are taken with this island. Done at a famous
Swedish director. We are talking about Ingmar Bergman. He was so fascinated by that
barren, pristine island, that he lived there for many years. and many movies
has staged and implemented. I guess he was
very popular with the population, because he’s there
with passion. If you follow in his footsteps.
I’m not the one who wants to walk with pleasure, then you can do that there. In the Bergmancenter his work will be
and life on the island with photos and films. One of his films.
is called “persona”, with Bibi Andersson and Liv Ullmann. Many of his films are in the exhibition
beautiful rooms dedicated. Especially splendid will be his last
biographically inspired feature film “Fanny and Alexander.
from the year 1982. It was a cold April day, as Bergman Gotland and Farö
the first time. He was looking for
a location for a movie. Actually, he was going for the
in the Scottish Orkney Islands. But it was too expensive for the film company. Thus led him
fate to Faroe, where he can be the wildest of all
I bought a house on the beach in 1967. * Music * On Farö there are also
a biker spot, a creperie. You can’t miss them. As in France
the hearty “Galettes”. A distinction is made between the Brando varieties,
Hopper, Elvis or Miss Taylor. The sweet pancakes
are just crepes. Here you can also find
concerts take place on a regular basis, for whom the drummer of
Elvis was flown in from Memphis. (speaking Swedish) On Farö there are
some beautiful sandy beaches. The longest
is the Sudersand Beach. And as is so often the case on Baltic islands. stands at the northernmost point
a lighthouse. Now we’re gonna do one more thing.
Trip to Sweden’s far north. Between Stockholm and the
The Arctic Circle lies just under 1,000 km away. And that’s where we’re going now. * Music * (Tamina) Sweden in summer
is great. We were beautiful, but once.
in the cold season up there, and all the way up north. Even north of the Arctic Circle. There lies the land of the Sami. They used to call it land of rags, therefore the region is called
still today: Lapland. White, clinking cold
and incredibly fascinating there’s the Swedish winter. * Music * On the way I was here with
Mats Rullander and his huskies. This is really
a very special pleasure, from sled dogs
to let me go. One of my first shows.
2006 in Sweden. Winter in Sweden,
that was an adventure. Many people
are not okay with this, that dogs in this way
can be used. But this locomotion has
a long tradition in the Arctic Circle. (Tamina) We had hardly any snow. But he said he could handle it,
that’s a rugged sled. Then we’re off,
the cameraman so whoops. We were already gone. He like this, stop,
we have to show this somehow. Then to get the dogs to still
back and then past again, that was really adventurous. Where there are many lakes and rivers, is nature
particularly fascinating. Cause they’re freezing to death.
and form bizarre shapes. * Music * This haircut, look, no.
– What do you mean? It’s beautiful. Yes, but…
– You haven’t changed a bit. Look at that face.
– It’s true. Just a grin… (Tamina) Joking aside. So we went on a date.
in a very inconspicuous place. Fortunately in a comfortable car
with heating. * Music * It’s quite interesting, the Arctic Circle is something,
what you can’t see. Still, it’s
a certain feeling. We were on the team.
I’ve asked them over and over again, we’re already above the Arctic Circle,
we’re north or south. That’s why a nice idea,
to make this a tangible experience. Hello.
– Hello, what’s this? Welcome to the
at the Arctic Circle in Samiland. Where exactly is the Arctic Circle?
– Here, you see him on the floor. What exactly is the Arctic Circle? The Arctic Circle is the place,
where the sun in summer at least once a year
won’t go down and in winter
doesn’t rise in one day. You can’t see them there. What’s going on here? Here I would like to offer you a
a little Arctic Circle ceremony. You need to get on this side.
– I’m taking a big step. Arctic Circle crossed. As a welcome greeting
you get this deed. I still have the deed. That’s what it is, you could say that,
what a bells and whistles. But about a little ceremony like this. such things remain
I remember you better. It’s with the wedding
or any other, baptism, and so are stories like that. It’s beautiful sometimes,
to celebrate something. Then it has a different value too.
within the biography on a permanent basis. I remember that. I remember that. What is this?
– This is reindeer sausage. Reindeer salami. Mm-hmm.
– Good? And bread.
– Try. That?s good. Very good.
– It’s very soft. It wasn’t a coincidence, by the way, that on this day of all days.
they had rented a car. Because now we were driving
to a paradise for car freaks. And that’s mainly because of
the weather conditions there. * Music * This lighting mood. This sun that’s just a little bit
over the horizon and then leaves. We were there in November, between 10 and 14 o’clock
the sun came over the horizon. Then she disappeared again. Then it will be
not immediately pitch dark, but then there’s
this twilight. Through the snow that reflects,
it’s never quite dark. A special atmosphere
and this clear, dry cold. This clear air has something unbelievable about it.
Cleansing up there. * Music * They’ve got a real
Winter, really crisp winter. The lake’s freezing over,
99% is safe. Mostly.
– Always actually. Not like us,
you wait 12 years, then maybe snow will come. These strange signs,
that can be seen from the air, are not aliens. In summer here is
a lake landscape, which is now completely frozen over. The signs have the test drivers
from car manufacturers. 1,800 km of tire tracks in the ice. We’re on a
in the frozen lake. That’s where the car trainings are. There’s these cars going.
all over the place. And you can practice how to go
I’m going to kill myself with my car in the winter. * Music * What do I have to watch out for?
– Slow on the steering wheel. Then let’s go.
– Gas? You can tell,
I’m gonna see your butt break out. And brake,
always brake in between. Turn here again.
– This is fun too. Gas, gas, more, more.
– More gas, okay. Help! Help!
– More gas. And slowly.
– It’s a nice shoot. Now she doesn’t know what she’s doing,
and then the car brakes itself. It’s great we’re on a test track.
and can’t avoid anything. More like straight ahead,
not move so much with the steering wheel, but more straight ahead. That’s a challenge,
but thank God the cars these systems,
that help you on snow and ice. 80 to 100 cm
the ice cover must be thick, so that also trucks and buses
on the ice. This is where the carmakers do their research,
how their vehicles among the extreme polar
conditions. If you can handle this, the Central European
I can’t wear it in winter. But of course there will be help. On the test track you have to
spray and smooth the ice, milling and flattening. * Music * Much further north
you can hardly be in Sweden. Our journey went on to
Jukkasjärvi, near the town of Kiruna. While we were shooting in Jukkasjärvi,
the famous ICEHOTEL was built. * Music * At that time the first
Blocks cut out of the river. Normally, an ice hotel like this
only open in winter. But in Jukkasjärvi.
since 2017, which is a cold, year-round
room for the guests, cooled by solar energy. Even in summer. It all started in a different way,
as an artist project by Eisauer. Mr. Berg,
this is a big construction site. How to build
this huge hotel exactly? 15 years ago, when we were
started with that, there we have a small igloo hotel
with 50 square meters built. As time goes by.
we have tried a lot and they came up with the idea,
to work with metal molds. Then we found the perfect bow.
for our material. It’s artificial snow. The natural snow would
is far from enough. Because we need 30,000 to 40,000
Cubic meters, that’s a lot. That’s why we have the snow cannons. How big will the hotel be
will end? It will be about 4,000 to 5,000 square feet
grow big. There will be 70 rooms,
a church, the ice bar, a large entrance hall,
a sculpture gallery. So a lot of stuff. Walls, beds, furniture: Everything in the ICEHOTEL
is made from frozen water. * Music * A whole hotel just of ice. I’d like to spend 1/2 hour there, too.
but not for one night. * Music * I can’t imagine
I can’t imagine. How do you sleep?
in a bed of ice like this? It must be freezing cold. I’m having a little fun tonight.
dreamt of a fireplace. * Music * Sure, why am I not there?
You got that right? This most beautiful day of your life.
you really will never forget. * Music * (Tamina) In the bar there are also
Drinking vessels made of pure ice. There’s only high percentages
in those sundaes. Anything else would freeze instantly. That’s stupid again. I’m still sucking my dick.
Apple spritzer, and then we’ll go. * Music * (Tamina) For the construction of the sculptures every year an international
Artist team together. In a workshop you can also
guests as ice sculptors. What tools
do you use there? I don’t use that many
various tools. That’s my main device,
I treat it like my baby. It’s very hot.
and it has to be sharp, if I want to cut ice with it. I’m allowed to use the blade
I can’t even touch the snow, because he’s got that edge
could damage the ship. Does it take a lot of strength? No, because of the sharpness.
it almost goes by itself. Just hear and look. It’s lovely. Looks good. Use this also for
the fine, fragile parts? Yeah, I really use it a lot,
I can work with it real good. I also use
my knife here. That also has to
really hot. The students here
have only just begun, to work with ice. What to look out for? You have to learn,
how the tools work, to engrave the ice. Now they’re working
of small objects, but later they’ll be
work with large blocks. 2 meters high and higher. (speaks Swedish) More than 500 artists from all over the world have already been developed at the time
of the ICEHOTEL. * Music * I’m fine,
now that I’ve seen this, I could leave right away. That’s a good sign.
– Definitely. Then we say: Thanks for your time.
Watch. – See you next time. As the Swedes say: Hej da.
– Bye. Bye. Copyright WDR 2019