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3-day motorcycle adventure to Öland

The Moberg stone

Withing just a few minutes, we continued our journey towards Öland. But first, the birth place of Vilhelm Moberg. He is one of the more important writers of Sweden and wrote a series of novels, of which – The Immigrants – is the most known. The novel tells the story of a Swedish family who immigrated to America in the late 19th century. A movie based on the novels was made in 1971, by Jan Troell and starring Max von Sudow, and Liv Ullman.

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The place is really just a stone with inscription, but the story and history behind Moberg, the novels he wrote, is really interesting. About 1.2 million Swedes immigrated to America in the during the second half of the 19th century. All these cool facts, and that the backroads to the stone is a great ride, makes it all worth the detour.

Kalmar

After a little while we headed on, towards Kalmar, and its castle. The Kalmar Castle has an important place in the Scandinavian history as it was the place Queen Margrethe I of Denmark lead the unification of the nordic kingdoms, the Kalmar Union, in 1397. The union was dissolved in 1523 after Sweden rebelled and became independent.

The castle is really nice, very accessible and is worth a longer detour. If you’re going to Öland, it’s a must-see. There is a lot to read about Kalmar, and the Kalmar Union. Go and take a look at the wikipedia page to learn more about the fascinating nordic history of vikings, kings, and queens.

Calmar, Iowa, and Calmar, Alberta, is named after Kalmar. The latter was named after the home town of its first postmaster, C. J. Blomquist.

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