Eva Gyllenberg

Travel blogger, gastronaut, photographer and family adventurer with over 55 countries in his luggage. Eva loves trips that include beautiful nature, hiking boots and well-cooked food. On the travel blog Rucksack she takes you to all corners of the world with the help of her inspiring pictures and texts.

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Woman in dress on a bridge in the Japanese garden
Norrvikens gardens in Båstad - The secret garden - Skåne

On the Bjäre Peninsula outside Båstad is located Norrvikens gardens. One man's dream that became an exotic and magical park with miles-wide views of Laholmsbukten.

The blanket beach
Sights in Åhus - My 10 favorites - Skåne

Åhus is full of sights, history, nature experiences and wonderful places to eat. Tune in to my ten favorites!

The priest's bathtub
The priest's bathtub - Sand volcano on Österlen - Skåne

Just outside the fishing village of Vik på Österlen, lies a unique natural phenomenon. The priest's bathtub. Remains of an ancient sand volcano. A volcano? In Scania? And did we really get it right?

The dune landscape at Äspet
Hike Äspet around Skåneleden SL6 – Åhus – Skåne

One of Skåneleden's newest hiking trails SL6 starts in Åhus and goes through the Äspet nature reserve. A stretch that offers both rugged sand dunes and enticing sea bathing.

Vilnius
Sights in Vilnius - My 12 Favorites - Lithuania

Do you want to know what to do in Vilnius? Lithuania's capital Vilnius is a walkable city filled with sights and good food. In addition, the city is brilliantly beautiful during Christmas time. Here are my twelve favorites!

Eating and coffee in Åhus - Five tips for all seasons - Skåne

Åhus is a popular seaside resort during the summer, but the city is at least as interesting for a cozy weekend trip with good food all year round. Here are five really good tips!

20 things you must do before going on vacation

The trip is booked and the visa fixed! But what must you not forget to fix at home before you leave? Here comes the ultimate checklist!

Hollyhocks among Scania farms in Lund
Lund - 5 favorites to see and do - Skåne

The student city. One of Sweden's oldest cities. City of Roses. The cycling city. After a week in Lund, I can probably also add "One of Sweden's most beautiful cities" to the list. For Lund – that's nice!

Girl on the beach by the turquoise water in viken Wied il-Ghasri - Gozo
Wied il-Ghasri - The winding bay of Gozo - Malta

On the north coast of Gozo lies a tiny little beach in a meandering bay. Wied il-Ghasri. Perhaps one of the world's most beautiful beaches.

Gozo salt
The salt farmers of Gozo - Malta

In Xwejni on the north coast of Gozo, salt farmers still harvest sea salt in the traditional way in salt pans. The salt works are inherited in the family through the generations, but the profession is hard and tiring. Today, only a handful of salt farmers remain.

The castle of Chantilly from outside the moat
The Castle of Chantilly - Art, Horses and History - France

The castle of Chantilly just north of Paris is one of France's most magnificent castles. Here you will not only find one of the country's finest art collections, but also golden floors, a large stable and an impressive castle garden.

Best blog
The best travel blogs of 2020 - if the travel bloggers themselves get to decide

2021 started with an incredibly nice surprise for my little blog in the vote for "2020's best travel blogs"!

Mdina-Malta
Mdina – The walled city in the middle of Malta

In the middle of Malta lies the walled city of Mdina on a hill. With a view of the entire island, here you will find remains of most of the island's historical inhabitants and peoples, although the Arab winds blow a little extra in the small alleys.

Eva at Svabesholm
The year in travel 2020

The travel year 2020. The year that turned out to be something other than any of us could have ever imagined. The year that for me started in Vilnius and ended with covid-19.

Cycle Göta canal
Cycling along the Göta canal - An adventure with more flavor - Västergötland

Cycling along the Göta canal is like a style study in quiet, timeless enjoyment, Swedish landscapes and sore saddle bums.

Nordic Sea Winery
Nordic Sea Winery - Almost like in Napa Valley - Skåne

In the middle of the vines on the edge of Simrishamn is the Nordic Sea Winery restaurant. Good food, beautiful design and a dreamy feel of Napa Valley are offered here.

Rocks on the beach at Stenshuvud
Stenshuvud National Park – Where the waves meet Österlen - Skåne

Stenshuvud National Park is best known for its white sandy beach, but the national park has more to offer. Hike to viewpoints or stroll barefoot in the soft sand. Or just enjoy the sea and the light.

Road with trees by Ivösjön
The hop loop around Ivösjön - Skåne

Just north of Kristianstad is Skåne's largest lake Ivösjön. We set out on a journey of discovery along the 5 mile long road "Humleslingan" and discovered apple orchards, lovely nature, good food and lots of history.

Bridge of Sighs in Venice
Mini guide to Venice - 8 Tips before the trip - Italy

How expensive is Venice really? What do I do with the car? And how do I get around? Here are my top tips for Venice - collected in a mini guide!

Eva among the rape fields
10 things I never thought I'd miss about traveling

During the covid years, I missed traveling so it hurt. It went so far that I even miss the thing that annoys me when I travel. Here are 10 things I never thought I'd miss about traveling—but almost longed for.

Österlenspices
Farm shops on Österlen - 11 favorites - Skåne

One thing I love about Österlen are the many farm shops. Everything from chocolate pralines to flowers, applesauce to mustard. Here are my eleven favorites!

John Bauer Hotel - Jönköping
John Bauer Hotel in Jönköping – With dog – Småland

Do you need a hotel halfway between Stockholm and Skåne? Then the John Bauer Hotel in Jönköping is a really nice hotel - for both family and dog!

Söderåsen's South Söderåsen's National Park in Höstskruderåsen's National Park in Höstskruderåsen's National Park
Söderåsen National Park – Hiking in a golden ravine – Skåne

During autumn, Söderåsen National Park shows its most beautiful side. Our visit was a truly memorable walk through golden book halls and a moss-covered fire-colored ravine.

Autumn break on Österlen - Skåne

One more last minute Österlen? Yes, it was actually a lovely (but unplanned) autumn holiday in Sweden's Provence!

St. Lawrence
Sights in Madeira - My 10 Favorites - Portugal

Madeira has a lot to offer for an active holiday. Here are my top ten sights and experiences - everything from hiking trails to lava caves and fishing villages.

Dubai desert camel
8 attractions in Dubai - United Arab Emirates

Dubai is a city full of activities and attractions for the whole family! Here are my favorites!

Tåkern nature reserve - Naturum
Tåkern - Not just for bird watchers - Östergötland

At the Tåkern bird lake, you don't have to be a bird watcher to experience the large number of birds and the beautiful nature.

Sao Vicente lava cave - Madeira
Sao Vicente – The Lava Caves of Madeira – Portugal

In the lava caves of Sao Vicente, you not only meet Madeira's hot history - but also get to walk straight into the underground.

Bäckaskog castle
Bäckaskog castle - Where the angels sang the loudest - Skåne

It is said that the Bäckaskog monastery was built "where the angels sang the loudest". We took an autumn walk in the castle park to not only catch the 800-year winds of history - but maybe even see a ghost or two...

The water kingdom in the morning sun
Linnérundan - Family-friendly hiking in the Water Kingdom in Kristianstad - Skåne

In the middle of Kristianstad, you can go hiking Linnérundan in the Kingdom of Water – a protected biosphere area that not only has a very varied nature, but is also home to almost a fifth of all of Sweden's threatened species.

Haväng - Skåne
Haväng – Among sheep and Stone Age rocks on Österlen - Skåne

Can you get to know a place just by a song's lyrics? After walking across the windswept meadows at Haväng, I'm prepared to believe so.

A new traveler in the family Rucksack!

The year the world shrank, a seed of thought began to germinate in the family. A seed that turned into a wonderful little four-legged whirlwind in the family Rucksack!

View of nice little Piran
Piran – Italian vibes on the Slovenian Riviera

On Slovenia's little strip of coastline on the Mediterranean Sea lies the city of Piran. A car-free city with a lot of Venice feel and a lot of charm!

10 things I'm surprised by after our holiday

I haven't been on a holiday in Sweden since I was a child. So what was it really like to spend the holidays in Sweden during covid? Here are 10 things that surprised me!

Wedevåg manor
Wedevåg manor house - A gem to return to - Västmanland

Wedevåg's manor totally knocked us out with its beautiful rooms, fantastic food and sweet breakfast. We would love to come back here!

Family walks around Stockholm - My 5 favourites

There are many hiking trails around Stockholm that are suitable for families. Here are my five favorites!

Brösarp's slopes
Brösarp's slopes - Hiking where Skåne's hills meet Österlen

Brösarp's slopes are for many the very image of Österlen. We have hiked the blue trail over the northern slopes and encountered not only undulating landscapes but also a slightly too close reptile.

The More Hotel – Stylish apartment hotel in Lund - Skåne

The More Hotel is a stylish and fresh apartment hotel in central Lund, close to the whole of Scania. We stayed here for 8 days and had a great time!

Skulesogen National Park
Sights on the High Coast - My 7 favorites around Örnsköldsvik - Ångermanland

Around Örnsköldsvik you will find some of the High Coast's most unique sights and experiences. Tune in to my 7 favorites!

Eva Uskavi
"Mälardalen around" - Travel plans and tips from our road trip

Have you considered going on a road trip in Sweden? Here you have travel plans for a complete road trip around Mälaren!

Björnö nature reserve
Björnö nature reserve - Hiking among the rocks at Ingarö - Stockholm

One summer day in June, we visited the nature reserve Björnö on Ingarö and walked among beautiful archipelago views, cliffs and red small crofts.

Pearl confectionery
Östra Södermalm - Guide to my SoFo favorites 2020 - Stockholm

SoFo is one of my favorite areas in Stockholm, with plenty of bars, shopping and good food. Here you will find (some) of my favorites - 2020 edition!

Sofiero - greenhouse
The world opens again – but do I want to travel now?

After four months of turmoil and change, the world is starting to open up again. But how do I really feel about traveling today? Have I started booking trips now?

Fraser Island - the world's largest sand island - Queensland - Australia

Fraser Island in Queensland is a national park, a world heritage site and the world's largest sand island. Although the island consists of sand, there are also rainforests, freshwater lakes and a rich wildlife including dingos.

Hike Slåttdalsskrevan – Skuleskogen's most dramatic side – Ångermanland

In the middle of the Skuleskogen National Park is one of Sweden's coolest nature experiences - Slåttdalsskrevan. 200 meters long, 30 meters deep and 7 meters wide. Today a mountain, in the past part of the sea. The High Coast is the result of thousands of years of unique land elevation, weather and wilderness.

Reynisfjara-Iceland
Reynisfjara - The dangerous black beach - Iceland

One of the world's most beautiful beaches according to National Geographic, but definitely not a beach where you want to dip your toes. The black lava beach of Reynisfjara in Iceland offers not only scenic drama, but also really scary waves.

Jatiluwih - Rice Terraces - Bali
The rice terraces at Jatiluwih in Bali – Indonesia

In Bali, rice is an important staple food. We have walked among Jatiluwih's rice terraces and irrigation channels, which are not only beautiful - but also a cultural world heritage.

The postonja cave
Postojna and Skocjan caves – Slovenia's wonderful underground

In Slovenia's karst landscape, there are two of the world's most delicious caves – Postojna Cave and Skocjan Cave. So close to each other, yet so different. I have visited both.

Pinnacles desert - The desert with the mysterious limestone players - Western Australia - Australia

Some deserts hide not only beauty and silence, but also mysteries. Like the limestone columns in the Pinnacles desert in Nambung National Park in Australia, which no one really understands how they were created.

Marsaxlokk-Malta
Marsaxlokk – The colorful fishing village in Malta

One of Malta's most colorful places is the small fishing village of Marsaxlokk - famous for its excellent fish restaurants and the colorful fishing boats with eyes.

Steninge Castle - Among gold vivas, great power era and design shopping - Stockholm

Just outside Sigtuna, the yellow castle Steninge is at a perfect excursion distance from Stockholm. Sit down for a coffee in the sun at the café or wander among the goldenrods in the castle garden.

Ulvön - The pearl of the high coast
Ulvön - Visit the pearl of the High Coast - Ångermanland

Ulvön in the High Coast archipelago is as much Swedish glory as you can get. A shade of idyll and pure summer happiness.

Striped mountains in the Petrified Forest
Petrified Forest - The petrified forest in the striped desert - Arizona

Petrified forest is a desert landscape in the United States that is unlike any other. 200 million years ago, tropical forests in Arizona were covered by volcanic lava. The trees eventually became a petrified forest surrounded by a striped desert.

A broken camera and a happy Easter

It was a different Easter this year, with a broken camera, a lot of Facetime and a large amount of seafood.

Bathing is popular in Balestjärnen's crystal clear waters
Balestjärnen - Hike the Höga kusten trail to Balesudden - Ångermanland

Along the Höga Kusten trail, the strange Balestjärnen is located high up on the Balesudden cliff. A unique place with crystal clear water and well-preserved tree skeletons.

Blue pools in Mount Aspiring
Mount Aspiring National Park - Among the waterfalls of the misty mountains - New Zealand

A place that often appears in the Tolkien films is Mount Aspiring in New Zealand – a national park with fairy-tale landscapes among misty and rainy mountains.

5 board games for you who like travel

Craving for games? Here are tips on five board games that will take you to five different countries!

Photo vacation part 1 – California in pictures

When you can't go on a road trip in California, you can go on a PHOTO holiday! Join all sides of the California countryside - far from the highways, high-rises and Hollywood wannabies of the big cities.

When everything is to be cancelled

What happens when a trip has to be canceled due to the corona crisis? We have now (largely) canceled our entire Greece trip. It turned out to be both simple and extremely complicated...

Malta
Malta on sports holiday - What was the best, worst and what is good to know?

How was traveling to Malta on the sports holiday? Here are my reflections and tips!

Sugamour - Vilnius
Cafes in Vilnius - My 5 favorites - Lithuania

Vilnius is the perfect city for coffee lovers. Fairytale, dreamy, fuzzy and classic. Just sit down and order a coffee!

Jamaica
Trips I do NOT dream of

Believe it or not, as much as I love to travel, there are places and trips that I do NOT dream about. Here is my list with a twinkle in my eye and maybe a little spice too :)

Travel pharmacy - How to pack for the trip

If you get sick on the trip, it's good to have a travel pharmacy with you. Here you will find a checklist - regardless of destination and age!

Traveling in corona times - thoughts the day after returning from Malta

This weekend we came home from a lovely trip to Malta. But what was it really like to travel and fly during the week when everything revolved around the spread of the coronavirus?

Australia
24 tips and good things to know before going to Australia

Are you going to travel to Australia? I have collected my 24 best tips from all our trips to Australia in one list. High and low. Quirky and practical.

Nerada Tea Plantation - Queensland
Nerada Tea Plantation - Among tree kangaroos and tea leaves in the Atherton tablelands - Queensland - Australia

The Atherton Tablelands is said to be the only place in the world where the climate can give you both coffee, tea, sugar and milk. Simply everything you need in life. We have visited Australia's largest tea plantation – Nerada.

Monument Valley USA
Monument Valley – Iconic landscape of the Navajo Nation

Far from cities and civilization lies the iconic Monument Valley. The place that is so special that we have visited it not just once, but twice.

Not the best weather in Orsa Grönklitt
Orsa Grönklitt - Skiing for a weekend - Dalarna

This weekend we were in Orsa Grönklitt and went slalom. What did we think of the slopes, the food and the service? Here comes our family review!

Florence - Italy
Sights in Florence - My Top 10 Favorites - Tuscany - Italy

Florence is one of Italy's most popular cities and there are many sights to see. Here are my ten favorites – which actually turned out to be largely edible!

Lobster Shack - Cervantes
Lobster for lunch at the Lobster Shack in Cervantes - Australia

Lobster, crayfish or crawfish? At least we ate a fresh lobster lunch at the Lobster Shack in Cervantes.

Kullaberg Nature Reserve – Scania's wildest side

In northwestern Scania are the wild and beautiful Kullaberg. Here in the nature reserve, you will not only find rocks that look like they are on the High Coast, but also the occasional porpoise.

Sunik-vattenlund-Slovenia
The fairytale landscape at Šunik – Among moss and waterfalls in Slovenia

The ravine at Šunik was undoubtedly the most delicious hike of the year. Among moss, waterfalls and autumn leaves, Slovenia showed itself from its very best side.

amandus
Restaurants in Vilnius - My 5 Favorites - Lithuania

Vilnius, the capital of Lithuania, has a wide range of restaurants and the prices are very affordable. Here are my 5 favorites!

Faja Dos Padres from above
Fajã dos Padres - Where Madeira becomes even more exotic - Portugal

Faja dos Padres is located in its own climate zone on Madeira, only accessible from the sea or by cable car. Totally unique, a little weird and pretty awesome.

Soca Valley - Slovenia
The emerald green waters of the Soča Valley – Slovenia

The Soča Valley in Slovenia is not only a valley for those who like kayaking, fishing or hiking - but also an endless source of beautiful views and turquoise rivers.

CDH Radda in Chianti
Hotel Review: CDH Hotel Radda, Tuscany - Italy

It is not entirely easy to find the right accommodation in Tuscany, the villages are many and the hotels are small. We stayed at the CDH Hotel Radda, a surprisingly affordable hotel in the middle of Tuscany!

Hornsgatan
Hornsgatan in Stockholm - A little more fun shopping

It's time for the next area on Söder to be included in the shopping guide "My Stockholm favourites". Join us at Hornsgatan!

Vilnius
Vilnius - what was the best, worst and what should we have thought about? - Lithuania

Having just returned from cozy Vilnius, it is time to sum up the trip. What what simply the best, worst and what should we have thought of before the trip?

Volterra – The Alabaster City on kullen in Tuscany - Italy

The alabaster city of Volterra became our unplanned Tuscan gem, with both a Roman amphitheater and a fairytale fort.

Grand Canyon - Arizona - USA
20 simple tips to take better holiday photos

You don't need an expensive camera or kilos of equipment to take great vacation photos! Here are my 20 best tips!

Vrsic Pass-Slovenia
Vrsic pass – The road across the Slovenian wilderness

In northwestern Slovenia is a national park with forests, valleys, mountain ranges and light blue lakes. A road runs across the national park over the mountain pass Vrsic at 1611 meters. Could it perhaps be one of Europe's top ten most beautiful roads?

In Fee Slovenia by Lake Bled
Merry Christmas with the year in travel 2019

2019 is almost over and it's time to summarize the travel year! Where have I been this year?

Cocoon Meetings
5 unique hotels with that little something extra

There are unique accommodations that leave a little more of an impression on the memory than others. Here are my five favourites: From castle to hut. From monastery to train carriage.

Tombstone
Tombstone - The deadly silver town in Arizona - USA

Not all cities are called America's deadliest. However, the southern Arizona silver mining town of Tombstone earned its name.

This year's Swedish travel profile 2019!

Some years Santa arrives a little earlier than others. I am both blushing and bowing with pride. This year has Rucksack (and I) have been named one of Sweden's top ten Swedish travel profiles!

Kalbarri National Park - Red River Gorges and Flies of Western Australia - Part 1 - Australia

Kalbarri National Park offers a dramatic river canyon in red sandstone - one of Western Australia's most delicious natural experiences.

Lake Bled Slovenia
Lake Bled – A fabulous day in Bled, Slovenia

The jewel-colored lake with the small church in the Slovenian Alps. Lake Bled is photographed, written about and well visited - and at least as beautiful as a fairy tale.

Flamingos in pink lake
Hutt Lagoon - The pink lake - Western Australia - Australia

Some days bubblegum pink, other days brick red. The pink Hutt Lagoon offers a colorful spectacle no matter when you go here.

Il Palagetto – A scent of truffles among cypress trees in Tuscany – Italy

In the middle of the greenest of the green landscapes, we found a small pasta oasis with an associated hotel. A place in Tuscany to dream back to.

Milford Road
The road to Milford Sound - New Zealand's most beautiful road?

The road to Milford Sound in New Zealand is not just a transport route, but a display of New Zealand's most beautiful views.

Gondolas in Venice
Venice - When the sea approaches - The annual floods - Italy

Venice became an unexpected love for me. Perhaps that is why it now hurts to read about the disaster. If I was drowned by the charms of Venice, Venice is now drowned by the sea.

Lake Bohinj – Slovenia's turquoise pearl

When Lake Bohinj met me with its mirror-like surface and rust-red mountains, then I understood. There are places where reality surpasses all images.

Drive in Northern Italy for 14 days - day plans and itinerary - Italy

Are you going on a road trip in Italy? Few countries can offer as much culture and historical sites as Italy. Florence, Venice, Tuscany, Pisa, Cinque Terre – I've summed up our itinerary for a 14-day road trip starting and ending in Milan! Come along!

Vintgar Gorge - Hike in the gorge with the great views - Slovenia

Outside Bled in Slovenia, the Radovna River has burrowed into the mountain and created the Vintgar Gorge. An easily accessible and simple hiking trail is offered here in a gorge with views that sometimes feel like a James Bond movie.

Slovenia-Bohinj
Slovenia - What was the best, worst and what should we have thought about?

Yesterday we came home from Slovenia, after a lovely autumn week filled with turquoise lakes, mountains, caves, vineyards and pastel-coloured palaces. What did we think of Slovenia? Here are our quick thoughts!

Shark Bay - Coral Coast Marine Wonder - Australia

85 miles north of Perth lies one of the world's marine wonders. Surrounded by deserts, far from large cities and with large meadows of seaweed below the surface. Shark Bay provides unique conditions for everything from sharks, whales and dolphins to dugongs and stromatolites.

Eva-Kalbarri-Lowepro
What uses Rucksack for backpacks?

There are two backpacks that I usually take with me on my travels. A chic city backpack and a backpack for camera equipment. So here goes my best-in-test for travel daypacks!

Port of Fremantle, Australia
Fremantle - Markets and breweries in the beautiful harbor city of Perth - Australia

Fremantle is Perth's port city, a historic and lively small town on the Indian Ocean. We went here for the nice atmosphere, the lovely fish restaurants and (of course) the ferry to Rottnest Island.

Eva-Gyllenberg-Rucksack-Best travel blog
Dream destinations (and plans) for next year

Planned trips, longing for new places and longing for old favourites. It's almost a new year and I've already booked two trips. But where will the dream trip go? Time to dream away!

Driving - Australia
Driving a car in Australia - How to do it?

Australia is the dream destination that has everything for a great road trip. But what do you need to consider when driving in Australia? Here are my best tips for a carefree road trip Down Under!