Nelson's Scandinavia
Chicago, IL





From the mid 1840’s through the 1930’s population pressures, crop failures, divided inheritances, and other social ills caused one fifth of the population or approximately 1,200,000 people to leave Sweden. Although the emigration was supported by most provinces the majority of the emigrants came from the provinces of Skåne, Blekinge, Småland, Öland, Östergötland, Halland, Älvsborgs Län, Dalsland, Värmland, and Hälsingland.

To know your roots, your heritage and history is important to everyone’s personal development. With today’s technology it is easier than ever before to learn where your ancestors came from and to visit that location. What a thrill to find the church or homestead of your ancestors.

In Värmland, Småland and Hälsingland, for example you will find emigrant houses, institutes and museums making this history come alive. It’s possible to combine this research with a visit to the Norwegian Fjords, north of Sweden for the midnight sun, and the Sami people, an overnight cruise to Helsinki or one of many options to create the travel experience of a lifetime

By rental car from Stockholm drive north via Uppsala, the medieval capital and home of the largest university, then on to the province of Hälsingland. Alfta, home of the House of Migrants located in an 18th century farmhouse, features three old style farmhouses, a wooden storehouse, and a café. Continue your journey to the province of Dalarna to view the works of world famous artists Carl Larsson and Anders Zorn. Stop at Nusnäs to paint your own Dala Horse before heading southwest into the province of Värmland. The staff at the Kinship Center in Karlstad may be able to assist you with further genealogical research. The Värmland Museum, and Selma Lagerlöf’s Mårbacka are but a few of the highlights. Conclude your visit via highway E18 toward Stockholm.

From Stockholm drive southwest to Vadstena to spend a night in a 13th century convent, before continuing to the province of Småland. In the city of Växjö visit the Småland Glass Museum, and the House of Emigrant’s where additional genealogical research may be possible. A visit to one of the many glass factories in the area should be included before entering the province of Skåne. In Lund visit the university and the cathedral before continuing to Copenhagen via the Öresund Bridge to return your rental car.