Monday, July 11, 2011

Traveling with kids in northern Sweden: visiting Lövvattnets Family Farm

There's actually a chicken hiding in that currant bush!
Summer time in northern Sweden can be absolutely gorgeous if you get some sun and some warmth, and July is usually the best month for that. Glittering lakes, lush birch trees, summer flowers in the meadows, nights that don't truly get dark... it's all right there.

If you are visiting this part of the world, you'll notice that there are lots of little farm houses scattered all over the landscape. Many of them are small family businesses, and grow only feed for cattle and horses, and maybe keep some sheep, cows, horses, pigs or chickens. In recent years, it's become more common for these small farms to sell produce directly to the public.

At Lövvattnets Lantbruk (Lövvattnets Farm: the link goes to their Swedish language Facebook page), the owners have taken a further step: in the summer, they've opened up their farm to tours, organized a small shop and cafe, and they sell farm produce and products like meat and cheese directly to visitors.

I visited the place last week with my family and my children, and I'd definitely recommend it as an outing for a family. The farm is quite literally located in the middle of nowhere, in the tiny village of Lövvattnet outside Lövånger.

Nom nom nom...

When we visited the shop and cafe were closed, but we could look at the sheep with their lambs, the calves, the ducklings and chickens, the horse, and especially the puppies. There were nine very active, and very cute puppies and assorted other dogs that played and goofed around with the kids and each other while we visited. Definitely a hit, especially with my dog-crazy daughter.

The farm, shop and cafe are open Wednesdays and Sundays, 11 am until 3 pm, from June until the last day of August (summers are short up north!). The owners are new, and I could tell the "open farm" idea is something they're still working on (not a lot of signage or parking), but the farm is friendly with lots of animals to see. We might head back there this week to check out the store! 

Driving directions: From Lövånger, drive towards Vebomark for 6 km, then turn left onto the small gravel road leading to the farm. You can also find the farm on Bing Maps. The GPS coordinates are 64.34876, 20.50362.

Contact information: The phone number is 070-807 58 48. Or find the farm on Facebook.

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