One of Swedens most wellknown Zoo’s is Kolmården, situated at the shore of Bråviken since 1965, with a dolphinarium which opened as early as in 1969. We have been there several times during the years, but recently we went there again to check what has changed.

Kolmården Dolphin Show

They claim to be the biggest wildlife park in Scandinavia and I actually hope that it’s not the truth, because I found it to be smaller than I remembered. Of course the last time I went there I was really young and now when I’m old (lol) everything seem smaller to me…

Description of the wildlife park features:

  • Around 750 wild attractions
  • The world’s first Safari Wildlife Park gondola
  • Marine World including the dolphin show Life
  • Tiger World with Siberian tigers
  • Gorilla Island
  • Childrens Farm
  • Aquarium (outside the entrance)

The main reason for us going there again was the new dolphin show called Life, which took them 1.5 year to get ready, filled with facts about dolphins and with a message about the life at the earth and the environment, matched with music from ET, Superman, Lejonkungen och Titanic.

I recommend going there when it’s not so very hot summer weather since then the animals are getting too lazy and hide in the shadows to keep comfortable. In the end of July there was a little elephant male born for the first time at Kolmården, so if you go there now you get to see the little one.

The one thing that impressed us the most was the rather new Safari Cable Gondolas with digital guiding in different languages which went around all the park (2640 m) making the best view to see animals up close from above. The only way we did see the lions and the bears, so that was great. You also get really close to the Giraffes since they are so tall!

Kolmården Zoo have had several serious incidents with wolf attacks and even one of the caretakers of the wolfs killed in 2012, so they stopped letting visitors in to the wolfs. Earlier it was possible to buy a wolf visit as a birthday gift. I was even considering it myself once since I got a giftcard that was valid for it.

You do have the opportunity to book a closer meeting with the dolphins instead, but of course that is a more expensive alternative and you are not actually allowed to swim with them, just to have close contact.

If you are going there with kids, I recommend taking a day extra and either stay over the night at the nearby Vildmarkshotellet (Wildlife Hotel) for your own comfort or choose the more adventure way for the kids: the Safari Camp with it’s African style inside Kolmården, bringing your own sleeping bag. That way you get closer to the wildlife – if you are there under the right time during the summer.

If you want another budget alternative; why not stay at another camping area…? You can find campings around Kolmården at the Swedish Camping Map.

How to get there:

if going by car you have about 1,5 hour driving to do from Stockholm, you can follow signs from the E4. Or you can take bus or train, the InterCity train stops at Kolmården station. How to book the best train tickets, have a look at our Ultimate Train Travel Guide.

If flying directly nearby, you have the Stockholm Skavsta Airport or Norrköping Airport which offer good connections to Kolmården.

Be sure to check the opening hours, because it’s shifting depending on the time you go there. The Zoo is mostly open in the summer time or early autumn.

TIPS! Save the entrance ticket to Kolmården since it gives you 30% off at any of the other Parks and Resorts in Sweden – comes in handy if you as an example want to go to the Gröna Lund Tivoli or Aquaria in Stockholm.

You can see more of Lifecruiser Kolmården photos at Flickr.

©Lifecruiser Love Wildlife Parks


The founders of (7 million users/month local info & travel platform), also launched a very promising and useful travel videos site: Despite it being so new it has already got an impressive number of visits: over 2 million unique visitors!

Travel Videos Screen

I usually get contacted rather often with promoting emails of all kind of services, sites or apps. Not every one makes it through to my writing, but Pablo Grandinetti’s (co-founder of Urbita/Travel Videos) email did. Read why below…

Being the first search engine for travel videos organized using Urbita’s database of around 180,000 cities/towns, it sure did catch my attention fast. On top of that they also categorize the videos by location and add other information of interest like available tours, music festivals or sports events.

This approach is of course very useful for us travelers, gathering much of the info we want for our research for any city we plan to visit. Not only that, but the info we get is like insider-info, local knowledge of a place which is essential for any traveler that wish to plan the best holiday at that particular place.

I like the fact that I can get a search result with better videos than just searching for videos generally in different common video sites. is after all, specialized in travel videos, making it more suitable as a travel planning tool. Try it out!

©Lifecruiser Love Travel Videos



We went to the worlds very first permanent icebar: Icebar by Icehotel in Stockholm. The absolut coolest experience, especially to experience -5C cold degrees in the summertime. A bar built up from ice blocks where even the glasses you are drinking from are made of ice and you need winter gloves to hold your glass!

Icebar drinks iceglasses Stockholm

The worlds first permanent Icebar was built in Stockholm 2002, as well as the worlds first Icehotel was built up in Sweden and not anywhere else! Of course, since then this popular concept is popping up here and there in the world…

The Icebar in Stockholm is located in the Nordic Sea Hotel at Vasagatan, very close to the Arlanda Airport Express train, so even if you only have a short time in the city, you can get there.

All the ice in the icebar: the walls, art, the bar and the tables plus some seats, are made from ice blocks up from the northern Sweden: more exact Torne River in Jukkasjärvi, one of the purest rivers you can find today.

The few seats in there were covered – though who want to sit down in there…? It’s enough butt freezing standing up!

The icebar is re-designed twice a year with different designs. Right now the design is called “Frozen Format”. Our birthday guest we had with us, Jennifer, is from Rio de Janeiro in Brasil and she had never experienced the cold and ice like this before – other from the ice in drinks…

Icebar ice blocks art interior Stockholm

You get around 40 minutes in there, we stayed for 45 minutes and ordered nice drinks twice. You don’t need any longer time in there since you start to get really cold after a while despite the cape and gloves they put on you. We started to jump around in silly dances to keep warm. Whatever you do: don’t wear shorts and flipflops when going there… Ha ha…

If you want a more unusual wedding, it’s possible to get married in there. There are also several other activities there. You will find all the information you need at:

Also have a look at Lifecruiser Icebar Photos at Flickr.

I recommend having breakfast there, a very cool awakening indeed. If you don’t wake up after that, I don’t know what will wake you up!

©Lifecruiser Love Icebar