The nearest airport is the Ronneby airport, which lies 30km (19 miles) north of Karlskrona. The Flygbuss from the airport costs 120SEK ($24/£12) per person each way, and a taxi costs 300SEK ($60/£30) each way. Transit time is 25 minutes, and bus departures are timed to coincide with the arrivals of airplanes.
Karlskrona lies on the main rail link between Stockholm and southern Sweden and points west. There are frequent trains throughout the day. Svenda Bus services the area from Stockholm (take no. 31). Both the train and the bus stations lie within a 5- to 7-minute walk of the town center. Motorists can follow E66 north from Kristianstad or the same motorway southwest from the port of Kalmar (also the same route from Stockholm farther north).
For information about the town and the area, go to the Karlskrona Tourist Office, Stortorget 2, 371 83 Karlskrona (tel. 0455/30-34-90; www.karlskrona.se). In summer, hours are Monday to Friday 10am to 8pm, Saturday and Sunday 9am to 8pm. Off-season hours are Monday to Friday 10am to 6pm, Saturday 10am to 1pm. Boat trips of the archipelago are often available in summer; ask at the tourist office for details.
Lövmarknad, on the day before Midsummer's Eve, is one of the liveliest and most attended events on the southern coast of Sweden. It takes place on the Stortorget, the main square of Karlskrona. During the celebration, Swedes decorate their houses, churches, and other structures with flowers, and raise a maypole. All members of the community dance around the maypole until late in the evening. Dancing to traditional music, drinking, and dining, including the eating of the first potatoes of the year, highlight the festivities. Contact the tourist office, above, for more information.
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