Töllstorps Industry Museum

Many towns in Sweden have a club that takes care of preserving the old traditional buildings. So even the tiniest villages can have a nice collection of wooden buildings that most probably would have been gone in other places. Thanks to one of these Hembygdsförening, you can nowadays visit the Töllstorps Industry Museum in Gnosjö showing several huts that use waterpower to drive old mashines. I arrived here more by luck after visiting the Söderåsen National Park. There were not many huts open the day, but it was a big pleasure to look around in this beautiful environment.

At the entrance area you can find this wooden horse and the carriage. You start to dive into the industrial past of this area.

The mashine is used to make small wooden plates the were used for house building. Put on the roof and painted with tar, they protected the house from the elements.

There were times when animals had to provide the power for driving mashines. This construction was used for this purpose. The animal, mostly horses or bulls, was attached to the long bar on the left and had to continously walk in circles. This movement was then transferred onto the mashines.

In places where water was available the invention of the water wheel offered a constant and often reliable source of energy. No need to feed animals any more.

The museum showcases an impressive amount of buildings using this water power.

And as you see, they embed perfectly into the landscape.

Space to have a rest.

To assure the constant flow of water, waterweel driven industry often had a lake nearby on higher ground, in which the water coming down the streams was collected. It made the work more independed of the amount of water in the stream.

Please find a link to the museum here!

I hope you enjoyed this short stroll through the museum. Below there is the map for you in case you plan to have a visit.

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Hiking Store Mosse Nationalpark

Close to Värnamo in southern Sweden you can find a beautiful Nationalpark called Store Mosse, the large moor. Within this park there is the Lake Kävsjön around which a highly recommendable circular trail of 14 km brings you into a fascinating nature. No worries, most of the trail is prepared with duckboards, so you won’t have the need to step into wet places. Have a look at the map below. I marked you the trail. On the western side you can see the naturum, where I parked before taking the counter clockwise round around Kävsjön.

So our tour starts close to the naturum, which is the wooden building that is easily reached on the wooden trail, which also supports handicapped to have a look.

Just after the naturum we can have a first look at the vast moor. It is hard to see that there is a lake, as the moor is very flat and gradually turns into open water. By the way it is recommendable to check the weather forcast as the 14km hike takes a time. Have a look at the sky on the following photos. I was glad to reach back safely.

You will note that not all of the trail is in the swamp, but that there are also dense forests here. The combination of so different biomes make the hike a very interesting experience.

Where the forest meets the swamp, coniferous trees struggle with the constant moisture in the ground and more water resistant trees take over, see the birch trees with their white bark.

But at some point trees almost entirely give up. For us this part would be also very tough to reach, but helpful people have prepared this extensive network of duckboards, so it is easy to hike.

The vegetation here loves water!

And we love the wide open landscape, so different to a city or village…

It is so easy to tell where there is swamp and where there is solid ground…

We continuesly follow the edge of the swamp, sometimes more within the forest, sometimes more within the wet. It gives a great variation.

Latest at this point I noticed that I might have some trouble with the weather if I do not speed up a little.

Still I took the time to keep an eye on details… It would have been a shame to step on this guy!

The wet ground and the climate are harsh on the duckboards. Having been here you will know how much there is to be maintained. Therefore always take care in case the duckboards are in a not well maintained condition. Have to say thank you here to the people who put such an effort in the maintenance to allow us enjoying this beautiful piece of Sweden!

The typical vegetation of a swamp…

Oi, dark clouds and you can’t hear the roaring in the distance while looking at the photo…

Some drops already, but I already got quite far. Still no time to sit on the bench 🙂

Just a little further along the edge of the swamp, then I was about to complete the round. Weather kept waiting for me to finish my hike. So it was possible to take a picture of the swamp grass…

… and to climb the birds tower. Seems those people and me were lucky this day as weather stayed kind at the end.

Let me finish this blog entry with the beautiful view over the lake from the birds tower, I hope you liked it and got some inspiration for a possible trip to Scandinavia. As usual find the map embedded below and a link to the official page of the national park (click the emblem below to open the page in a new tab).

Hiking in Söderåsen National Park

If you follow my blog you notice that nature and hiking is an important part of my holidays. Knowing many National Parks and Hiking Areas of Finland, I thought it is time to explore some of those in Sweden. On my trip northwards I arranged my route to stop by Söderåsen National Park for a hiking tour. This park is located just a little east of Helsingborg, therefore very south of Sweden.

Arriving here I first had a look at the Naturum which explains about the nature of the park, then decided to take the hike along the canyon like valley. I marked it on the map below. The round is about 8 km and first follows the red-orange-yellow trail, later the blue one. Please reach the original map of the official Söderåsen National Park web presence following this link. It will open as pdf on a seperate page. At the end of the blog entry I linked you the web page, providing you with all relevant information you need to have an enjoyable visit.

So let’s get started with the hike… Most of the trail is inside the forest which mainly consists of broad-leaved trees. All the trail is well marked.

Soon we walk on the ridge of the valley giving great views. The photo shows the view back towards the starting point. Later we will arrive back at the lake that you can see below.

Like in many places of Scandinavia also here traces of the iceage are your companion. See the many stones which were deposit here by glaciers.

Keeping on hiking on the ridge allows more beautiful views of this pretty nature.

But beware cause it is steep…

At some point we will have to get down into the valley, where we suddenly have a complete different perspective.

Don’t be surprised to follow parts of the trail on duckboards.

Rather enjoy them as some parts are tough and you should beware not to fall…

We soon reach the narrow far end of the circular trail, but before we enter the wettest part a last look up the ridge. The forest becomes quite dense here and vegetation turns to more water tolerating plants.

The very far end leads us through a swamp before it is time to continue back. Good we have a circular walk allowing us to walk back on the opposite side of the valley.

Suddenly I was surprised to see this house along the trail. It is an open-day hut in which you can have a rest or take protection from bad weather.

Of course I had to look inside 🙂

But there was no need to take a break or search for protection. So a last look back over this nice resting place before it is time to continue. It looks so very much like what people here think of Sweden 🙂 Beautiful!

Don’t worry if you reach this fence, it is only a short piece.

Soon we have the valley again in front of us.

A little later we reach the lake that I showed you before. It means we have reached the end of the hike. You can have a rest again at the Naturum, or just leave.

Well, I hope you enjoyed my little tour with you through the Söderåsen National Park. And hopefully it inspires you to go there yourself.

See here the official page of the park as one of Swedens National Parks. And as always my request to enjoy nature responsibly!

Meteor Crater Funäsdalen

Quite often I find things fully unplanned, like on my way back from Finland when crossing Sweden east to west. Close to Funäsdalen I saw a sign indicating the place of a meteor crater. Of course I had to have a look.

A couple of hundred meters in the forest off from road 84 you can visit this huge dip in the forest ground. According to the signs, it was possible to date the impact to be 2000 years old.

Here the craters sizes: width of 44 meter at the widest point, 4,8 meters deep. They estimate the speed of the meteor to have been around 36000 km/h.

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Evo Hiking Area – Little Nature Trail

I found on a map that there is a very small circular hiking trail in the Evo Hiking Area. It basically follows a little stream for a few hundred meters and then after crossing a bridge it returns back to the parking. As I had time and was curious I stopped at the parking along road 53 just north of Evokeskus and prepared myself for the short round. The first hundred meters were pretty wet ground and I had to find good steps not to have water in the shoes, but then I could enjoy the beautiful dense forest. The trail features that little stream that we follow. As far as I could see on a sign the stream was prepared with obstacles to reduce the speed of the water. If someone knows details, let me know. Anyhow I loved the nature as it was clear to see that the flora adapted to this pretty wet environment giving the feeling as walking in a rain forest.

Luontopolku means nature trail, so we know where to go…

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Hard to see but after entering the more dense forest the ground was pretty wet. Anyhow no issues with wet feet.

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After a short while we already arrive at the first bridge that we need to cross. From here on we are following the stream.

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As you see it is not very big and hardly flowing. I am sure with the melting of the snow in spring the situation is much different.

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The sign from which I interprete the adjustments in the stream…

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…and how it looks in real.

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Whatever it means I enjoyed the nature. It is very calm out here.

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Some more picture of the second bridge and the view from it over the stream.

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While standing on the bridge this fern was lightend by the sun while most of the rest was in shadow. It is a pitty that reality always looks better than picture. But I hope you get the point.

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Hope you liked this little tour.

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Teijo National Park – Hiking the Matildanjärvenkierros

Teijo National Park is very close to Turku and therefore a very good starting point or end point for a trip through Finland if you enter or leave the country via the Turku ferry. The national park offers easy access and a very pretty nature. You can find several hiking options of which I chose the circular hike around Matildanjärvi. In case you saw an older post of Teijo NP, you might notice that the very first meters are leading the same trail, but this time I continue to follow the shoreline of Lake Matilda counter clockwise. If you see the map below you can see the broken line around the lake in the center. In the west of the lake you can see that you will need to walk some kilometer along the road, but there is hardly any traffic and it is speed limited as it is inside the village. But now everything in the right order…

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We start our hike at the main parking area of Matildanjärvi, which is located at the camping ground and the visitor center. In case you need some additional information or you want to have a cup of coffea you should stop at the visitor center. To continue you follow the trail leading around the right side of it down to the lake. From here it is about 5 km to walk. I have to say that in the area of the village I lost the trail and basically returned to the parking directly making me not really sure how long my hike actually was. But looking at the map it comes pretty close to the 5 km.

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The trail along the lake is in a very good condition and easy to follow. What I really like here is the very varying terrain.

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Following the trail at some point we come to a crossing. At this place the former hike that I did here in Teijo NP left the lake for a clockwise hike, but we keep following the shore.

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Already here in Teijo NP on my first day in Finland this summer (2017) I noticed fast that this year seemed different regarding nature. I could not remember that the heather was blooming so intense. My friends told me later that spring had a very slow start delaying nature by some weeks. I could not complain with these nice flowers and it also had a positive effect on moskitos and particular mooseflies of which I only caught three during the entire trip of three weeks. That is normally the rate of mooseflies that land on me in some places within one minute when only looking at some information board.

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Along the lake there are plenty of beautiful spots formed by water.

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It is nice when the views open up to the lake and you can admire the large water surface. You notice maybe that there were some clouds. They became pretty dark and I was not sure if thunder and lightning might start, so a little worried I continued my trip. But it stayed ok until the end.

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Quite at the far end of the lake you will need to cross this bridge.

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After forest, bridges, rocks we also have to crosse a remarkable piece of swamp. I loved the view that I took the photo of as it really looks like the trail would vanish.

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More rocks and some ascent for us, but there is not much difference in altitude along the entire trail.

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Looking backwards we can see the rocky nature along the lake. Also here as in entire Finland (and generally Scandinavia) the nature was strongly changed during the ice age when the enormous masses of glacier ice reformed the nature making the surface of the rocks pretty smooth with long scarves by scratching stones.

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At some part we directly follow the lake. Beatiful views!

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After we have passed the village we need to cross the forest to reach back on the shore. To do so you will need to keep going along the road and then following the dirt road that you drove to the parking. At some point the trail will leave the dirt road to the left into the forest back to the shore.

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Here roughly 500 meters before the parking we pass a bbq and resting place. I had no idea that this hut would become the place for my ‘goodby’ bbq before heading to the ferry. But it became so handy to stop here in Teijo NP on my way to the ferry that I could not resist.

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As always for the Finnish National Parks I recommend warmest the official page of Teijo National Park. You can get there by clicking their emblem below. It will bring you to the main page of Teijo NP. Have a look at their downloadable pdf there, which gives a good summary. Enjoy your stay at Teijo NP!

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