Miners Farm Siggebohyttan

During my trip through the historic mining region of Bergslagen, it happend that I passed by the miners farm Siggebohyttan that used to belong to miner Anders Olsson. He was a rich miner living at the end of the 18th century.

During winter and spring time, when farming was not possible, it was very common in the region that the farmers worked in the mines nearby. A tradition for these farms it was to have a chimney made of iron with a crown on top.

According to information plates that I could read there, the farm is very unique as it is very large in comparison to other miners farms. Also it has the longest access balcony in Sweden.

If you have read more of my blog entries you might have figured out that it is mainly on the edge of summerseason towards autumn that I do my trips to the north, so it happens that places are already closed. Same happend here, the place was already closed, but I could take some photos through the window.

Here the layout of the farm…

Some photos from the other buildings…

Click for Siggebohyttan

I hope you liked this short visit to this historic place…


Klacka-Lerberg Mining Area

As I am very fond of the industrial heritage I found my treasure with ‘discovering’ the region Bergslagen in Sweden. One of many places there is the Klacka-Lerberg Mining Area. It consits of several mining pits and a mining gallery, the Konungastollen. Mining was operated here until 1932, nowadays a beautiful mixture of returned nature and instrustrial heritage. Most likely Klacka-Lerberg is not familar to you, but one name that grew to one of the most known Swedes arose from here. The small production of explosives owned by a man Alfred Nobel merged with an explosives factory just closeby Klacka-Lerberg. All production was then moved here to nearby Gyttorp. Alfred Nobel, whose brother died cause of an accident with the highly instable explosive Nitro Glycerine, developed the ‘Dynamite’. It was much easier to handle and revolutionised the mining.

Alfred Nobel became very rich and in his testament requested to set up a foundation that yearly gives prizes to people that have put extraordinary efforts in physics, chemistry, medicine, literature and peace… the Nobel Price.

But now have a look at the remains of the mining in Klacka-Lerberg…

This map is a postprocessed photo of a map that was mounted on an information board at Klacka-Lerberg. It shows the different open-pit mines and the Konungsstollen at the lower right side. As you see, this was an active mining area, so best to stay on the trail. All is protected as historic place!

The round walk is very easy and you can reach these pits. Enjoy! …

Link to official webpage of Klacka-Lerberg Gruvpark

Furnace of Igelbäcken

At the northen end of Lake Vättern along road 49 you can find the remains of the ironworks of Igelbäcken named after the little creek flowing here towards Lake Vättern. No longer a busy lifely place, you can nowadays have a look at the remains of the ironworks consisting of a huge furnace. It happend that I passed by here after having a look at Karlsborg and Forsvik.

A first larger furnace was built here already in 1696 over time the works got modernized until in 1923 production stopped.

To run the furnaces coal, iron ore and chalk stone were iteratively layered. Fire was put at the bottem and air was pumped into it to provide oxygen. This way the ore and stone was melted and seperated as they have different weight. Once all was melted the furnace was opened at the bottom and the melted iron came flowing out.

The remains are protected by the State of Sweden since 1993.

Please see the information given by the Örebro Län (Swedish). …

Karlsborgs Fortress

During the plannings of one of my trips through Sweden I found Karlsborg to be an interesting place. Actually I did not really do any detailed research, just found it on spottinghistory.com as a historic place and put it on my travel list. So I came there and even before finding a parking lot noticed that it is not an ordinary town. Basically it is a historic military town at a strategic position at lake Vättern. At the place construction of the fortress Karlsborg was started in 1819 around the time the famous Göta channel was digged through Sweden connecting Göteborg and Stockholm leading here into lake Vättern coming from lake Vänern. At the fortress people settled close to the channel and soon a town developed… nowadays Karlsborg.

Coming here all the architecture clearly depicts the character of a military base. Buildings are large halls and kept functional, still having ornaments kind of typical for this periode. Nowadays they are protected by the state

It is worth to have a stroll around. And to visit the huge military museum with various exhibitions. You can find it at the Garnisons Church. I plan to have an extra entry to show it to you in more detail.

If you need a rest and want to have a coffee you can have a rest at the cafe. The also serve snacks.

This is the Garnison Church. In the building you also find the Military Museum.

Hope you liked this very short stroll through Karlborgs Fästning as it is called in Swedish. Click the logo to open SpottingHistory.com in a seperate tab and show the entry to this place…

Wooden Town of Hjo

Hjo is a town at the shore of Lake Vättern in Sweden and features some very beautiful wooden mansions. With vast forests wood has always been an important construction material in the northern countries. Therefore here in Hjo and nearby Eksjö and Nora you can admire artistic historical architecture.

The city of Hjo offers a selfguided walk through town depicted on the map that I took a photo of. Same map is downloadable from the Hjo tourist as pdf with Swedish description of the point of interests. Please click the emblem of Hjo at the bottom of the blog entry to open the pdf in a separate tab. You can follow the trail, but keep eyes open for the wooden houses. Most of the mansion type of houses were at spot ‘L’ and a little further…

Most of Hjos wooden houses date back to the time between 17th into the 19th century. It is known that the layout of the old town has only minor changes since the 13th century. It is great to see these houses as over the time many towns lost their wooden houses in devastating fires.

Let me now show you some of the photos I took on my walk through Hjo…

The following is not made out of wood, but has a nice wooden balcony…

Hope you liked the little tour through wooden Hjo. Once I will visit the two other towns I will for sure add those to my blog…

The Arctic Henge

If you come to Raufarhöfn you will not be able to miss visiting the interesting Arctic Henge. It is a modern setup of stones with its roots in the old believes when worshipping the sun was common. Here so far in the north, in the most northern village of Iceland, the cycle of the sunlight throughout the year is something affecting everyone. Therefore it is a good place for the Arctic Henge aiming to capture the sunlight.

For me it was a splendid place to capture great photos. And I was lucky to start my first full day in Iceland with a blue sky. To read more about the Arctic Henge, please click the emblem of Raufarhöfn below the photos. A seperate page will open. By the way, the Arctic Henge is called Heimskautsgerðið in Iclandic.