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Nature of Sweden - national parks and reserves for active recreation

winter sunset in goteborg The nature of Sweden fascinates and delights everyone who comes to this country. Behind the Arctic Circle, one can observe a unique natural phenomenon - the northern lights. Despite its northern location, the climate in Sweden is not so severe due to its proximity to the warm Gulf Stream. The surface of the country is covered mainly by coniferous forest and taiga. One of the most picturesque places is the northern Swedish province of Lapland, where the Sami live. The Swedish Laponia is inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage List. There are 29 national parks on the territory of the country. Their lands are protected by the state therefore any defiance will result in serious fines. Most of the territory of parks is occupied by mountains.
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Sweden is the first country to start creating national parks on its territory for nature conservation. One of the first national parks of the country is Abisko, located 200km to the north of the Arctic Circle. Most part of the park is occupied by the canyon of the Abisko River and Lake Tornetrask, which is covered by ice for most of the year. The park is inhabited by many northern birds and animals: arctic fox, reindeer, lemming, bun, white owl, snipe, wolverine, and wolf. Another northern national park - Vadvetjakkka, is on the border with Norway. There are no roads leading to the park so you can get to it only by the water or the ice of Lake Tornetrask. In this rather inaccessible park, the authorities managed to preserve the pristine nature of the northern birch forests as much as possible.
In the Kalmarsund Strait is the island of Bla Jungfrun, whose territory is also a protected national park. The island is almost entirely composed of bare rocks and boulders. The rocks have a characteristic reddish tinge for granite. In the southern part of the island there is a forest. The island has never been inhabited. Since ancient times, the locals have considered this place a coven of witches. In the caves of the national park, there is a stone labyrinth. On the island there are hares and flying squirrels. Also, more than 200 species of lichens grow here. Another national park is on the island of Gotska-Sandon in the Baltic Sea. The shores of Gotska-Sandon are inhabited by seals; the island's flora is quite diverse. In the summer months there are regular excursions for tourists by water. Copyright www.orangesmile.com
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The largest national park in Sweden is the Padjelanta, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The park is part of Laponia (Swedish Lapland). On its territory are the two most beautiful lakes of the country - Vastenjaure and Virihaure. The Sami - the indigenous population live in the Lapland, leading a nomadic way of life. Their settlements are also in the territory of other national parks - Muddus, Sarek, and Stura-Shefalet. Stura-Shefalet is located in the Scandinavian mountains, which formed 400 million years ago as a result of a continental clash. In the park there is a picturesque waterfall of the same name, foxes, rabbits, ermines, deer live here. The park is a popular place among tourists. Tours and excursions are regularly hosted here.
Stockholms Stadshus Another popular tourist destination is the Sarek National Park, located in the Jokkmokk region. Despite the fact that it does not have any laid-out tourist route, every year a huge number of people come here to conquer mountain peaks or go hiking. Climbers are attracted by the mountain Sarektjakka, whose peak is the second highest in the country (about 2000 meters). Climbing is incredibly difficult. The route is not always conquered even by professionals. The park is one of the oldest and largest in the country. On its lands there are more than 100 ancient glaciers. The park's territory is included in the World Heritage List, as the park is part of the Swedish Lapland.
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On the "High Shore" of Sweden is the Skuleskogen National Park, which is a unique place for the landscape of Sweden. On its territory are simultaneously located mountains, sea and forest, whose surfaces are dappled with numerous gorges. In the valley of the Dalalven River there is Lake Farnebofjarden. A park of the same name in its water area includes more than 200 small islands. In the park nests more than 100 species of different birds. The lake is a border between coniferous and deciduous forests. Park Tyresta is an example of a rift valley. It is covered by one of the largest massifs of the country's deciduous forests.
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Map of all parks
National and city parks of Sweden
♥   National Park 'Abisko' . On the map   Photos
♥   National Park 'Björnlandet' . On the map   Photos
♥   National Park 'Blå Jungfrun' . On the map   Photos
♥   National Park 'Dalby Söderskog' . On the map   Photos
♥   National Park 'Djurö' . On the map   Photos
♥   National Park 'Fulufjället' . On the map   Photos
♥   National Park 'Färnebofjärden' . On the map   Photos
♥   National Park 'Garphyttan' . On the map   Photos
♥   National Park 'Gotska Sandön' . On the map   Photos
♥   National Park 'Hamra' . On the map   Photos

Famous places and sights of Sweden

SkyView Elevator

From the series “Top 16 Most Exotic Elevators and Lifts in the World”
The most unusual lift in Sweden can be found in Stockholm. SkyView is an original elevator that is located on the southern side of the spherical building Globen Arena. The latter is the largest spherical structure in the world, which makes the original circular elevator even more attractive. The SkyView elevator is a complex of two glass gondolas that run along the southern wall of the spherical sports arena and lift the passengers to their roof.

16 people can ride in each glass sphere, enjoying the incredibly beautiful panorama of the surroundings during the ascent. For the tourists who like the unusual entertainments, SkyView became a popular attraction. Hundreds of people come to the arena each day to climb the glass gondola to a height of 130 meters and watch the surroundings of ... Read all

Ice hotel

From the series “Hotels Harmoniously Built into the Natural Landscape”
In the world there are several ice hotels. The most famous of which has been for many years Ice hotel, which is located in the Swedish city Jukkasjarvi. It was the first ice hotel in the world, opened for the first time in 1991. The hotel design was developed by the famous architect Aimo Reisenen. The idea of ​​the Eishotel proved so appealing and interesting that the hotel was rebuilt every year for more than twenty years.

The hotel welcomes the visitors only a few months a year. It is usually opened in December. In case of favorable weather conditions you can visit the ice hotel until April. Ice and snow serve as main building material during the construction of the hotel. Each year, ice blocks with a total weight of 10,000 tonnes are cut from the frozen river Turne-Elva. In ... Read all
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Cultural sights in regions of Sweden

Stockholm
In the city are also opened various interesting museums and galleries. When you go sightseeing, make sure you don’t forget to visit the museum dedicated to ship Vasa. The first voyage on the legendary warship was held in 1628. Soon after this the ship sank. It was raised to the surface only three hundred years … Read more
Goteborg
You will find Slottsskogen (Palace Park) not far away from the fishing port. This is the most large-scale and beautiful park in Gothenburg. During a walk through the picturesque alleys of the park travelers should definitely not forget to visit Marine Tower, the top of which is equipped with a beautiful viewing … Read more
Malmo
The same significant landmark of the Malmo city is Malmo Municipal Theater Stadsteater. It was established in 1944 and today it is among the largest theaters of Scandinavia. All the guests of the city should necessarily visit this temple of theatrical art. Malmo is often called a city of arts. Such a nickname the city … Read more
Uppsala
Speaking of outstanding cultural institutions we should mention the Linnemuseet. In addition to personal belongings of Carl Linnaeus, the exhibition includes a rich collection of old books. The huge interest attracts Linnetradgarden Botanical Garden located next to the mansion. The garden was founded by the scientist … Read more
Norrkoping
Learn a lot of interesting things about the history of the city during a tour of Norrköping's main museum - the Norrkopings Stadsmuseum. Its current location is the old weaving factory building, which in itself is a valuable historical monument. The opening of the museum took place in 1981 in one of the most … Read more
Kalmar
In the 17th century, after the Kalmar War, the city’s border was moved to the south. Many buildings on Kvarnholmen Island appeared at that time. This is also the time when the main square – the so-called Stortorget Kalmar – was built in the city. The town hall building and the cathedral are the main landmarks … Read more

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