Wednesday, July 17, 2019

Sommaräng

Sommaräng Insect Heaven
Swedish word of the day. Sommaräng. Summer Meadow. This was a wheat field in 2018 and 2017. The year before that they had canola here. This year they left everything for the insects. A field at Nedersta Gård.

Monday, July 15, 2019

The Stockbonäs Battle

Here comes trouble... Mouthing Off The Stockbonäs Battle Viking Battle Look what I cut off!
The visit to the Viking Village at Stockbonäs ended with an epic battle. All of a sudden the village was attacked by a group of Viking warriors. The newcomers badmouthed the villagers and they answered in the same way before the fighting began. It was brutal. Just look at that last photo if you don't believe me!

Saturday, July 13, 2019

In Ancestors Footsteps

The Viking Carpenter Sewing Viking® I Förfäders Spår In Ancestors Footsteps In Ancestors Footsteps
Five more photos from the re-enactment event I Förfäders Spår at Stockbonäs in Nynäshamn, where you could visit a very authentic Viking village last weekend. It was interesting to see how the "Vikings" went about their business ignoring the modern day people with mobile phones and cameras, most of the time that is, I did talk to a few people to get some details.

Friday, July 12, 2019

The Vikings at Stockbonäs

Viking Life Viking Lovers A very young Viking The diet of conquerors Viking Haggling I visited Stockbonäs in Nynäshamn over the weekend. Usually this is just a green field in the Summer, popular with hikers and sunbathers. Now it had turned into a little Viking Village. For the third year running there was a Viking re-enactment event there. Called I Förfäders Spår. Or in English, In Ancestors Footsteps. It was very authentic, down to the last detail, so I decided on the spot to try and get authentic photos ie, without any sign of modern life, and I will show you the result in the next few days. The Vikings came from Sweden, Norway, Denmark, Poland, Germany, Australia and possibly a few other places as well.

Thursday, July 11, 2019

Bluebell

Bluebell
A Blubell,(Liten Blåklocka), growing next to the old tree. The yellow in the bokeh background comes from Yellow bedstraw, Gulmåra).

Monday, July 08, 2019

Lotstornet

Lotstornet Lotstornet Lotstornet
If you want to spend the night at Öja, Lotstornet, (the old harbour pilot tower), could be what you are looking for. There's also a restaurant in the tower called Svedtiljas. You will have a great view from any of the rooms. All managed by Åke and Lotta Svedtilja. The hotel is open year round. www.g-mo.se/

Sunday, July 07, 2019

Artillery battery

Artillery battery
ERSTA-batteri at Norrhamn on Öja. A four-story facility used during the cold war. 25 people lived and worked underground here 24/7. Supposedly it could withstand a nuclear blast. There to protect the inlets to Nynäshamn, Stockholm and Södertälje. In operation between 1977-2000. There are guided tours daily during the Summer. It will set you back 100SEK. Today this is a listed building.

Saturday, July 06, 2019

Saltboden

Saltboden Canoeists
Back in the day a "saltbod" was a building where you kept your fishing tools out in the archipelago. Today it is more likely to be a cafe, restaurant, pub and grocery shop, like here at Västerhamn on Öja. We stopped by a couple of times. Not overcrowded, but there were a few Americans enjoying the salmon at the next table. From Wisconsin. On our second sitting 12 or so canoeists showed up.

Friday, July 05, 2019

Living in the archipelago

The old bench Sea View Öja Red cottage Life in the archipelago Norrhamn
Only twenty people live at Öja year round. But they sure live nicely. Nearly all the houses on the island has a sea view as you can see by looking at these photos.

Thursday, July 04, 2019

The maritime pilot

The maritime pilot
Albert Holm was a maritime pilot at Öja. He lived between 1848 and 1939. It is partly thanks to Albert that a road was constructed on the island. Having come halfway with that work Albert figured that he had had enough and he chiselled his initials by the side of the road at Saltmarsbacken and promptly told everyone that he had now done his part and that it was up to the young people on the island to continue with the road. Diabase sculpture made by Ole Drebold an artist who lives on the island.

Wednesday, July 03, 2019

Landsort Lighthouse

Lighthouse Landsort Lighthouse Off the beaten path Fyr
Öja is a tiny island. It is famous for a few things. This is one of them. The Landsort lighthouse. Built back in 1670, this is the oldest lighthouse in Sweden. There was an earlier lighthouse on the island but it was destroyed in a fire. That first lighthouse had been constructed by the Dutchman Johan van der Hagen and it was a few relatives to him that also built this lighthouse. It has been modernised a few times over the centuries and is today fully automatic. If you visit during the Summer there is a guided tour twice a day.

Tuesday, July 02, 2019

M/S Stångskär

M/S Stångskär M/S Stångskär
Together with two friends I visited Landsort on Sunday. Or more precisely Öja, which is the official name of the southernmost island in the Stockholm archipelago. It is a fantastic little place. Seriously beautiful. Only twenty people live here year round. That number goes up a bit during the Summer. I arrived on the ferry M/S Stångskär. It travels between Ankarudden at the Torö island in Nynäshamn, and Öja a couple of times every day this time of the year. It only takes 68 passengers which meant that my lazy friends missed the ferry and arrived one hour later. I took quite a few photos during the visit and I will show you the most interesting in the coming days.