Scan Magazine, Issue 132, January 2020

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Photo: Anne Sofie Eriksson

Roslagen – the coastal countryside of Stockholm Roslagen has a fantastic mix of peaceful nature, interesting history and culture in the small towns, thrilling adventures and delicious local produce. It’s a destination to visit throughout the year, just a short trip from Stockholm. By Malin Norman  |  Photos: Visit Roslagen

Visitors from around the world come to Roslagen for unforgettable experiences in the archipelago, the old ironworks, the small towns and, of course, the beautiful and peaceful nature. Whether you are a curious adventurer keen on plenty of activities or you want a more peaceful stay, gazing at the horizon with a good cup of coffee, there is something for you. Roslagen stretches from Vaxholm in the south to Öregrund in the north. There are around 40 local museums and 40  76  |  Issue 132  |  January 2020

medieval churches, many of which have unique paintings. This is claimed to be northern Europe’s treasure trove of art. Through the years, Roslagen has also been, and still is, an inspiration for famous writers, artists and designers, musicians and composers. “If adventure is your thing, Roslagen will not let you down,” says Gisela Norén, tourism manager. “You can explore the caves by Gillberga burrow and Dannemora  mine, as well as horseback riding, kay-

aking in the outer archipelago, and MTB biking. For keen hikers, the Roslagsleden trail and the Vikingleden trail will not  let you down. And for even more extremes, there is an ultra marathon and an  ultra MTB.”

Lighthouses and Zero Island Among the 13,000 islands in the archipelago, there are fantastic opportunities to enjoy boat trips, visits to islands and nature reserves, as well as cosy accommodation and great gastronomy. For instance, the island Ängsö became a national park in 1909 and is one of the oldest in Europe. The park was established in order to preserve a beautiful example of a traditional farm landscape with flowering hay meadows and wooded pastures.

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