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Crown Princess Victoria completes her Final Hike

Crown Princess Victoria completes her Final Hike

2 years ago, Crown Princess Victoria set out with a mission to hike all 25 provinces of Sweden, today she completed her final hike.

Photo: Raphael Stecksén / Kungl. Royal Court

Photo: Raphael Stecksén / Kungl. Royal Court

The Crown Princess began this hike initiative after her 40th Birthday in 2017. With the hikes, the Crown Princess wants to experience different parts of Sweden during different seasons and to highlight the treasure that Swedish nature is for everyone who lives and works here. Today, her final hike took place in Dalarna. Dalarna is Prince Gabriel’s duchy and where Princess Sofia spent her childhood. 

Photo: Raphael Stecksén / Kungl. Royal Court

Photo: Raphael Stecksén / Kungl. Royal Court

Crown Princess Victoria and Princess Sofia arrived by train where they were greeted by county governor Ylva Thörn before heading to the start point of the hike at Fulufjällets National Park.

Photo: Raphael Stecksén / Kungl. Royal Court

Photo: Raphael Stecksén / Kungl. Royal Court

After lunch, the hikers began along the hike along an accessible road to Old Tjikko

Photo: Raphael Stecksén / Kungl. Royal Court

Photo: Raphael Stecksén / Kungl. Royal Court

The hikers got to see the Old Tjikko, which was known as the world’s oldest known tree. However, it is a clonal tree which means it has regenerated new trunks, branches and roots over millennia rather than an individual tree of great age. The roots of Old Tjikko date back 9,550 years.

Photo: Raphael Stecksén / Kungl. Royal Court

Photo: Raphael Stecksén / Kungl. Royal Court

From Old Tjikko they hikers traveled onto Njupeskär's waterfall. This 93 meter tall waterfall is the country's highest waterfall. The hike then continued to Njupeskär accessibility-adapted path where the Swedish Disability Association’s group in Dalarna told about their activities.  

Photo: Raphael Stecksén / Kungl. Royal Court

Photo: Raphael Stecksén / Kungl. Royal Court

The two princesses and the other hikers, escorted by scouts then returned to Fulufjället's nature museum.

Photo: Raphael Stecksén / Kungl. Royal Court

Photo: Raphael Stecksén / Kungl. Royal Court

Upon arrival at Fulufjällets naturum, the landscape walk was completed. There the hikers were received by Maria Nilsson, Ing-Marie Bergman and Grammas Linda Axelsson.

To mark that the last landscape hike was now completed, the Crown Princess received a wreath by Victor Sticko. The winner of the Vasaloppet, which takes place in Dalarna, recieves a wreath upon completion of the ski-race, and this wreath given to the Crown Princess was symbolic of her finishing her final hike.

Photo: Raphael Stecksén / Kungl. Royal Court

Photo: Raphael Stecksén / Kungl. Royal Court

For this hike, Crown Princess Victoria wore a new striped blouse from Hunkydory with her Houdini Rollercoaster Jacket. She paired this with her Clouds and Star collection from Efva Attling. Her backpack is from Fjällräven and she wore her Carl Edmond Granit watch.

Her boots come from Lundhags. These boots are not a current piece and actually date back over 30 years. The model was named Bergsport and produced around 1985. The company informed me that they “still get these boots back to our factory in Järpen (northen Sweden) from time to time, small stitch repairs or complete make over.”

Princess Sofia wore an oversized sweater with green field jacket. Interesting to note that her boots are from the Italian brand Dolomite and are the exact style that Prince Carl Philip also owns.

Crown Princess Victoria attends Annual Eat Forum

Crown Princess Victoria attends Annual Eat Forum

Pretty in Pastels for the Polar Music Prize

Pretty in Pastels for the Polar Music Prize