Crown Princess Victoria hikes Jämtland
On Friday, Crown Princess Victoria completed her hike of Jämtland. This is her 21st hike in her series of hikes around Sweden.
The Crown Princess began this hike initiative after her 40th Birthday in 2017 and is scheduled to finish hiking all the provinces by her birthday of this year. 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. Jämtland was the duchy of King Carl XVI Gustaf before he became King in 1976.
The Crown Princess began her day on the sports field in Östersund where she played soccer/football together with IFK Östersund parafootball, a football team consisting of people with different types of function variations. The crowd around the field was large and many came to watch and meet the Crown Princess. Following the game, Crown Princess Victoria ate lunch before beginning the 7 kilometer hike two miles southwest of Östersund.
The hike began at Skansholmen and the hikers went north a short distance along the gravel road before turning off along the path on the western shore of Andersön. In the sparse old coastal pine forest, Pär Hedberg, nature conservation officer at the County Administrative Board, told about tropical octopuses, tooth fungus and other nature values associated with Jämtland's lime-rich bedrock.
Next, the group arrives at Kvarnbacken among lush pine trees, fir trees and deciduous trees. There they stopped to listen to Eva Karlsson, coordinator of the cultural environment at the County Administrative Board, share about cultural trails on Andersön, the desert village and the county unique windmill from the 18th century which stood up on the hill.
After hiking some more, the group stopped in the pastures on Andersön's north-west side. These pastures are leased by Niklas Persson and Camilla Landgren, Brunkulla farm. They told about mountain cows, shacks and their thinking about driving the farm and agriculture in a changing climate.
Next the hikers headed to Oxmelsviken on the eastern side of Andersön. At Storsjön's beach they stopped to listen to Ingemar Näslund, water strategist at the County Administrative Board, who shared about Sweden's fifth largest lake and its natural values. The hike ended at Trefotsudden where scouts served Hot Dogs. There the Sea Rescue Society, Hej Främling and the Scouts were in place to share about their activities before the hikers departed to go back to Östersund.
For this hike, Crown Princess Victoria wore her Levi’s Ultimate Western Shirt with Merrell Moab FST GTX shoes. She wore new Michael Kors sunglasses, simple hoop earrings, and her normal stack of Sophie by Sophie and Ebba Brahe bracelets. She kept on schedule with her Carl Edmond Granit watch.