Crown Princess Victoria hikes Södermanland
Today, Crown Princess Victoria completed her 22nd hike around Sweden by hiking Södermanland.
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. Södermanland is the duchy of Prince Alexander, the first son of Prince Carl Philip and Princess Sofia.
Crown Princess Victoria started the day by hopping on the back of an Icelandic horse at Nerhyttan's farm and riding up to the Skottvång mine. Upon arrival at the mine, Maria Bystedt and Gunnar Nygren from the local mining association told about the history of the mine. Skottvång was used as a mine from the early 13th century up until 1921.
Leaving the mine, the hikers traveled by foot up the Sörmland trail. Along the hike, Lucie Riad and Agneta Sharp told about the ancient ruins and cultural environmental walks. This hike traveled along and up to the plateau Stenhuggarmon. Stenhuggarmon is 92 meters above sea level and there a lookout tower allows you to see a distinct shoreline from around 5 000 years BC, when the Baltic Sea was called the Littorina Sea.
The hikers then stopped for lunch at Mellan Marviken before continuing with a canoe ride to the southern end of Nedre Marviken where Sörmlandsleden sails. The hike resumed by foot by heading to Ådal's mill along the Laketorp river where hikers learned about the remains of a silver medal once long there. For the final leg of the journey, hikers travelled by steam train to Mariefred from Leggesta. Along the journey they were informed about Sweden's seven narrow-gauge railways that were previously used for passenger traffic. The Crown Princess's walk in Södermanland ended at Gripsholm's castle in Mariefred, where Princess Sofia attended the World Children’s Prize earlier this month.
For this walk the Crown Princess began by wearing an old plaid shirt before changing into her Lexington linen blouse with Adidas sneakers. She opted for minimal jewelry by just wearing her classic bracelets and watch.