Crown Princess Victoria hikes Västmanland
On 26 April, Crown Princess Victoria completed her 20th hike around Sweden in Västmanland.
Crown Princess announced that for her 40th birthday she would undertake this initiative to hike the 25 provinces in Sweden. She is scheduled to finish hiking all the provinces before her birthday of this year. With the hikes, the Crown Princess desires 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. Västmanland is her 20th hike of this series and is located in the middle of the country.
This hike was special in that is featured the nature reserve, Hälleskogsbrännan, which was affected by the great forest fire that took place in the summer of 2014. The Crown Princess was shown the affected areas and how the wildlife and area has adapted since the fire wrecked the area 5 summers ago. Experts were positioned along the hike route to point out and explain the adaptations in the area.
Beginning in Virsbo, the hike first went to Uvberget where hikers were greeted by Solveig and Kjell Wadelius. The couple experienced the forest fire first hand and shared their knowledge of the area and information about the butterflies in the area. From Uvberget they hiked to Rastplats Vallsjövägen where they were greeted by Professor Emeritus Lena Gustafsson in Conservation Biology, who shared how she has worked to bring together different researchers to track and follow the vegetation development following the fires.
Continuing the hike, they headed to Stora Vallsjön where there was a lunch break and two experts who shared about the bird migration of the area and fire insects- among other things. Along the way the hikers were able to see a beaver dam in the lake as well as how the insects have adapted to the environment with dead/burnt trees.
Following the lunch break, the hikers continued to Klösberget where they were shown by archeologists remains which were found to date back to the Stone Age as well as the 17th century. These remains probably would never have been uncovered if it hadn’t been for the terrible fires which ravaged the area, something which the community highlighted as a positive aspect of the terrible fires.
Finally the hikers arrived at Grävlerberget where the Crown Princess and local children were able to participate in various activities in the outdoor classroom. They were also shown a photo exhibition about the fire, the rescue operations and the formation of the nature reserve Hälleskogsbrännan. They were then treated to buns by the County Administrative Board before the Crown Princess departed.
Before she left, Crown Princess Victoria thanked the county for joining her on the hike saying, “Dear friends here in Västmanland! What a day! I would like to thank all the competent people who have been with us, told us what this area has gone through. It has been a very strong experience, I wish all luck and you have got a very beautiful place but in a different way.”
For this hike, Crown Princess Victoria brought back her Boomerang Greta Parka last seen on a hike last April. She paired it with a new blouse from Lexington and her Merrell Moab FST GTX boots. She went with gold accessories waring her Dulong Luna Necklace and debuting the Dulong Balloon Earrings. On her wrists could be seen her Ebba Brahe x Childhood Eyes Wide Open Bracelet and her Carl Edmond watch. We have reached out to Carl Edmond to find out if this is a new watch as it appeared to have gold features while in the past the watch appeared to have black features.