Sweden’s National Parks

Far from the hustle and bustle of Sweden’s busy cities, are its National Park System. Sweden’s national parks number 28, located from the north to south. The northern part of Sweden, is mountainous and offers a fascinating view of the hot springs, geysers that shoot hot water high into the air from beneath the earth. The terrain is similar to that of the moon. In fact, film makers often film on location in this area as a result.

Swedes believe strongly in being environmentally responsible and place a high standard on natural parks that provide protection to wildlife and plantlife. Of these, Abisko, a national park in the northern Lapland province of the country, near the Arctic circle is spectacular for its sweeping stretches of land that climb upward into mountains. Not only is it one of the 28 national parks of Sweden but it is also the site of a research center used primarily for environmental, biological and geological research.

Dalby Soderskog in southern Sweden is smaller and believed to be the remains of a primaeval forest. It is a lush, green area that contains the ruins of an ancient fortress.

Padjelanta is another national park of Sweden located in the north and is a UNESCO World Heritage site. It has two large lakes and an extensive plateau, mostly open and flat topographically. Here, the Sami lived in harmony with protected reindeer in a prolific pastoral setting. Sami ancestors were nomads who wandered the plateau herding reindeer.

Another interesting national park is Storre Mosse which defines in Swedish as “Big Marsh”. Located in southern Sweden, it’s large bogs cover more than 39 miles (100 square kilometers). It is protected by Swedish Environmental Protection Agency and encompasses varied animals and birds. Of It’s a lovely area that reminds one of the English moors or the US’s everglades region. Grasses grow thick and it’s surrounded by thick forest.

Of all of the national parks of Sweden, Tividen is perhaps, the most famous for its scenery and wilderness. But, also because it has been a hiding place for outlaws. It’s located between two lakes and is largely inaccessible. One of the most enchanting sites here are the red waterlilies. Folklore tells the tale of a farmer who met with a water spirit while fishing. The water spirit promised great catches of fish in exchange for his daughter. He agreed. Later she went down to the shore to meet the water spirit who suggested she go with him to his watery home. She refused, instead plunging a knife into her heart, falling dead, turning the water lilies blood red.

Near Stockholm is another national park of Sweden, Tyresta. it is surrounded by a nature reserve. In 1999, 10% of Tyresta was consumed by fire. There are two unforgettable lakes in this park, Lake Stensjon and Lake Arsjon.

Unlike many other national parks of the world, Sweden places preservation as its main consideration rather than national parks for tourism as some countries do.

Ian Pennington is an accomplished niche website developer and author. To learn more about Sweden’s national parks, please visit National Parks Site for current articles and discussions.

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