On Wednesday 3 October, The Crown Princess visited Ångermanland where she carried out her fifteenth province walk. The walk took place in Skuleskogen National Park.
The Crown Princess was welcomed by County Governor Berit Högman at the west entrance to the national park. Pupils from year 5 at Docksta School talked about the national park and the High Coast World Heritage Site. They also used their own models to describe the land uplift.
The first stop along the ten kilometre walk was at the Norrsvedje Huts and Skrattabborre Mere. There, the walkers heard folk singer Ulrika Bodén demonstrating kulning, a traditional herding call that uses powerful vocal techniques to call cattle or to communicate. Ulrika also described grazing practices previously carried out in the forest.
The next stage of the walk continued to Stampberget. Along the way, visitor's centre representative Anna Carlemalm talked about the land uplift.
From Slåttdal Crevice, the walk continued steeply upwards, climbing Slåttdal Mountain. At the peak, World Heritage Coordinator Patrik Bylund talked about UNESCO and the World Heritage Site.
The province walk concluded with a walk to the national park's south entrance, where The Crown Princess thanked her hosts for the day in Ångermanland.
Ångermanland is a province in Norrland, bordered to the east by the Gulf of Bothnia, with just over 132,000 inhabitants living in an area of 50,600 km².
Ångermanland is known for the High Coast coastal area. The largest town in the province is Örnsköldsvik.
Prince Nicolas is Duke of Ångermanland.
Province flower: Heartsease
Province animal: Beaver
In September 2017, The Crown Princess began a series of walks through the provinces of Sweden. The walks through the 25 provinces of Sweden will be carried out over the coming years.
The Crown Princess aims to discover new parts of Sweden during different seasons, and to showcase the wonders of Swedish nature for all those who live and work here.
So far, the following walks have been carried out: