On Friday 31 August, The Crown Princess visited Dalsland where she carried out her thirteenth province walk. She walked from Svankila Nature Reserve along the Dalsland Pilgrims' Trail past lakes Spången and Östebo to Upperud. From Upperud, The Crown Princess canoed across Upperudshöljen to Håverud.
The day in Dalsland began with County Governor Anders Danielsson and Johan Abenius, CEO of Dalslands Turist AB, welcoming The Crown Princess to Dalsland, which Prince Eugen once described as "Sweden in miniature".
From Edet, the walk then continued along the Dalsland Pilgrims' Trail. During the walk, The Crown Princess and her fellow walkers learnt about historic events in the Swedish-Norwegian border country and about the flora and fauna of the nature reserve. The walk continued along the Pilgrims' Trail along lakes Spången and Östebo.
During lunch, The Crown Princess met pupils from Utsikten Upper Secondary School and Åsensbruk Lower Secondary School, as well as children and staff from the Ur & Skur nature preschool and cultural representatives from Steneby School.
Lunch ended with The Crown Princess visiting Dalsland Art Museum and the Waterways exhibition. The exhibition is being staged to mark the 150th anniversary of the Dalsland Canal, and includes photographs by Herman Ahlin, portraits by lock keeper, boat builder and artist Elis Svensson, and maritime paintings and model boats from the collections of Gothenburg Maritime Museum.
From Dalsland Art Museum, The Crown Princess walked to Upperud. The trip then continued from Upperud by kayak and canoe across Upperudshöljen to Håverud. The canoeing was organised in groups and led by Crister Blüme, founder of Dalsland Canoe Marathon+ and youth champion at the 2018 Swedish Canoe Championships.
Dalsland Canoe Marathon+ is one of the world's biggest canoeing competitions. Participants come from more than 19 countries and paddle for 55 km.
The canoeing ended at Håverud Locks, where the 150th anniversary of the Dalsland Canal was celebrated. Benny Ruus, CEO of Dalslands Kanal AB, showed the visitors the aqueduct and talked about its history. The Crown Princess then unveiled a memorial plaque featuring her signature. The canal was opened by King Karl XV in September 1868.
"It feels particularly pleasing to enjoy the same fantastic views that my great-great-grandfather's uncle saw almost exactly 150 years ago", said The Crown Princess in her speech.
The first walk of the autumn concluded with The Crown Princess participating in the anniversary celebrations by presenting the Industrial Heritage of the Year award 2018 to Dalslands Kanal AB in recognition of the company's efforts to preserve and enhance Sweden's industrial cultural heritage.
Dalsland is a province in Götaland, bordered by Värmland to the north, Norway to the northwest, Bohuslän to the west and Västergötland to the south. Dalsland has just over 50,000 inhabitants living in an area of 3,715 km². The largest town in Dalsland is Åmål.
Prince Eugen once described Dalsland as "Sweden in miniature".
Province flower: Forget-me-not
Province animal: Raven
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: