Another Sunday Walk...

Trip Start Aug 31, 2016
Trip End Sep 14, 2016

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Flag of Sweden  , Stockholm,
Sunday, September 16, 2012

It never ceases to amaze me that within minutes you can travel from central Stockholm to the "burbs" and walk through beautiful forests beside tranquil lakes, but it is possible.

This morning we decided to take the tunnelbana green line.  Our exact destination is never really planned, we just hop off when we feel like it.  We also decided to board the train at a different station so we walked past Fridhemsplan and on to Thoridsplan.  This section of the tunnelbana is not in a tunnel but rather above ground so we enjoyed the passing scenery.

It was a sunny day but the air was cool and I was glad for my jacket, scarf and gloves as we left the train in Åkeshov. Just to the left of the station there is a very old manor house and estate that lend their name to the area.  It was once the estate of Åke! 

The house is now a conference center.  There are lovely garden allotments nearby and we enjoyed seeing the fall crops of kale, rhubarb, beets and other vegetables.  There were also apple and plum trees in the area with branch sagging from the weight of their fruit. 

We next crossed to the other side of the rails and walked through a school yard that was located at the edge of a significant preserve.  The Kyrksjölöten Nature Reserve was established in 1997 and preserves 125 acres just 8 km from the Stockholm city center. There is an amazing geological feature, De Geer Moraines.  I did a bit of research to discover the source of the name and found that Gerard De Geer was a respected Swedish geologist who's work involved the study of glacial influences on geology.  If you're interested here's a bit more information

The landscape is quite stunning!  The area is also a sensitive ecological preserve for many waterfowl and wetland amphibians.   It is Stockholm's largest damp broad-leaved forest which provides habitat for insects, birds and wood decaying fungi.

Our vague wanderings had struck gold!  We walked through the woods, stopping at the lake for a small snack and walked through the wetlands on a well developed boardwalk system.  It was truly an idyllic spot in the midst of suburban Stockholm.

Our plan was to head for home around 1 pm for lunch so that Lars would be able to watch a major local fotball match, AIK vs Djurgården.  We boarded a bus to connect with the returning tunnelbana train.....all was going according to plan until we reach Huvudsta.  The train stopped at the station and we waited....and waited....and waited.  Finally the driver announced we were delayed - duh!  After more waiting it was announced that there was a signal problem and we had to leave the train and use bus transportation.  It's important to note that this train and all trains in the area were passing through the station where the Fotball Stadium was expecting a sold-out crowd of 40,000 spectators.

The entire train emptied.  We were among dozens of stranded passengers.  Lars consulted the map feature on his phone and realized we were about 3 km from home and there was a lovely walking path along Lake Mälaren.  We left the crowd at the bus stop and headed home.  Of course we wanted to arrive by 2 so we walked a fast pace and arrived at 2:01 to discover that the match was delayed by 15 and then 30 minutes because of the transit failure. 

So, our busy morning ended with a leisurely lunch as Lars enjoy AIK 3-0 victory.  It was a perfect day!
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