Ängsö National Park

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Ängsö, Ängsö National Park, Sweden

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Ängsö National Park: the Meadow Island Feb 05, 2017
Ängsö is one of Swedens beautiful national parks and only a short distance away from the capital city of Stockholm. It's an idyllic little island located in the beautiful Stockholm archipelago. This little island is known for its beautiful and unique meadows. In June, on a wonderful sunny summer day, I visited this little island filled with flowers. I asked for this daytrip as a birthday present, and I couldn't have wished for anything better! If you love islands, blue sea, rocky shores and a sea of flowers (and you don't mind the absence of restaurants or luxury), then this is your place!

Before we walk on I would like to tell you a bit more about Ängsö National Park, which is one of Sweden's first National Parks. The National Park was created in 1909, the same year as the National Parks of Abisko, Garphyttan, Gotska Sandön, Hamra, Pieljekaise, Sarek, Stora Sjöfället and Sånfjället were created. The total area of the park is 168 hectares, of which 93 hectares are water.

In the past the island of Ängsö belonged to a tiny village on a nearby island called Väringsö. The farmers of Väringsö used the island to gather hay. After the hay was hung on racks to dry, farm animals were left on the island to graze.

The National Park is loved for its ancient farm landscape located in the wonderful archipelago environment, and of course for its wealth of spring flowers. It also has a wide variety of bird life. The best time to visit would be without a doubt the spring: early June or late May. This is the time that most of the spring flowers are in full bloom and the island is at its best. The deciduous trees which dominate the island are oak, ash, maple and birch. The coniferous forest covers a third of the area of the park. In the photos you can see several views from this island taken mid June.

The sea looks so blue; the sun is shining brightly and glistering in the water. The boat moves with a rather high speed, zigzagging around the many islands that the archipelago consists of. The wind is blowing through my hair, sunglasses on, and I am totally enjoying the views, the sunshine and the fresh sea breeze. After 1 1/2 hours on the boat we finally are there: Ängsö!

The island is small, only 73 hectares, but so worth visiting. Quite a few people get off the ferry, but some stay on, to continue their way to another destination in the archipelago. A slight feeling of disappointment comes over me, I almost feel like panicking, realizing that the peace might be disturbed by all the people coming from the boat. But my fears are too quick and totally unnecessary. After only a few minutes we break away from the groups and after this it is just heavenly to be here! The island consists of many meadows, all in bloom, with different types of flowers. The amount of wildflowers and the diversity is amazing.

The best way to enjoy this little idyllic place is to bring a picnic basket filled with some delicious food and a nice bottle of wine. Follow the hiking trail, which will lead you through the meadows, and somewhere along the trail take a left turn, which will bring you to the shoreline. Sit down on the rocky shores overlooking the Stockholm archipelago, with its blue water and scattered around islands, and simply enjoy the food, the view, the sun and the flowers! After your meal make a further round tour on the island, and as the island isn't so big, it makes for a lovely relaxing walk.
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Beautifully written review!
Posted on: Mar 04, 2017
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