Sandviken Map Sweden

Gastrikland. 23,000.

Q Folkets Hus, Kopmangatan 5-7, 026-24 13 80. Bangen Jazz Festival (end Jun), Chamber Music Festival (end Jul).

The town of Sandviken grew up with the establishment of an ironworks on the shore of Storsjon lake in I860. The new railway line to Gavle was one of the factors in its location. Using the groundbreaking Bessemer production process, Sandviken soon gained a reputation for its steel. In the 1920s it began making stainless steel and by the 1940s it was the world’s leading producer of steel for tools and drill bits.

Environs: Evidence of Sandviken’s ironworking roots can be seen in Hogbo. Today the community is a centre for recreation and adventure sports. It is also home to the Textilmuseet. an offshoot of Nordiska Museet (p88-9), with the country’s finest collection of textiles and handicrafts.

Opposite Sandviken. on the southern shores of Storsjon, lies the medieval church of Arsunda. with paintings by the master Eghil. Just south of the church is a Viking burial ground, which inspired the Arsunda Viking centre, offering activities with a Viking slant.

Resecentrum, railway station, 0270-753 53. Family fun evenings at Ostra Berget (Thu in Jul), Herring Games (mid-Aug).

Sweden’s ambitions for power and the need for armaments lead to the foundation of Soderhamn in 1620. Halsing-land’s weapon makers were brought together from around the region to work in the town. The gun and rifle-making factory, built in 1748, now houses the town museum, Soderhamns Stadsmuseum Russian attacks in 1721 and four disastrous fires have meant that the only remaining building of significance is Ulrika Eleonora Kyrka. The

Part of an old furnace in the town of Sandviken, famous for its steel production pink cruciform church was designed by Tessin the Younger in 1693- The upside of the fires is that a series of parks now creates a green patchwork around the city. Soderhamn’s landmark is the Oscarsborg tower, which rises proudly on Ostra Berget. Anyone braving the 125 steps is rewarded with a breathtaking view of the town and archipelago.

Environs: The 10 km (6 miles) of the Soderhamnsfjarden inlet were lined with 11 steam-powered sawmills during the industrial boom of the late 19th century. The industrial museum in Ljusne and Bergviks Industrimuseum tell the story. A museum featuring more modern technology is Soderhamns/

FI 5 Flygmuseum. which exhibits military aircraft.

The 13th-century church Trono Kyrka. 17 km (11 miles) northwest of Soderhamn, complete with walls, gates and bell tower, is unusually redolent of the Middle Ages. The archbishop and Nobel prize-winner Nathan Soderblom (1866-1931) was born in the rectory, which now houses his memorabilia.

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