9 Verum - Vittsjö
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You are never far from the water along this trail as you wander through Skåne’s forests and ancient meadows, along small rivers, ponds and the quiet beauty of Vittsjö Lake. Dig your fingers into its sandy shores, sifting for clumps of iron ore. Listen to the birds. Go fishing. Or canoeing. Or both!
West of Verum, the trail runs parallel to the Vieån River, and your footsteps carry you along a zig-zag path through a complex system of kettle lakes and ponds and up onto dry ridges separated by wet meadows with stands of trees along the banks and a variety of woodland. At Mölleröd there are rapids, a waterfall and several parallel eskers to explore. The river is important for fish, mussels and birds, and there are interesting plants in the surrounding area.
Continue to the Gundrastorp area, where you pass through pastures that preserve an older style of small-scale farming, typical of the northern landscape of Skåne. Next, you work your way up and down the eskers of Ubbalt, where the beech forests are impressive and popular with visitors, until you come to the shore of Vittsjön Lake. There are large quantities of iron ore on the lake bottoms in this area, and you can find small clumps of it if you sift through the sand with your fingers.
The Vieån River periodically floods the wet meadows, which have been cut for hay and grazed for a long, long time. Water power has also been harnessed extensively along the river, and near its mouth you can explore the well-preserved Ekholmen sawmill and Gundrastorp flour mill.
If you walk along the sandy shore of Vittsjön Lake, keep an eye out for iron ore. A large part of the area's history is written in these tiny iron clumps. In medieval times, iron ore was scraped up from the bottoms of lakes in this area and transported along the waterways. Defensive fortresses were built along Vittsjön Lake and Skeingesjön Lake to protect this incredibly valuable resource.
The little community of Vittsjö was known for its spas and rest homes during the 1800s. The air and surroundings were considered health-giving. Perhaps you agree that they still are. Vittsjö is a long, narrow village with water almost everywhere you look, and the old hotels from the spa days are scattered throughout the village.
Once upon a time, the border between Denmark and Sweden went through this area and many battles were fought over these highly strategic and resource-rich lands. In 1612, King Gustav II Adolf almost died when he broke through the ice on his horse on Vittsjö Lake while fleeing from Danish troops. And in 1959, a mass grave was uncovered with the remains of at least 220 soldiers who died in a battle fought here. Monuments commemorate both the fallen soldiers and King Gustav II Adolf’s near death experience.
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