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Pilgrim Trail Stage 8

Stråsjöleden pilgrim trail, the Chapel of Stråsjö to Sandvik

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  • The starting point, the chapel of Stråsjö
    / The starting point, the chapel of Stråsjö
    Photo: Ulf Krantz, Pilgrimstid
  • / Sign with information about the nature reserve area
    Photo: Mats Jäderberg, Pilgrimstid
  • / Gladbäcksögat
    Photo: Tore Lind, Pilgrimstid
  • / Stråsjöleden pilgrim trail, west of the chapel of Stråsjö
    Photo: Mats Jäderberg, Pilgrimstid
  • / The old school in Sandvik
    Photo: Erika Wachenfeldt, Paxwalk
  • / The old school in Sandvik
    Photo: Erika Wachenfeldt, Paxwalk
  • / The old school in Sandvik
    Photo: Erika Wachenfeldt, Paxwalk
  • / Welcome to Sandvik!
    Photo: Erika Wachenfeldt, Paxwalk
  • / Gröntjärn
    Photo: Tidigare Wachenfeldt, Paxwalk
  • / Vy från örtagården vid Stråsjö kapell
    Photo: Tidigare Wachenfeldt, Paxwalk
  • / Gladbäcken
    Photo: Tidigare Wachenfeldt, Paxwalk
  • / Bathing spot by the route to Gröntjärn
    Photo: Erika Wachenfeldt, Paxwalk
  • / Encounter on the route to Gladbäcken!
    Photo: Erika Wachenfeldt, Paxwalk
  • / Storsjön, Sandvik
    Photo: Erika Wachenfeldt, Paxwalk
  • / Storsjön, Sandvik
    Photo: Erika Wachenfeldt, Paxwalk
  • / Encounter at the beach in Sandvik!
    Photo: Erika Wachenfeldt, Paxwalk
  • / Stråsjö
    Photo: Erika Wachenfeldt, Paxwalk
  • / Stråsjö
    Photo: Erika Wachenfeldt, Paxwalk
  • / Gladbäcken
    Photo: Erika Wachenfeldt, Paxwalk
  • / Gröntjärn
    Photo: Erika Wachenfeldt, Paxwalk
  • / Gröntjärn
    Photo: Erika Wachenfeldt, Paxwalk
  • / Gröntjärn
    Photo: Erika Wachenfeldt, Paxwalk
  • / Björkar i Gröntjärn
    Photo: Erika Wachenfeldt, Paxwalk
  • / Gröntjärn
    Photo: Erika Wachenfeldt, Paxwalk
  • / Fireplace by Gröntjärn
    Photo: Erika Wachenfeldt, Paxwalk
m 250 200 150 14 12 10 8 6 4 2 km Gladbäcksögat, Gladbäckens källa Gröntjärn, Ljusdals kommun Sandvik, gamla skolan Stråsjö kapell
One of the finest stages of Stråsjöleden! Just next to the trail is Gladbäcksögat (The Eye of Gladbäck); a spring that flows up, and in a few meters becomes a small stream, and then a brook; Gladbäcken. We find ourselves in a nature conservation area with exciting nature – pay attention to the regulations there. You will pass Gröntjärn, an excellent place to take a break, where there are tables and benches to sit down and rest, while you think about the information on the signs, about the nature phenomenon Gröntjärn – a turquoise green lake, the result of a strange glaciofluvial deposit, formed during the melting of the inland ice about 8 500 years ago. 

You will continue on soft paths and roads to Sandvik, where you will find a bathing spot and simple lodging.

Distance 15.4 km
4:02 h
161 m
134 m
259 m
147 m
To begin with, you walk from the chapel of Stråsjö along the trafficked road, and then turn off downward, along a river with an old mill. When you arrive at the junction, you follow the small gravel road towards Gröntjärn and continue on the path towards Sandvik. The stage is very easy, with a quiet and peaceful wandering through exciting forest nature!

At Gröntjärn you will find facts about the sight on the information board, and benches and tables for a restful break with a beautiful view. There is also a toilet next to the road and the parking lot.

Author’s recommendation

The water in the spring Gladbäcksögat is potable, but you will need to bring something to drink anyway, and a lunch pack.
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Elisabeth Andersson
Update: June 06, 2021
Highest point
259 m
Lowest point
147 m

Tips and hints

About Gröntjärn and Gladbäcksögat

 

Ulf Krantz, builder for the Chapel of Stråsjö, carving att his house in Venås: YouTube

Start

The Chapel of Stråsjö, Hudiksvall municipality (178 m)
Coordinates:
DD
61.953781, 16.298616
DMS
61°57'13.6"N 16°17'55.0"E
UTM
33V 568117 6869712
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Destination

Sandvik, Ljusdal municipality

Note


all notes on protected areas

Coordinates

DD
61.953781, 16.298616
DMS
61°57'13.6"N 16°17'55.0"E
UTM
33V 568117 6869712
w3w 
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Arrival by train, car, foot or bike

Equipment

Sports shoes or sandals will do good, but this will depend on the weather.

Basic Equipment for Pilgrim Walks

  • Sturdy, comfortable and waterproof hiking boots or approach shoes
  • Layered, moisture wicking clothing
  • Hiking socks  
  • Rucksack (with rain cover)
  • Protection against sun, rain and wind (hat, sunscreen, water- and windproof jacket and suitable legwear)
  • Sunglasses
  • Hiking poles
  • Ample supply of drinking water and snacks
  • First aid kit
  • Kit para bolhas
  • Bivy / survival bag  
  • Survival blanket
  • Headlamp
  • Pocket knife
  • Whistle
  • Cell phone
  • Cash
  • Navigation equipment / map and compass
  • Emergency contact details
  • ID
  • Religious objects and material as required

Things to Bring if Staying in a Hostel

  • Toiletries and medication
  • Quick-drying towel  
  • Ear plugs
  • Sleeping bag liner
  • Sleepwear
  • Pilgrim ID card
  • Coronavirus mask and hand sanitizer
  • The 'basic' and 'technical' equipment lists are generated based on the selected activity. They are not exhaustive and only serve as suggestions for what you should consider packing.
  • For your safety, you should carefully read all instructions on how to properly use and maintain your equipment.
  • Please ensure that the equipment you bring complies with local laws and does not include restricted items.

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Distance
15.4 km
Duration
4:02 h
Ascent
161 m
Descent
134 m
Highest point
259 m
Lowest point
147 m

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