This stretch runs between two beautiful old ironworks villages typical of Uppland. You will have a walk through varied woodlands and over moorlands, mostly on paths. On this stretch, you will be in the middle of nature together with the animals living there.
From here on, you will walk on woodland paths through lovely areas with wild berries and mushrooms. On this stretch, you can pick wild berries and follow an old timber-floating canal. You may stop and take a break, let your mind wander at one of the rest spots and simply relax. Enjoy nature. You are walking on the Viking trail and the Uppland trail and you will need to follow signs and directions for “Upplandsleden”. The complementing colour markings for the Viking Trail are dark red and appears together with the cross of St Olav.
After a while, you will reach a rest spot by the ruins of the Sågarbo farm. You will also be able to see what is left of a saw works that Stephan de Geer, the owner of Gimo ironworks, bought in 1663. A bit further on you will come across the ruins of Folkmora farm.
Shortly after Sågarbo, there is another clearance, but here the 1-kilometre path is cleared, which makes for easy walking. On approaching the shelter half-way through this part of the trail, the path crosses an area where the grass grows high in late summer.
Look for and keep to the trail markings. During summer, the grass along the trail might be high in certain places.
June 2019. Please observe that the markings along the Vikingaleden trail are not complete yet. Some short sections still lack marking and signposts. We are sorry about the delay.
In case of emergency or illness call 112. Healthcare information for minor ailments can be found by calling 1177 or visiting 1177.se on the internet.
There is usually drinking water and public toilets by the churches. Look for signs for safe drinking water.
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Tips and hints
Rest spots: There is a rest spot at Sågarbo, a shelter at Glamsmossen and places for bathing and barbequeing at Aspbo nature reserve.
On the last stretch towards Österbybruk, the trail splits in two. Keep left to follow the Viking trail towards Österbybruk and the ironworks village.
The stop that is nearest to the starting point is called Gimo bruksgatan and you will find it about 800 metres from the start of this part of the trail. On exiting the bus, follow the street named Bruksgatan westward towards the manor.
Gimo and Österbybruk is well connected by bus services. This part of the trail ends at the bus station in Österbybruk.
The Viking trail continues on from Gimo ironworks and follows along country lanes and gravel roads on the western side of Gimo pond. After 2.5 kilometres, the trail veers off into a clearance caused by wildfire some years ago. This part may be a bit more challenging to traverse. You might instead choose to walk alongside the clearance on the gravelled path.
Getting thereThe stop that is nearest to the starting point is called Gimo bruksgatan and you will find it about 800 metres from the start of this part of the trail. On exiting the bus, follow the street named Bruksgatan westward towards the manor.
ParkingThere is parking by Bruksgatan in Gimo and by the bus station as well as by Ånghammaren in the manor house area at Österbybruk.
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This is a relatively easy walk but remember to wear comfortable shoes and a backpack that is not too heavy.
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