Domkyrkan i Strängnäs
Skyttåsa is located in the so-called ‘Åkers Bergslag’, an area “bursting at the seams” with cultural monuments and remains from mining in days gone by! You can see how iron ore, charcoal and limestone were mined and processed for the blast furnaces in nearby Åkers Styckebruk .
Bruksmuseet at Åkers Styckebruk
Åkers Styckebruk is one of Sweden’s oldest companies in continuous operation and was founded in 1580. Until 1866, cannons were cast here, though today, other products have taken over. Information about the company’s history can be found at Bruksmuseet (The Factory Museum).
Not far from Skyttåsa is Kalkbro. The old limestone quarry resembles a ravine in the hillside, created by human labor to obtain lime for the blast furnaces at Åkers Styckebruk . The ravine also provides a tropical climate, and rare plant species, including two species of orchid, thrive in the chalky environment. No wonder Kalkbro is known as one of Sörmland’s richest areas for flora! At Flintsjön, east of Kalkbro, there is a massif made of quartz-rich rock. In the first half of the 1800s a so-called ‘flint quarry’ was established here. The flint stone – quartz, which was primarily quarried to be used in the wall constructions of the blast furnaces at the factory, was also used as a slag agent in the blast furnace process.
Skottvång Grufva has been on record since the 1500s but could be considerably older. In the area there are many mine entrances, most of them filled with water. One of them – Porthålsgruvan – was once Sweden’s deepest mine at over 300 metres. There, you can book a dramatized tour from the ‘Mining Madam’- Lova! Many of the old mine buildings are still there and today one of them houses Gruvmuseet (the Mining Museum). The old engine house has also been rebuilt and serves as a much-frequented restaurant, cafe and music pub that stays open nearly all year round. Skottvångs Grufva also arranges an annual, traditional midsummer celebration. And just outside you can find the start of a section of the popular Sörmlandsleden .
At Skottvång Grufva you will also find Östra Sörmlands Gruvförening (the East Sörmland Mining Association). Every spring, the association members construct an old-fashioned charcoal kiln that they usually set fire to in mid-July.
Skeppsta Glass Studio
Glashytta (Skeppsta Glass Studio) is a shop, cafe and art gallery. Here you can see the glassmaker and artist Ebba von Wachenfeldt form her glass creations in the blowing room. By prior arrangement, you can also have the opportunity to try yourself!
Artists and artisans
The first weekend in September sees the arrival of the annual konstrunda i Gnesta (Art Around Gnesta) during which over 50 participating artists open the doors to their homes and studios. In addition, there are many talented artists and artisans in Åkers Bergslag! See also Nätverk Åkers Bergslag!
Gripsholm castle, Mariefred, Taxinge castle and Stockholm !
In fair Mariefred, approximately 30 km away, you will find Gripsholm – one of Sweden’s royal castles, founded by Gustav Vasa in 1537. In the castle you will see Duke Karl’s chambers from the 1500s, Gustav III’s theatre from the 1700s, as well as the Swedish national portrait collection.
Idyllic Mariefred is well-worth a visit in itself with its myriad of tiny houses from the 1700s, its inns and its deer fields. Here you can stroll along winding streets and browse in delightfully quaint shops. If you are here in the summer, try not to miss the annual Riddarspel (The Knights’ Games)!
In addition, you can travel from Mariefred by old-fashioned steam train and/or take a charming tip by steamboat to the capital, Stockholm. Or you can take it to Taxinge slott (Taxinge castle) where you will find northern Europe’s largest selection of homemade cakes, tarts, pastries and bread, with more than 50 different kinds.
Mariefred is also home to Grafikens Hus, one of Mälardalen’s most visited museums and art galleries and singular in Sweden in its focus on graphic contemporary art. Here you can see art exhibitions, purchase graphic art, meet artists and participate in art shows in a stimulating environment. In the graphics workshop, those of you who are artists can also take part in further education and workshops. There are also courses and creative activities held here for children and young people.
Only 16 km away, just outside Björnlunda , is the Uppmälby farm, a small biodynamic concern with a focus on subsistence and sale of bio-dynamic products such as vegetables, flour and lamb. The farm, which delivers to schools, day-care centres, health food stores, restaurants, and individuals, tries to find a balance between vegetable farming, agriculture and animal husbandry, between production and demand, and between business and pleasure. Call and order your goods in advance! If they have the time, visitors can also arrange a guided tour. Call 0158 – 206 28.