Oxelösund Things to Do

  • Sunning on the rocks at Jogerso
    Sunning on the rocks at Jogerso
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  • Cliff walk, Oxelosund
    Cliff walk, Oxelosund
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  • Flowers in the town square, Oxelosund
    Flowers in the town square, Oxelosund
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    Femöre fortress

    by Sjalen Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    Close to the lighthouse is another attraction. When I was little, the island was a military area and no foreigners were allowed on it, which meant that my aunt's German husband had to be "smuggled" in when he wanted to visit. These days, nothing is secret anymore so there is a steady stream of cars down my road to the latest attraction in town: the Cold war underground fortress on the peninsula. The Swedish coastline had several of these fortresses in the bedrock as a Cold War defense line but only this and a couple of others have been opened to the public. This was in fact sold to the municipality for the humourous sum of five öre by the Fortification Authority once it was clear that it was a hit as a tourist destination after opening in 2003. Inside, you get to see the social- and sleeping areas and the wander off into the tunnels and up ladders and spiral staircases to the radar room and the gun room amongst others. You are not allowed to take photos inside but outside it fine and the guides will start or finish with the guns on top of the rock (see pics). Up there the strategic importance of this place is made clear as not only are you next to Oxelösund harbour, but also Hävringe lighthouse in the distance, which is where the shipping lane to Norrköping harbour starts.

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    Femöre lighthouse

    by Sjalen Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    From the lighthouse you have a view straight out to the Baltic Sea and the entrance to Oxelösund harbour. This makes the light good and as the house is no longer used for seafaring aid, it has been turned into an art gallery with courses and exhibitions. You can wander around the cliffs here and have a picnic wherever you want. Even next to the huge 1960s guns placed here and there. Underneath you are the old cliff rooms created during the Cold War to protect the important harbour. Starting this year, you can visit the underground from midsummer. I did last year during the trials and found it very fascinating to see how the service men lived underground with long gangways in the bedrock since it was all secret when I grew up! :-)

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    Femöre nature reserve

    by Sjalen Updated Jul 18, 2006

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    Actually not opened until 2007, but that's just paperwork and ceremonies. The nature has been outstanding for generations - I know! :) Partly rocky cliffs by the sea and pine forest, and partly oak forest where the ground is now grazed by sheep, there are plenty of walking trails.

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    Cliff walks

    by evaanna Updated Feb 26, 2006

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    Cliff walk, Oxelosund

    Very close to our campsite, just past the cafe, we discovered a forest walk on a cliff high above the sea with wonderful footpaths going in a circle so one couldn't really get lost. From our vantage point we could see the sea far below and even a boat or two moored to the shore, a man with a fishing rod, but generally there were very few people there, a jogger or two passing us from time to time, that's all. The path meandered, going deeper into the forest at places so altogether it had been quite a long walk before we came back to the starting point. We certainly enjoyed that walk, the closeness to nature, the silence and the great seaview opening up at places.

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    Sightseeing in the area - Nykoping and Oxelosund

    by evaanna Updated Feb 26, 2006

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    Flowers in the town square, Oxelosund

    If you don't want to travel too far, there are two places you can see nearby. Nearest to Jogerso is Oxelosund - once a ferry terminal with ferries to Poland, now a sleepy town with a commercial port, but nothing much to see. We went there once to have a meal and took the photo of the flowers. Nykopping - further from Jogerso - has much more to offer: the 13th century St. Nicholai Kyrka and the castle with the Royal Tower (now a museum), where the infamous feast of Nykoping took place at Christmas in 1317. After the sumptious supper, Birger, one of the three sons of King Magnus Ladulas, ordered his two brothers to be seized and cast into dungeon, later throwing the key into the river, thus passing a death sentence on them. The key was recovered in the 19th century, found by a boy fishing in the river, but it is not sure if it is the same one. The scene of that feast and what happened afterwards can now be re-created on a model of the fortress displayed at the museum. The museum is certainly worth visiting for its other exhibits too. It's a pity we had run out of film so couldn't take any photos there.

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    Sunning on the rocks

    by evaanna Updated Feb 25, 2006

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    Sunning on the rocks at Jogerso

    I suppose you wouldn't choose Scandinavia for sunbathing, but for someone who doesn't like the heat of the Mediterranean and yet likes to have the sunburnt look Sweden is ideal. Every time we returned from Scandinavia we were both as brown as berries and immune to colds. At Jogerso the conditions for sunbathing were particularly good. The grassy Vivesta Beach was just a stone's throw from our campsite, but we found sunning ourselves on the rocks much more interesting. Here you could sit or lie directly on the smooth pleasantly warm rock without any deckchairs or towels and hidden from inquisitive eyes by the wood around. It was as if the glacier had smoothed the rocks specially for you to enjoy. The sea, the fresh air and the seagulls......What else could you want?

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    Stjärnholm Mansion

    by Sjalen Updated Aug 13, 2003

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    The 18th century mansion used by the De Geer family is typical for this part of Sweden and very nice. It is now owned by the Swedish church but you don't have to be religious to enjoy it. In the grounds, there is a sculpture park and behind the mansion, a trail down to the small bay in the Baltic Sea. The local riding school and a hostel are also found here and there are markets for Easter and Christmas when the local chocolatier sells his masterpieces.

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    The old fishing village

    by Sjalen Updated Sep 20, 2002

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    Old Oxelösund (Gamla Oxelösund) is the main sight. Not too far from the town centre is the part of town which once started as a fishing village. Today it has a wonderful cafe (Bygdegården) with outdoor seating with a great seaview, an art gallery and views towards the pilot's harbour.

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