On the Solliden plane there is a small, octagonal observatory crowned with a dome, known as Boberg's Observatory. Designed by Stockholm architect Ferdinand Boberg, it was built in 1910.
The orbits of the planets in the solar system have been laid out in rings round the building to give it an appropriate setting.
The Skogaholm Manor shows what a manor house in central Sweden might look like at the end of the 18th century.
There is the main house with wings and pavilions grouped around a yard and encompassed by a fence.
The Manor house, was the first house that I had come across that wasn't made out of wood.
As I entered through the front door, I could hear music coming from one of the room's.
What a nice touch to make this house authentic, for there in the Living Room were three Ladies dressed in period costume and playing string instrument's, nice!
I sat and listened for awhile, then went for a walk through the house, finding this one was definitely more upmarket than the others! Still painted woodwork everywhere in the house, a custom of old time Sweden.
Built in 1729, the Seglora Church is entirely built of timber. The Church was moved from the parish in Vastergotland in 1916, to its new home in Skansen.
The church was built of local materials, with both the roof and the walls lined with oak shingles on the outside which are painted with a mixture of tar and traditional red paint.
Up until the tower was built in the 1780's, the bells hung in a separate belfry. The barrel-vaulted ceiling was painted in 1735. Starting in the chancel one can follow scenes from the life of Jesus arranged clockwise round the ceiling. In the middle of the roof is the symbol of God’s all-seeing eye: a pink triangle bearing the name Yahweh in Hebrew letters. I thought the painting's to be in fairly good condition for a Church this old.
The organ is from 1770.
Interesting is the fact each farm had its own pews in the church. Women and men sat on opposite sides of the aisle; women to the left and men to the right. This custom lived on in the countryside into the 20th century.
You wouldn't DARE FALL ASLEEP!
Hanging in the porch is a long rod that the verger used for waking parishioners who fell asleep during the sermon.
In the Church yard are three gravestones from Seglora, and four crosses from Rackeby church in Vastergotland, but there are no actual graves.
This is a popular church for Stockholm weddings, as well as christenings and confirmations.
Seglora Church is open every Sunday and for a great part of the summer season.
Services are held in the church on some Sundays and feast days and concerts are also held there.
The Oktorp Farmstead comes from Halland and was moved to Skansen in 1896. it's quite a large farm with many thatched roofed farm building's. What looked to be Stable's surround quite a big open, cobblestoned yard.
The Oktorp Farmstead was the first farm to be erected in the Village in its entirety. It shows what a farmstead in the flat countryside in Halland looked like in the 1870s, when the Lundqvist family, Ake and Christina and their daughter Hanna, aunt Beata, grandmother Ingeborg and their two farm-hands lived there.
The Bredablick, is a 30 metre high tower, built of brick, in the north-eastern area of Skansen. It is described as a gothic tower, has five floors and a viewing platform 77 meters above sea level. .
The Tower was renovated in the 1980's and now has a cafe and a viewing floor at the top of the tower.
The Tower wasn't moved to this site, but was built here in 1874-76.
The next homestead I came across had two Ladie's looking after the House.
One was busy doing the dishes, and the other was inside busily cooking some traditional cake.
Golly, it was a hot day, and it was extra hot in the wooden home with the open fire.
I was offered some cake which I tried and thought nice.
Next, I walked onto the Sami Camp which is an autumn and spring camp for the mountain Sami. It shows how the mountain Sami lived at the beginning of the 20th century when they still followed a nomadic existence, moving about with their reindeer.
The northern parts of Sweden, Norway, Finland and Russia are home to a Sami population of more than 70.000 people.
The Sami national day is celebrated on the 6 of February with music, speeches and souvas - a savoury dish of reindeer meat and other things....At sami camp, Skansen.
Please join me on a walk around the Village
As I walked around the Village, I found that each house or farm belonged to a different area, which had different culture and tradition's.
The Delsbo Farmstead was the first I came across. These building's came from north-central Sweden and it's made up of four building's surrounding a courtyard. The setting represents a large, prosperous farm in the mid-19th century.
I was invited inside by the Lord & Lady of the House, both dressed in traditional clothes.
They spoke English so I was able to find out a little about the home, and the richly decorated wall paintings.
Skansen is a 300,000 square-metre or 75 acre outdoor museum, or park, or zoo founded in 1891. It is basically a miniature Sweden showing each area's wildlife and historical villages and homes. There are areas where local animals are kept, usually in large natural areas, and there are working historical stores and coffee shops where you can buy candy, baked goods, or sit inside for a old-fashioned snack and tea.
The cub bears were especially fun to watch as they climbed the trees and wrestled with each other. We sat inside a Sami (people from the north of Norway, Sweden, Finland, and Russia) camp and listened to some Sami guides dressed for the part explain to us (in English) about the history of their people and and their current situation. We saw some kind of witch scare some children out of a house (it was all in Swedish, so we didn't quite catch that one).
As it was October, there were no crowds at all and a very pleasant experience. Apparently the Swedes flock to the place at long weekends and Summer holidays. In the Summer there are also regular singalong concerts, demonstrations of Swedish folk dancing, and live music.
This is an excellent way to spend a day, or most of a day, with the family. All will enjoy.
If, like us, you enter the park at the Hazelius Gate, there is a bit of a climb up into the park proper. If you want to take it a bit easier you can pay a little extra [I think it was around 25 SEK] to take the funicular up the hill
In the village area one of the buildings has glass blowing demonstrations as well as a shop selling the stuff made there. There is a viewing area so you can sit and watch the glass blowers working away which was pretty interesting. Amazing how a blob on the end of a stick can turn into a beautiful glass or vase in a matter on minutes!! Definitely worth checking out. The only slight downside is that you are basically just watching them work, they don't actually explain what they are doing
Skansen is located near the center of Sockholm on the island Djugarden. It is an open-air museum where you can see old swedish buildings that were moved here from different parts of the country. You can also explore typical swedish animals, this young moose ....