Tyresta National Park

On Saturday 13th Sept 4 of the 5 Scottish Lassies and around 40 other exchange students grabbed some sturdy shoes, packed a lunch and set off to hike round a beautiful Swedish National Park. (unfortunately we were minus Madi as sickness left the poor soul bedridden)

The first challenge of the day was arranging for a bunch of hungover exchange students to meet at the train station at 8.55am on a Saturday morning and discovering that all coffee shops were still closed. Consequently, the day began with quite a few grumpy looking faces. After a long journey and a coffee stop along the way we finally arrived at the beautiful Tyresta National Park and Nature Reserve.

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The Whole Squad

Situated just outside the centre of Stockholm, Tyresta National Park is one of the most unspoilt areas of natural beauty in central Sweden.

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Very similar to Scottish Lochs!

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Mid-hike action shot!

We set off on our 20km hike around the park and discovered that not only does Tyresta offer some breath-taking scenery, the park also has a long and very interesting history. 15 years ago there was a great fire which lasted for over one and a half weeks. It is still evident today where the fire of 1999 burnt 4.5 square kilometres of the forest (which is 10% of the national park).

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Only in Sweden would the park rangers greet you in the middle of a hike with free fika; coffee and kanelbullar (cinnamon buns) – BLISS.

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Stopped to pick some tasty wild blueberries, yum!

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Wild mushrooms everywhere!

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Not a bad view while eating our lunch!

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Only 6.5km left! Some of us decided to run from here on out, oh what some Scot’s would do for a well deserved pint!

Absolutely fantastic day exploring the Swedish outdoors with some new friends, looking forward to our next adventure already!

Hejdå!

The Scottish Lassies

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