So, off hiking into the woods we went today, as I started going along with my only resolution of the New Year….to explore the wider Sweden, now that I felt I had truly explored our island.  Although, I am sure it will still throw me some lovely surprises in the future!  The first place I wanted to head to was Hästhallen where there were some Bronze Age Rock Carvings.  Opposite the woods that they were in, is a nature reserve too, so I thought we could investigate that afterwards.

 

We were not disappointed.  Due to it being below freezing and in the middle of winter we had the historical site to ourselves 🙂 However, we did have to brush off quite a few pine needles from some of the carvings that were filling the grooves, being in the middle of a pine forest! These rock carvings were discovered in the mid 1700s and at the time the landscape was totally open.  They date back around 3000 years from the Bronze Age.  They depict ships, animals, figures, and the sun amongst other things.  The children were fascinated (and had a very rapid introduction into not trampling all over the rocks they were carved on!).

After spending some time taking photos and chatting about them, we decided to check and see if there was a geocache in the area, and there was…only about 130m from us!  Off we set, and with the clue written in both Swedish and English this time, we were fairly confident that we might find this one.  It was hidden in fab place in amongst rocks, and the children got it out easily.  There wasn’t enough loot for everybody to have something, so we decided to just add to it instead.  However, there was a travel bug on a keyring, that had originally travelled from Germany.  The idea is that you photograph where it has been, and then pop it into another geocache, and fill the details in online.  However, we aren’t really doing geocaching at that level at the moment.  We are keeping it simple while they are young, so we took a photo for our memories and put him back…..I don’t know when we’d next head out geocaching and I’d be very likely to forget him when we do!!  But we learnt something new and all three thought it was a great idea.  I am also loving that the mini men like signing their names too on the logbook…still surprises me!

We returned the geocache to its cosy location and headed back towards the nature reserve.  After a below freezing picnic…bbbbbrrrrr……we found a great rock field that the children had a blast playing in.  They made up imaginative scenarios, they pretended to make fires to drink their hot squash beside, and they generally scrambled and climbed everywhere!

So, our first destination has been explored.  I have definitely got one more planned for this week, before our little lady heads back to school next week.  Then we will just have to keep a little closer to home as we only have the afternoons to use, but still enough time to leave the island with her wonderfully early school finish times 🙂  Even the drive home was a stunner……