Visiting R 96 11

This post is part of a bigger trip I made through Scandinavia with focus on Norway.

Flying without moving

When I think about paragliding I always thought about mountains and running towards a cliff. Seems like I was thinking a little too narrow here. You can in fact paraglide while not moving at all. My night spot was next to the beach. The wind was strong and paragliders used this to just stand in the wind.

Two paragliders, one in the back with green parachute, one in the front with orange parachute. Being some meters above the ground. Ocean on the right side.

More surprisingly ocean loving animals

While taking a long walk on the beach I was surprised by cows enjoying their time at the beach and in the water. I already had an oh-moment in Rügen with the swans. Now I learned that obviously cows like the ocean as well.

White cow having its snout in the water while small waves are coming
Not the best picture but clearly a cow in the ocean
Several cows, some on the beach, some in the water
And even more of them

Another bunker line

When visiting Lacanau-Océan in France I found history in the sand in the form of bunkers from the Second World War. They turned out to be part of the Atlantic Wall. Now I found out that a smaller version of this (considering the size of the bunkers) also existed in Sweden. Here it is called the Skåne Line that stretched along ~500 km and consisted of ~1,000 fortifications.

Concrete remains in the sand of a bunker, some plants growing between the pieces
Nature reclaiming the ground
Part of a concrete bunker in the back, big stones piled up in its front
Sealing the remains with big stones?

Impressive stones

Not too long ago we built bunkers all along the shores. Centuries ago people created monuments in the form of so called stone ships. One well preserved example is Ales Stenar (Ale’s stones). It is 67 m (220 ft) long and consists of 59 large boulders. According to an article (“The stone thieves from Ystad“) those stones have been collected from even older monuments. It is very impressive to see such a big structure basically in the middle of nowhere. It sits on a hill next to the ocean and you get the feeling that this “ship” just waits to start its journey.

Line of big stones going from the middle of the picture towards the right side in the background
One half of the ship

Consider the effort to get all those big boulders and arranging them. And having this setting survive throughout all the years. It feels a little bit like a very small version of Stonehenge.

What is the purpose of such a monument? The only thing scientist are sure about that it is a grave monument. Controversial are the discussions on whether or not it is also a sun calendar from the Bronze Age (similar principle as the one in Goseck). There is a big information sign next to it explaining the theory even though scientists doubt that it really served as a calendar. I think it is special even if it would be “just” a grave.

One row of stones in the front, one row in the back, ocean in the background

Sometimes bigger is better

I was always wondering how you would protect your farm when it lies pretty much alone. One answer was – build it big and strong. This was the way they did it in Glimmingehus. It is described as a castle but kind of looks like a very big house made of very thick stone walls.

Multiple story tall building made of stones of different sizes, red roof. Smaller, yellow stretched building to the left.
Very impressive building, not easy to get in

Even though it looks rather simple it must have been outfitted with a lot of extravagant objects as their owners were very wealthy. Unfortunately, all tickets were sold out and I couldn’t take a look inside.

Some travel tips (from 2021)

  • There is a large camp site for camper vans near Ales Stenar that is free of charge during the day. You can stay overnight for a fee.
  • You need to walk to get to Ales Stenar, there is no option to drive directly there. The path is across grass and parts of it are steeper. Which means it might be a challenge for people with walking disabilities.
  • The parking lot at Glimmingehus has a part that is suitable for camper vans, even bigger ones. Though during high season it can get very full there.
  • Tickets can be sold on during high season for Glimmingehus. I haven’t found any online order possibilities. Make sure you come in the morning to have more options to get tickets (or in case they start offering tickets online, order upfront online).
  • There are some nice beaches along the coast in that area that invite you for some sun bathing in the summer or at least a walk.

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