Hiking in old-growth forest Dalarna
Hiking in old-growth forest Dalarna is an amazing treat for body and mind. Right by the industrial heritage site Furudal Bruk (Ironworks) you walk right into a wonderful world of a unique forest with knowledgeable and friendly guides.
Hiking in old-growth forest Dalarna Furudal
In few places you can still find old-growth forest in Sweden. Nevertheless, these are mainly in National and Natural parks. However the old-growth forest in Furudal is not yet “officially” protected in spite of its unique cultural and ecological features. The local village group “Ore-gruppen” is working on a project to make this piece of woodlands into a nature reserve.
The old-growth forests, primary forest, virgin forest or primeval forest are forest of great age without significant disturbance from humans, especially in terms of modern forestry. Therefore, the forests regain its natural life cycle.
This is why in an old forest there are trees of different kinds and of all ages. There are dead wood, in the form dead tree trunks, that still stand up. The fallen tree trunks slowly decompose on the ground. These forest are important habitat for many of Sweden’s endangered species and it is vital for biodiversity and animal life
The forest’s forgotten historical treasures
I had the opportunity to meet up with the local guide Katrine. She runs the beautiful small lakeside Holiday Apartment facility called “Eriksdotters Brukslogi”. This charming holiday accommodation lies right on the edge of the Ironworks heritage Furudals Bruk and the forest.
She will show you the forest and it’s natural treasures. In addition, you will learn about and explore the history of small scale industry from different eras as far back as the Stone Age. Get an insight into the hard-working locals surviving in a beautiful but harsh environment. For example, you will see forest based limestone mines, the forest mills where the farmers took their grain , the traces of “kolmilor”·a charcoal stack; a pile of wood covered with dirt and ignited, for the production of charcoal and the significance of the hunting pit system probably dating back to the Iron Age.
Guided tour of about 2.5 hours.
Coffee and cake by the creek in the midst of the forest.