Pre conference event

Nordic-Baltic seminar on heritage interpretation

14 June 2013 in Uppsala, organised by the Swedish Centre for Nature Interpretation.

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Post conference trips

All post conference excursions are organised by the Swedish Centre for Nature Interpretation. They will take place only if at least ten participants sign up. For any questions, please don't hesitate to contact Per Sonnvik at or +46-18672 444.

UNESCO World Heritage Site - Birka

One-day excursion: 19 June 2013

The Birka archaeological site is located on Björkö Island in Lake Mälaren and was occupied in the 9th and 10th centuries. Hovgården is situated on the neighbouring island of Adelsö. Together, they make up an archaeological complex which illustrates the elaborate trading networks of Viking-Age Europe and their influence on the subsequent history of Scandinavia. Birka was also important as the site of the first Christian congregation in Sweden, founded in 831 by St Ansgar.

On June 19th, we travel to the Björkö Island by ferry from Stockholm at 09:30 and return by 17:30. The journey takes us through the beautiful Archipelago of Stockholm. At Birka we visit a museum with a rather special mission: a museum without real archaeological items (the security costs would be too high with original items). Birka is a beautiful island with a typical archipelago landscape. The World Heritage Site is protected, but needs to be managed carefully

For the last couple of years a project about building techniques from the Viking age has been working full time at Birka. They are now building several houses, with old techniques and several Viking-ships and a reconstructed harbour. They use the results from the archaeological excavations at the site as a source of knowledge. Birka is starting to come alive again and when we stroll along the many trails, we will meet some of the caretakers of the landscape and discuss the interpretation along the way. Staff from SCNI will join the tour.

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There is a restaurant on the boat and one at Birka.

The cost per person is 400 kr; this covers the boat, entrance to museum and guided tour. Travel to Stockholm, lunch, coffee and overnight accommodation are not included.

Ängsö National Park

One-day excursion – 19 June 2013

Ängsö National Park is one of nine national parks in Sweden which are the oldest in Europe. Ängsö itself is an unusual national park, because it preserves an authentic 19th-century agricultural landscape. Apart from its significance as a cultural and historical monument of a bygone era, the park offers a very pleasing island landscape, with a great array of wild flowers for which the archipelago north of Stockholm is renowned. In late spring, the flowers are really impressive, with carpets of cowslip, wood anemones and other familiar and some rare species.

The field trip will be led by staff working with the national park. During the trip we will discuss interpretation in national parks, and of course especially how interpretation is carried out in Ängsö. In general, interpretation in national parks has to be seen in the context of a new ‘identity and brand’ for the Swedish national parks (that will be presented during a conference session). We will also discuss the interpretation of human activities in national parks.

When the national park was established, the authorities thought that the work of the local farmer was destroying the cultural landscape and the floral splendour. The farming activities were then stopped and, until 1930, the vegetation in the national park was not managed. In the 1930s, the authorities understood their mistake and started to bring back the cultural management of the landscape on the island.

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The cost per person is 700 kr. This covers coffee, lunch and the bus from Sigtuna to Ängsö and then to Stockholm.

Järvsö Carnivore Centre

Two-day excursion – 20 to 21 June 2013

After a three-hour train journey north from Stockholm, we will visit the picturesque little town of Järvsö and its Järvsö Carnivore Centre and the Järvzoo next door. The host of this post conference tour is the director of the Carnivore Centre and the main focus will be interpretation of wild animals. The - sometimes controversial -  coexistence of humans with wild carnivores is addressed at the Carnivore Centre. Everything from art to modern technology is used to describe the problems predators can cause, but also the opportunities. Here you can feel the soft fur of lynx, stand face to face with a wolf through a panoramic window and enjoy photos from some of the world´s best nature photographers. How can interpretation address difficult wildlife management questions when very strong feelings and extreme positions are involved?

Järvsö is situated in the province of Hälsingland. During the first day of the tour you will also get a talk about, and a visit to, one of the UNESCO World Heritage Site farmhouses. There are also a couple of hours reserved for optional activities such as downhill biking, kayaking, simulator shooting, or a silent walk and visit to the church of Järvsö. The second day includes a visit to a traditional farm house at a summer pasture as well an outdoor lunch.

Day 1
6.59Departure from Stockholm Central Station
10.15Arrival at Järvsö. Practicalities
10.30Coffee at the Carnivore Centre
11.00Guided Tour in the centre
12.00Lunch at Järvzoo
13.00Guided Tour in the zoo
14.30Lecture about the World Heritage “Farmhouses of Hälsingland”
15.00Visit at one of the farmhouses; Kristoffers
16.00Afternoon tea at Stenegård
16.45Optional activities: downhill biking, kayaking, simulator shooting or silent walk and visit to the church of Järvsö
19.30Dinner at Järvzoo
Day 2
08.00Lecture: Carnivores and transhumance
10.00Visit to Svedbovallen; a ”fäbod” used for forest pasture during summer
11.30Lunch in the wild
12.30Summary and discussion

Departure to Järvsö railway station


Departure to Stockholm

17.17 Arrival Arlanda Airport
17.40Arrival Stocvkholm Central Station

Cost: 2850 SEK including train tickets, accommodation and meals, guiding and activities.


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