We wanted to do something different today so instead of walking where we normally walk with Pollux we drove to Taberg just outside Jönköping (13 km south) and took a walk there instead. The sun was shining and it was around 10 degrees. There are various ways to get up on the top of the mountain. The least exhausting is of course by car but there are also several hiking paths that lead up to the top and we took one of them instead.
According do the legend, Lake Vättern and the Taberg Valley was created 1.300 million years ago by a huge meteor. It crashed in Askersund, cutting deep into the earth on its way south. Today the meteor is known as Taberg. Not sure how true that is though more likely it has something to do with earthquakes I would say. On the sun warm southeast side of the mountain you’ll supposedly find vegetation that you normally see in the Alps but all we saw today was Blue Anemones, which isn’t too bad on the other hand.
Lots of Blue Anemones in the forest, spring must truly be on it’s way.
Taberg is not just any mountain. The type of rock it consists of (titanium magnetite olivine) can only be found on one more place in the world. Ore mining went on for centuries here and you can also go on a guided tour in the old mine during summer. There are no tours the rest of the year since Taberg provides a home to nine of Sweden’s 15 bat species and six of these spend the winter inside the mine. In order to protect the mountain from future exploitation, the Swedish Association for the Protection of Nature bought the mining rights in 1986 and the area has been turned into a nature reserve.
View from the top.
At the summit, 343 meters above sea level and 140 meters above the surroundings, there is a restaurant where you can both get lunch and fika. There is also a miniature golf course and of course you can also admire the view, on a day like today extending as far as 70 km away.
And this is what most of the view look like…forest and more forest.
A wet but happy Pollux.
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