The Finjasjöleden Trail provides rich coastal woodlands, open
areas and water is your constant companion. The woodland at
Dallerör is very special with many species of plants and birds. At
the north end of the lake, a very unusual board walk helps you to
get very close to nature, through alder carr and reedbeds. Close
by, there are some four hundred year old oaks.
If you follow the trail through Hovdala Recreation Area, extensive
views, a species rich ravine and the pearl of the River Hovdalaån
await you. There are some twenty species of bat in the area.
The countryside around Finjasjöbygden has attracted walkers for
a long, long time. As far back as the Mesolithic period, people
came here to hunt and fish. You walk past the oldest known
settlement in Sweden along this section, which are 14 000 years
There are many signs that this area flourished during the Iron
Age. There was probably a large estate and temple in Finja. Visit
the church at Finja from the 1100s. Detailed paintings indicate
that it a high status.
When you pass by Mjölkalånga, spare a thought for the 300 knights
which fought in vain, and got hopelessly stuck in the water-logged
ground. The battle took place in 1318.
During the 1600s, the lake was flanked by the powerful estates of
Hovdala, Mölleröd and Skyrup. The first two became military
training areas for a period and are now used for recreation. You go
through them both. There are barracks here from the Second World
War and the largest tree house in Scandinavia which can be used all
year round is located here.
Along this section, you can also see evidence of when the lake
levels were reduced and when the lake was restored. To the south
there is a ruin of a library and a magical sacrificial stone.