Roslagsleden Stage 5: Domarudden - Wira Bruk, 20 km.

Östhammar, Norrtälje

The stretch from Domarudden recreation area to the iron works at Wira Bruk takes hikers through forest and open country, past lakes and along forest tracks that offer easy access.

Oppsjön lake, about five kilometres after Domarudden, has a picnic spot with a shelter and barbecue area. Since the water is difficult to access, Oppsjön is not a place to go swimming.

A couple of kilometres before Wira Bruk, Viren lake is a good place for a swim, with a shelter and good fishing. For fishing licences and information, call 08-543 531 93, 073-600 22 44.

The end of this section, Wira Bruk, is a unique historical environment, an idyllic spot with well preserved forges and red cottages. The iron works were built in the 1630s by Admiral Claes Fleming and became the country’s first sword smithy.

Wira Bruk had the exclusive right to make rapiers, sabres and bayonets for the Swedish crown between 1646 and 1775. The majority of the swords used in King Karl XII’s wars were made here. At the height of their production, Wira’s smithies produced 12 000 swords per year. In more peaceful times they manufactured.

scythes, axes and ice skates instead of weapons. The last Wira smith, John Dahlgren, passed away in 1948 and the works fell into decline. After 20 years’ silence the iron works were renovated, and now the hammers ring out once again throughout Wira.

Several wrought-iron smiths now work in the area. You can purchase their artistic creations at the inspector’s residence. The works’ museum is in the alderman’s house near the court house, and the brewhouse is a charming little café by the Viraån river.

Facts

The smithy in Wira, 08-543 531 03, www.wirabruk.com
The Wira-Spelen Foundation, 08-540 633 60, www.wiraspelen.se
Österåker Tourist Information Centre (summer only), 08-540 815 10
Norrtälje Tourist Information Centre, 0176-719 90, www.roslagen.se

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