We offer three different field trips that are either scientific or touristy in flavour.
This tour will take you to the old island town of Vaxholm, which is about a 40-minute drive heading NW of Stockholm. A smaller island right across the port of Vaxholm hosts the impressive Vaxholm Fortress, which has been of great importance for the naval defence of Stockholm since the 16th century. The last attacks on the fortress were made by the Russian navy in 1719 but the stronghold has remained strategically important up until the 20th century. It has also been used as a prison during the 18th and 19th centuries. We will go by bus from the conference venue to Vaxholm, from where we take a small ferry to the fortress for a guided tour of 1–1.5 hours through the historical buildings and their scenic surroundings. After the tour, participants are free to wander the many shops and galleries of the town or relax at a café by the port. Transport back to Stockholm is not included in the price. Instead, you are free to take one of the many ferries back to Stockholm’s city centre at your own leisure. This beautiful trip of around 45 minutes takes you through the inner archipelago and finishes with stunning views of Stockholm’s waterfront. By Tomiwoj (Own work). CC BY-SA 3.0, via Wikimedia Commons.
Taken by Klafubra. CC BY-SA 3.0, via Wikimedia Commons.
We had ideas about a science-oriented field trip with demonstrations of typical Swedish lake sediments in sections or cores but this turned out to be a challenge for several reasons. Instead, we can offer a scenic tour through the archipelago where you’ll have to imagine sediments being deposited around you. After all, we are in Stockholm, known as the City on the Water, and midsummer is perhaps the best time of the year to explore its fantastic archipelago. We will embark a chartered cruise ship for a ca 3 hour-long guided tour through the inner archipelago, pass by Vaxholm (see above) and get a glimpse of the middle part of the archipelago with its splendid scenery of numerous islands and waterways. On our way back to Stockholm we will get some insight into the cultural history of the beautiful coastlines east of the city and as we approach the city itself, the old town, the royal castle and other famous landmarks will appear in front of us. The tour starts from a small dock near the conference venue (ca 20 min. walk) and ends in the very centre of Stockholm city. Fika is included in the price. Please note that no transport back to the conference venue will be arranged.
By Arild Vågen (Own work). CC BY-SA 3.0, via Wikimedia Commons.
By Udo Schröter (Own work). CC BY-SA 3.0, via Wikimedia Commons.
This tour will start with a visit to the Geochronological museum. This was once the world famous Geochronological Institute and opened when Gerard De Geer retired in 1924. The museum is now situated in the basement of the Geoscience building at Stockholm University. Varved clay samples from all over the world are displayed and the museum also hosts material collected during De Geer’s expeditions. We will also show you new cores with varved glacial clay from sites in the Stockholm area.
Photo by Stefan Wastegård
The visit to the museum will be followed by a walking tour in the Royal National City Park where the main Stockholm University campus is situated. Some sites that will be visited are the Laduviken lake, where palaeoeological investigations were performed by Gunnar Digerfeldt and others in the 1970–80s, the “Lyell oak” that Charles Lyell used during his visit to Sweden 1835 to investigate the question of water uplift versus land uplift and Carl XI’s fishing hut, built in the 1680s. The hut was built close to the former shore of the Baltic Sea but is now situated almost 2 m above the mean water level due to the isostatic uplift. The walk is estimated to be 5 km on prepared paths and only requires comfortable walking shoes. In good weather it may be possible to swim so take with your suit if you so wish.
Photo by Stefan Wastegård Photo by Stefan Wastegård