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Crown Princess Victoria visits one of Europe’s oldest national parks

Crown Princess Victoria of Sweden

Crown Princess Victoria has visited Sonfjället National Park, the latest stop on her goal to visit all of Sweden’s national parks to encourage enjoying the outdoors.

The Sonfjället National Park is located in the province of Härjedalen in central Sweden, and is best known for its mountain views and its animal population, which includes bears, moose and lynxes.

Crown Princess Victoria’s visit began at the Hede Tourist Office to learn from local park experts about the area.

After the briefing, she departed via scooter to the park’s entrance in Nysäter, at the foot of the Sonfjället mountain.

Crown Princess Victoria learned more about the natural and animal population during her visit as she and the park experts travelled around by skis.

The Swedish Royal Court shared on Instagram that Crown Princess Victoria “got to experience spring winter in the mountains and hear about the permanent bear and moose tribes in the area, as well as the presence of lynx.”

The Sonfjället National Park was established in 1909 and it is one of the oldest national parks in Europe.

In total, there are 30 Swedish national parks, and in order to be designated as a national park, the decision must come from the government and parliament.

Crown Princess Victoria’s new goal of visiting them all is similar to the visits she undertook from 2017 to 2019 for her 40th birthday celebrations, where she did nature walks in all of Sweden’s counties.

About author

Jess Ilse is the Assistant Editor at Royal Central. She specialises in the British, Danish, Norwegian and Swedish Royal Families and has been following royalty since Queen Elizabeth II’s Golden Jubilee. Jess has provided commentary for media outlets in Canada, the United States, the United Kingdom, and Australia. Jess works in communications and her debut novel THE MAJESTIC SISTERS will publish in Fall 2024.