Sweden

Princess Sofia accompanies Crown Princess Victoria on her last hike



Princess Sofia of Sweden has joined her sister-in-law Crown Princess Victoria on the last hike through the Swedish landscapes. The Princess showed Crown Princess Victoria around the province she grew up in.

Crown Princess Victoria of Sweden has concluded her tour of hikes through the Swedish landscape with a final walk through Dalarna, central Sweden. In the Autumn of 2017, the Crown Princess started this initiative to experience the various parts of Sweden during the different seasons. Victoria also wanted to bring attention to the beauty of the Swedish nature which everyone can enjoy.

Her final hike proved to be a special one as in contrary to the previous hikes, the Crown Princess was not to undertake the walk on her own as she was joined by her sister-in-law, Princess Sofia. Sofia grew up in the Province of Dalarna thus she proved to be the perfect guide for the day. Prince Carl Philip and Princess Sofia’s oldest son Prince Alexander is also the Duke of Dalarna.

Photo: Raphael Stecksén/Kungl. Hovstaterna

The day started early as the two princesses met at 6am at the Central Station in Stockholm. Crown Princess Victoria seemed to be in high spirits as she showed off her enthusiasm to the photographers that had gathered to record the two ladies. Both dressed in jeans and hiking shoes, they were ready to go.

Photo: Raphael Stecksén/Kungl. Hovstaterna

Once arrived in the Province, the first stop was Fulufjället National Park. There the Crown Princess and Princess Sofia were welcomed by the representatives of the Province of Dalarna and the Sami people who helped to organize the visit. Everyone was welcome to join the two Princesses on their hike. A group of hikers and Scouts followed the two on a challenging hike up the mountain.

Once arrived at the top they went to take a look at the oldest tree in the world or the Old Tjikko as it is called. The spruce is said to be 9550 years old. The next stop of the hike was to see Njupeskär or Sweden’s highest waterfall. The waterfall has a height of 93 metres with a free fall of 70 metres.

Crown Princess Victoria and Princess Sofia at Njupeskärs waterfall. (Photo: Raphael Stecksén/Kungl. Hovstaterna)

The final event of the hike was to meet representatives of the Handikappföreningarnas samarbetsorgan of Dalarna which translates as disability associations’ cooperative body of Dalarna. Both Victoria and Sofia got to know more about their work and activities.

Photo: Raphael Stecksén/Kungl. Hovstaterna

The hike in Dalarna is the 25th and final hike Crown Princess Victoria will undertake through the Swedish landscape. In September 2017 the Crown Princess went on her first walk which took place in her duchy Västergötland. For this visit she was joined by her husband Prince Daniel who is the Duke of Västergötland. The other 23 hikes Crown Princess Victoria undertook on her own.



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Laura is from Belgium and has a passion for all things royal. She is Europe Correspondent for Royal Central since October 2016 and has contributed to other news websites. In her daily life she is a fulltime student in EU-politics and political communication.