Platåbergens Geopark - The table mountain region
- Platåbergens Geopark
What is a geopark?
Platåbergens Geopark has become Sweden’s first UNESCO Global Geopark. That is proof of the area’s unique and internationally important geological values. There are around 170 UNESCO Global Geoparks across the globe today.
A geopark has several missions. One is to spread knowledge about the geological values found in the area. Another is to inform about the connection between geology and natural and cultural heritages. A third mission is to develop tourism in the area in a sustainable way. A geopark should also work to increase our understanding of how to best manage our natural resources and our planet.
Great experiences in a unique landscape shaped by time
The table mountain region offers great variation. There is the peneplain (the basement rock surface) with its flat bare cliffs, the table mountains that tower over the plain with their unique rock layers, and ice age deposits creating a rolling landscape.
Here you will always be close to powerful nature experiences. On and around the table mountains are coniferous forests, broadleaf woodland, screes, vertical cliff faces, alvars, bogs, and fens. Below the mountains are shallow floodplain lakes, undulating ridges, and well-preserved cultural landscapes.
The region also contains many historical remains such as megalithic tombs, runestones, stone churches, monasteries, castles, and keeps. Many still stand – some are in ruins. In these places, many of Sweden’s most interesting historical discoveries have been made.
The table mountain region is full of traces showing how stone became a livelihood. The history of the stone industry can be seen in many places in the area, as there are plenty of remains from quarries, lime kilns, millstone mines, and oil shale works.
The table mountain region has slowly changed – from prehistoric times to today – and has always brought quality of life to humans as well as to animals and plants.
Welcome to some truly great experiences in a unique landscape shaped by time.
Read more about Platåbergens Geopark here!