Visiting The Ales stones of southern Sweden
The “Toll road” sign for Malmö Sweden was approaching fast, and we could see the looming arch of the Øresund bridge in the distance. What a fun day trip we thought, Spend a day outside the city of Copenhagen, maybe save a bit of money exploring the smaller towns and surrounding area in the process. Nice little excursion! As we pulled up to the toll booth our hearts sank as our wallets once again cried in despair and sadness. There’s no way that’s right! Seriously? 67 American dollars? Each way!? This is the shock and awe we were faced with as we forked over a bunch of Danish Crowns in order to cross the Bridge which connects Denmark to Sweden. By far, this 5 mile long engineering marvel was the most expensive toll we have ever paid. Once we sold our souls for bridge fair, we noticed that no one else was even on the damn thing… probably because the locals are smart enough not to pay 70 dollars to cross a damn bridge(there’s a train that will take you directly into Malmö for half the cost)!The bridge itself is similar to the Chesapeake Bay
Bridge, where as it starts above ground as a normal suspension bridge then dips into the water turning into a tunnel for the final approach into Sweden. Why bother you ask? Well other than the simple fact that it was way too late for us to turn around once we got to the toll, we wanted to see the Ales Stones. What are the Ales stones you ask? Often referred to as “Sweden’s Stonehenge”, the Ales stones are a megalithic structure made up of 59 separate boulders weighing up to 2 tons each. The monument is in the shape of a large Viking ship, and is said to be the burial spot of a mystical king of Sweden, Ale the strong (hence the name). As told in the Swedish sagas, Ale ruled the area of Uppsala (a northern municipality in Sweden) for 25 years until he was killed by another mystical figure, Starkad the old. The placement of the stones themselves are generally accepted to be around 1400 years old. Located on the cliffs of the Baltic sea, about an hour and a half from Copenhagen and 6 hours from Stockholm , the ales stones are basically in the middle of nowhere, unless of course you decided you absolutely needed to see the flagship IKEA store in Malmö. Of course, that one and a half drive through the southern beach country of Sweden is stunningly beautiful. This is the place where Swedes would
own a “Stuga” or villa (kinda like us owning a spot down the shore) where they can come and relax in a stress free environment. On our drive we took some time to pull off to the side to investigate some of the gorgeous beaches against the rough Baltic Sea. Finally, after making our
way through the windy Swedish country roads, we pulled up to a small village called Kåseberga. We found a place to park in the village and started following a foot path up towards the cliffs. After hiking about a half mile. We came upon a
small sign letting us know we were going in the right direction. One more short hike up a hill and we were there. The megalith set against the sky with the sea in the background took our breath away,
and lucky for us, we were literally the only people there. We went in for a better look to explore, and as you can see, The site made for fantastic pictures not to mention a beautiful hike.
If you ever find yourself in Copenhagen (and you should, because its one of our favorite cities) take the time to visit this wonderful quirky old Viking ship. You wont regret it, and the history and culture behind it is awe inspiring.