Storsätern


About four kilometers west of Storsätern in northern Dalarna is the long abandoned mountain farm Valdalsbygget. The farm, which is only about 100 meters from the Norwegian border, was visited during the war years (preparedness years) by Swedish border patrols. Exactly what they did there or if the farm served any military purpose, I do not know, but in the porch of one house, soldiers have carved/written small messages on the wall. Since the Germans invaded Norway in April 1940, Swedish border patrols were stationed along the border with Norway in the event of a German attack on Sweden.

Current status: Preserved (2018).

Location: 62°03'47.43"N 12°15'01.87"E (parking lot).

Get there: Car.

My comment:

You might think this is a strange place to include as a Historical Site, but I felt when I visited the place during a mountain hike in 2018 that it in its own way has a story worth telling/preserving. I do not know anything about the place and its connection to the war years more than the messages and they really say nothing more than that the person was in place. What did they do there? How long were they there? What feelings did they have? We do not know. But this can also be interesting, to fill in the gaps with the feelings we can only imagine the people behind the names had when they were there. Let us hope that those responsible for the mountain farm will keep the messages as a memory from the years of preparedness when the war was not more than about 100 meters away.

Follow up in books: Gilmour, John: Sweden, the Swastika and Stalin - The Swedish Experience in the Second World War (2011).