being a Riksspelman (Swedish National Fiddler) I am an authorized tourist
guide of the Walloon Foundries - an area of the world famous iron works
in the northern province of Uppland - the cradle of Swedish industrialism.
Walloon Foundries have been efficient since the 17th century. Still
the outlay of the villages and many buildings remain from the 17th-
and 18th century. The mother of it all is the Dannemora iron mine with
its high quality iron ore. Its history goes back at least to the early
Here the landscape
is scenic, the villages beautiful and the history of the
foundries, it´s owners and workers is dramatic and catching.
I invite you
to a tour tailored to your wishes and time. You will get a lively and
interesting presentation (in Swedish, English or German) of the foundries,
its people and traditions interfoiled with some music on my nyckelharpa
- the typical instrument of Northern Uppland and the national instrument
of Sweden. You can pay a visit underground in the Dannemora mine. A
Walloon smithy is still to be seen as it was 100 years ago as well as
a house for a smith and his family. You can have your meals in
one of the beautiful, old inns or a picnic in one of the scenic mansion
parks in the center of a foundry.
A tour can
also be combined with a visit to the residential town of Uppsala, it´s cathedral,
castle and other interesting buildings and to some of the numerous memories from
the Viking era 1000 years ago.
my world of the nyckelharpa and the Walloon foundries.
Leif Alpsjö Rångsta, VIKSTA S-740 30 BJÖRKLINGE, SWEDEN
tel: +46-18-37 23 00