Boglösa, Uppland – Exploring Sweden

Boglösa is a church village outside of Enköping in the province of Uppland. However, the village is not only the center of the former parish, but it is also a center for the local area famous for its rock carvings.

A Short History of Boglösa

Boglösa Parish has its origins in the Middle Ages and the church opened in the 13th century. The area has, however, most likely been inhabited a lot longer. The many rock carvings are estimated to be about 3000 years old, telling of people living here already during the Swedish Bronze Age.

The parish has since the 1970s been a part of Enköping Municipality but is today known as Boglösa District. The district has today a population of around 620 inhabitants, out of which only a few lives in the church village itself.

Things to Do and See

The rock carvings here are famous for their size and large quantity. It is not only the church village that has plenty to show but there are also carvings in nearby Hemsta and Rickeby.

Brandskogsskeppet

Brandskogsskeppet is one of the largest rock carvings in Sweden. The carving is in the shape of a ship and measures 4.2 meters. There are parking possibilities along the main road, from where there is an about 800-meter walk to reach the rock carvings. At the same time, visitors can take the chance to also enjoy the area’s nature.

Swedish Archaeologist Einar Kjellén discovered the carving in 1925.

Boglösa Hällristningsgård

Next to the church is Boglösa Hällristningsgård. This is the local heritage museum that has focused on the local rock carvings. Sources mention that it is open for visits during the summer months.

Boglösa Church

The local church dates back to the 13th century and was the center for the local parish. It has been reconstructed multiple times since and a separate clock tower has at one point been added.

Upplandsleden: Gånsta – Boglösa

Upplandsleden is a system of hiking routes around the province of Uppland. Section 25 connects Gånsta and Boglösa, a distance of 10 kilometers. The route takes you along countryside roads and forest trails.

Upplandsleden: Boglösa – Lillkyrka

Another part of the hiking network is section 26 between Boglösa and Lillkyrka. This route is 8 kilometers through the forests and countryside.

How to Get to Boglösa

Flights: The closest airport is Stockholm Västerås Airport (VST), 36 kilometers away, which has mostly low-cost carriers. In addition, there is Stockholm-Arlanda Airport (ARN), 73 kilometers away with both domestic and international flights.
Car: Boglösa is along country roads outside of Enköping.
Bus: Local and regional buses from UL connect Boglösa with the surrounding region.
Train: SJ has trains to and from nearby Enköping and connects the area with Gothenburg, Hallsberg, Stockholm, and Västerås.

The driving distance from 5 major Swedish cities, according to Google Maps:

Stockholm – 74 kilometers (55 min)
Gothenburg – 419 kilometers (5 h 8 min)
Malmö – 626 kilometers (7 h 12 min)
Linköping – 213 kilometers (2 h 43 min)
Kiruna – 1215 kilometers (13 h 51 min)

Find out more about other destinations in Sweden by visiting our page Exploring Sweden

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