Lögdö Bruk, Medelpad, Exploring Sweden

Lögdö Bruk, Medelpad – Exploring Sweden

Lögdö Bruk is a settlement and former iron mill in the historical province of Medelpad. It is today part of a culture reserve within Timrå Municipality in Västernorrland County. The remains of the iron mill are today considered to be one of the best preserved of its kind in this part of Sweden.

And some curiosa for any suecophile out there. The Swedish physicist Anders Jonas Ångström was born at Lögdö Bruk in 1814. He would later become one of the founders of the science of spectroscopy. Today he is remembered in physics with the Ångström Unit and he also got a crater on the moon and a building at Uppsala University named after him.

A Short History of Lögdö Bruk

Lögdö Bruk was established in 1868 by Erich Theet from Timrå. The area was at the time a part of Hässjö Parish with access to the sea along the river Ljustorpsån. The iron mill received the iron ore by transports along the coast. One of the mines that supplied the ironworks was located on the island of Utö in the Stockholm Archipelago. The settlement that had grown up around the mill was eventually mostly self-sustaining with farmlands being established in its vicinity. The iron production was ongoing until 1878 when the blast furnace was let to cool down.

Things to Do and See

With easy access to and from Sundsvall and Timrå, there is plenty to see both for visitors who decide to stay in the area and for those who travel through and make a short stop. Lögdö Bruk itself is the main attraction here, but there is also nature with plenty of forests and smaller countryside roads to explore. Maybe it’s time to bring out those hiking shoes or bring along the bike from the garage.

Lögdö Bruk Cultural Reserve

Lögdö Bruk was established as a cultural reserve in 2004 as one of the first of such kind in Sweden. The purpose of the cultural reserve is to protect the industrial heritage of the area. Each building by itself might not be what makes Lögdö Bruk interesting, it is the whole scenery with the industrial, farming, and residential buildings.

Lögdö Mill Church

Lögdö Kyrka, the mill church, was inaugurated in 1717. It made it possible for the workers at the iron mill to go to church locally instead of traveling the long distance to Ljustorp Church. The church is today a part of Hässjö Congregation within the Evangelical Lutheran Church of Sweden.

The Blast Furnace

A short walk away from the main settlement lie the ruins of the blast furnace. This is in our opinion the most impressive sight here and the short hike is well worth it.

Lögdö Manor

Lögdö Herrgård was formerly the administrative center of the iron mill. Today the building houses a bed and breakfast.

Ljustorpsån River

Ljustorpsån is the river running through the area. It is today a lot smaller than what it once was and with the calm waters, it is a popular swimming spot during hot days.

How to Get to Lögdö Bruk

  • Flights: Sundsvall Timrå Airport (SDL) is 9 kilometers to the southeast.
  • Car: Lögdö Bruk is along countryside roads north of Sundsvall and Timrå.
  • Bus: Buses from Din Tur connect Lögdö Bruk with the surrounding region.

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

  • Stockholm – 399 kilometers (4 h 23 min)
  • Gothenburg – 745 kilometers (8 h 42 min)
  • Malmö – 1006 kilometers (10 h 47 min)
  • Linköping – 594 kilometers (6 h 23 min)
  • Kiruna – 846 kilometers (10 h 19 min)

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

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