Skebobruk, Uppland, Exploring Sweden

Skebobruk, Uppland – Exploring Sweden

Skebobruk is today a locality in Norrtälje Municipality in Stockholm County. This was, however, once a fairly large ironwork within Ununge Parish in the historical province of Uppland. The locality is today home to around 230 inhabitants and still displays an impressive industrial heritage.

A Short History of Skebobruk

The ironworks of Skebo Bruk was established in 1626 by the German-born industrialist Hinrich Lemmens. The production here consisted of wrought iron. Skebo Bruk also owned the blast furnace in Edsbro and it was there that the necessary pig iron was produced of the iron ore from mainly the mines in Dannemora. At its center was the Skebo Manor which was built in the 1760s, this was the administrative center of the ironwork. The production was discontinued in 1924.

Things to Do and See

Walking along the small river Skeboån and enjoying the scenery is one way to spend a few hours when visiting the area. There are a lot of smaller industrial sights connected with the ironworks to see in the area. It might have been closed down for almost a century, but a few parts have survived.

Skebo Bruk

The ironwork is today something of an open-air museum. You can walk along the historical buildings and enjoy the scenery. Some of the buildings have found new purposes. These days the former fire station is a museum about the locality’s industrial past.

Skebo Herrgård

The manorhouse of Skebo was completed in 1770. It was for a long time the administrative center of the ironwork but has seen many uses and owners after the production ended. This has been a retirement home for rich gentlemen, it has been a conference center and it has been used as refugee accommodation. The manor is since 2020 a private residence.

How to Get to Skebobruk

  • Flights: Stockholm Arlanda Airport (ARN) is 68 kilometers to the southwest.
  • Car: Skebobruk is along Road 76 between Edsbro and Hallstavik.
  • Bus: Busses from UL connect Skebobruk with the surrounding region.

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

  • Stockholm – 89 kilometers (1 h 14 min)
  • Gothenburg – 521 kilometers (6 h 11 min)
  • Malmö – 697 kilometers (8 h 4 min)
  • Linköping – 282 kilometers (3 h 20 min)
  • Kiruna – 1199 kilometers (13 h 49 min)

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

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