Signing the places
People settled quite early (for Sweden) in both Bollnäs and Söderhamn. If you visit Onbacken in Bollnäs you can see some remains of buildings and graves that are 1500-2000 years old.
Söderhamn was invaded and burned by the Russians in 1720. All buildings except Ulrika Eleonora Church were destroyed. The town was struck by fire again during the 19th century so most of the houses are not older than 200 years.The church of Bollnäs dates back to the beginning of the 14th century. Later the town of Bollnäs expanded around the railway. Many old wooden houses have been torn down so in both Bollnäs and Söderhamn you will find a mix of older and more recent buildings today.
In Rådhusparken, Söderhamn, you find a memorial over Nathan Söderblom, archbishop and winner of the Nobel Peace Prize in 1930. The museums of Bollnäs and Södehamn have both permanent and temporary exhibitions.
Söderhamn is situated on the Baltic Sea and there are more than 500 islands in the archipelago close by. You can tour the islands by boat or spend the night on one of them.
The river Ljusnan passes through both Bollnäs and Söderhamn and in Bollnäs you can take a steamboat-trip with ”Warpen” on the river.
Kyrka = church
Järnväg = railway
Park = park
Torg = square
Museum = museum
Station = station
Hälsingegård = old wooden farmhouse from Hälsingland
Östersjön = the Baltic Sea
Skärgård = archipelago
Älv = river