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A short outing to Vänga Mosse nature reserve

I’ve spent most of my childhood years in the southern parts of Sweden, but as a kid my interest in nature was not what it is today. Thus I was met with quite the challenge during my stay in Borås, when I was to find a nice spot for a small outing with my friends.

I decided to see what nature reserves and parks where listed in the city of Borås own website, and that’s how I found Vänga Mosse nature reserve. It sounded like a nice spot and the photos on Google Maps further sparked my interest. It also seemed like the perfect spot to bring my friends since they have a small child, and they had to be able to easily walk with a stroller.

The nature reserve was founded in 2010 and is about 238 hectare, it has a marked hiking trail that is 2.3km long and 1.8km of it have really wide footbridges since that part of the trail is disabled-accessible which I think is so good! It’s important that nature is accessible to all of us, no matter what.

57° 51′ 22.644” N 12° 56′ 29.364” E

Vänga Mosse nature reserve | Photo © Rania Rönntoft | Northbound Journeys | www.northboundjourneys.comKvinnliga äventyrare Photo © Rania Rönntoft | Northbound Journeys | www.northboundjourneys.com

Vänga Mosse nature reserve | Photo © Rania Rönntoft | Northbound Journeys | www.northboundjourneys.comKvinnliga äventyrare Photo © Rania Rönntoft | Northbound Journeys | www.northboundjourneys.com

Vänga Mosse nature reserve | Photo © Rania Rönntoft | Northbound Journeys | www.northboundjourneys.comKvinnliga äventyrare Photo © Rania Rönntoft | Northbound Journeys | www.northboundjourneys.com

There is a parking lot with a trashcan, some roofed benches and a map showing the area and the different hikes. You can also go there by bus, either to Solgärdet or Vänga kyrka.

The hike starts in a forested area but it doesn’t take long until your out in an open, bog-like field.

There was a big watch tower where I think a lot of people come to see the cranes in spring, I imagine there are loads of them then – we only spotted one and heard a few more. The crane is actually the official animal of Västergötland.

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Vänga Mosse nature reserve | Photo © Rania Rönntoft | Northbound Journeys | www.northboundjourneys.comKvinnliga äventyrare Photo © Rania Rönntoft | Northbound Journeys | www.northboundjourneys.com

Vänga Mosse nature reserve | Photo © Rania Rönntoft | Northbound Journeys | www.northboundjourneys.comKvinnliga äventyrare Photo © Rania Rönntoft | Northbound Journeys | www.northboundjourneys.com

Vänga Mosse nature reserve | Photo © Rania Rönntoft | Northbound Journeys | www.northboundjourneys.comKvinnliga äventyrare Photo © Rania Rönntoft | Northbound Journeys | www.northboundjourneys.com

Vänga Mosse nature reserve | Photo © Rania Rönntoft | Northbound Journeys | www.northboundjourneys.comKvinnliga äventyrare Photo © Rania Rönntoft | Northbound Journeys | www.northboundjourneys.com

Vänga Mosse nature reserve | Photo © Rania Rönntoft | Northbound Journeys | www.northboundjourneys.comKvinnliga äventyrare Photo © Rania Rönntoft | Northbound Journeys | www.northboundjourneys.com

Vänga Mosse nature reserve | Photo © Rania Rönntoft | Northbound Journeys | www.northboundjourneys.comKvinnliga äventyrare Photo © Rania Rönntoft | Northbound Journeys | www.northboundjourneys.com

Vänga Mosse nature reserve | Photo © Rania Rönntoft | Northbound Journeys | www.northboundjourneys.comKvinnliga äventyrare Photo © Rania Rönntoft | Northbound Journeys | www.northboundjourneys.com

Vänga Mosse nature reserve | Photo © Rania Rönntoft | Northbound Journeys | www.northboundjourneys.comKvinnliga äventyrare Photo © Rania Rönntoft | Northbound Journeys | www.northboundjourneys.com

Vänga Mosse nature reserve | Photo © Rania Rönntoft | Northbound Journeys | www.northboundjourneys.comKvinnliga äventyrare Photo © Rania Rönntoft | Northbound Journeys | www.northboundjourneys.com

Vänga Mosse nature reserve | Photo © Rania Rönntoft | Northbound Journeys | www.northboundjourneys.comKvinnliga äventyrare Photo © Rania Rönntoft | Northbound Journeys | www.northboundjourneys.com

Everything was ridiculously lush and green – so beautiful! I love seeing nature so strong and full of life.

Vänga Mosse nature reserve | Photo © Rania Rönntoft | Northbound Journeys | www.northboundjourneys.comKvinnliga äventyrare Photo © Rania Rönntoft | Northbound Journeys | www.northboundjourneys.com

Vänga Mosse nature reserve | Photo © Rania Rönntoft | Northbound Journeys | www.northboundjourneys.comKvinnliga äventyrare Photo © Rania Rönntoft | Northbound Journeys | www.northboundjourneys.com

Vänga Mosse nature reserve | Photo © Rania Rönntoft | Northbound Journeys | www.northboundjourneys.comKvinnliga äventyrare Photo © Rania Rönntoft | Northbound Journeys | www.northboundjourneys.com

Vänga Mosse nature reserve | Photo © Rania Rönntoft | Northbound Journeys | www.northboundjourneys.comKvinnliga äventyrare Photo © Rania Rönntoft | Northbound Journeys | www.northboundjourneys.com

This bridge had a pretty interesting shape to it and we all took a lot of photos of it for a while, even though we had to hurry since it was sunny one minute and raining hard the next. I do love the dramatic skies the weather gave us though.

And I’m pretty grateful that my new backpack is waterproof!

Vänga Mosse nature reserve | Photo © Rania Rönntoft | Northbound Journeys | www.northboundjourneys.comKvinnliga äventyrare Photo © Rania Rönntoft | Northbound Journeys | www.northboundjourneys.com

Vänga Mosse nature reserve | Photo © Rania Rönntoft | Northbound Journeys | www.northboundjourneys.comKvinnliga äventyrare Photo © Rania Rönntoft | Northbound Journeys | www.northboundjourneys.com

Vänga Mosse nature reserve | Photo © Rania Rönntoft | Northbound Journeys | www.northboundjourneys.comKvinnliga äventyrare Photo © Rania Rönntoft | Northbound Journeys | www.northboundjourneys.com

Vänga Mosse nature reserve | Photo © Rania Rönntoft | Northbound Journeys | www.northboundjourneys.comKvinnliga äventyrare Photo © Rania Rönntoft | Northbound Journeys | www.northboundjourneys.com

Vänga Mosse nature reserve | Photo © Rania Rönntoft | Northbound Journeys | www.northboundjourneys.comKvinnliga äventyrare Photo © Rania Rönntoft | Northbound Journeys | www.northboundjourneys.com

Shout-out to Jenny for helping me snap a few photos of myself since I did not bring a tripod along!

Vänga Mosse nature reserve | Photo © Rania Rönntoft | Northbound Journeys | www.northboundjourneys.comKvinnliga äventyrare Photo © Rania Rönntoft | Northbound Journeys | www.northboundjourneys.com

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Rania Rönntoft lives in Sundsvall where she works as a photographer, content creator and jewellery designer. She loves exploring craft beer and is passionate about nature tourism, slow living and close by adventures.

8 Comments

  • Daniella Chanelle
    15 June, 2017 at 12:14

    jag kommenterar aldrig här, men älskar varenda bild <3

    Reply
  • Wilda
    16 June, 2017 at 17:00

    Otroligt vilken vacker plats och så fint du har fångat den. Vilka smultronställen det finns i Sverige ändå!

    Reply
    • Northbound Journeys
      19 June, 2017 at 08:05

      Visst är det? Oerhört fin plats, den hade so annorlunda natur på något sätt med våtmarkerna och de höga tallarna. Oja det finns oerhört mycket vackra platser i Sverige – det känns som ett spännande mål och utmaning att fortsätta hitta och upptäcka dem :D

      Reply
  • Christine - 29°
    20 June, 2017 at 09:12

    Vilken mysig plats och härliga bilder. Och den där vattentäta ryggsäcken såg inte dum ut den heller. :)

    Reply
    • Northbound Journeys
      27 June, 2017 at 09:33

      Ja det var riktigt fint, och jag älskar min ryggsäck! Millican gör väldigt bra saker <3

      Reply
  • pernillabredolt
    12 July, 2017 at 07:14

    Underba bilder! Ser jättemysigt ut för en mini hike.

    http://utochspring.com

    Reply
    • Northbound Journeys
      12 July, 2017 at 17:09

      Tack så mycket! Ja det var jättefint och alldeles lagom för en liten tur :)

      Reply

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