Krokträrnarna, two small forest lakes surrounded by marshland, is considered, together with the better known Fagertjärn, to be one of the original locations of the red water lily, Sweden’s largest wild flower. The red water lily is a genetic variation of the white water lily and not a separate species. When the red water lilies were discovered in the mid 1800s, they were plundered and rootstocks were sold in the square in Askersund. They are now protected and are found in 10 or so lakes in Tiveden.
Although the lakes are small, it is a great feeling being able to wander along the lakeshore on undulating ground. Here, nothing has been prepared and it is a little trickier to get all the way to the water. The floating mat gets thinner and thinner, wetter and wetter. Despite this, you can get remarkably close to the red water lilies, here, at one of the original locations where they occurred.
Here you are far away from everything but the forest, and the silence can help you find peace and tranquillity.
Wellington or waterproof boots. Mosquito repellent.
Level but occasionally pathless and wet terrain. Such a limited area that there should be no risk of getting lost.
The Getaryggen Nature Reservation is a small part of Bosjöåsen, an 18 km cobblestone ridge that stretches along the county border. It was created by an ice river as the inland ice melted. This particular part has a specific profile, a so called “goat’s back ridge”. The dry cobble stone ridges were often used in the past as natural travel routes. The path following the ridge is part of the Bergslags trail and the Monks path.