Segersta is a village in the municipality of Bollnäs, which belongs to the province of Gävleborg and is located about 250 km north of the capital Stockholm. It is considered to be the gateway to Norrland, as the northern part of Sweden is called. Segersta is located about 20 km west of the E4 highway between north and south Sweden. In 2018 the village had 352 inhabitants. The history of Segersta church goes back to the 13th century. Segersta was the filming location for “The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo” in September 2010 – an English version of the Millennium Trilogy by Swedish author Stieg Larsson.
West of Segersta, the 28 km long trail “Stora Hälsingegårdars väg” can be tackled from Alfta to Edsbyn. The trail leads you through a rich landscape with small villages and magnificent farms, more like castles, which belong to the UNESCO world cultural heritage. Highly recommended is the “Erik Anders Herrgård” in Söderala.
Bollnäs is the next bigger town near Segersta, about 20 minutes away by car. Bus line 77 also runs from Monday to Friday between Bollnäs and Haneborg via Segersta. Bollnäs lies 30 kilometres west of Söderhamn on the Ljusnan River, and is the capital of the municipality of the same name. It is located on the main Stockholm–Östersund railway line. As well as numerous shopping possibilities, Bollnäs also offers excellent dining at many good restaurants.
50 km further along the E4 towards Finland lies Hudiksvall. This former fishing village is the second oldest town in northern Sweden after Gävle and the largest urban area in Hälsingland. At Hälsingland Museum you can find out about its fascinating history. Despite numerous fires, many wooden buildings of this once important harbour town have been preserved, including the port warehouse buildings.
Skärså is an idyllic little fishing village about 40 minutes away by car. A visit is definitely worthwhile here. The “Albertina” fish restaurant is open daily from 12 noon to 10 pm. Not to be missed is a detour to the “Skärså Glashytta” glassworks.
Växbo is less than 30 kilometres from Segersta. A visit to the “Växbo Krog” restaurant is a must. Not only will you be spoiled with culinary delights, but it also offers an insight into the history of weaving. You’ll be surprised. Very close to the Växbo Krog is the “Växbo Lin” linen factory, where guided tours tell you all about the whole process of linen production. There is also a cosy on-site café and a shop.
Axmar is a small village in the municipality of Gävle, 40 km from Segersta. In addition to the highly recommended restaurant “Axmarbrygga Havskrog”, which offers a fantastic view over the Baltic Sea, there is a beautiful historic park called “Axmar Bruk”. Small lakes, well-kept meadows and lovely walking paths invite you to linger here. And don’t miss the “Brukscaféet” café.
On the coast, just off the E4 highway, lies the former Swedish national armoury town of Söderhamn. Highlights of this 17th century town are the former rifle factory and the Ulrika Eleonora church. Several parks invite you to linger. The Oscarsborg observation tower offers a wonderful overview. Your visit to Söderhamn is ideally complemented with a detour to the 500 islands and islets of the archipelago.