Björingevägen, Norrtälje kommun, Stockholm County, Sweden
From Stockhol northeast on E18/77 to Norrtälje, turn left on road 76 towards Osthammar 40 km, at Edebo turn left on Järingevägen, 3.2 km. Parking at Fäbro hamlet, 1 km walk cross country (bog).
|Guided tours:||self guided|
|Address:||Gillberga Gryte, 763 91 Hallstavik.|
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|1719||cave used as a hideout during the Russian ravages in the archipelago.|
Gillberga Gryte (Gillberga's Pot) is a cave located inside a hill of fractured boulders above a bog. The whole mountain seems to have cracked like under the foot of a giant. There are several small caves that you can explore. The largest starts in a gorge a few meters above ground level, the narrow entrance widens soon and a chamber 8 m high, 10 m long and 4 m wide is reached. Gryte or Gryt, despite sounding like Grotto, actually means Pot or Cauldron. Nevertheless, its just a name and there is actually nothing resembling a cauldron with the cave.
According to legend, a miner was about to open a mine, but instead the rock broke to pieces by a rock slide and he was killed. For geologic reasons this is rather unlikely, but more likely are the legends that the cave was used as a hideout during the Russian ravages in the archipelago in 1719. There are also stories that the cave was used as a hideout by robbers.
At the road is a parking lot and the trail is marked. The 1 km trail includes some hard terrain and some bog. Therefore, water tight hiking boots or rubber boots are recommended. We also recommend a helmet with headlamp, additional torch, and old clothes.