The emigrant route has its route through Småland and the very heartland of the Swedish emigration era. You cycle through the municipalities of Emmaboda, Lessebo and Tingsryd. In total, there are about 130 kilometers of cycle paths. The surface consists of gravel roads and small-scale asphalt roads. There are plenty of places to stay and an abundance of sights and history. How about small craft villages along the Ronneby River, the judge's ring in Flåboda with at least 1500 years on its neck and the remains from Modala Glasbruk where the area's great author Vilhelm Moberg worked in his youth?
Emigration to America from Sweden accelerated in the 1860s, culminated in the 1880s and slowed in the 1920s. A total of about 1.5 million Swedes left their homeland during the period and the vast majority sought refuge across the Atlantic. The clearest impressions of the period have probably been given to many modern Swedes by Vilhelm Moberg's books about the Emigrants and Jan Troell's film adaptation with Max von Sydow and Liv Ullman in the lead roles as Karl-Oskar and Kristina. On the Emigrant Trail, you cycle right through the fantastic environments of the fantastic story. Here the peasants tore hard with rocky fields and those who remained read the letters from the new land with greater fascination. Stop at the memorial stone in Påvemåla and consider that here was the soldier's croft 135 where Vilhelm Moberg grew up at the turn of the last century.
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