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However technologically advanced our society becomes, man will retain his desire of living in harmony with nature. Mönsterås and its surroundings is a place responding very well to that desire.

The living countryside, with cattle farming that will stand up to scrutiny, provides faith in the Swedish food production. To be allowed to sit down with a picnic basket in a pasture by a rippling spring brook among wood anemones, is an asset for inhabitants as well as visitors.

The conditions provided by nature are unique. There are possibilities of strolling or biking along trails, running through bewitching spruce forest, emerging onto streaming river sections along Emån or Alsterån, and passing the lovely culture landscape with stone fences, enclosed pastures and red wooden houses.

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The foundation of the character and shape of the Mönsterås region was laid more than 8,000 years ago, by the glacier water flowing out of the glacier mouths at the edge of the receding inland ice.

That was when the boulder-ridges were formed, winding from inland out to the sea.

E22 at the river Alster

On the ridges, those paths were established that later became the roads which still provide the basis of the road connections between the forest land in the west and the sea in the east. The earliest settlements were, for natural reasons, tied to the ridge roads. Here, good drinking water wells were also at hand, and arable soil below the gravel ridges.

Ridge settlements are very characteristic for the Mönsterås municipality and its surrounding. Pataholm, Ålem, Blomstermåla, Långemåla, Ruda, Högsby and Berga all lay on the mightiest boulder-ridge, the Högsby ridge. The municipal centre, Mönsterås, was built on, and later around, the Mönsterås Ridge. Similarly, Fliseryd and Finsjö are built on the Fliseryd Ridge.

Between the rivers Emån and Alsterån
The nature and life in the Mönsterås region, from the forests in the west to the sea in the east, may also be studied departing from the rivers, Emån and Alsterån. Both rivers constitute arteries in the landscape, with major natural and cultural values.

The river Emån runs 36 kilometres through the rural district of Mönsterås, e.g. through the village of Fliseryd. Within our district only, the Emån falls 60 metres down to its mouth at Em.

The river Alsterån runs 16 kilometres through the district and falls 45 metres over this distance to its mouth just north of Pataholm. The river winds along the edge of Blomstermåla and runs straight through Ålem. The closeness to these streams creates beautiful living environments, rich in enjoyment. The rivers also provide abundant possibilities for enjoying nature, from canoeing or angling to more profound scientific studies, e.g. of the many National Interests of Emån.

The Archipelago
Nothing gives such a distinctive character to the rural district of Mönsterås as its archipelago coast. The coastline of the Mönsterås district amounts to more than 150 kilometres. Within the district 300 islands are larger than 0,5 acres. In addition there are a far larger number of rocks and skerries. Two of the island groups, Lövö and Vållö, are nature reserves.

The natural predispositons of the archipelago were created already by the inland ice, by the boulder ridges running out into the seas, creating chains of islands and skerries. These slotted, shallow coves with gravel grounds and protecting bootless are perfect nurseries for the fish and bird life of the coastal zone. This is also a reason to be careful when visiting the archipelago during the periods when nature is regenerating.

Two nature reserves
The two nature reserves in the municipality are both in the archipelago. The island Lövö has a mainland connection via Mönsterås. On Lövö, genuine archipelago farming, with fishing as a side line, is still carried on. There are well-preserved buildings, remains of an older cultivated landscape with pastures and lopped lime-trees.

If a boat is at your disposal, you can visit the Vållö archipelago, the outermost archipelago in the municipality. The island Vållö has about 25 residents. Some of the families carry on eel-fishing. On Vållö you will find long sandy beaches, pinewoods, and “boulder squares” created by nature.

Activities like canoeing and fishing are available in the inland lakes as well as along the coast. Catching a perch, a salmon, or the world famous Emån salmon trout may become the peak of the visit.

If you have a flair for finding mushroom or berry locations, it will not be difficult to fill your basket with chanterelles, parasol mushrooms, blueberries, red whortle berries and other delicacies.

Airial photo over the bay of Mönsterås
Last controlled: 2017-11-02.

Mönsterås kommun, Kvarngatan 2, Box 54, 383 22 Mönsterås, E-mail: Phone:+46(0)499-170 00 Fax:+46(0)499-179 00