Nimis Sweden Skåne

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Nimis Sweden Ladonia

** Update June 2010 **

If you are looking for maps, or a "How to get there" guide, you will probably find my Nimis Map more useful

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Our first visit to Sweden was in 2004, and we managed to visit the most magical place I've ever visited. Nimis.
Nimis (also known as Ladonia) is a difficult place to get to, because its hidden inside Kullaberg Nature Reserve, and the Park authorities don't want you to visit, so there are no signposts, no leaflets advertising its presence, and nothing in Tourist Information.
So why the big secret? Nimis started life as 2 "sculptures" in 1980, and was built upon year after year. It went undiscovered for two years before the local council found out about the structures, and they decided that planning permission was need. As the buildings were in a Nature Reserve, planning permission would never be granted, and so the buildings should be torn down.
Lars Vilks (the artist who build the sculptures) countered with the argument that they were "Art" and as such did not need planning permission, and so the legal battle has raged on ever since.

Nimis Sweden

In the meantime, you can visit, but don't expect any helpful maps. (Update June 2010 - Well maybe one helpful Map of how to find Nimis) You need to go searching, and to be honest it's not that difficult to find the place, if you know what to look for.
We arrived in the Kullaberg car park, and looked at the map that was posted on the offical Kullaberg signpost. It was very new, very shiny, and had a lots of information about wildlife, trails, and various buildings, but nothing about Nimis. We carried on driving, to another part of the car park and the second map gave us a clue.
This map was much older. The "You are here" red dot had been scratched away by the thousand of people pointing to it, and then planning their route - but there was a second part of the map that was also scratched away. A mysterious "void" on the coast.
We started walking towards Himmelstorp, a small farm building dating back to the eighteenth-century (That is on the official maps of Kullaberg), and from there we headed toward the void on the map.
It wasn't too long before we noticed some N's painted on the tree's and on stones along the path, and there was a well worn path leading the way. The walk started off very gently, but soon became a steep trail leading down to the coast.
We met many people coming back, and they all said the same thing

C and Me inside Nimis"Is this the way to Nimis?"
Yes, it's fantastic, you must go.
Nimis, Yes, this way. It's amazing
Ever person told us how incredible it was, and with more and more energy about how we must go.

I couldn't wait.


Then after 40 minutes, I asked another young couple.
"Is this the way to Nimis?"
Yes - it's amazing, Oh but I wouldn't take the children.
WHAT! I've come this far, I'm not going back now.

We continued.
The path got steeper, and we could see the sea through breaks in the tree foliage. Then it started to thunder
 

I didn't care. I was so close to it, and I wasn't going to let a little rain put me off. We sheltered under a tree as the thunder shower passed, and then we continued on, down towards the void on the map.
Finally we came to the entrance.
Even here we couldn't really see Nimis, or what it was, because of the trees. We entered a drift wood doorway that looked like an archway to a church. We could look out through gaps in the tunnel, and started to see the scale of the place.
Like the other visitors we met coming out, I can only echo what they said.
It is amazing.

Nimis from the Sea

There are 2 huge towers, and what looks like a castle wall. It looks out towards the sea, and there is another tower build beyond the tide line, so that when the tide is in the base of the tower is under water. The whole thing is built out of driftwood, and if you look carefully you will see small pieces of art that are built into the very fabric of Nimis.
That was 2004, and was one of the reasons why I fell in love with Sweden, and finally migrated here. I've been living in Sweden for four years now, and I still want to return to that magical place - the secret void on the map.

 

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