Among fallen trees and moss-covered boulders in the northern part of Vimmerby municipality you will find Norra Kvills National Park, the third smallest of Sweden’s 30 national parks. For 150 years, the forest has been allowed to live freely in the 114-hectare area that was formed in 1927, with a core area of 27 hectares. About 80 percent of the trees are pine and some of the specimens have grown both large and old with 2.5 meters in circumference and 35 meters in height and 350 years in age.
Well-marked trails pave the way for a forest experience beyond the ordinary. With a chance to meet the stately capercaillie and hear the sounds of the sparrow in the twilight, each visit becomes unique. Around Stora Idgölen’s waterlily filled waters, the tufted tit sings and the challenging hike in the rocky nature with a tough climb up to Idhöjden is worth every step when you reach the beautiful lookout point with a magnificent view over the forests of Rumskulla.
The story of the millennial oak
Just south of Norra Kvills National Park is the nature reserve Kvill, a just under 30 hectare reserve that has shown both characteristic vegetation and rare flora and fauna. The rarest of them all is the impressive giant oak that measures 13 meters in circumference, Kvilleken, The Kvill Oak. In the middle of the pastures in Kvill, surrounded by roandpole fences and grazing cows, it stands and tells its long story. From being considered a sacred place to being a tool shed for farmers, the oak has been involved in much during its lifetime.
The exact age of Kvilleken is uncertain. At the end of the 1930s, a thorough investigation was made where the estimated age was calculated to be 950 impressive years. This means that at this point it has passed 1000 years and is probably the country’s only millennial oak. In 1772, Kvilleken was described for the first time by the district bailiff Magnus Gabriel Crælius in the book ”Försök till ett landskaps beskrivning”, “Attempts at a landscape description”, the oak was then described as remarkable and hollow.