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Paddle around Resarö island and discover the most important village in chemistry.

Sweden has a grand history in geology, mineralogy and chemistry. Rent a kayak and paddle around Resarö to find out why chemists love this island.

One of the most important but little-known sites  of scientific discovery in history is Ytterby Mine. The small Swedish village called Ytterby is located on the outskirts of Resarö. The name of the village translates to “outer village”. A heavy black stone was found here more than 200 years ago which was the beginning of an extraordinary development in Swedish chemical research.

The only place in the world with four elements named after it

Ytterby is having the single richest source of elemental discoveries in the world. Yttrium (Y), Ytterbium (Yb), Erbium (Er) and Terbium (Tb) were discovered in mineral samples and are named after Ytterby village. Ytterby, unique place in the world, is regularly visited by Nobel Prize winners.

Uses for these rare chemistry earth elements include: lasers, high-strength magnets, X-ray machines, high-temperature superconductors, LED lights.

Meet local celebrities

Resarö, Vaxholm and surrounding islands are also home to a number of famous personalities of various fields, like ski racer, ice hockey player, football player. In the spring of 2010, Zlatan Ibrahimović bought a large house on Resarö. The house is next door to former national team colleague and friend Olof Mellberg. House was sold in 2019 for SEK 32 million.

Plan your route according to your skills and weather forecast. You are responsible for conducting proper behaviour according to the traffic rules.

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