15 Eerie Pictures Of A Classic Car Graveyard In Sweden

Further evidence that dereliction can be strangely beautiful.

1. Deep within a Swedish forest lie 1,000 forgotten cars from the 1950s.

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2. The rusting vehicles are all that remains of a scrap yard set up in the wake of the Second World War.

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3. Back then it was the final destination for cars abandoned by American soldiers leaving Europe after the war.

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4. Two forest-dwelling Swedish brothers ran the scrap yard until the 1980s before they abandoned the site in the 1990s, leaving the forest undergrowth to claim the cars.

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5. Today, rusting classic cars including vintage Opels, Fords, Volvos, Buicks, Audis, Saabs and a Sunbeam litter the natural undergrowth.

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6. Photographer Svein Nordrum ventured into the dense woods to snap some pictures of the abandoned vehicles.

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7. He said: “It is very quiet in there. It is a strange feeling when you’re there, as if you’re on the edge of the world.”

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8. “The forest is very dense. You can only see a couple of cars at any one time - the rest disappear into the woods.”

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9. “The cars are now a part of nature in a way. The trees grow all over and through the cars, with branches sneaking through windows and over the bonnets.”

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10. The 1,000 corroded vehicles are collectively worth an estimated £100,000 in scrap.

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11. However, efforts to remove the cars from the forest have been thwarted.

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12. Nordrum said: Nordrum said: “Some people in Sweden want to remove the cars, but environmentalists keep stopping them. Apparently birds and other animals have made nests in the bodywork.”

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13. The car graveyard is in the mining country of Bastnas, a town in southern Sweden.

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14. Hikers have discovered trees growing around bodywork and moss covering seats and steering wheels.

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