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Sandhammaren: The Best Beach in Sweden

Sandhammaren is considered to be the best beach in Sweden! It's located in Osterlen, in southern Sweden, and the Baltic Sea is surprisingly warm.

Sandhammaren is the best beach in Sweden. It’s also the only beach I’ve been to in Sweden, so don’t take my word for it. The Aftonbladet (the famous Swedish newspaper we all know about from the Steig Larsson novels) said it was the best beach in Sweden.  And with its long stretch of uninterrupted coastline, warm (surprisingly warm!) Baltic waters, soft, light sand and inviting dunes, I’m more than willing to believe that Sandhammaren is the best beach in Sweden. It’s located in Osterlen, the southeastern tip of Sweden.

The sand dunes of Sandhammaren beach in Osterlen, the southeastern tip of Sweden.

The sand dunes of Sandhammaren beach has lots of little nooks for exploring and even setting up your towel, if you’re so inclined.

After spending a few days in Stockholm last July, my husband, toddler and I drove six hours south to Skane to stay with our Swedish friend, Elisabeth, and her family. Elisabeth was excellent tour guide, and on our first day of sightseeing we went to the charming fishing village of Kivik and then onto the medieval castle of Glimmingehus. For our second day, we had an amazing lunch at Olof Viktors in Glemminge and then we were off to Ales Stenar, the Stonehenge of Sweden. After that, it was time to relax on the beach! She took us Sandhammaren, and we got to dip our toes into the Baltic Sea. The weather was only in the 60’s (Fahrenheit) or we might have gone swimming. Supposedly, it has been much warmed the week before, sigh.

The dark blue Baltic sea looks beautiful against the white Sandhammaren sand.

The dark blue Baltic sea looks beautiful against the white Sandhammaren sand.

I love beaches, and I was excited to visit a Swedish beach even if it was in July and I was wearing my husband’s heavy sweater. The beach was just so peaceful lovely. I especially liked the sand dunes, and we spent some time chasing our toddlers around them. The kids were mostly about just playing in the sand though, and the sand was extremely soft and fine. Always nice to take a trip to nature’s sand box…

Just playing in nature's sandbox... At Sandhammaren, the best beach in Sweden.

Just playing in nature’s sandbox… At Sandhammaren, the best beach in Sweden.

7 Responses to Sandhammaren: The Best Beach in Sweden

  1. Ann June 26, 2013 at 7:56 pm #

    Coming from Florida, there’s something special about wearing a sweater at a beach in the summer.
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  2. Shelly Rivoli June 26, 2013 at 8:20 pm #

    That sand looks beautiful! No, I don’t think of Sweden for its beaches, but this looks pretty nice!
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  3. wanderingeducators
    Twitter: WanderingEds
    June 28, 2013 at 6:05 pm #

    OH! I soooooo want to go. Looks amazing!
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  4. Paige Conner Totaro June 29, 2013 at 3:39 pm #

    Now I love beaches, and I’ve always wanted to go to Sweden, but I never thought of combining the two!

  5. Cathy Sweeney
    Twitter: TravelingWithS
    July 3, 2013 at 1:55 am #

    Looks like a great beach. Funny that I never pictured Sweden’s beaches with such pretty white sand. Much I need to learn about Sweden, I guess — would love to visit someday.
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  6. Abby
    Twitter: abbytegnelia
    July 4, 2013 at 6:11 am #

    I spent a week in Sweden many years ago but would never have guessed that the Baltic waters were warm — or that the beaches looked like this. How beautiful!
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  7. Meredith@GreenGlobalTravel
    Twitter: GreenGlobalTrvl
    October 3, 2013 at 5:34 pm #

    I wish I had known about this place when I was in Stockholm! I wonder how it measures up to islands like Gotland.
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