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Is There Summer in Sweden?

The southernmost point in Sweden, Sandhammaren boasts an extremely long stretch of soft, white sand that tourism materials tout as the “World’s Largest Sandbox.”

Is there summer in Sweden? Why yes there is, and I experienced it firsthand two years ago. It may not have been hot but it’s warm and often it’s even sunny — especially in the South.  While some Swedes go really far South (hopping on flights to the Mediterranean), many prefer to drive to the country’s southeastern tip, Österlen. Located in the fabled Skåne province, this region offers rolling hills of pristine farmland fringed by sandy Baltic beaches. The emphasis here is on life’s simpler pleasures, and that’s what’s made it a popular summer-cottage destination for decades. But if you’re eager to explore, as we were when we stayed with friends in the tiny village of Sankt Olof, there’s plenty to see and do.

Sandhammaren
The southernmost point in Sweden, Sandhammaren (see above photo) boasts an extremely long stretch of soft, white sand that tourism materials tout as the “World’s Largest Sandbox.” Regardless of the veracity of that claim, the beach sure does feel endless. “Sand Hammer,” as it translates in English, is considered by most to be the country’s best beach. The dark blue Baltic Sea felt surprisingly warm when I dipped my toes in but, alas, I still felt too chilled by the air temperature to venture a swim. I did, however, enjoy exploring the beach’s grassy dunes, which offer an excellent spot for picnics.

Sweden has its own version of Stonehenge, Ales Stenar, which means Ale’s Stones.

Sweden has its own version of Stonehenge, Ales Stenar, which means Ale’s Stones.

Ales Stenar
Sweden has its own version of Stonehenge, Ales Stenar, which means Ale’s Stones. This mysterious megalithic monument made big news earlier this year when they unearthed a 5,500-year-old tomb. While little is still known about these 59 massive boulders arranged in a 200-foot oval (said to be in the shape of ship), one thing is certain: whoever set up Ales Stenar chose a spectacular setting. It’s about a 10-minute walk uphill on a trail through bucolic farmland (hint: those barbed-wire fences are electric to keep in the cows) to get to a windy clifftop with stunning views. Once you reach it, you just wander and wonder.

The best-preserved medieval castle in Scandinavia, Glimmingehus looks like a massive stone box just sitting in the lush fields.

The best-preserved medieval castle in Scandinavia, Glimmingehus looks like a massive stone box just sitting in the lush fields.

Glimmingehus
The best-preserved medieval castle in Scandinavia, Glimmingehus looks like a massive stone box just sitting in the lush fields. It’s rather empty inside, but you can still enjoy an English-language tour to learn about the history. If you’re travelling with children, you’ll appreciate the small building onsite full of blocks so they can build their own towers.

Glimmingehus is actually a Danish castle, as it was completed in 1506 when Skane was still part of Denmark. It wasn’t until 1658 that the region was transferred to Sweden as part of the Treaty of Roskilde. Geographically, Österlen is much closer to Copenhagen than Stockholm—two-hour and six-hour drives, respectively.

Everything is coming up roses in the charming fishing village of Kivik, Sweden.

Everything is coming up roses in the charming fishing village of Kivik, Sweden.

Kivik
Everything is coming up roses in the charming fishing village of Kivik. Much like England, the rainy climate has resulted in beautiful flowers, and this house-proud community loves its gardens. Walking along the rose-lined streets and taking in the traditional architecture is a real treat for anyone who’s looking for that quintessential Swedish town.

Right on the harbour, you’ll find Buhres Fisk, an outstanding restaurant that ships its smoked fish all over Sweden. Scandinavia’s culinary movement has indeed arrived in Österlen, taking advantage of unrivalled fishing and produce. Delicious fruit and vegetables are found all over the region but apples are the star here, as Kivik provides much of the country’s apples. Every September, Kivik celebrates the golden fruit with a large festival, Appelmarknaden.

 

 

Note: This story originally appeared in Travel + Escape.

12 Responses to Is There Summer in Sweden?

  1. wandering educators
    Twitter: WanderingEds
    June 17, 2014 at 1:04 am #

    What an incredibly beautiful place! I’d love to go!
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  2. Valen-This Way To Paradise June 17, 2014 at 5:34 am #

    Gorgeous! The costs kind of keep me away, but its definitely a stunning area.
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  3. Casey @ A Cruising Couple June 18, 2014 at 8:41 pm #

    Gorgeous! We only got to visit Stockholm in Sweden, but I would love to return in the summer and explore more!

  4. Lillie - @WorldLillie
    Twitter: WorldLillie
    June 19, 2014 at 2:23 am #

    Swedish Stonehenge?! Who knew!

    I spent a wonderful summer in Sweden as a teen, so knew the general answer to this title’s question, but this is a reminder of all the wonderful things the country has to offer.
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  5. Gran Canaria Local June 21, 2014 at 9:10 pm #

    We’ve never made it up to Scandinavia yet. Although we do see plenty of Scandinavians on Gran Canaria. Beautiful photos, as always.
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  6. Olivia June 22, 2014 at 5:51 am #

    OH MY GOD. I literally feel like you could sub out the word “Sweden” with “San Francisco” in this whole post and just mention pockets of the bay that are actually warm. Reading this article made me realize how much warmer Sweden is than my messed up little corner of California!
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  7. Colleen Lanin June 23, 2014 at 4:12 pm #

    I visited Stockholm and Gothenburg during summer years ago. Such a lovely country…and lovely people! Everyone looked like a super model!
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  8. Corinne June 23, 2014 at 7:08 pm #

    Sweden’s on my must-visit list!!
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  9. Mary @Green Global Travel
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    June 24, 2014 at 7:35 pm #

    Your post makes me miss Sweden. When the sun comes out, Sweden is very warm. I found myself wishing I had shorts several times during our visit to West Sweden. Thanks for sharing some of the history of the south.
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  10. Sally @ thewinetraveller June 25, 2014 at 3:24 am #

    I frequented Sweden during summer time years ago. Such a charming country…and charming people! Everyone seemed like a extremely model!

  11. Jenna June 29, 2014 at 4:24 am #

    I’ve been curious about Sweden for a long time, and this post made me want to visit even more!
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  12. Allison July 3, 2014 at 2:49 pm #

    Beautiful. Sweden looks like such a lovely place for a summer vacation.
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