summer swimming in Stockholm

Swimming at Rösjöbaden in Sollentuna

summer swimming in Stockholm

Summer at Rösjöbaden looking towards the dive platform

As I’ve written elsewhere, one of great things to do in Stockholm in the summer is to swim in the lakes and open water. When I lived in Sollentuna there were numerous opportunities. One of the ones that can be easier with children is to go swimming at Rösjöbaden.

Many of the swimming opportunities that abound in Stockholm are wonderful directly due to their informal nature, but sometimes, as all parents will know, it’s nice to have that type of experience, but with a few extra facilities or entertainments to keep the little ones happy. I’ve been to Rösjöbaden many times as both a couple and as a family and it works well on both counts.

As you can see from the photo here, there’s nice sand, good grass (and much more of it out of shot here) where you can happily have a picnic or a BBQ or play games with the children. In terms of water activities, there’s great swimming and an excellent tall diving board for the braver. Also out of shot is a large bendy slide which drops into a small swimming pool, toilets, changing rooms, shop and cafe. It’s also a campsite with cabins for those who want to holiday there.

It’s very accessible by either public or private transport and there’s some nice woodland walks in the woods next to the site itself. Being as it’s a commercial enterprise, you do have to pay a small fee for the use of some of the facilities, but that’s the trade off you make. You can read about the full facilities on their website (English and Swedish). In my opinion it’s probably not worth a trip up from central Stockholm (although it’s only 15km as the crow flies) as there are better alternatives, either closer or more well appointed, but if you’re already in the northern suburbs or thereabouts, it’s well worth a visit on a warm day.

open water swimming at Edsviken

Swimming at Edsviken in Sollentuna

One of the most glorious things about Stockholm in the summer is the near constant possibility to go swimming in open water, either in one of the many lakes or in the sea off one of the many islands of the archipelago.

open water swimming at Edsviken

A glorious view south across Edsviken

This picture is taken at a wonderful lake in Sollentuna which is in the northern suburbs of Stockholm. The lake is called Edsviken and it stretches north south more or less for about 20 km, before it actually reaches the sea. There are numerous individual spots where people can just turn up and have a quick dip, and there’s loads of other activities to be had along its borders, which I’ll detail in other posts. For example, on other occasions I’ve hired a kayak (swedish only site) in town and paddled up to this and other swimming spots. But that’s a bit of a full day commitment and one for another post! The particular spot marked on the map below is one of my favourites as because of the rocks here, meaning that there’s great opportunities to jump in from a few feet up. This is always great fun in my mind, but for the less adventurous, there’s an easy path down to the edge of the water and nice shallow sections where you can just wade in and out if you don’t want to actually swim. Just be careful though, as rocks above tend to mean that there’s rocks below and as with all open swimming you need to be careful as there’s no lifeguards to save you should you get into trouble.

Here’s a map of the actual location. You can walk , drive or get the bus there, it’s fairly accessible (or kayak of course which is the truly stylish way to arrive!). There’s no facilities there though, as it’s just one of many little public spots all along the edge of the lake, so make sure you take some food and drink with you if you’re planning on staying a while, and remember that there are no toilets as well!


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