Cycling in Saltsjöbaden in summer.
The view on the walk to Erstaviks beach.
Erstaviks beach. Pretty cool I reckon. You don't get big expanses of sea in Stockholm which I miss but here it's a more expansive bay as it gets closer to the Baltic Sea. There's sea breezes. And salty air. Though not that salty. But it's a deeply relaxing spot to be. Very grounding.
Erstaviksbadet seemed like a popular place for windsurfers. You can hire boards there if you feel like having your arms wrenched out of their sockets in the wind.
Erstavik is a pristine beach 30-35 minutes from Slussen by train that you reach after walking a couple of kilometres (30mins) from the Erstaviksbadets station. Not as hard as it sounds as the track is easy and it's a simply stunning walk through beautiful forest with magnificent views of the water with the occasional windsurfer sailing by. There's a fairly wide area of sandy beach (though it's still rough to my feet) and a large area of grass to sunbake to your hearts content. Lots of people sunbake on the larger rocks because they're so smooth. The water's beautiful and clean and there's no poisonous jellyfish or crabs to step on and give yourself a heart attack.
Baby seagulls in Saltsjöbaden.
Saltsjöbaden public baths
Just a beautiful place. And of course everything is super organised.
There are heaps of boats of every kind everywhere. Most people seem to have access to a boat. Lucky them. And the swedish flag is often prominently displayed. In Australia there is often a bit of contention about the display of the national flag. Not so here it seems.