A photo story about how we ended up in Sweden.
After a trip around some of the Baltic countries, I had to go back home to Poznan, Poland where I was living at the time. The most convenient way was to take two flights having a short layover in Sweden. Here I should mention briefly how you should really consider connecting flights with low-cost companies, but search the potential places you can connect yourself because they don’t appear at websites like Skyscanner. In this way, we took two flights for less than 20 euros from Vilnius to Poznan instead of a more expensive 15 hours long bus/train.
Back on the topic, I wasn’t expecting to see anything of Sweden apart from the airport and honestly I was a bit sad as I’ve always wanted to visit it. There are many reasons to visit Sweden and the Scandinavian countries, especially in the winter when everything is covered in sparkly snow. So we arrived at a small, not very comfortable airport presumably close to Stockholm, only to realize we had 4 hours until the next flight. Stockholm was way too far and the transport was more expensive than the actual flight, so we were doomed to 4 hours of boredom. Until my adventurous friend Chiara realized that there is a small town nearby that we could actually get a bus to. After some waiting and a short 10-minute ride, we arrived at the very frozen and very empty town of Nyköping – or as they advertise it at the airport – one of Sweden’s oldest towns. Well, there was a small castle along the river so this was the truth after all. Bonus points if you spot the castle on the photos! Apparently, the city has a long history housing some of the Swedish knights and kings during the medieval times and after.
Nyköping is located on the east coast of Sweden and makes for a lovely day trip or in our case a pretty decent 2 hours walk. Okay, sometimes a happy run in the snow screaming “I am a penguin” trying to keep my balance on the ice with my heavy backpack. Yes, there were almost no people around so no one really cared, or if they did they would probably be pretty entertain by the sight. As it is a very small town, all the important sightseeings are at a very short distance, so we saw the town hall, walked along the river, where we spotted the old castle, but unfortunately didn’t have time to go inside. But in case you are passing by, the castle is free to enter, you can see the exhibition of medieval weapons or climb the tower. I bet there will be a pretty nice view from above.
Along the river, there is also the Old Brewery which now houses artists and art students as well as a new art gallery. Walking a bit further, we reached the harbor where the Nyköping river flows into the Baltic sea. It was really peaceful and beautiful with the sparkling snow around you and as far as your eyes can see. While the ground and the boats look frozen, the sunlight made our walk really enjoyable and surprisingly not cold at all.
I could imagine in the summer people riding their bikes on the streets of the town, some of them were doing it even in the winter! I’ve read about farmers markets, ostrich farms, garden parties at a historic manor as well as picnics and a 1000 km trails along the beautiful landscape for the hiking enthusiasts.
Unfortunately, we didn’t have time to go to Stockholm this time but it’s on top of my list especially after this Stockholm photo story.