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Winter swim, Hellasgården, Stockholm
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If you’re looking for recreational activities in Swedish nature, Hellasgården has it all. Located only 20 minutes from Stockholm city, this outdoor activity centre offers activities such as swimming, fishing, canoeing and cycling.

The centre is located by Nacka Nature Reserve, and there are several walking paths and jogging trails for those who want to explore the pristine nature on their own. If you’re visiting in the winter, try cross-country skiing and ice skating on the nearby lake – a moment of peace in the frosty forests and a recharging break from the buzzing city just a short distance away. Finish off your day with a dip in the ice pool – a hole cut out of the ice – and a relaxing moment in the sauna.  

Need to refuel between all the activities? Restaurant Storstugan serves light lunches, vegetarian dishes and of course Swedish ‘fika’ – meaning hot drinks and pastries - in a rustic environment with a cosy fireplace. At the weekends people gather around the barbecue for hotdogs and burgers.  

Hellasgården, Ältavägen 101, 131 33  Nacka