Outdoor gyms or ‘utegyms’ in Sweden

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Utegym

The average Swede is very concerned with his/her health and exercises every day. Preferably they exercise outdoors. Rain or shine. Throughout the year. You can find so-called ‘utegym’ all over Sweden. A number of fitness equipment in metal or wood are grouped together in these places. You can go there for a workout where you mainly use your own weight as a counterweight.

Utegym

Movement must be accessible to everyone. In addition to the many running routes and other signposted sports routes, almost every village and city has a ‘utegym’ or an outdoor gym. You can use these sports equipment for free. They are not as sophisticated as the regular gym where you often pay an expensive monthly subscription. Yet there are also special devices in the ‘utegym’. Often there are also signs with extra explanation. They are often in or near playgrounds. This way the parents can do a workout while the children enjoy themselves.

Utegym in Sweden

The utegym in the photo at the top of this article was taken in the outdoor gym of Kiruna, in the north of Sweden.

Utegym in Stockholm

There are more than 30 outdoor gyms in Stockholm, mainly on the outer edge but also centrally. For example, there are 5 at Kungsholmen alone! On this card you find a handy overview.

Utegym

Into jogging? Check these routes:

Utegym in Gothenburg

Gothenburg has 10 outdoor gyms.

Utegym in Malmö

In Malmö there are 15 places where you can find outdoor ‘fitness equipment’.

Have you encountered an outdoor gym during your trip in Sweden?

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3 May 2021
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Day trip from Stockholm: Blå Lagunen in Ekerö

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Den blå lagunen - Ekerö

A beach called ‘the blue lagoon’ on an island just outside Stockholm, it triggers my imagination. When I stayed in Stockholm for a few weeks during the summer, I wanted to discover this spot. A bus ride and a short walk later I reached the domain. It took some searching (tip, go to the right if you want to go to the beach) but a little later I could settle in and enjoy the aqua blue water.

Den blå lagunen

The place is actually called Husbygropen and is an artificial lake. It is located on the island of Ekerö, more precisely at Munsö, near Lake Mälaren. If you walk around the lagoon, you can even see Lake Mälaren. Husbygropen would also be popular among local divers (maximum depth 21 meters). There are both fish and freshwater crayfish in the lake.

Quarry with aqua blue water

Blå Lagunen is actually an old quarry that is completely flooded with water. The white lime base and the clear water provide the azure blue color. There is a small beach. Those traveling by car can park fairly close by. People also parked their car and beach chair around the rest of the lagoon. There it was generally more difficult to get into the water.

Druk bij Den blå lagunen

It is advisable to come to Den Blå Lagunen early because it can get very busy. By noon it was already packed on the small beach. In the early afternoon, when a group of young people arrived and started playing loud music, I decided it was time to go. On calm days, Blå Lagunen on Ekerö is highly recommended, thanks to the view of the blue water.

The lagoon starts shallow near the beach but quickly gets a lot deeper. So watch out! Do not go swimming alone here and keep in mind that the water at depth can be very cold. Also to take into account: it is not a fine sandy beach. So it’s best to bring a thick towel or picnic blanket to sit / lie on.

Practical

There were no eateries in the area so make sure you are prepared and bring your picnic + drinks. When I was there, there were no toilets either, but according to information I found online, those (genre Dixi-shacks) normally are in place.

How to reach Blå Lagunen?

From the center, first take the metro to Brommaplan. Here you can take bus 311 or bus 312 to the Vibohär stop. Look to find arrows to Husbygropen. It then takes about 10-15 minutes to walk.

De weg naar Den blå lagunen

Admittedly, without a car it is a challenge to get here. By car, take Ekerövägen until you see signs to the old quarry. Parking is about 5 euros. You can only pay in cash or via swish.

Near Ekerö

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Den blå lagunen - daguitstap vanuit Stockholm
24 April 2021
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Sleeping in a pilot tower – Svedtiljas Landsort

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Lotstornet Svedtiljas Landsort

Åke Svedtiljas first came to Landsort in 2011 and was immediately charmed by the island’s pilot station. It took a while before he could purchase the building, but after a thorough renovation you can now spend the night in the pilot tower. And that is actually even better than spending the night in the lighthouse because from Lotstornet you have a view of the lighthouse!

Ake Svedtiljas

Spend the night in “Lotstornet”, an old pilot tower

Even those who do not have their own summer house at Landsort can spend the night here. In Lotstornet there are 6 rooms for 2 people each. The rooms are basic but equipped with all necessary comfort. There are 2 rooms per floor, each with a shared bathroom. The advantage of this hotel is its unique location and the beautiful view. Spending the night in the pilot tower costs about 100 euros, breakfast included. You have to add about 15 euros for the ferry to the island.

Landsort - zicht op Lotstornet

Breakfast

For breakfast we were expected in the restaurant of Svedtiljas. The breakfast is extensive and with all fresh products. Attentive readers will see that this is not my plate (I don’t eat meat) that I photographed but one of the other bloggers who came too. Special mention for the freshly squeezed fruit juice and the fresh smoothies.

Lunch

Åke is a renowned chef and spoils the guests in restaurant Svedtiljas with his skills. In the afternoon we had lunch in the restaurant. On the menu: a delicious bouillabaisse. Åke mentioned that the cod had been caught with the line and not with nets. Sustainability is of paramount importance here. The aioli was also very tasty by the way.

Dinner

In the evening, Åke served us a delicious 3-course menu on the top floor of Lotstornet. The food was very high quality and accompanied by matching wines. First we got potato pancakes topped with fish eggs, chives, onions and aioli. The main course was a perfectly cooked cod fillet served with roasted cauliflower.

For dessert we got a crumble with blueberries, strawberries and raspberry sorbet. With a view of the island, this was a real dream location. As icing on the cake, a beautiful rainbow appeared in the sky, followed by a breathtaking sunset.

Regenboog boven Landsort

More information on Svedtiljas can be found on their website (English + Swedish).

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23 April 2021
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