Exploring Kvalmsö – A Snowy Hiking Adventure

I’ve been dying to head out to the island nature reserve of Kvalmsö since I read about it.  It’s another one only accessible by foot or boat, and has oak meadows, open pastures, flat rock, and beaches.  It’s quite a long hike for little legs (around 5km from the car and back), and so I planned to take some food to eat, cooked on the fire pit once we reached our half way point (details of that will be in another post!!).  So, with the snow falling gently but persistently all day, we decided it was as good a day as any to set off on our adventure to Kvalmsö 🙂

It is going to be so lovely to see how all these places change over the course of the seasons.  We walked over a very wide track, and a lovely bridge took us from the mainland onto the island.  From there we walked around the southern part of the island to make it to the nearest fire pit.  There is a lovely little cove there and I am already planning returning when it’s warm for a day’s adventure there splashing in the shallows and trying to catch mini beasts in the water, and again using the fire pit for our meals.

The children were tired after the walk there but pottered off to investigate every rock and tree, as their curiosity doesn’t stop their tired legs!  We all refuelled and after we packed up, were keen to get going to get some warmth back into our toes and fingers.

They did so well especially as it was the afternoon, so had already had a morning playing outside and in the snow already.  All three are now snuggled up in bed, safe in the knowledge that their hike for the week is done, and they have a few days to recover 😉 !!!!!



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  1. Oh wow, this place looks amazing! What an adventure for you all and way better than being in classroom! I love the little camping stove in all the snow. x

  2. Looks like you all had a lovely time even though it was tiring. I have fond memories of playing in the snow as a child and I am sure memories of this adventure will stay with the children forever. Look forward to hopefully seeing Kvalmso during other seasons with you.

  3. what a fun trip – it looks so beautiful and lots of fun using a fire pit for cooking food. I really want to visit!

  4. What a fun adventure to go on! Am very jealous of your snow…

  5. Ah looks like loads of fun and the snow!! I hate the stuff when we get it here but mostly because its just slush and everyones lives come to a stand still yours looks like proper! xx

  6. Lovely photos! It looks like you all had lots of fun! x

  7. You look like you’ve had a wonderful time in the snow! What a great place to be a child!

    Visiting from the #countrykids linky

  8. This looks like so much fun, we had a little bit of snow last night but unfortunately it didn’t settle, so I’m a bit jealous now!

  9. Cooking out in the snow looks so special. All your photos look so inviting and make me wish we had a little snow here. Well don to the kids, 5k in the snow must feel a long way, thank goodness for beautiful scenery, warm clothes and snow to make it such a wonderful adventure to enjoy.

    Thank you for sharing with me on #CountryKids

  10. Ah snow! Looks like a great little island to explore #CountryKids

  11. Now this looks like a real adventure. Love the fire pit cooking #countrykids

  12. The kids look great in the pics in the three different colours!

  13. Oh I envy your snow and the lovely hikes you get to take, Sweden is a beautiful place xx #countrykids

  14. Very jealous of all that snow. Ours didn’t settle x

  15. Wonderful. This is precisely the sort of little adventure that we love to go on with our four little ones too. The contrasting sensations of the snow and the fire have surely left a lasting impression on your kids. We’re heading to Sweden later this year, where hopefully we will have plenty of excursions like this (although since we will be camping, preferably without the snow! 😉 ) #CountryKids

    • Lol! Yes camping in this freezing weather would not be fun. We will hopefully be exploring further afield too in the summer 🙂

  16. What a fascinating place to explore! #Countrykids

  17. Looks like a great time was had. I like the sound of the fire pit. #countrykids

  18. Well done on this lovely, snowy adventure! We lived in Denmark for three years a good while ago now, and I’ve always had a soft spot for Sweden. How fascinating that you moved there to home-educate your children…
    My four are also good little walkers, and they love nothing more than hot food (most often cooked on a gas stove) after all their efforts.

    • It’s so lovely cooking outdoors, we are addicts! We have to have the children in school here, but as it’s only half days thereleaves so much room for our own input too. The Danes and Swedes have a very similar outlook on life so you’ll understand why we’ve chosen to raise our children here 🙂

  19. That looks like so much fun – my two would love to explore there x x

  20. What a wonderful place to explore and you all look very well wrapped up against the cold. I love the sound of stopping and using a fire pit for your meals. Glad that the children enjoyed their hike too 🙂 #countrykids

  21. That looks like so much fun! That’s a good distance for them to walk, well done to all of them! Enjoy the snow 🙂 #countrykids

  22. This looks great fun! I love the snow 🙂

  23. Love all your snowy pictures! Looks like you all had a great time.

  24. So much snow! Lovely photos. Sorry if my comment comes through twice! #CountryKids

  25. Ah that is brilliant. I love exploring places like that. My kids not so much as my 4 year old gets tired of walking very easily.

    • My mini men have only just turned 5 so I know what you mean. They’ve been trained with well timed bribes 🙂 !!!

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