Järnavik Naturreservat – Lose Yourself In Nature

Järnavik naturreservat in Blekinge, southern Sweden, is an interesting place to visit.  The environment has many contrasts to enjoy.  There are deep ravines and steep climbs to be rewarded with stunning views of the Swedish scenery.  There are bare rock areas, that then lead into forests, rich with plant life.  The northern part of the reserve, where we visited for our hike, is less stark than the more glacially formed rocky southern part.

In a past era Järnavik was a medieval port that was very busy, but today the harbour is used just for the summer archipelago boat, and private boats visiting the area by sea.  Easter weekend had seen blizzards for us for the first three days of the long weekend.  So when the sun shone bright on the Monday, we took advantage of the chance to get some vitamin D supplies and headed out to this nature reserve that we had not explored yet.

The Järnavik naturreservat has a lot of good marked trails, a number of fire pits, and on the southern end, a nice place to take a swim, although this was not really a priority in the freezing April weather!!  We were in the northern part, following a circular trail route, hoping to stop three quarters of the way round to make lunch on a campfire.

So, off we set on our route. We had not gone more than 100m when 2 of the 3 children had already started collecting sticks….our little lady’s stick actually resembled more of a tree than a stick, but all credit to her she did drag it the whole way round!  We scrambled up rock faces to be rewarded with the most stunning views across the fjords at the top, and we walked over mini bridges through ice fields that would hopefully start defrosting soon if spring time decides to make an appearance!!  The children love to see how thick the ice is, and how much they can bang it with sticks or stamp on it before it cracks.  Today it was still very thick and strong, and not giving way.  However, the sun shining on the damp moss was creating a smell of spring in the air, and despite the snow on the ground, you could feel warmth in the sunshine at long last.  As we continued our hike we knew we were coming to the place where the fire pit should be, and on a little investigation, we found it in a mini cave!  It was so fun and interesting as we had never made our campfire anywhere like it yet 🙂

Today we were not using geocaches as an incentive to keep the trio walking.  However, our little lady was just sitting chilling in the cave waiting for lunch, and to her surprise she spotted one buried in the rocks!  She couldn’t believe she had found one without even trying.  It was a great spot to stop for lunch as the children clambered up, over, and slid down massive rock boulders, and thoroughly enjoyed their playtime in nature.

The fire was roaring, the food was cooking, and we had a new treat to try for dessert (you will have to wait for another blog post to find out what that was!).  Life was definitely more relaxed being able to share the work load with Dadda, as he could look after the campfire, and I the Kelly Kettle…usually I’m juggling both and trying not to set fire to three children in the process!!  It was so nice to be able to share today’s adventure with every member of the family for a change.

Once we had eaten our fill, we dowsed the campfire, and started the remaining part of our circular route.  Once we popped out of our little cave, we discovered 2 more fire pits out in the sunshine.  It was nice to know they were there, but I think we had all enjoyed the novelty of our cave fire pit for a little bit of a difference.

We had spent such a lovely family time at Järnavik naturreservat, and enjoyed the views, the fire pits, and the trail so much.  We will definitely be returning there, and maybe, next time if the weather is warm enough, we will search out the bathing place on the southern end and explore a different part of the reserve!

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  1. What stunning views I really love all your photos . Looks like u had such an amazing time.

  2. Thank you for linking up with #GetMooreFromLife, you well and truly did that in this post! What a stunning place, I love the huge rocks to climb. My girls would love those! Tyler would have LOVED the cave campfire!!!

    • It was a stunning place and we were so lucky the sun shone for the day instead of snow!! That campfire was a real treat of a find 🙂

  3. What a stunning place and gorgeous photos. It looks like it was great fun x

  4. OH wow what a stunning place to visit. I love getting closer to nature and wish I had more time to go to places like this. The snow makes it that much more of a magical place to visit. My kids would have loved the cave fire pit .

  5. What an adventure. The views are so beautiful.

  6. Järnavik naturreservat looks beautiful. It looks like you are heading out of snowy season now too
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  7. Your photos are amazing, the scenery is incredible! It looks like you had a great time, and I must say you’re quite brave for doing it all with little ones in tow!

  8. I loved every inch of your post. Living life exactly how you guys should be. What a great adventure!

  9. This looks amazing! I can’t want to take our boys on hiking adventures like this. And to top it all off, lunch on a campfire, wow!

  10. I’m intrigued by geocaching. Sounds like something my family would be into. Awesome photos, especially the fire shots!
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  11. Oh wow this is such a stunning place. Such gorgeous views!

    Ami xxx

  12. It looks just stunning there. Knowing a bit about the history this once belonged to Denmark and it’s always been an area of contention between the two nations. I’d love to visit one day.

  13. What an amazing place to explore! How lucky to find a geocache without looking for one. Sometimes we spend hours geocaching without finding anything. #countrykids

  14. It sounds like Easter Monday was a very welcome break in the weather for you and an ideal opportunity for one of your wonderful family adventures. The Nature Reserve looks so beautiful in the sunlight with the snow still on the ground and wow to the little cave. Who wouldn’t want to make a lunch stop in there. Such gorgeous photos to remember your day.

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  15. WOW this looks amazing, what a fabulous Easter adventure #Countrykids

  16. I love that Sweden is such a land of fire pits and fun, perfect for creating wild kids!! What a fantastic nature park. #CountryKids

  17. Jo

    So much fun with the cooking outside over the little stove – kids love that! #Countrykids

  18. What a lovely walk! I love the cave that you discovered. And that fire just looks so warming on a cold trek out. #countrykids
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  19. What a beautiful sunny day! You’ve survived the winter, brighter days are coming, finally! Lovely for daddy to be able to come along out as well x #CountryKids
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