Throughout our first two years of living in Blekinge, southern Sweden, we have explored a lot of islands and nature reserves in a bid to learn about the area we live in. It was very hard to whittle the list down to 11 places to visit in Blekinge, and there are many other places we have visited which have been beautiful as well. You can read about all our adventures in the exploring Sweden category. These are by now means in any order either! That would just be to difficult for me to do 🙂 So, sit back and let me help you plan an adventure exploring around our county of Blekinge.
My Top 11 Places To Visit In Blekinge Nature
- Tjärö: This beautiful island really stole my heart with it’s lovely views. Much of Blekinge is quite flat, but this island has lovely viewing high points. You can cook on a campfire at a fire pit with a view, hike some of the trails which would be lovely at any time of year, swim in the sea, leap of a 15m cliff, or take a leisurely meal in the lovely restaurant. We went a total of three times to this beautiful place in 2 months!! A stunning place to visit in Blekinge.
- Östra Bokö: This very small island in Blekinge is perfect for a lazy day in the Swedish summer sun. It has shallows that warm up so are perfect for children to play in, a fire pit for cooking on, and a lovely grassy area to sit and watch the world go by from.
- Stenshamn & Utlängan: These 2 lovely islands come as a pair as they are linked by a small footbridge over the water. We actually did a wild camp there to make the most of this island. You can hike around it, see the lighthouse, and if you are really lucky you may spot some seals sunbathing on the rocks of the shore! We were not lucky.
- Hanö: There is so much to discover on this island from mythical legends, to lighthouses, to a cemetery for British sailors. There are some lovely hiking trails as well. There are also a lot of deer to be spotted on your way around the island. A treasure trove of nature to visit in Blekinge.
- Hasslö: This island is easy to reach to all year round due to good Blekinge transport links. During the summer it’s sandy cove beach is perfect to relax on and swim in, whilst in the cooler months you can take in the beautiful views by hiking around it. We like having sunrise picnics here in the winter in a spot that is little known and has panoramic views.
- Järnavik Naturreservat: Hiking around here you will not be disappointed with the glorious views and the rich diversity of plant and wild life. The trails are stunning at all times of the year. Where Blekinge is usually quite flat, this reserve offers steep ravines and stunning cliff top views.
- Wämöparken: This beautiful outdoor space has so much to offer in all the seasons. You can walk the beautiful trails (even cooking your food on one the many fire pits), take a look around some old buildings that have been erected to show a past life in Blekinge, play in the children’s park, visit an animal park, have a Fika in a beautiful cafeteria, or take your dog around the agility course. In the winter there a some slopes that are good for sledging on. Throughout the year there are events held here as well, so keep an eye out for those. This is a truly wonderful outdoor space on the door step of Karlskrona.
- Bastasjö Friluftsområde: Bastasjö is a lake that is the centre piece of the Bastasjö friluftsområde, outdoor area. It is very convenient being only about a 15 minute drive from the centre of the city of Karlskrona in the south of Sweden. It is a huge area of hiking trails around the surrounding woods. What makes this place so good for families are several things. There are a lot of marked trails in a variety of distances, so you can pick what you think you can manage. There are also good fire pits, surrounding the lake on all sides, allowing for you to build a campfire safely and cook in the great outdoors. At the side of the lake where the main car park is, there is also a building, which houses toilets. You can rent this out as well if you are running an activity in this location. They also put on organised activities as well.
- Gö: This beautiful area out in nature is a treasure trove of woodland hikes complete with paddling areas, hidden away fire pits, and a gorgeous cove for swimming in. We have done a wild camp here with our children as it was such a beautiful spot to stay in and tranquil too.
- Ronneby Brunnspark: This is a very large area with lots for everyone to be happy. The large outdoor space has short and longer trails taking you around the area (fabulous for berry picking in the late summer), with ducks, a waterfall, beautiful buildings, children’s play parks, and lots of fire pits for your campfire cooking. One of the best features (we think) is the Naturum. This amazing indoor space brings outside nature indoors, with lots of hands on opportunities for the little people. There is so much to see, watch, touch, and listen too. What we really liked was the emphasis on the fact that the children MUST touch and explore.
- Räntemåla Gård Älg Park: Although this last one is rather seasonally based, and check their website for details, I have included it as my breath was taken away by our experience there. I have been going backwards and forwards to Scandinavia for 43 years now (first Norway for the first 40 odd, and now we live here in Sweden), and I had never seen one of these beautiful creatures. My chances are very slim of seeing one with my three out in nature at the moment as the animals can hear us coming and get enough warning to be able to make a leisurely departure. However, this älg farm offers you the opportunity to see these majestic creatures up close, touch, and feed them. The owners have a great presentation as well, brimming with humour about all their residents, and their personalities, while you are standing in awe watching them. I came away having fallen totally in love!
I hope I have given you some inspiration of some places to head off to and be able to explore nature with a visit to Blekinge. It is now 2019 and with the new year comes a new list of places we want to explore and visit in Blekinge! Remember these are only our favourites so far!