Travelling Around The Swedish Archipelago By Sail

 
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Travelling Around The Swedish Archipelago By Sail // Olivia Bossert Photography // travel, sweden, swedish archipelago, stockholm, islands, travel blog, sailing, european travel, how to travel in sweden

Sweden is a country that I've been wanting to visit for a very long time. I grew up with many Swedes, all of whom had moved to Geneva due to one of their parents' jobs and subsequently attended the International School I attended. Because so many of the people I grew up with were Scandinavian, I always felt like I knew Sweden quite well... without having ever actually been. So when the opportunity arose to spend two weeks on Tom's dad's sailing boat, Beejolly, sailing around the Swedish archipelago, I was very excited to finally head somewhere I felt a strong connection to.

Growing up, my dad had a small waterskiing motorboat. We used to spend afternoons swimming, motoring around, and enjoying the lake. I'd not done an awful lot of sailing until I met Tom, just over three years ago. I can't say I'm the best on the water. I enjoy it, but only on calm, flat seas, and due to my nervous personality, anything at all "tippy" freaks me right out. But despite my apprehention and nerves, I knew I'd enjoy the trip, so two weeks ago, we flew to Stockholm and made our way to the island of Vätö to meet John, Tom's dad, for the start of out adventure. 

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Strawberry picking.

Strawberry picking.

Travelling Around The Swedish Archipelago By Sail // Olivia Bossert Photography // travel, sweden, swedish archipelago, stockholm, islands, travel blog, sailing, european travel, how to travel in sweden
Travelling Around The Swedish Archipelago By Sail // Olivia Bossert Photography // travel, sweden, swedish archipelago, stockholm, islands, travel blog, sailing, european travel, how to travel in sweden
Travelling Around The Swedish Archipelago By Sail // Olivia Bossert Photography // travel, sweden, swedish archipelago, stockholm, islands, travel blog, sailing, european travel, how to travel in sweden

This post won't be a diary style post, simply because if I told you all about every single place we went, and everything single thing we did, you'd be here all day. But to give you an idea; we travelled far, and we saw a lot. The Swedish are amazing, and as someone who loves a "slow living" lifestyle, the Swedes certainly embrace that to a maxmimum. 

I was impressed to hear that throughout summer, most people take a full month off from work to enjoy the warmer days. It's probably quite obvious, but Sweden has very long, dark, cold Winters every year, so when Summer comes around, they take full advantage. Many people have small cabins scattered on the 30,000 + islands of the Stockholm Archipelago, and head out there to get away from the hustle and bustle of every day life. Getting back in touch with nature was a recurring theme in Sweden, and I loved it. From heading out to pick strawberries (pictures above) to long walks, to sailing (like what we were doing), so swimming in the waters, it seemed that everyone was embracing summer to the max. 

The village of Nortälje 

The village of Nortälje 

Travelling Around The Swedish Archipelago By Sail // Olivia Bossert Photography // travel, sweden, swedish archipelago, stockholm, islands, travel blog, sailing, european travel, how to travel in sweden
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Our last night in Vätö with friends

Our last night in Vätö with friends

As for our sailing trip, in a nutshell, we left Vätö a few days after arriving, sailing into to the port and island of Furusund, where we spent one night. After that, I'll be honest, the names of each place get a bit blurry, but we were away from main ports for most of it. Due to the size of the archipelago, it was very easy to head in pretty much any direction and find another beautiful place to spend the night. Some nights were spent on small pontoons on the side of a small island, others were spend anchored out in a bay. We went from place to place, admiring the views, and enjoying the surprisingly warm and sunny weather (we only had one day of rain the entire time we were there!).

Needless to say, I loved our time sailing around the islands of the Archipelago. I think we only saw a minuscule amount of it all, as there's so much to see. Could I go back and continue to explore it? Absolutely. 

We finished off our trip with three days in Stockholm, which I've decided to share with you in a second blog post... because we packed so much into those three days, and I have SO many tips for you, it definitely deserved its own post... so stay tuned for that ;) 

Ella the dog

Ella the dog

Sailing away from Vätö

Sailing away from Vätö

Furusund harbour 

Furusund harbour 

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An ancient Viking compass! 

An ancient Viking compass! 

Beautiful Swedish summer houses

Beautiful Swedish summer houses

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Exploring Furusund

Exploring Furusund

How most evenings were spent - I read two books whilst out in Sweden! 

How most evenings were spent - I read two books whilst out in Sweden! 

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Tom, helming the boat with his feet. Standard. 

Tom, helming the boat with his feet. Standard. 

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The view out from Beejolly

The view out from Beejolly

By the time the evening rolled in, this rock was filled with groups of people all enjoying BBQ's in the sunset. We joined in!

By the time the evening rolled in, this rock was filled with groups of people all enjoying BBQ's in the sunset. We joined in!

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Travelling Around The Swedish Archipelago By Sail // Olivia Bossert Photography // travel, sweden, swedish archipelago, stockholm, islands, travel blog, sailing, european travel, how to travel in sweden
Tom swimming. I hate cold water, and am not really one for swimming, so I didn't ever go in... I'm told it was "nice once you're in" though!

Tom swimming. I hate cold water, and am not really one for swimming, so I didn't ever go in... I'm told it was "nice once you're in" though!

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In this particular harbour, there were 5 CATS on 4 different boats! I've never seen anything like it before, but it made us all laugh, and is something I definitely won't ever forget. 

In this particular harbour, there were 5 CATS on 4 different boats! I've never seen anything like it before, but it made us all laugh, and is something I definitely won't ever forget. 

Moored up on a rock, the way the Swedes do it! Sweden doesn't experience much tide, which means that this kind of mooring is possibly. We can't do this in England, because of the huge tides we experience. It was fun! 

Moored up on a rock, the way the Swedes do it! Sweden doesn't experience much tide, which means that this kind of mooring is possibly. We can't do this in England, because of the huge tides we experience. It was fun! 

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Huge dog. Not so huge boat. 

Huge dog. Not so huge boat. 

Sailing in the sun.

Sailing in the sun.

I got good with ropes on this trip! 

I got good with ropes on this trip! 

Anchored up. 

Anchored up. 

Reeds. They look pretty. They're also a mosquito breeding ground. HORRID.

Reeds. They look pretty. They're also a mosquito breeding ground. HORRID.

Beautiful houses on beautiful waterfronts. 

Beautiful houses on beautiful waterfronts. 

Stay tuned for my Stockholm guide!

 

6 Reasons I Love Living in Cornwall

6 Reasons I Love Living in Cornwall Cornwall is a pretty awesome place to live. It's the holiday destination of the UK, and I can totally see why. I've come up with 6 reasons why I love living in Cornwall, but there are definitely plenty more!

The Sea I've always loved water, and I grew up by the banks of the biggest lake in Europe, so living by the sea feels extremely natural to me.In Cornwall, you're never more than 20 minutes away from a breath taking coastline. I think most people find vast amounts of water comforting. Who knows why? Maybe it's because our bodies are made up of 90% water.

The Countryside I am SO not a city girl. Don't get me wrong, I love a short stay in a city; a few days to par rouse the shops, see the sights and eat in the billions of restaurants that cities always have. But can you really beat fields filled with flowers, horses everywhere you turn, and forests filled with bluebells? I think not.

The Language

When I first moved here, I couldn't understand a thing anyone was saying. Now, that probably would have happened anywhere in the UK, considering I grew up in French speaking Switzerland, but the Cornish definitely knew how to confuse a little Swiss girl. Being greeted with "Alright my lover?" took me aback somewhat ("Your lover? I am definitely not your lover!") and people asking "Where are you too?" was even more strange; "Where am I as well? Where am I second? What are you saying?!" But now, it's all second nature to me (It's got to be, I'm living with Cornish Boy). I've not yet got to the stage of using said phrases, but I know that sooner or later one of them will pop out without my meaning to. It's only a matter of time.

The Lifestyle It's healthy, outdoorsy, social, and arty. People down here are always so enthusiastic about life in every shape and form and the county really does embrace it's environment. Everyone is always doing something fun! Be it heading down to the boat for an afternoon sail in the summertime, an early morning surf in the spring, down to the pub for the weekly pub quiz in winter, or out for a coastal walk on a brisk autumnal morning, you really can't live in Cornwall without getting involved with activities in some way or another.

The Light Cornwall has been known for centuries for it's unique light. It has always attracted artists from all over the world, and I can certainly see why.

The Community I've touched on the fact that Cornwall has a huge sense of community about it, but I think that it deserves it's own category. The people of Cornwall are so supportive of each other, it's an incredible thing. Local businesses help each other out, people in the street stop and chat, and there's always some kind of event going on in all the villages.

I've never been somewhere where everyone is so deeply proud of where they live. It's an extremely patriotic place that embeds itself in your heart, and it's certainly embed itself in mine.