My 4 favorite things to do in a Stockholm archipelago:
1. Staying overnight in a cottage with friends
We prepared and made quesadillas since all of us came from different countries. Let’s be honest here, who doesn’t like Mexican food? It certainly warms up the tummy when eaten, especially in winter. Then, we belted our hearts out together singing different songs while one of my other friends was playing the piano. It felt so awesome!! And finally, we made ourselves comfortable on the sofas and slept in front of the fireplace. I’d have to admit that those moments were really cosy and nice.
The next day, we woke up and made a healthy but hearty breakfast. Then continued our relaxation by playing some card games.
2: Taking the leap and jumping into icy waters
We also did this thing that is typical of people living in Nordic countries. Did you guess correctly what it is?
Yes, you are right. Nothing is better than having a sauna after jumping into the deep, cold sea averaging zero degrees in the middle of the winter. It’s crazy, exciting, and absolutely refreshing!
3: Disconnecting from social media
Being able to disconnect from social media, or not having to sit in front of the computer all day long is a luxury. I appreciate nature even more so, after we did some outdoor exercises together. Trust me when I say that the archipelago offers peace, serenity and a whole lot of wonder that is not available elsewhere.
4: The barbecue-on-an-island life
We were left with only 3 hours on Solvik before we head back to the city. But that didn’t stop us from setting up a barbecue and gathering around to talk about the experiences we have so far, living in Stockholm. Barbecueing with such a gorgeous scenery in winter and great company is a fantastic experience.
I am positively sure that everyone who was present there will never forget about Solvik.
For me, it was a nice opportunity to be far away from Stockholm, but also close enough to go back as soon as possible. Studying in one of the best universities in the whole of Scandinavia can be quite demanding and at the same time very rewarding, but I figure we all need a weekend getaway to rest our bodies and soul once in awhile. The Stockholm archipelago is a place that has a different character every season, but most importantly it gave me a chance to make new friends and connect with nature.
My suggestion is to try it out for yourselves with your international classmates: It’s an amazing way to discover Stockholm, and you will find friendships in places like these, you never knew existed.