Discover Nykvarn’s nature, culture and history
By Silvia Colombo | Photos: Oscar Knutsson
Not far from Stockholm, the municipality of Nykvarn is the perfect destination for a special one-night escape, or to soak up some nature. The municipality is relatively young, formed in 1999, and is full of surprises, from its natural beauty to its cosy atmosphere.
There are many reasons to visit the locality of Nykvarn. Among them, its pristine landscape, rich variety of events and activities, and – last but not least – its interesting cultural heritage.
The area is well-connected – a fast train from Nykvarn to Stockholm takes just 30 minutes, making it the perfect day-trip destination from Sweden’s capital city. “In this area, you can choose from various interesting destinations, mainly located along the Yngern Lake, which boasts very clean water,” says the municipality’s tourism manager Isabell Kilström.
In the natural reserve of Jägarskogen, for example, visitors can enjoy the fruits of nature by picking berries, flowers and mushrooms, depending on the season, and walking or riding along one of its trails.
Taxinge Castle is another highlight of the area. Built at the beginning of the 19th century, it’s the setting of the Swedish filmmaker Ingmar Bergman’s 1972 production, Cries and Whispers. Between a visit to the set location and a walk in the park, take a break with a typical Swedish ‘fika’ (‘coffee break’), and choose from the 65 types of pastries available. If you’re willing to travel back in time, hop aboard the steamboat or steam train that stops at Taxinge between Mariefred and Stockholm.
Then, for a once in a lifetime experience, reserve accommodation at Myssjö Gård, on the island in the middle of Yngern Lake. Here, depending on how adventurous you feel, you can overnight in a ‘flottel’ – a cosy room floating on the water surface, or in a tent suspended among the trees. More traditional accommodations are also available, such as a safari tent or a red timber house immersed in the natural beauty of the island.
“Thanks to its ideal location, Nykvarn has the benefits of a big city, with the friendly atmosphere and easy-to-explore dimensions of a smaller place,” says Kilström. The area is an unexpected treasure – perfect for those who want to take a break from conventional vacations.
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