Swimming in the Baltic

Fulltofta Nature Reserve

There had been lots of opportunities for us to go for a swim but, ashamed to say, we found as many reasons not to bother. At Lundegård, our camping neighbours took their eighteen month old son swimming every day. They gave us advice – don’t toe test the water, use the bathing ladder off the causeway. Off we set dressed in our bathers. The weather was warm but very windy and the waves were crashing into the bathing steps. We stepped down two steps where the waves hit the fat bits; down another step and the waves reached the delicate bits and the next moment we were waist deep in the Baltic Sea. The next wave swamped chest and arms and we were off – it was wonderful, not at all cold and we could have stayed in for ever. The Baltic was very un-salty. We were left with an invigorated feeling that persisted for hours. (Sorry – No photographic evidence).

Fulltofta Nature Reserve

We left Öland and continued our journey south, stopping overnight at a nature reserve at Fulltofta, north of Malmö. There was a clearing in forest close to two lakes and a pond teeming with wildfowl. We were surrounded by mature oaks, some several hundred years old.

Later that evening our little clearing filled with half a dozen other campers, mostly youngsters in small vans or cars and tents. We shared a convivial nightcap with Sara and Marcus, a Swedish couple parked next to us, and picked up a few tips on travelling in Sweden.

The Wildfowl Pond at Fulltofta
The Lake at Fulltofta