an ode to Swedish summer

Summer in Sweden is such a gamble. Normally, the season is a roller coaster of a few beautiful days sandwiched between weeks (sometimes months) of clouds, rain, and thunderstorms. High temps usually max out at 25-27°C (about 75-80°F), and it always, always, ALWAYS rains on Midsummer’s eve.

While we did get rain on Midsummer (tradition!), the rest of this summer has been completely out of the ordinary. Days and days of 30°C heat, sunshine, and a light breeze sent all of Sweden into a fan-purchasing frenzy – seriously, they’re sold out everywhere. While the sudden change in weather is a bit frightening, not to mention the fact that forest fires are at an all-time high and a grill-ban has been declared nation-wide, we’re content finding ways to beat the heat and enjoy the perks of a warm, dry summer.

This is Conrad’s and my first ‘official’ summer in Sweden since moving last year (he was in Kenya for most of last summer), and we have been enjoying every last drop it.  I’m really mostly sharing this so that when it’s November and dark at 2pm,  I can pull up this post and remember why the winters are worth it! You’ll get a better idea from the photos, but basically we have been living in a kind of utopian Swedish fairytale, complete with wild strawberries and raspberries outside our home, daily hikes in the forest followed by daily jumps in the lake, picnics, mosquito bites, delicious food, dog friends, city sightseeing, magical lake views, and so much more.

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Fjällnorra, a public beach across the lake from us
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Crossing the floating bridge on the trail to Fjällnorra, with my oldest best friend Nora!
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Our little cabin ❤
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Secret private spot on the lake – perfect for playing catch.
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FYI, this photo was taken before the grill/fire ban 🙂
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Happiest dog in the world
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Exploring Stockholm’s south west side
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Daily swim with pups
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Dancing around the midsummer pole, or midsommarstång during the short break from rain!
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Midsummer feast, complete with local craft beer and a snaps sampler
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Rhubard (from the garden) topped vanilla poundcake
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Smultron!
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If this hasn’t convinced you to visit Sweden (in the summer, obvs), I don’t know what will. Thank you Sweden for your wonderful summers, this is definitely one that will go down in the books!

xxLena

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