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Swimming in Sweden

For the first time in my life, I swam in the Swedish sea.

We are having the warmest days of the year. It is around 30 C (86 F). People are extremely happy and confused. We simply cannot pursue our daily routines, because we know that if we do not appreciate the warmth now, we will regret it immensely in a few short months.

The last two days we went to Hovås after work. It is an area by the seaside with beautiful rocks and a small beach. They built a wooden platform on the rocks with two ladders, which help people to go into the water.

I have never swum outdoors in Sweden before, because the sea never seemed as attractive as the Mediterranean. But once the weather became so warm, and we found the beautiful rocks, swimming in the sea was the only thing I desired.

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Oh, you should have seen my face when I first jumped into the water from the ladder! The water felt extremely cold in the beginning. I guess its temperature was around 17 C (62 F), but after the first minute (if you haven’t climbed back up the ladder by then!) you get used to it. I stayed in the water for almost half an hour, thinking that I was somewhere in south Europe, but no – it was Sweden! If we could have at least one month like that every summer, I would never complain in winter.

Do you have any unexpected swimming experience in the sea? Have you ever done this in any Nordic country? Let me know about it, as it may give me more courage to swim even on colder days.

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  1. I know how you felt when you got into the water :) i swam in Norway 2 times, it was seriously cold but as you said it gets easier after couple of minutes. Still nice experience! And nice to enjoy it as Scandinavians.

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