Swedish summer is something special. It’s quite different to British summer, not just weather wise, but in terms of attitude, what you do, and how it’s utilised.
In Sweden, summer is so anticipated and longed for so when it arrives everyone is ON IT! Carpe Diem very much applies, and the sense of urgency is definitely there making people leap out into the parks and beaches at the sight of sunshine.
I was fortunate enough to grow up on the seaside, being able to go for a dip any time I wanted to. My parents used to call me a dolphin because I used to want to spend most of my time in the water, and UNDER water. My favourite time to go in the sea was when it was absolutely pouring down, especially during a thunder storm, watching the raindrops bounce of the surface making a splash.
I used to have a bit of a tradition to swim in the sea every year on the 1st of May, when the water was usually around 8 degrees Celsius… It was refreshing to say the least! And it was normally a very quick dip. Swedish summers are warm though, starting around June time and lasting until the end of August. It’s short, but intense, with temperatures in the 20’s with a lot of sunshine but always with surprise rain showers.
My parents have had their summer house with a private lake for the last 10 years, and have just recently sold it. When I was back in Sweden, I had my last dip in the lake and it was emotional – and freezing cold! Don’t get me wrong, it was very refreshing as it was a scorching hot day of 30 degrees.
In these pictures I’m wearing a beautiful bandeau bikini from UK Swimwear in white. I’ve been a bit obsessed with white swimwear recently, probably because if you’re a bit tanned already it creates a great contrast to your skin. I’m not very tanned by any means, or toned for that matter, but I’m a firm believer in self love and appreciation – which is why I’m sharing these images with you!
I absolutely miss Swedish summers – the anticipation from the long cold winters and the amazing archipelago in my home town – but I make sure to go back every summer to get my Swedish summer fix.
A dip in cold water is not just good for your body and for cooling off, it actually boosts your endorphins, circulation, and even your libido! Cold water swimming is also great for burning calories and reducing stress, so there’s really no excuse if you’re sceptical…
The time I spend in Sweden in the summer I do try and make the most of. I normally spend about a week in my hometown of Västervik and it’s something that I always look forward to. I already can’t wait until next year, and enjoying a bit of Swedish summer and sunshine.