I was thinking it could be nice to start a small series of places worth a visit in and around Uppsala. After all, the place where you are going to live can be an important factor when choosing a studies abroad. I knew very little about Uppsala – and actually about Sweden in general – but found myself very lucky with this cosy, vibrant student town, surrounded by beautiful nature. So once in a while I will give you a small impression about my favourite spots. Starting with this beautiful lake, or should I say, sea?
View from the terrace at Skarholmen restaurant, which offers very fancy fika
Ekoln is the most Northern part of lake Mälaren, which is the third biggest lake of Sweden. And actually, you might question if you can really call it a lake, as it is directly connected to the sea. In theory you could kayak all the way from this lake to Stockholm, on to the Baltic. Might take a few days though! Ekoln is located about 10 km southwards of Uppsala city, but only 3 km away from our campus Ultuna. This makes it a perfect place to go for a hike or picnic in the weekend, or just to clear your mind after a busy day at university.
“Ekoln is located about 10 km southwards of Uppsala city, but only 3 km away from our campus Ultuna.”
Though in summer it can get really crowded, during the rest of the year you will find it peacefully quiet around here. There are several activities to do in and around the lake. But beware that most of them are only open in the summer season. Unfortunately we found ourself in front of a closed kayak rental the other day, so beware! Next to renting kayaks you can also rent little boats, there are several nice swimming areas and there is an outdoor climbing facility. In summertime there are possibilities for windsurfing whereas in winter ice-skates are rented out in case the lake is fully frozen.
Someone kayaking between the ice left-overs last Easter
To get to the lake you can either hike, bike or take a bus (to Sunnersta). If you are hiking or biking, there is a beautiful path going along the Fyrisån river which you can follow from Uppsala southwards. You simply can’t get lost, or you’d have to try really hard, haha. In a next post in this ‘mini-series’ I would like to tell you more about Fyrisån river and the special traditions around it. Feel free to question or comment below.