There are some things in Sweden which I hate and some which I love. Among the second ones there are definitely landscapes and nature, everything so nearby even for such a city person as me - living most willingly in the city centres ;). When in 2010 Stockholm became European Green Capital, one of the reasons for that decision was the fact, that 95% of city's inhabitants live no further than 300 m from the closest green area. Nearby my apartment there are two nice parks, within 30 minutes of driving - a few nature reserves. Today I would like to present you one of them - Nacka reserve located in the southern Stockholm.
The area called Nackareservatet actually consists of two reserves - one under Stockholm municipality, and other under Nacka. Both together cover 705 hectares and were founded in 2005/06. In Nackareservatet there are couple of longer and shorter walking paths, although they are not always clearly marked... as a result you can walk your own path, which may be a bit longer than expected ;). On the other hand, during such walks you may find some interesting objects, such as this figure left on the rocks.
The reserve is amazing mostly thanks to a few beautiful lakes. Its northern end goes along Järlasjön lake, the southern one reaches Ältasjön and in the centre of the park we can see a couple of others. Although for me the weather on that day definitely required wearing a jacket, it seems that not everyone was thinking this way... If it's sunny then it means that the weather is perfect for taking a bath in the lake, right? ;) Especially Källtorpssjön lake is thought as the best for bathing, but maybe in the summer... I'll never understand Swedes ;).
When it comes to fauna and flora, Nackareservatet focuses mostly on birds. During the spring season we could observe them on the small islets: Lilla Holmen and Stora Holmen (Swedes don't invent very original names, I sometimes think so ;) ). Among the species living in the reserve we could find: black-throated diver, common sandpiper or black-and-white dipper. Well, I can't recognize birds either, I could just spot a tit ;).
Nacka reserve is one of these perfect Stockholm places for walking, jogging and even cross-country skiing (when winter is better than now). The easiest way to go there is to take a bus 401 from Slussen, heading to Hellasgården, but naturally we don't have to start from the main entrance :). The park is quite big and it almost reaches some of the metro stations - Skarpnäck, Björkhagen, Kärrtorp or Bagarmossen, so there are quite many ways to go there :). And is it worth? That's a rhetorical question... ;)