If you want to escape the city for a while and experience nature I would suggest a trip to Hellasgården. Not more than a 20 minute bus ride from Slussen you’ll find this recreation area surrounding the lakes Källtorpssjön and Söderbysjön. Hellasgården is one of the entrances to the woods of the Nacka Nature Reserve, situated just south east of Stockholm city.
A lot of people go here for outdoor activities and exercising. You’ll find great jogging tracks here and fishing in the lake is allowed with a fishing license. Or you could simply go for a walk in the woods and do some mushroom and berry picking in autumn.
In wintertime there are tracks prepared for cross-country skiing and a popular ice skating path is plowed on the lake. Rent a pair of skates and go ice skating on the lake and finish off with a classic “varmkorv”, a sausage from the outside grill.
At Hellasgården you can also swim in the lake all year round. There is a sauna and a possibility to go ice-hole bathing in wintertime. A quite refreshing experience, but it hasn’t become a habit of mine. Brr.
The Hellasgården café might not serve the best soup in town but it tastes heavenly after a long walk in the woods. At this place you’ll share a table with people of different ages, in knitted sweaters, cycling shoes and sweaty runners tights. Hellasgården is a place for outdoor sports fanatics for sure.