Stenstrand means pebble beach in Swedish. We planned to visit this beach for my birthday but postponed the trip until we had the energy to go further afield. The journey time was about two and a half hours from central Stockholm; one train, one bus and a short walk to the beach (travel notes at the bottom).
It was cold and very windy. Luckily we found a sheltered spot in the forest bordering the shore, to set up the stove. This is pretty high up on our list of excellent lunch spots. Clear blue skies, roaring waves, a great view and a hot meal… it doesn’t get much better.
Spicy noodles are our go-to easy lunch at the moment. We also tried a Lyo apple crumble (trekking meal). Suprisingly good! It looked like baby food but tasted nice and kept some crunch even thought it’s an add warm water meal. We’ll get more adventurous with outdoor cooking eventually but for now, it’s nice to just throw something in a bag and go.
Bellies full, it was time to walk along the beach. Unforunately, there were a quite a few private sections and cutting back inland to go around them wasn’t very successful. We ended up being routed to a tiny area of beach in Örens naturreservat that was pretty underwhelming. For that reason, I wouldn’t recommend visiting this beach if you fancy a longer walk. We ended up going back to where we started and walked in the other direction. It was really nice but just a little too short.
I love how seaweed just looks like a brown slimey mass until the sun shines on it — then you can see all sorts of colours and patterns.
The glowing sea green waves were beautiful. We spent a while playing chicken with the waves; trying to pluck up the courage to hold our ground while they came crashing towards us. That ended as well as you’d imagine.
Taking it in turns to see who was better at balancing on a curved rock in the wind.
– 42x train to Nynäshamn.
– 852 bus to Herrhamra (not Herrhamra Grindar). The bus stop is right next to Nynäshamn train station and is run by SL.
– Follow the Stenstrand road down to the beach — the main entrace is about half way along. I say main entrace but it’s basically a path with a beach sign.