Askrikefjärden till we hit ice

After a beautiful and sunny but freezing week that ended in snow - a gray weekend. So we went paddling. After a late start due to it being the first day of daylights savings time, we drove out to Fågelöudde at Lidingö.

Followed the coastline west and passed Södergarn, Bosön and Grönsta. Passed occasional ice bergs, but saw no ice bears.

Rounded Storholmen, one of the more isolated parts of Stockholm as there is no land connection.

Had lunch on a small nature reserve island.

Went north now, but hit ice, the northern part of Stora Värtan is still frozen over. Felt like explores of the North Pole.

Returned following Bogesundslandet and just avoided a very low flying plane. Missed taking a picture.


Around Runmarö♠

March 15, season premiere, Temperatures around the freezing point. Lakes still frozen over, but the archipelago is open. Drove out to Stavsnäs, Forgot the warm socks this time, but the thin ones worked fine inside the dry suit and neoprene boots.

The archipelago is quiet and nice this time of year, but we were not alone, met a group of eight kayaks and saw a couple of others in the distance. Also saw a sailboat and a number of ferries and taxi boats.

When I worried about the length of the trip and my shape, Peter promised he did this tour in three hours last summer. Proved it took us 4,5 today - but then we took our time and also experimented with underwater photography (unsuccessfully).

On the east side of Runmarö, a few low, rocky, islands and then the open sea.

Found a great, but late, spot for lunch here at Söderby.

The Runmarö channel could not be passed due to remaining ice, so we did the complete round trip.

Returned to Stavsnäs in a "Spring" drizzle, Cold, but we are well dressed.