Ven, a small Swedish island Bookmark and Share

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Yesterday I had the pleasure of taking a day off work to go and visit the beautiful Swedish island of Ven.

Ven is a small island, off the coast of Landskrona in Sweden. It’s just 7.5 km2 with only 371 inhabitants. I thought mid-week toward the end of the holiday season would be a good time to visit to avoid any possibility of queuing for tickets, the ferry and so on. Unfortunately, it appears Ven is most popular throughout the summer, especially on sunny days! So, the journey started with a 1 hour wait, queuing for the ferry which took passengers over to Ven every 30 minutes. We missed the first one because it was full! Thankfully we made it on to the second one, only just though as they closed the gates about 5 people after us.

Once on the island, a short walk up a hill and there’s literally hundreds of bikes available to rent. We went as a group of six plus two dogs, and intended on renting 3 tandems. Unfortunately, because it was such a busy day, all the tandems were already booked, so we ended up on 6 bikes, plus a trailer for little Cassie to travel in along with our picnic things.

Once sorted, we then cycled around the whole island, soaking up the summer sun with the occasional stop to eat, paddle in the sea, and relax our legs from cycling… I’ve not cycled for about 20 years, so you can imagine how much I’m aching this morning!

All in all, one of the most enjoyable site-seeing days in Sweden so far in terms of fresh air, exercise, and amazing views. Where ever I looked, it was picture-postcard perfect… I took 280 photographs, but to spare you the boredom of going through them all, here’s a small selection.

(Click the images for larger versions).

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