Winter outdoor sports break (Sportlov) with a taste for learning
I am studying for one year a master of Urban Studies at the university of Malmö. This February I looked for a place for a winter outdoor and sports break in South Sweden. This is why Ödevata Countryside Hotel was a perfect choice for me and my friends.
We wanted to combine nature and sport outdoor activities with learning. My studies has a sustainability focus. Thus, I was keen to find out more about the great sustainability work carried out by the Ödevata Countryside Hotel.
Dinner in the Aquaponic Green house
We arrived pretty late the first day. After we checked in we had dinner in the beautiful Aquaponic Green house (Orangery). It was above all a fantastic dining environment; the artistic crystal lamps, candles and sound of water and the dinner which was already waiting for us.
This orangery impressed me a lot: banana and lemon trees, aquariums with tilapia fish in the water tanks. And all that in a cozy glass house.
Outdoor activities during sports break on a Swedish lake in winter time
The next day was the sporty one. To have enough strength for doing sport, we had a healthy breakfast with homemade bread and vegan patés. We complement our breakfast with bananas from trees in orangery.
If you take skates or skis for walking, Ödevata is a perfect place for these activities: the big frozen lake gives you a lot of space for skiing and skating with a great view of the forest, fishing houses and hills. It was the first time I tried ski walking in my life 🙂
If you don’t have skis or skates – you can easily buy ones in local second hand shops (or the marketplace on facebook pages), these sport activities are highly spread in Sweden in the winter.
Local food and sustainability
After sports activities we had booked some activities offered by the resort. We wanted to try a sauna on the lake to relax. By the lake, there are several small wood-burned saunas (like small cute unusual round shaped wooden buildings).
Becoming really hungry after sport activities, we cooked tortilla for lunch (it is a Spanish omelet) with the local farm eggs. They keep their own free range chickens. Thus, you can buy ecological eggs from Ödevata.
Malin and Magnus, the owners, joined us for lunch and together we planned for the rest of the day. We had booked a small study tour around their sustainability projects. Magnus gave us a brief explanation how to prepare for a winter sauna. For instance he gave us instructions how to start the wood-burned sauna and how to keep it hot. He also explained how to make a whole in the ice.
Winter sauna and a cold bath
Dipping into the freezing water in the lake or laying in the snow after a hot sauna is an unforgettable experience that everyone should try out!
Sustainability projects and Ödevata
I had a lot of fun but more important I learned a lot. Above all, I was highly impressed how sustainable this place is. For example, to heat houses, the owners use wood chips and at the same time they produce biochar that can be used in the plantation. In orangery we saw plants growing in biochar and Magnus and Malin told us more about their eco-system.
To be honest, I was impressed how passionate about the sustainability they are! They provide us with an excursion, showing all the processes and how everything is interconnected here. You feel this harmony from everywhere: from how the owners are welcoming and open to you, to the beauty and coziness of place in the middle of the forest and at the same time such a lot of varieties of outdoor sport activities you can do even in the winter.