• Day350

    Rosersberg Bay on Mälaren Lake

    June 11, 2017 in Sweden ⋅ ⛅ 19 °C

    After our visit to Stockholm we didn't want to travel too far. Luckily for us there was yet another beautiful lake with a small area to park, within easy driving distance. Mälaren Lake is one of the 5 largest lakes in Sweden, though it didn't seem too big because the serrated shoreline hid its full size. We were at Rosersberg Bay, where there was a swimming area and floating wooden jetty as well as an outdoors shower.

    Mälaren is one of the lakes where fishing is allowed without a permit, but there was a sign advising people not to eat any fish caught because of the very high level of PCBs (poisonous chemicals) in their systems. Will decided to have a fish anyway and managed to land 7 Rudd! These were the first fish he'd caught since we left the UK so he was pretty chuffed.

    We'd been tempted to swim and are quite sure it would have been safe, but Vicky at least, was put off by the presence of the chemicals. We don't know what made the ecosystem so polluted but we happened to see a Veolia van as we were driving away the following morning. Veolia runs waste to energy incinerators that emit dioxins, chemicals similar to PCBs. This did make us wonder.
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