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Lake Åsnen

Lake Åsnen is a nature reserve located in the beautiful Småland region of Sweden, and offers a range of activities and attractions for visitors to enjoy.

One of the main draws of the area is the lake itself, which is a popular spot for fishing, boating, and swimming. The lake is home to around 20 fish species, the most common of which are perch, roach and white bream. The next most common species are pike-perch, pike, bream and Eurasian ruffe. The gudgeon is one of the rarer species. The surrounding forests and meadows also provide ample opportunities for hiking, biking, and picnicking. Åsnen is famous for “Åsnen Big Five”: The Osprey, The Moose, The Black-troated diver, The Crane, and The Sea-eagle. 

Lake Åsnen is known for its stunning scenery and with plenty of room for all kinds of canoeing experiences. The lake is one of southern Sweden’s largest lakes of approximately 170 km2 and with over 100 islands. The Värendsleden canoe trail runs between Asa and Granö and covers a total distance of 120 km.

In the winter months, the lake transforms into a winter wonderland, offering opportunities for cross-country skiing, ice skating, and snowshoeing.

Nearby is Getnö gård that offers camping, boat and canoe rental, guided tours – everything from mushroom safari to Osprey sighting, Pike fishing, Zander trolling and night fishing. Check out their site https://www.getnogard.se/en/

Åsnen national park

Åsnen National Park covers an area of 1868 hectares and is located in the municipality of Alvesta and Tingsryd, bordering on the municipality of Växjö. 75 per cent of its area is made up of water.

You get an incredible sense of wilderness here, surrounded by ancient beech forest, an inland lake with everything from a hundred or so larger islands to tiny rocky islets, and rich plant and animal life can be seen everywhere you turn. 

The forest in Bjurkärr (at the Sunnabron entrance) is very old and unspoilt, with a virgin forest feel. It is famous for its incredible species diversity, which includes lichens, fungi and insects that live on wood.

The forests, wetlands and water all help to ensure plenty of bird life throughout the entire Åsnen region: ospreys, white-tailed eagles, Eurasian hobbies, European honey buzzards, smaller woodpeckers, greylag geese, black-throated loons, great crested grebes and common mergansers can all be found here. The importance of Åsnen to birdlife is renowned, and this lake is included in the list of wetlands of international importance (the Ramsar Convention). Alongside its role as a breeding area, this lake is very important as a place for birds to rest and spend the winter.

Elk, fallow deer, wild boars, lynx, foxes and hares are some of the larger mammals you might see. Otters can sometimes be seen in the lake.

The mythical Trollberget – Troll Mountain – on the west side of Åsnen has some exciting forest hiking to offer, particularly for the youngest family members.

Växjö

Växjö is a city located in the southern region of Sweden that offers a range of dining, shopping, and activities for visitors to enjoy.

For dining, the city boasts a range of restaurants that offer cuisine from around the world. From traditional Swedish fare to international dishes, there is something to suit every taste. The city also has a number of cafes and coffee shops, which are perfect for grabbing a quick bite or relaxing with a cup of coffee.

Shopping in Växjö is also a treat, with a number of stores and boutiques offering everything from clothing and accessories to home goods and gifts. The city center is home to a number of larger retailers, while the surrounding areas offer a range of smaller specialty shops.

In terms of activities, Växjö offers something for everyone. The city is surrounded by beautiful forests and lakes, providing ample opportunities for outdoor recreation. Popular activities include hiking, biking, fishing, and swimming. The city is also home to a number of cultural attractions, including the Växjö Cathedral, Kronoberg Castle, and the Småland Museum. Additionally, the region is known for its tradition of glassblowing, and visitors can tour local studios and watch skilled craftsmen at work.

Whether you’re looking for a delicious meal, a unique shopping experience, or a fun activity, Växjö has something for everyone to enjoy.

Extras

As part of the house rental you have access to:

  • Wood heated hot tub
  • Premium Weber barbeque
  • Inflatable Kayaks (two seater and three seater)
  • Small private jetty