Horsvik is an old coastal farmstead and current nature reserve along the Baltic Sea coast of Nyköping Municipality in eastern Sweden. This natural beauty is a neighbor to the former nuclear test facilities of Studsvik. With the well-known nature reserve of Stendörren nearby, this small reserve is a bit less crowded. It is, however, still a popular spot for swimming, hiking, and fishing – everything with the archipelago of Södermanland right in front of you.
A Short History of Horsvik
For centuries Horsvik was a coastal farmstead where people lived on limited agriculture and especially fishing. AB Atomenergi was established in 1947 and the company did in the 1950s begin the construction of research reactors at Studsvik, a neighbouring farmstead to Horsvik. The area of Horsvik was at the time owned by the nuclear facilities and it was first in 2018 that the municipality acquired the land. The nature reserve was established in 2020 and the old farmstead was renovated in 2023.
Things to Do and See
This is a natural gem along the coast of Södermanland. The nature reserve offers small paths for anyone wanting to walk around and enjoy the scenery. There are no long walks available here, instead, you have some good spots for picnics or just to sit down to watch out towards the Baltic Sea. There is an old boat house at the waterfront where you will also find a beach. Well, a beach with quite a lot of stones. While walking around here you might also encounter some of the current inhabitants. Sheep are usually walking around free in the enclosure of the reserve and there might also be cows to be found.
How to Get to Horsvik
- Flights: The nearest airport is Stockholm Skavsta Airport (NYO) 35 kilometers to the west. Sweden’s largest airport, Stockholm Arlanda (ARN), is 131 kilometers to the northeast.
- Car: Horsvik is located along Road 219 east of Nyköping.
- Bus: Buses from Sörmlandstrafiken connect Horsvik with the surrounding area.
- Train: There is a train station in nearby Nyköping.
The driving distance from 5 major Swedish cities, according to Google Maps:
- Stockholm – 94 kilometers (1 h 10 min)
- Gothenburg – 398 kilometers (4 h 10 min)
- Malmö – 542 kilometers (5 h 40 min)
- Linköping – 129 kilometers (1 h 40 min)
- Kiruna – 1324 kilometers (15 h)