January: the days are short, the evenings are long. The sun is setting around 3 in the afternoon and doesn't show its face again before 9 in the morning. So it is best to make most of the evening as you can, and what better way than to bring some light into the darkness.
In the evening we often burn a candle outside on the deck, using our home made candle holders. Hahaha, yep, it's ice! It gives a wonderful effect, these icy candle holders, and they are so easy to make. Just put a bucket of water outside for the night. The temperatures here are cold enough to freeze the outer rim of water in the bucket within 24 hours. And these form into excellent candle holders for outside on the deck, bringing light and instant cosiness to the dark and long Swedish evenings.
Here you have another view over Lake Mälaren from Sundbyholm Castle. The lake is a great area for sailing and other water sports. There is a little harbour behind the castle filled with sailing boats. I think there is a possibility to rent some boats, but I am not sure. Hahaha, I haven't been on the lake myself yet, but I will do so next summer! So far I've only watched the boats go by and enjoy the beautiful views over the lake.
I live close to Sundbyholm Castle and the area surrounding it is a recreation area. In the summer months it can be a bit crowded, but off season it's so quiet and you have this beautiful area all to yourself.
One of the short walk that I often make is to Lake Mälaren. There is a little peninsula next to the castle and that gives you some nice views over the lake. And of course there are some benches where you sit and relax and just enjoy the view.
Favorite thing: When you shall go to Sigurdsristningen and watch the rock carving, there is a possible to get a free audio guide. You go to the tourist office before and rent one.