Disclaimer: this blog includes references to two products that were supplied to me free of charge by Wiggle - the dhb women's tights (worn by Hanna) and the dhb long sleeve merino shirt (worn by me). I receive no affiliate commissions through the links to these products and all opinions are my own.
Årstaviken: where is it and how do I get there?
Årstaviken is the water body (part of lake Mälaren) between the south side of Södermalm and Årsta. While living in Årsta for the last year, it became my regular running track, with a nice 7.5 km loop limited by the Skanstull bridge to the west and the Lilljeholmen bridge to the east. You can access the Årstaviken loop by taking the train (T-bana) to Hornstull or Skanstull.
Highlights of the route
Årstaviken includes a beautiful stretch along Södermalm, from Tantolunden park in the east to Eriksdalsbadet (aquatic centre) in the west. All the way along you have beautiful views across the water on one side, and along much of the other side you have small garden allotments, inner city farms and greenhouses for gardening enthusiasts living in apartments. Once you cross the bridge you are onto the Årsta side, which is mostly Årsta skog (forest). It is great in the spring and summer but really comes to life in the autumn, when you have beautiful colours in the trees, both on the Södermalm side, as well as the Årsta side.
As it gets deeper into autumn and the temperatures begin to drop in Stockholm we put away our shorts in favour of tights, and the short sleeve shirt alone is no longer sufficient to keep you warm. Out come the long sleeve base layers, jackets, and hats and gloves.
The dhb women's full length printed run tights have quickly become one of Hanna's favourite pairs of running tights. She wears them around the house as much as she does out running! She has the grey and black style. When I asked her about what she thought of them she described them as "mycket bra" (a typical Swedish response, means very good), and said they were a good fit and comfortable to run in. It seems most people agree, the reviews I have read are good across the board. Hanna is wearing size small, and is 160 cm.
The dhb merino long sleeve base layer m_150 I have been using as a base layer for running as well as for walking and hiking. It is made of merino wool, which feels great and is extremely warm. In fact it is so warm, I didn't even worry about a second layer over the top when Hanna and I went running at Årstaviken (it was 8 degrees). In hindsight and looking at the photos I probably should have... I am wearing size small (it's a tight fit). On that I am 172 cm tall and 62 kg, so be aware of the smaller sizing.
It seems to be very durable, I have sweated into it and then washed it several times now and it holds its shape and feel. Another thing to note is that the 150 is quite thin. But for me the lightweight sees fine and if anything, it make it a more versatile top. One last thing, as far as I am aware there is only one colour for sale, so if you don't like red and black, well, you'll have to look elsewhere.
Although I am escaping the next part of autumn and the first part of winter in Australia and India, there is no doubt I will be back running in this dhb top in the new year.
Next time you hear from me I will be writing from my hometown Perth in Australia. So until then, I hope you found this useful, and as always,