Swim in Sweden, drive in Norway and take a locals’ tour in Denmark or Finland. The best things in life aren’t as pricey as you feared if you’re ready to explore
You’ll find this 1920s Swedish bathhouse and open sea lido a half hour’s train ride from Stockholm city centre. Saltisbadet is run by a group of volunteers, who restored it after decades of neglect. The main building, three-tiered and entirely made of wood, juts into the sea and is flanked by a little beach and sailing boats. A restaurant on the deck serves simple, delicious Swedish food. There is no better place to let a day drift by. Have a sauna, go for a swim, snooze in a deckchair, and jump off the roof (more pirate ship plank than diving board) into the sea – if you’re feeling brave enough.
• Admission £6, saltisbadet.se