In my opinion, there is not a lot better in Sweden than a sunny day in fall. I know Swedes are very passionate about the high temperatures and sunny days of summer, but I prefer sitting in the sun with some friends on a nice fall day all cuddled up in a warm sweater. Even with a nice big cup of hot coffee.
Only playing Kubb can make hanging out in the park more fun! Photo By: Kristin Follis
Besides the obvious outdoor picnic and fika, one of my favorite fall outdoor activities is Kubb. Kubb is a leisure game usually played in parks or on a lawn while just hanging out with friends. The objective of this easygoing game is to knock over the King before the other team has a chance.
While there are some different stories as to how the game began, many believe it to have originated in Scandinavia nearly 1000 years ago by the vikings. Today, Kubb has become a relaxed game played by many all over Sweden.
The aim of the game is to knock over all of the other teams Kubbs and then knock over the King for the win. However, if the King is knocked down before all of the opposing Kubbs are down, then the team loses.
The rules of the game are not too hard to follow, although probably too extensive for this blog post. My advice is to always have a Swede around who is familiar with the game to help out with the technicalities.
One of the big benefits is that it is suitable for all ages and can be played anywhere grassy and comfortable, like parks or front lawns. You need around 2 to 12 people to play, which makes it perfect for a group of friends or family.
So take a break from class and soak in these beautiful sunny fall days while they are still here. And, if you are looking for something fun and relaxing, break out the Kubb. Don’t forget to bring along a barbecue or a picnic with some fika for a perfect afternoon.
Playing Kubb with new friends in the park! Photo By: Kristin Follis
For more information on all of the rules of Kubb in English, check out Play Kubb UK.