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Crossing water has the transformative power to wash away stress. Skimming across the waves in a small boat, the brackish breeze blows ­not just your hair into an unruly tangle, but all worries of work and home life far away too. Such is the first joy of having a bolthole on an island in the northern Swedish archipelago.

Leaving life behind on the mainland pier, you take with you just the barest necessities needed for a few days – groceries, a good selection of wine, clothes for lounging and a stack of new magazines. Though the crossing is just 10…

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