1.7. Searching for Fjords

After the islands we headed back to the mountains, searching for “real” fjords. We crossed again the Artic Circle, stopped to see city Trondheim and took one last ride between the arctic island on the Atlantic Ocean Road . I must say Trondheim was far the best city we visited.

 

Atlantic Ocean Road was more touristy than we expected. Hence, some placed were more crowded than on the Lofoten.

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1.6. Norway and Lofoten

After travelling through the vast forest of Sweden is was time to change the scenery. We drove down from the mountains of NP Abisko to a huge port of Narvik and continued our way to the islands on the north. Our first destination (and the most northeren before headed to Lofoten) was Andenes. A small, tranquil town full of arctic birds nesting there. Weather was perfect. Sunny with a ery few clouds on the sky.We walked around the town a bit and at the evening decided to take a boat trip to see the Puffins. Since in the summer the days up north are quite long we also manged to drive to nearest village Bleik.

 

Next day we continued our ride to the other islands. Weather changes really quickly here and we were lucky that the fog lifted just when we reach the central islands. Pictures just don’t do the justice here.  Playful dance of fog and sun rays made a spectacular scenery. Roads were empty and where were able to stop pretty much anywhere and take photos. It was warm that day and we were happy that the highlight of our trip wasn’t covered with rain and fog.

 

 

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1.5. From forests of Sweden to fjords of Norway

After National Park Hamra we headed north to the center of Lapland – a Swedish historical province. Our first stop was Arvidsjaur to see the  Lapstaden  – 300-year old Lapp village.   Then made a lunch stop at the  Storforsens Nature park. Stoforsen is a rapid in the Pite River  and is one of  biggest in Europe. The park in nicely maintained and is offers quite a few places for picnic in nature.

 

We passed the Arctic Circle and made a quick stop in Jokkmokk  to visit the Sami market and a museum.  Although being August it was freezingly cold here and a lit open fire just infront of the museum was pretty convenient. We continued our way pass the sinking town of Kiruna to National park Abisko.

 

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Beautufull flora around the Zgornjesavska valley

Starting a small photo journal just to keep all the lovely photos and adventures in one place. Will also try to attach the approximate location of the photos taken. I promise there will also be some sketches along the way.

This ones are from a lovely Martuljek picturesque gorge. You can find location here.

Thank you and be well!

K

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1.4. National Park Hamra

 “Ancient forests, tranquil bogland and wild rapids”


Next stop was the National Park Hamra. The 1,383-hectare national park consists of forest, swamps and streams. Hamra National Park is most well-known for its forest. The oldest part of the national park has one of the few untouched forests in central Sweden. Many of the ancient forest’s animals and plants live in the old trees and deadwood.

Almost half of the national park is a large, contiguous swamp complex made up of marshes, brooks, tarns, quagmire and pine-covered islets. The large, untouched bogland is popular with both birds and hikers. The Svartå river, which drains the swamp, has never been used for log driving. As a result, rocks are scattered all over the riverbed, which provides good living conditions for fish and small aquatic fauna.

 

 

 

 

 

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1.3. Cottage by the lake

We didn’t have to drive far to really exit the urban areas od Stockholm. Maybe in just under 10km and we were already surrounded by vast forests of Sweden. It was getting kinda late and we needed to find a nice place to sleep and have dinner. We passed quite a few places be we were really stubborn and picky and we really really wanted to find a place by the lake. And our efforts paid off. We found this truly magical place and private enough to settle ourselves a nice dinner. I think that was by far the best place we found to sleep in our whole journey. 

  

We woke up into a beautiful morning and took quite a looong breakfast, while just enjoying the serenity of the place.

 

 

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