Northern Sweden

18/07/19 – Sweden in general left me in awe of mother nature’s beauty. I couldn’t take my eyes off of every single patch of it where ever we were. But Sweden’s north is more appealing to me since it’s rougher, vast and more untouched by humans then down south (at least that’s my feeling).

I know I already mentioned it but it reminds me of the AT in Maine…

Today was once again a lazy one due to not having to drive somewhere and resting (or zeroing) for a bit. We drove to a grocery store anyways since some of our food items ran out faster then expected… The town we went to (Holmsund) was amazing. Being located on islands of a huge Delta as it looks like on the map and also surrounded by the Baltic Sea.

I love Sweden!

Interesting thing I didn’t know is, that due to the geographical location of Sweden, we’re closer to the sun then for example germany. That explains the length of days up here compared to what we have at home.

Another thing about this is, that it’s way warmer (hot!) in the sun even though the wind is slightly colder. So the thermometers are telling you it’s not that warm but it actually is hot as soon as the sun is uncovered from clouds and there is no wind or shade. The nights are cooler as expected and also a lot less moisture is in the air.
So it’s burning in the sun and quite cold in the shades. Weird but also pretty cool!

In the afternoon we went for a walk down to the beach to chill and relax there for a while. We didn’t get started before 4:30pm and the 2km to the beach took us half an hour. We didn’t stay there for very long because of big clouds the moved in and hid the sun, hence leaving us cold from the water and wind. The place was magical though and we would have liked to stay a little longer…

As we got back to camp we began cooking dinner and showered the kids. Right as little Blade was about to go to sleep a neighbor started his jukebox very loud. None of the kids was able to find sleep. I went outside to get the situation cleared. They turned down the volume immediately and up again after a while.

I think it was just a matter of time to meet such selfish douchebags. Not giving a sh** about the people around one is pretty rude from my perspective.

I usually try to not disturb others with my stuff unless really necessary and for a good reason. Seems that most do share this point and some simply don’t.

The music was great tho.

I guess these are the people that can’t adjust to the missing night (dark) times and get kinda crazy over the time…

Luckily we probably won’t see them again, at least that’s what I hope for.

Tomorrow we will be in travel day mode again. Our second last stop on our way to Abisko will be Lulea. The last one will be Kiruna. Another 290km and 350km and we will be above the northern polar circle. If all goes as planned, we will stay in Kiruna and will drive another 100km (or 1 hour) to Abisko NP. There we will hike a couple of miles on Sweden’s famous long distance trail, the Kungsleden, or Kings Trail.
We will probably stay in Kiruna for a little longer. Then we will turn around and start working our way down south. This time we will drive shorter distances and stop for a little longer. We have found 2-3 camp grounds yet where we want to stay at again on our way back. This will give us the opportunity to stop and smell the roses, so to speak, a little more often than already happening.

Always choose a camp ground for it’s offered features, like good kids playgrounds and such. Otherwise you will most likely get crazy…

That’s enough for today. I’ll go for a shower in a bit and hope that the party has finally died when I’m back.

Hope to sleep soon as well. Good night friends!

Cya, Blade and the Fam

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My name is Ronny, I'm 34 years old right now and I'm known as "Blade" when hiking a long-distance trail. I am working as Linux Administrator when in Germany but my love belongs to the wild. I see myself as human being, open minded and a rebel at heart - AND i prefer to find my own path, to learn what the world and life can teach me.

I love to travel the world and to go and see places I've never been to before - that's why i "Boldly-Go" ;)

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