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Experiencing Sweden’s wilderness

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Sitting in a comfortable triple-glazed office gazing out at the greying thaw, it’s easy to forget that Sweden is home to one of Europe’s harshest wilderness regions.

James Morland, writing in the Belfast Telegraph, reminds us, as he describes a gruelling five-day 100km trek through the Laponia World Heritage Site as part of his training for the 2007 Polar Race in April.

Before we had embarked on our trip across the Arctic we’d asked a Swedish ranger what conditions to expect. After an intense conversation with his wife and son he turned to us and simply said, “there will be lots of weather”.

The winds were so strong that sturdy pines were snapped in two, the blizzards so thick we could only just make each other out struggling to remain upright, and the temperatures so bitterly cold the sweat in our gloves would freeze solid if we stopped for even a minute.

Time for a coffee.

2 Responses to “Experiencing Sweden’s wilderness”

  1. Katrineholm Review Says:

    In other countries, the standard answer for those who complain about conditions is, “If they can’t stand the heat, then get out of the kitchen!” Here in Sweden we say, “If s/he can’t take the cold then they should get out of the freezer before their korv falls off!

  2. Gerrie Hugo Says:

    Reminds me of the guy that moved way up north to get out of the rat-race. After 6 months of not seeing a soul there was a knock on his door. He opened to find a big bearded man.
    “My name is Sven. I’m your neighbour from 30 kms away and would like to invite you for a party this weekend. Have to warn you though. There will be some serious drinking.”
    “No problem.” He responded. “I’m known to hold my own when it comes to knocking back the odd pint or two.”
    “There might also be some fighting.” Sven continued.
    “No problem. I worked as a PR before before settling here and get along fine with most people.” Was the response.
    “Might also be some rough sex.” Sven continued.
    “Now you have me interested.” he said. “What should I wear?”
    Does’nt matter.” Sven responded. “Will only be the two of us.

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