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Walking in nature is unnatural

Jeanne Rudbeck · 18 May 2009, 10:14

Published: 18 May 2009 10:14 GMT+02:00

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On a summer weekend Stockholm looks like it has been the victim of a plague that wiped out the entire population except for 15 museum guards and a handful of tourists wandering around with puzzled expressions on their faces and maps of Oslo in their hands.

Swedes have abandoned their capital and gone off to commune with Nature and heed rural sounds.

The evacuation starts on the first Friday in May as I watch the neighbours moving back and forth between apartment and car schlepping portable coolers, grills and huge cartons of tinned ham and herring. And beer. On Sunday night the operation is reversed, minus the beer.

I asked my neighbors why they went through this process of loading and unloading the car every weekend. ”To be in Nature,” they replied, throwing sympathetic looks at the plight of this poor foreigner, stranded in the city as though behind enemy lines .

Nothing--not herring nor aquavit--is as vital to the Swedish soul as escaping to an island populated by fewer than ten people who hide in the woods peeking out at the other nine from behind trees.

I first became acquainted with this Rousseau-ist mania when I was a student in Paris, where I had a room in the Swedish House of the Cité Universitaire. On Friday afternoons, we foreign students, wearing black turtlenecks and bearing the existential burden, would head for the cafes of Saint-Germain-des-Prés to smoke strong cigarettes and discuss Being and Nothingness.

But the Swedish students, burdened only with backpacks, headed for the train station. Grabbing one by the strap on his knapsack I invited him to join us.

"I am going to the forest. I must walk in Nature," he said in a tone as desperate as Garbo's when she moaned, "I want to be alone."

"I want to look at flowers and birds. "

Swedes know about flowers and birds. When asked to identify certain objects of nature, I answer tentatively: "Bird?" A Swede will assure you it's a yellow-bellied thrush.

Wishing to observe at first hand the object of all this passion, I accepted an invitation to spend a weekend with my neighbours at their country idyll somewhere in the paisley map of islands of the Stockholm archipelago. Visions of a lazy day in a hammock with a book vanished when, right after breakfast, the first of several walks in the woods was proposed.

Here is what I learned about Nature:

Nature provides no benches for resting on when you're ready to collapse after hours of tramping about in a semi-crouch to find 12 wild strawberries.

Nature does not provide running hot water. Country life means preserving the breakfast dishwater as though it's liquid gold. You go to the stream to rinse off your dirty lunch dishes in order not to contaminate the breakfast dishwater.

Nature does, however, provide pollen that makes you sneeze and bugs that make you itch.

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Worst of all, in Nature you can't get a latte.

Here's my dirty little secret. I like cities. I decided never again to leave the urban jungle to return to that state of nature that human genius spent thousands of years struggling its way out of.

And when my neighbours return at summer's end and parade their bronzed bodies before my pale eyes, I'll try not to look smug when I tell them I spent the summer on my sofa reading Proust.

A version of this article originally appeared in Vis.A.Vis magazine.

Jeanne Rudbeck (news@thelocal.se)

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Your comments about this article

11:36 May 18, 2009 by Jackdempsey187
What a sad mentality the writer of this article has. Next article she'll be touting the benefits of never having to leave her apartment. Have a nice (closeted) life, city girl!
12:45 May 18, 2009 by Harding00
I agree, I originally come from a small town of 3,000 people, and I find it sad that the writer doesn't like nature, as for me, cities are not for me. I live in Piteå now, with about 22,000 people, and that is plenty big enough for me! Going for walks in nature, being out and enjoying fresh air, is a much better way to spend a weekend than just merely reading a book in a city somewhere.
13:44 May 18, 2009 by Halfway
Well, personally I think this article is witty and entertaining, and deliberately taking a slightly provocative stance, toungue-in-cheek, and although I do love spending time in nature myself, I actually laughed at the way she describes the behaviour of us Swedes! A dose of self irony is always healthy, I think, and I would gladly accept the challenge of trying to convince the author that finding pleasure in nature is a matter of frame of mind and conditioning, as with so many other things in life. As for me, I also enjoy discussions about Being and the Meaning of Life over many lattes, but preferably interspersed with some quiet, contemplating, solitary moments out in the nature :-)
19:13 May 18, 2009 by Baned
Oh, get over yourselves! Not everyone likes nature. Although I personally hate large cities and and a nature lover myself, I think its just plain wrong to go as far as labeling someone as 'sad' or 'lacking' just because they don't share your lifestyle preferences.
19:28 May 18, 2009 by manamann
I will stay and enjoy the city as well, I love it when they all leave, at least no one is walking into me on the street. I also love tanning beds, so that I'm nice and brown with no bug or tick bites.
20:22 May 18, 2009 by Princess P
I love nature too, but not in Sweden. The reason being the ticks. Just the thought of them makes my flesh creep.
20:55 May 18, 2009 by Mzungu
Your bloody mad if you don't think going into deep forest is not your forte,nature is a fantastic gift utilize before we destroy it...Ticks exist in temperate climates the world over, not just in Sweden,keep out of long grass you will then not suffer their will.

Any rate it's fun to see them shrivel when a lit cigarette is put to them,as long it's not tooo close to delicate parts of the anatomy. Haha...Had one a big as a Broad Bean.

*roll on shroom time*
21:13 May 18, 2009 by freethinker
Nature is awesome I'm sure, and even better with me not in it. I'm happiest in a coffeshop drinking a Capuccino...emmm...coffee...that's the life.
21:18 May 18, 2009 by fr33ze
If you want to stand out, you gotta be different from the rest...even though it's not always in a positive way.
14:02 May 19, 2009 by Princess P
I'm not bloody mad, I just know what I like and what I don't like and I don't like going deep into the forest here. I'm quite happy sitting in the garden or walking in the park thank you very much.
14:40 May 19, 2009 by Tickled
Cool! Enough pun to keep my eyes glued and brain tickled :) Thanks!
15:01 May 19, 2009 by Miss Kitten
She's bloody mad if she doesn't think something she doesn't like is something she doesn't like?
15:53 May 19, 2009 by Joemath
There are plenty of things to do in NYC namely;

o Central Park and Conservancy

o Metropolitan Museum of Art

o Metropolitan Museum of Natural History

o Brooklyn Museum

o Jumel Mansion of Harlem

o Poe House

o the Hunts Point Markets ( organic food )

o Sylvia's Restaurant of Harlem

o Beaches- Orchard, Jones

o The Village

o Yankee and Mets Stadium

o The World's Fair Ground and Science Museum

o NY Chinatown

o Times Square and the Main NY Public Library

o Madison Square Garden

o the University System- Fordham, Columbia, NYU, Yeshiva

o the Brooklyn Aquarium

o the Brooklyn Museum

o St. Patrick's Cathedral , St. John the Divine and Riverside Church

o the United Nations and Embassies thereof

Upstate there are the following attractions:

o Tibbets Brook Park

o the Catskills

o Niagara Falls

o The Capital Region

o Anthony Wayne Park

o Saxon Woods Park

o Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown

I've been to most of these places at least once .

Joseph S. Maresca
15:58 May 19, 2009 by 7
joe, what are you going on about? seriously,what?
16:01 May 19, 2009 by Streja
Maybe he's saying that cities have nature?

Hang on...I haven't read the whole list yet.

Bah! I can't be arsed.
16:03 May 19, 2009 by Miss Kitten
I don't know why people assume something is seriously wrong with you if you'd rather not spend a lot of time hiking through "nature." I myself enjoy being outdoors, but I'd rather walk through a nice park then trudge through the wilderness. I want there to be a soft ice-cream vendor and preferably a toilet at the end of the path. If that means I'm bloody mad then I guess that's what I am.
16:04 May 19, 2009 by Joemath
There is plenty of nature in NYC and there will be more when the

"Green" industries blossom.

Joseph S. Maresca
16:05 May 19, 2009 by Streja
Miss Kitten, it's just a sign of the modern human being gone all unnatural when she has to change nature to fit her needs.


16:08 May 19, 2009 by Mzungu
What ever!
16:09 May 19, 2009 by Miss Kitten
Maybe so. I don't have any problem admitting that I'm too fond of my "creature comforts" (such as electricity and shampoo) and therefore don't really enjoy activities such as camping out in the woods. Although, I don't think it's unnatural to change nature to fit one's needs. Human beings aren't the only ones who do that.
18:44 May 19, 2009 by Puffin
Well not all of us who live out in the sticks have to go out an pump water...

It is possible to combine the 2 - creature comforts and access to nature

Of course if she wants to stay in the city - why not? - although equally I'm not sure why her musings on city v nature are so interesting that she gets paid to write an article
18:52 May 19, 2009 by Jamtjim
007, I think our mate joemath was just trying to show how knowledgable (read: good at coping from wikipedia) he is.

He's on a roll today: He knows about car maintainance, pension funds and now New York. As well as this I wonder how he finds the time to review all those books on amazon (over 1500 i believe but cant be bothered to check) let alone read them all.
20:35 May 19, 2009 by Greg in Canada
I live in a village of 1800 people. The cross Canada nature trail goes through our village and I have a conservation area near by. I just got back from running with my dog on the trails. I do this almost everyday and in winter x-country ski the same trails. And guess what - we even have satellite television, mobile phone service and high speed internet out here in the boonies. The wonder of modern technology is that it's now possible to stay in contact with the world in the middle of nowhere.

I've visited a lot of big cities all over the world, including Stockholm and enjoyed every moment of it. But would I want to live in any of them - hell no. I prefer being a hick from the sticks.
20:45 May 19, 2009 by diegoveggie
nice article. i agree there, nothing compares to a good latte, sipped on a saturday afternoon..

obviously some people here can't see the sarcasm and irony in it. a good sense of humor is as important as nature or a latte.. or both!
23:11 May 19, 2009 by Charles Xii Was A Bit Of A Mad B
Here is how to get to Sweden's remotest valley.

First take an overnight train to Gaellivare.

Then take a bus to Jokkmokk. This is your last chance to shop at a supermarket. Not sure you can get a latte though.

Next take a bus to Kvikkjokk. The bus turns off the main road just outside Jokkmokk, and then drives 142km down a side road. When the road ends, you're there.

The nightlife in Kvikkjokk consists of the bar at the STF Fjållstation. It closes at 9:30. You can also get coffee at the cafe run by a Sami couple. But definitely no latte.

Next trek north along the Kungsleden for about 10km. Then turn left along an unmarked path to the abandoned Sami settlement of Pårek.

At Pårek, leave the path, and continue cross-country, skirting the base of the Pårte range, past the Pårte glacier.

You are well above the treeline already, but you need to climb from here to a high pass, crossing icefields and scree. On the other side it's a long walk down, but eventually you arrive at the first isolated hardy birch tree and the valley is spread before you. If you're fit and fast, you'll have got here in two long days' walk.

There is no easy way into Sarvesvagge; I know because I've been three times and approached and left from all directions. It's a stunningly beautiful place. I'd like sometime to spend a few days here. Chill out, maybe take a few mushies, make it an interesting trip.
06:09 May 20, 2009 by Joemath
Jamtjim: I believe the number is around 1140 books reviewed on Amazon.com

Very few of my references come from Wiki. Most posting is extemporaneous;

however, there are scholarly references in places. After 25 or more years of

schooling, a person does develop an encyclopedic knowledge .

Joseph S. Maresca
09:37 May 20, 2009 by 7
yes joe, but do you possesses the ability to discern when your knowledge is relevant to the subject? and when your knowledge is perhaps extraneous? what does a listing of sights and activities in NYC have to do with swedish nature (love or hate)?
11:29 May 20, 2009 by Puffin
I live in a tiny rural hamlet in Dalarna with 8 houses that are occupied year round - I seem to manage OK
11:31 May 20, 2009 by Puffin
Joemath seems to have factual diarrhea today - he just can't stop himself
12:18 May 20, 2009 by Miss Kitten
My only guess is that he was attempting to point out that there is plenty to do in and around big cities in general, and therefore we shouldn't be derisive toward the author of the article because walking in nature isn't her idea of a good time. However, I admit that I am really reaching here. For reasons known only to him, he posted a list of things to do in and around New York City and not Stockholm or any other Swedish cities. So, thanks for the suggestions Joe, but I'm afraid you've confused quite a few of us over here in Sweden.
12:36 May 20, 2009 by JulieLindahl
Hi Jeanne. I couldn't help but refer you to my blog entry for today. The nice thing is that cities are becoming much greener than in the past so you don't have to be pale and unhealthy any more if you truly love the city. Have a lovely spring day.
12:52 May 20, 2009 by Jamtjim
Miss Kitten, he is posting about New York and not about Swedish cities because he doesnt live in here and has very little knowledge about Sweden and swedish things (read some of his other posts for more irrelavent, US based nonsense).

I wonder why he bothers posting here at all! But still he does, proffering largely meaningless and inaccurate advise to the mainly swedish based locals in order to bolster his already exaggerated self image as a source of, how does he put it, "encyclopedic knowledge".
14:20 May 20, 2009 by Joemath
My only guess is that he was attempting to point out that there is plenty to do in and around big cities in general, and therefore we shouldn't be derisive toward the author of the article because walking in nature isn't her idea of a good time. (Miss Kitte)

That's essentially correct. Now, the topic is "Replying to Walking in Nature is Unnatural".

My response is in order. There is nothing in the topic to restrict the walking to anyplace

in particular. If the topic said: " Replying to Walking in Sweden..." - then my response

will have been off topic.

(Jamtjim- observation )

As for inaccuracies, name a single one. Ditto for references from Wiki which are very few in relation to the total number of postings.

Joseph S. Maresca
14:31 May 20, 2009 by VikingHumpingWitch
I thought it was funny, even though I would rather be eaten by ants than have to sit in some poncey cafe blithering about matters Proustian while sipping a cup of insanely expensive froth.

Then I read JoeMath's posts and thought, THIS is funny.
14:35 May 20, 2009 by Jamtjim
So I guess that you accept that your posts are largely meaningless then?

As for inaccuracies, your statement that your knowledge as "encyclopedic" I would judge from your comments here and on other threads to be wholey inaccurate.
14:38 May 20, 2009 by unkle strunkle
Kirk: You'd make a splendid computer, Mr Spock.

Spock: That is very kind of you, Captain!

14:42 May 20, 2009 by Joemath
So I guess that you accept that your posts are largely meaningless then?

As for inaccuracies, your statement that your knowledge as "encyclopedic" I would judge from your comments here and on other threads to be wholey inaccurate.

Show me which posts are meaningless? My posts are factual and references are provided

where appropriate. Yesterday's outburst was over repairing a car with a broken CAM belt.

I produced a reference which showed a contrary result to the car being irreparable.


Joseph S. Maresca
14:50 May 20, 2009 by 7
well, joe, the thread germinates from an article specifically related to walking in nature in sweden. now it's true that the title of the thread doesn't single out sweden, but if you read the article you would realize that the subject is narrowed to SOME relationship to sweden. i think people replying that they like drinking a latte in NYC rather than going upstate to hike would also be on topic, but giving a listing of activities and sights in NY --upstate included is...well, waaaaay off topic.

but like the witch, i find your postings amusing since they are so often waaaaay off topic and unrelated to anything or anyone on the forum beyond yourself.
14:55 May 20, 2009 by Jamtjim
Joe, joe, joe, joe.

Of course anything is repairable if you are prepered to invest whatever is needed into the project. This is what those clever people do when the find an old wreck of a Model T or something and lavish time, money and love into its restoration.

No one said it wasnt repairable, just not worth the effort and expense. Therefore to come up with a link showing that it was possible to repair a broken cam belt (I haven't personally checked the link as I for one have a life) was exactly what I said... meaningless
14:56 May 20, 2009 by Jamtjim
Sorry everyone for the above digression... 007, well said.

I love a bit of the old nature me... just so long as that bit of nature doesnt come in the form of a 250kg bear chewing on my leg.
14:57 May 20, 2009 by Joemath
There are plenty of places in NYC, Upstate NY and Sweden to be close to nature

or one with nature.
15:05 May 20, 2009 by 7
yes joe, but the message of the author of the article was arguing against it, preferring a latte in a cafe. what do you think about the article? do you agree? are you an outdoorsy type? do you think that "nature" must be wild or do you think that a tree in a pot can be classified as nature?
15:11 May 20, 2009 by Joemath
I prefer being close to nature over sipping a cup of tea or decaf coffee in a local shop.
15:13 May 20, 2009 by 7
how do you define "nature"?
15:17 May 20, 2009 by Joemath
I would say that nature is the earth, wind and fire.
15:20 May 20, 2009 by 7
so a latte on a cosmopolitan veranda with ample planters and candles is having a cup of joe near "nature" ?
15:21 May 20, 2009 by Inletwatcher
I like boiled coffee when out in the woods. I get me a fire going, pull out the trusty 'coffee only cooking pot' pour the huge chunks of ground coffee right in the water. I learned if one uses a little bit of snow in the boiled coffee it makes the grounds sink a little better. Using a home carved cup made of a burl, I slowly pour the black mixture over my sugar cubes. I take little sips so the grounds don't get stuck in my teeth. Not nice, nor pretty when spitting them out. Why, for me I choose to have my coffee far away from city folk. They just don't get it. ;D
15:21 May 20, 2009 by Jamtjim
What about life? Nature would be a pretty dull place without it...
15:23 May 20, 2009 by Miss Kitten
Now you're just messing with us, right?

Then again, Boogie Wonderland is one groovy tune:

15:43 May 20, 2009 by Joemath
so a latte on a cosmopolitan veranda with ample planters and candles is having a cup of joe near "nature" ?

Maybe. In response to another posting, the earth includes plants, animals , people and other

forms of life like insects.
15:50 May 20, 2009 by byke
I get naked in my bathroom.

I wipe my A$$ with toilet paper made from trees ....

Hello Nature.
17:02 May 20, 2009 by 7
so you do not distinguish between the pavement of NYC and the wilds of unpopulated stretches of forest?
17:05 May 20, 2009 by Eel
A park? But that´s full of people! How very un-Swedish!
17:36 May 20, 2009 by Miss Kitten
Oh dear!

Miss Kitten <-- Not even slightly Swedish.
17:58 May 20, 2009 by Eel
That´s the strange bit isn´t it? Swedes don´t really have to get away from some stressful big city life but still they - or well, a lot of them - love to spend their weekends miles away from civilisation. I mean, I can understand where all the Germans buying small cottages in Småland are comin from (haha!) as they´re 85 million people in a country the size of Sweden. But the Swedes?
20:59 May 20, 2009 by Mzungu
....and piles of dog !
04:12 May 21, 2009 by Joemath
Of course, there is a distinction. The City and its environs must have zoning laws to

protect the area from overbuilding. In addition, ordinances are changing to accommodate

new "Green" industries. Generally, people live in the City for economic reasons.

i.e. proximity to work and large educational centers

NYC has tried to incorporate greenery into the large metropolis. This was done first by

building Central Park and related green areas throughout NYS. Over the previous

century, the suburbs were built up. Now, there are very few areas with unpopulated

stretches of forestry.

Joseph S. Maresca
08:51 May 21, 2009 by Mzungu

... Mmmm, not to forget the green belts on top of high rise buildings,they are also becoming akin to a walk in nature without the dog ! T.ex.

15:23 May 21, 2009 by Ipcress
I am from England and last August went to Stockholm and to the small island of Grinda in the archipelogo. It was the most beautiful place I have ever been. I did not find any ticks, just a fantastic restaurant in the middle of the island. Sweden is my favourite country as the countryside is so lovely and there is no litter. If you are a Swedish person who likes the countryside and wants to discuss this with an English writer, email me at: authorsrep@tiscali.co.uk
19:06 May 22, 2009 by KiriiAngel
I for one loved the wit & ironic tone of the article...nicely done! :)

I moved from America to Sweden to be with my beloved, but because I'd fallen in love with the country as well as him. Certainly, while there are many places to walk in nature in America, it's the "nature" of the nature that's markedly different in Sweden.

Swedes seem to embody nature in their very souls in a way we generally don't in America. Their connection with & desire for being within nature is one of the things that I find most appealing about the Swedish "psyche." Despite Sweden's industrial growth & technological prowess, it's remained not only unchanged, but cherished. There's a peace & serenity inherent in the Swedish culture's connection to nature that's unlike anything we have in America.

Walking deep into the woods for the first time in Sweden and simply sitting, just "Being" in the "Nothingness," I felt I'd truly come HOME for the first time in my life.
13:04 May 24, 2009 by peropaco
Agree wholeheartedly with the authour. If you ever walked around the nature in Dalarna or some godforsaking place in Sweden, you will notice how depressing, lifeless the nature is. Excpet for some lonely monotoned birds chirping i dont see anything fantastic about the Swedish "nature"
17:55 June 8, 2009 by kafka
Personally I don't like coffe, I never drink it, and I don't

like people as they are way too demanding and noisy.

While trying to keep the balance i always favour a fishing

trip in nature vs. the local bar/restaurant/coffe shop.

The truth is that some people have problems adapting

to the quiet, especially those who lived in big cities for

long times.
18:53 June 8, 2009 by jack sprat
The thread title "Walking in nature is unnatural",has more than a grain of truth in it in Swedens case.

Almost all of Swedens forests are not truly natural, but man-made, with row after row after row of monotonous,endless almost identical conifers planted not for the benefit of nature lovers but purely for Commercial Purposes.

As a result the various flora and fauna contained therein does not vary greatly throughout the land.

In most of the larger EU countries there is far greater natural variation with numerous Ancient and Truly Natural Forests, many of which have remained largely undisturbed and protected for a 1000 years and more.
23:28 June 8, 2009 by Mzungu


*fortunately they replant*
23:42 June 8, 2009 by Gustav- Fælbönnran
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Rapadalen in Sarek

Photo: Peter Rosén/imagebank.sweden.se
23:48 June 8, 2009 by jack sprat
"How do I define nature?"

Maybe a lovely young lady walking through the forest with not a stitch on.

I once met one and asked her if she was game.

She said yes.

....so I shot her.
00:01 June 9, 2009 by Gustav- Fælbönnran
But then, you heard something heavy running up behind you...(attached image not shown)
00:32 June 9, 2009 by 7
that's my definition too gus. greenery just doesn't cut it.
01:36 June 9, 2009 by Gustav- Fælbönnran
We've got to get JoeMath up North, 007.

Come pick some cloudberries and wander around a bit, Joe. There are some high moors where I live that open up into great vistas of the mountains in Norway. Bring a fishing pole, or a camera.

This is where you want to stay.

You are not out in nature until you can't hear the traffic anymore.
11:28 June 9, 2009 by jack sprat
Just curious Gustav,is that the Ostersund half way up,had a big military garrison and has a large student population or is there another of the same name right up North?
11:53 June 9, 2009 by Miss Kitten
I'm not sure if Joemath has actually ventured over here, or is planning on ever doing so. He can tell you all about what to do in and around NYC, though.
16:10 June 9, 2009 by Gustav- Fælbönnran
We are sort of the gateway to the north- lots of outfitters for fishing, canoeing, hiking, skiing and so forth, but also a university town with good food and pubs, festivals in the park alongside the lake, museums and so forth.

We are here.
22:26 June 9, 2009 by Charles Xii Was A Bit Of A Mad B
I have hiked up that valley. Lovely. Camped by river not far from right-hand side of that photo with a couple of Swedish guys who shared whiskey and snus over a roaring fire. If I remember right for supper I had a nice smoked arctic char and bread I bought from a farm.

Who needs latte?
23:52 June 9, 2009 by Gustav- Fælbönnran
That sounds like a good time. I have only been there in the summer. The crossing this river was not difficult from the standpoint of the current, but the water is so cold that one begins to lose the feeling in one's feet.

The terrain is rugged, but there is really no way to get lost, because the landmarks are so distinctive. Basically one just needs to follow the river and keep and eye on which mountains one is approaching.

Glad to hear that you have trekked above the arctic circle. Would encourage all of you to try it.
00:31 June 10, 2009 by 7
i've only trekked in norway, jutenheimen and climbed galdöpigan (sp?). that was enough for my outdoorsy challenge.

arctic waters are amazing, but i am not keen on the zero temperature of them. i like the picture. glad someone took it so i can see too cuz i won't ever first hand (unless in an aircraft)
01:39 June 10, 2009 by Gustav- Fælbönnran

There is a sort of lodge compound that abuts Sarek that you would like. There are tent sites and actual lodging. The place is actually luxurious, in a sort of rustic way. Even the tent sites have access to a very pleasant shared kitchen/dining space. The lodge has a well stocked store with plenty of camping gear, food, and other items, in case you have forgotten or lost something. People who don't want to do a full on wilderness experience can do day hikes from there, and still explore the arctic some. There is a Sami summer camp alongside a lake within a few hours hike, which is sort of a "must see" if you are interested in the North.

This is all way beyond the train, but the bus service is good. How often do we actually get to experience wilderness?
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8 July

Editor’s blog, July 8th (The Local Sweden) »

"Hej readers, It has, as always, been a bizarre, serious and hilarious week in Sweden. You…" READ »

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7 reasons you should join Sweden's 'a-kassa'
Angry elk chases Swede up a lamp post
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Why you should 'grab a chair' on Stockholm's tech scene
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'Alienation in Sweden feels better: I find myself a stranger among scores of aliens'
People-watching: October 20th
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A layover at Qatar airport brought this Swedish-Kenyan couple together - now they're heading for marriage
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Stockholm: creating solutions to global challenges
Swede punches clown that scared his grandmother
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Swedish for programmers: 'It changed my life'
Fans throw flares and enter pitch in Swedish football riot
Could Swedish blood test solve 'Making a Murderer'?
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Top 7 tips to help you learn Swedish
Property of the week: Linnéstaden, Gothenburg
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How to vote absentee from abroad in the US elections
Swedish school to build gender neutral changing room
People-watching: October 14th-16th
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'There was no future for me in Turkey'
Man in Sweden assaulted by clowns with broken bottle
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‘Extremism can't be defeated on the battlefield alone’
Nobel Prize 2016: Literature
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Stockholm: creating solutions to global challenges
Watch the man who discovered Bob Dylan react to his Nobel Prize win
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Why you should 'grab a chair' on Stockholm's tech scene
Record numbers emigrating from Sweden
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'There was no future for me in Turkey'
People-watching: October 12th
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Where is the Swedish music industry heading?
The Local Voices
'Swedish startups should embrace newcomers' talents - there's nothing to fear'
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Last chance to vote absentee in the US elections
How far right are the Sweden Democrats?
Property of the week: Triangeln, Malmö
Sweden unveils Europe's first elk hut
People-watching: October 7th-9th
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Syria's White Helmets: The Nobel Peace Prize would have meant a lot, but pulling a child from rubble is the greatest reward
Missing rune stone turns up in Sweden
Nobel Prize 2016: Chemistry
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