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Neiiiighbours offer help to Swedish riding adventurer

Suzanna Holmqvist, 28, is taking her horse and her dog on a massive adventure across Sweden and is being offered plenty of help along the way.

Neiiiighbours offer help to Swedish riding adventurer
Suzanna Holmqvist taking her horse and dog for a shorter walk. Photo: private

The Swede, from Limedforsen, Dalarna, has decided to make her long life dream come true and is going to ride across Sweden, all the way from Skåne in the south to Lapland in the north.

“It’s just something I have always wanted to do,” Holmqvist told The Local on Tuesday.

Her voyage will start on April 28th, when she'll take her horse Krumelur and her dog Jasmine on a four-month journey through Sweden.

Since she announced the trip on her Facebook page she's already had plenty of offers of help.

“What an adventure you have in front of you! Would love to join for a couple of miles around Sundsvall, and if you are passing Sundsvall we can offer you stable and a bed,” one woman wrote.

“So exciting! I also want to do something like this sometime!! At our place in Borås you get food and sleep if you are riding through!” another woman posted on the site.


Suzanna and her horse Krumelur. Photo: private.

Holmqvist claims the attention she's since grabbed in the Swedish media was unexpected, but she has decided to make the most of it and will fundraise for an animal organisation during the trip.

“All the positive response made me want to make something good of it too.”

The main preparation for the trip so far has been to train the horse and herself to travel long-distances. However the Swede claims the bigger challenge will probably be the mental aspect. Holmqvist believes the trip will be boring from time to time, but said that she was not running to a tight schedule and had allowed herself plenty of leeway in case her and her animals came across unplanned obstacles.

“We will have plenty of time if something goes wrong.”

For others inspired enough to make similar tough solo journeys, Holmqvist offered this advice: “To be really purposeful and not let yourself give up because of little things — keep up the good mood.”

Article by Emma Lidman

OFFBEAT

Swede’s surprise fika thief: this very cheeky little fox

You know when you're enjoying a fika at your Swedish summer house and then suddenly a fox walks up to you and rudely finishes all your coffee?

Swede's surprise fika thief: this very cheeky little fox
The Swedish fika fox. Photo: Viktor Risling

That's what happened to Viktor Risling in Grötlingbo on the island of Gotland.

“At first I thought there was something yellow walking towards me. I looked up and saw it was a fox. It came very close. I put my hand towards it and it smelled my hand. After that it smelled my coffee,” he told The Local on Tuesday.

“Then it drank the coffee right beside me. It was very nice to be so close to nature.”

Risling snapped a series of pictures of his unexpected fika companion and posted them on social media. They quickly went viral after the Dagens Nyheter newspaper first picked up the strange story.

But the guest's table manners left something to be desired when he knocked the cup over to drink.

“The fox enjoyed the coffee a lot. It's a wild animal so it can't behave properly. But it will learn, we are working on it,” laughed Risling.

The daring animal missed out on the standard Swedish cinnamon roll with his coffee, but Risling revealed that he did still get a special treat.

“It came back today, and I gave it some turkey. It enjoyed it. I got a friend now.”

Interview by The Local's intern Saina Behnejad.