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Autumn in Fulufjället

Autumn pictures from Fulufjällets national park.

Autumn in Fulufjällets National park in western Sweden.
Fulufjällets national park on the border with Norway is a great location for a weekend away in nature.  The place is charming with vast meadows, forests, lakes, streams, mountains and idyllic houses. Fulufjället is known for its well preserved primeval forests, wildlife and unique geology. Fulufjället is also home to Sweden’s highest waterfall; Njupeskär falls and oldest tree; Old Tjikko. The location is also popular for winter activities such as skiing, snowmobiling and ice climbing on the Njupeskär falls. The park has an attractive and informative visitor centre (naturum) with user information including maps and guides. The park has wind shelters and camping sites. Part of the national park is located in Norway.

 

Scotland

An early spring road trip through Scotland including Edinburgh, Isle of Skye, Inverness and Cairngorms.

 

This spring, I decided to explore Scotland in a one-week trip. April-May is still a bit too early in the season, but I was able to experience all sorts of weather from sun to rain to snow and wind before the tourist season.

Here is a route map:

Scotland is just stunningly beautiful. It has possibly some of the most spectacular landscapes in the world. Skye is just so dramatic in landscapes and weather patterns. I experienced snow and warm sunny weather on the same day in different parts of the island. We were able to visit the Talisker distillery, Fairy pools and Kilt rock, but missed Old man of Storr and many other attractions. I had limited time on Skye, but Skye has so much to offer. One could spend an entire holiday just exploring Skye.

Driving is a pleasure in Scotland due to the much reduced traffic at least compared to England. On mainland Scotland, major roads and highways are large and wide and well maintained. Smaller roads may be narrow with two-way traffic and not so well maintained. On Skye, all roads are narrow. Driving on Skye really tests your ability to keep the vehicle perfectly in a lane that is just as wide as the vehicle while driving 50-60 mph (80-90 kph). If driving from Skye towards Inverness and you have extra time, I can recommend the Church Road route offering some stunning views.

The only location I travelled north of Inverness was the Dunrobin castle in Golspie. It was in good time for the falconry session which was pretty exciting.

As far as wildlife goes, we spotted occasional deers along the road and seals along the harbour in Inverness. We were not lucky enough to spot eagles, whales or puffins. There is a lot more to be discovered in Scotland and I hope to return at some point.

Leeds, UK

A short break in Leeds, UK.

I spent the last couple of days in Leeds, UK. The weather was just awful. It was around 2-6 °C which was good and bad. Good in the sense that it was not too cold and therefore comfortable to go around. Bad in the sense that all the precipitation was rain and no snow.

Leeds is not the most interesting city in the UK. It’s mostly run by all the universities. Loads of students. It’s quite expensive and budget accommodation is lacking. Perhaps the best part of Leeds is the city center with its countless shops and shopping malls. The whole place is overrun by shoppers. You get a whole lot of shopping options from expensive designer brands to cheaper TK-Maxx and Primark. There are not many other attractions in Leeds except for art galleries, cathedrals and state houses which are completely uninteresting for me. The only two attractions that I thought was interesting is the Royal Armouries museum in the city and the National Coal Mine museum near Wakefield.

The NCM (National Coal Mine museum) is pretty cool. The entry is essentially free and you get to go on a free tour taking you 140m down into a defunct coal mine. The tour guide gives you some detailed insight into the experience of working in a coal mine throughout the ages. The tour guides are ex-miners and it can be a challenge to understand what they are saying through their heavy Yorkshire accent. Other than that, they are humorous and friendly chaps.

A Trip to Swedish Lapland

A week long winter roadtrip from Uppsala, Sweden to Narvik, Norway through the pristine taiga landscapes of Swedish Lapland in search of snow, auroras and wildlife.

I finally had the opportunity to go to Swedish Lapland this year. Lapland feels completely different between summer and winter. Winter is special for many reasons, firstly my fondness of snow (and loads of it), northern lights (oh yeah), snow animals (reindeer, huskies), snow sports (ski, snowboard) and lastly the alpine landscape.

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Hamra National Park

Hamra National Park is 14 sq km of wide open marshlands, woods, forests, streams and rugged trails. Founded in 1909, Hamra national park is one of the oldest preserved forests in Sweden.

Hamra national park (NP) is one of sweden’s nine oldest national parks, located at the western edge of the Gävleborg municipality (Kommune). We took a 2-day trip in the last week of August. The drive from Uppsala to Hamra takes about 4.5 hours. We stayed at the STF accomodation in the nearest village called Fågelsjö. The house is nice and comfy with several bedrooms and a pretty lawn. This was the off-season which meant that we had the whole house to ourselves. Hamra NP is a short drive away from Fågelsjö.

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