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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.

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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Exploring South Sweden

A short road trip through Southern Sweden exploring the wilderness and countryside.

A short road trip from Copenhagen, Denmark to Uppsala, Sweden travelling through several locations in Southern Sweden.

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