Leaving traces…

-24° at bright daylight. So we assumed that is had been around -30° during the last night (clear sky).

After breakfast we walked around and enjoyed the last peaceful moments in the wild.

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Our way back to the starting point was the same but now in the dark. After we arrived at the starting point we had been transfered to Kiruna Centralstation to catch our train back to Halmstad via Stockholm and Göteborg.

This time the night train was punctual.

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Going WILD

This morning we got picked up around 9am to start our wilderness tour. The starting point is located roughly 30km outside Kiruna and  literally at the end of the road.

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After a short introduction about how to drive snowmobiles and dog sledges it was on. First we’ve been in one of the snowmobile groups before we changed to the dog sledge. Everybody got his turn in driving the snowmobile or acting as a dog sledge driver.

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We arrived at the camp around 1pm which means it already started to get dark. After a further introduction into the camp we started to chop wood for our hut. We shared the hut with 6 other people which have been from South Korea, Australia, Austria and France.

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Lunch and dinner have been covered by a local Laplander. Both was tasty and contained reindeer meat. It’s a little bit dry but delicious.

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Exploring the arctic circle

We headed directly to the hostel to drop our stuff there. After half an hour we have been back outside exploring the city. Nearby we had one of the very few sights of Kiruna: Kiruna Kyrka.

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Besides of the church the snowy narrow streets have been nice too. After walking around for several hours, including eating ice cream, we went back to our hostel for dinner.

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It’s amazing to see the sun go down at half past one and experience total darkness around half past two.

We went out in the night again, but didn’t get lucky to see northern lights.

Heading to Kiruna

Today Jo and I killed some time in the city after we finished our sledge competition on Kastellholmen. Due to the late departing time we went back to the hostel to warm up.

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The train should leave at 18:12 but it was around 50 minutes late. We shared the compartment with an old norwegian guy (with a Dimmur Borier bag), an Afro American citizen of Kiruna and two ‘native’ Swedes.

After a few rounds of Trivial Pursuit we went to bed and arrived 2hours late in Kiruna.

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New Years Eve…and the day after!

Today we visited the Skogskyrkogåden, which is a world heritage, and the Absolut Icebar Stockholm. Both of them have been impressive in their ways. The graveyard is perfectly arranged and beautiful the icebar is a interesting experience. Besides of that we picked up Susanne and Max at the Arlanda express station near the Centralstation.

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Visiting the graveyard is like walking through a park and enjoying the nature. It’s highly to recommend. The ice bar, on the other hand, is more like wasting some money in a funny way. The entrance fee is about 125sek, if you choose the non alcoholic option, and 180sek if you’re so generous to take the real deal.

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In the evening we had another nice pasta dinner before we started drinking in Susanne & Max’s room. We watched the fireworks right in front of our hostel.

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We started the new year with an buffet dinner at Pizza Hut before we went to Skeppsholmen to visit the castle. In the dusk we took the long cut from skeppsholen via Stureplan back to our hostel in Gamla Stan.

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After resting a few hours we went to two very neat Irish Pubs (The Liffey and another one with a Swedish name) to enjoy our last evening in Stockholm. Tomorrow we will visit some more sights before we leave the town at 6pm.

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Kiruna awaits us!


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