Sunday, December 26, 2010

Good Food, A Light & New Snowshoes

What have we been doing at Christmas? First, eating good food, of course! Eating looots of good food such as finnish salmon soup, moose roast, with own potatoes from our garden, couscous sallad and for dessert blueberries with joghurt and cream . Other than that we burnt a lot of candles. Here in Sweden people light up big candles or flambeaus and put them in front of their houses, which looks pretty neat actually. As it's dark throughout most time of the day any kind of light is welcome.
After having eaten so much good food we had to burn some calories as well! We tried out our new snowshoes, which don't only look cool but also work pretty well in deep powder snow and you know what? Snowshoeing is pretty much fun to do and a real fat burner! :o)

Thursday, December 23, 2010

Light Pyramid

These light pyramids decorate most Swedish windows at the moment. Most people keep them in their windows for about 1,5 months from the beginning of December to mid January some even longer.

We are looking forward to a peaceful and quiet Christmas holiday with loads of snow, good company & food plus nice trips enjoying the great outdoors. Merry Christmas everyone! :o)

Saturday, December 18, 2010

Endless Sunset Feeling

We have approx. four hours of daylight at this time of the year and while days are short and cold there is not much enthusiasm for outdoor photography at the moment.

However, on a clear day like this one was the light truly is spectacular. The sun stays at the horizon for about two hours until it sets again. It doesn't come up any further, thus the 'endless sunset feeling'.

Sunday, December 5, 2010

River Walking

We arrived at the bridge crossing the Pite River (PiteƤlven) at the E45, parked our car and started walking. Crossing the bridge was quite easy as the snow wasn't too deep. On the bridge we had a lovely view over the Pite River Valley.
Due to cold temperatures of below -20°C throughout the last weeks the entire bridge is coated with a layer of ice. It hasn't been snowing considerably for many weeks. But the air is so clean that the snow is still white even at the side of the roads.

We walked a few kilometers upstream where the river is more calm. To our surprise we saw that the river was already entirely covered with ice and a thin layer of snow. It was thick enough to walk on. We were walking on the river, which was pretty nice and less exhausting due to less snow. River walking is not unusual to do in January/February but in the beginning of December?
The entire way we had the river for ourselves. It was just us and a few moose tracks. This will change soon though when people will park their snowmobiles on the river to go ice fishing - most likely in March when days are longer again. That'll be fun!

Here is another photo of the streams further down the river.

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Forgotten Cars, Picnic?, Snow Plough and more

Days are getting shorter but unlike common thinking it's not completely dark in Lapland at this time of the year. The sun still rises and then stays at the horizon for a couple of hours until it sets again. Still enough time to go for a walk on a frozen lake and take a few pictures.



 Snow Plough

 Animal Tracks


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