On a rainy January afternoon, I must have been feeling stir-crazy, because when my dad phoned me saying he was heading to Sweden for a few days and wanted some company, my flights were being booked as we hung up.
Summer in Sweden is beautiful. Their weather in August is almost always better than ours in the UK, with sun guaranteed and longggg days! There are lakes dotted all over, surrounded by forest, hotspots for children and adults alike. Having never been in the Winter, though, I quickly started assembling all of the thermals to get ready for the sub-zero temperatures.
On a chilly -14 degrees day (the coldest day that weekend) we trekked across and around a frozen lake. The air was glittering.
When we left the house it was only (?!) -11, and we walked to the lake in high spirits, picking up snow/ice and deciding which cabin we’d buy, obviously not feeling the cold just yet.
Once we’d been walking for about an hour, the cold seemed to settle on us a little more, but as long as you’re wrapped up in the right stuff, it’s manageable. We walked across a lake that has been bustling with swimmers, divers, and kayaks whenever we’ve been before. This time it was an endless landscape of ice, completely unrecognisable. I climbed the wooden diving structure to get a better look around and could see cross-country skiers making their way from one side of the lake to the other, with their shopping bags…
It seemed novel to us, but watching the locals on the lake made me realise it’s very much the norm. People who walked their dogs around the lake in Summer, walk across in Winter, because the snow is too deep in the forest. Those who drive to the shopping centre in the Summer traverse across the ice instead, a shortcut and an opportunity to ski.
As the sun began to set in the late afternoon, the lake was blanketed in a warm, pinkish glow. The winter days may be short, but they’re certainly photogenic.
Have you been to Sweden in the Summer or Winter? Have you ever been to Stockholm? What Scandinavian countries have you visited? We really want to go to Norway!
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