Scandinavia 2012 VIII. - Svartisen
The main goal of our journey across Scandinavia was the Sarek National Park in Sweden. Our trek didn’t come out as we expected it would however, we were not disappointed either. Even in bad weather, we had some wonderful experiences.
As far as we started our good old Felicia after we left it one week intact, we moved westwards across Swedish borders and entered Norway.
On our way we decided on our future destination. It was the Svartisen National Park, where the second largest glacier in Europe is located. This particular glacier we longed to see with our own eyes. We arrived to the point from where we continued to Svartisen, a glacier lake. There we faced two options what to do next. We could embark a ferry or we could continue on our own. After short hesitation we decided to walk. A road lead along the lake, it was quite monotonous and muddy however, after few hours in the car we were glad for any opportunity to walk.
After while of walk we get out of a forest and went along the lake. The lake was replaced with a river floating from the underground beneath another glacier lake where the Svartisen glacier floats. We encountered a group of Czechs, we were not surprised we met them at all, the Czechs are just everywhere.
Water floating from the underground river made a lot of noise but it was very impressive. Well, the whole scenery was beautiful as well. Rock bedrock that had been shaped by the glacier, had very interesting formations. For a while we walked and feasted our eyes until we saw the whole glacier. Besides white there was a nice blue color. The whole glacier was full of cracks and we thought it would be quite dangerous to walk on it. The tongue of the glacier is called Austerdalsisen, there we had a snack composed of chocolate and a cookie bar. For a while we gazed on a scenery in front of us and then we returned by the way we get there. In the forest by the lake, I lost my favorite Peruvian scarf and I had to return for it. But overall, nothing spoiled our pleasant feelings there and weather was excellent as well.
We returned on a parking lot and we pondered whether we should continue on journey in night or camp here, by Lake Svartisen. The second option won, so we prepared our little cooker, made ourselves a dinner and built tents by the parking lot. We thought somebody would come in the morning and take some fee from us, but this didn’t happen, eventually. Instead, a large camper trailer arrived and inside was a German couple. They parked right next to our Felicia. When I compared our way of travel with theirs, it was almost comical.
We packed our things and moved off to another journey, to the Norwegian shore on the Baltic Sea.
Text/photo: Kristýna Bartůňková
We have seen lot of things in Scandinavia during our stay. We have visited Swedish national parks of Skuleskogen and Sarek and also Norwegian park of Svartisen. Now we decided to end our journey. The last destination of our travel where we stopped for longer than two hours was Cape Utvorda.
The first stop on our journey across Scandinavia was in the Skuleskogen National Park. We set out to a two-day trek during which there was pretty bad weather. We were soaked and after two hours of walk we hid for a night in a beautiful public cottage. After we woke up in the morning, there were no traces left of yesterday’s rain and there was a pleasant sun in the sky.
The main goal of our journey across Scandinavia was the Sarek National Park. When we arrived to Kvikkjokk we set out north via Kungsleden, a well-known road. We walked only two hours and then we set up a camp by a road. In the evening, it started raining and we deeply hoped there would be no more rain in the morning.
Forests, mountains, wild animals. A land without people, a wilderness. After days, weeks and months spent in cities and offices these were the attributes we wanted our vacation to fulfill. We also wanted to visit real Canadian wilderness.
The last really comfortable night of our trek in the Swedish Sarek National Park was really expensive. We stayed in our cozy cottage until the afternoon of the next day and then we moved forth to wilderness and we were looking forward to it.
Three-week journey of our group across Scandinavia had began with our disembark at the port of Nynäsham near Stockholm. It was only one hour after noon so we continued our journey to north. We reached the Gulf of Botnia and continued along its shore. As the day changed to the evening we choose a peninsula on a map where was a view.
Sarek was under mist for good and we knew it would be pointless to set out for another trip. We had waited for several hours if weather had improved. But we had little faith in it. Eventually, weather hadn’t improved just as we expected.
The main goal of our expedition to Scandinavia was the Sarek National Park in northern Sweden. Wild nature there contains mountains, plains, mountain river valleys, glaciers and flocks of reindeers. While we search information on Sarek before our departure we noticed a warning on a Swedish national parks website that pointed out harsh conditions and ask visitors to be very careful.
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