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I am going to Lapland! July 16, 2014

Posted by Jenny in bushwhacking, camping, hiking, travel.
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In Sarek National Park (Wikimedia image)

In Sarek National Park (Wikimedia image)

In a week I depart for Sweden. I fly Asheville-Chicago-Stockholm—I was amazed I could do it with just one connection. I spend a day in Stockholm and take an overnight train, an 18-hour ride, to a place called Ritsem on the border of Sarek National Park. I backpack with a group for nine days, going through valleys and making side trips to climb a few peaks. There are no trails in Sarek. Now you know why I was interested!

This expedition is organized by a British company called Nature Travels that specializes in adventurous trips in Sweden and Norway. They say the groups going to Sarek typically include quite a few Scandinavians. It is difficult even for Swedes to navigate through the park unassisted.

I ‘ll have one more good hike before I go, leading a Smoky Mountains Hiking Club outing up No Name Ridge, and I depart next week. I return early August—spending another day in Stockholm before flying home.

The park has many glaciers—you see in the photo a typical braided river, tinted blue from glacial silt, flowing through a U-shaped valley. Stream crossings are a major challenge. I hope to see reindeer and bears. We will have about 22 hours a day of sunlight. The whole thing is nearly impossible for me to imagine.

But I am sure of one thing—it will be amazing.

Location  of Sarek

Location of Sarek

 

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1. Pat_H - July 16, 2014

Wow! I’m really jealous!

2. Amanda Beal - July 16, 2014

Sounds incredible! I am so jealous. Enjoy your trip!

3. Kent Hackendy - July 16, 2014

Wow, quite a beautiful and unique landscape! Have a safe flight, and a great adventure. I look forward to hearing about it upon your return. : )

4. Jeff G. - July 16, 2014

Good for you, Jenny. Take lots of pictures and keep us updated here. Have a great time.

5. norman medford - July 16, 2014

dito to all the above!!!

6. T E Stazyk - July 17, 2014

Have a great trip and I look forward to seeing your pics and hearing what you have to say about it.

norman medford - July 19, 2014

“dito”

7. Al - July 18, 2014

Sarek, remote, lovely…most rugged in all of EUROPE.

8. Jenny - July 19, 2014

Thanks, everyone, for your good wishes!

9. Gary Howell - July 21, 2014

Hope you have a great time .. sounds like you will.
Gary

10. Stephanie Seay - July 21, 2014

Have a great trip, Jennifer. And thanks for hosting a lovely lunch for us — we very much enjoyed seeing your “treehouse” home in such a beautiful setting.
— Stephanie

11. Clyde - July 22, 2014

I am oozing jealousy. Have fun.

Jenny - July 22, 2014

You are a world traveler, Clyde, so your jealousy really counts for something!

12. Chris Sass - July 26, 2014

I’m looking forward to swapping stories when you return. I’m just back from 14 straight days of backpacking and hiking in Greater Yellowstone.


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