The first days of new year

The weather on 30 December was just awful: +8 °C and rain! That’s not at all the weather that you want to present when you expect friends from Germany who want to stay here for a week full of Scandinavian winter experiences! Even New Year’s Eve it was warm, the snow on the streets turned into wet ice that was so slippery, that it was hardly possible to move without spikes under the boots. But finally the sky cleared up, we could see bright and beautiful Northern Lights and it started to get colder.

Yesterday we went to the coast and crossed the ice to the island Storgrundet. At the outside of the island the Baltic Sea was still open with one a bit of icy slush drifting on the surface.

I’ve been at the coast quite often, it’s not very special for me even if weather and ice varies. Yesterday afternoon however we made something I never did before since I’ve lived in Skelleftehamn: We grilled sausages and stick bread over open fire. It had started snowing a bit but it wasn’t too cold with temperatures round -7 °C.

5 cm of snow fell over night. Medi, Annika and I drove to Vitberget to enjoy the first cross country skiing in 2017 today. It was colder than the day before, between -10 °C and -15 °C. After we finished our tour it started to snow.

It’s great to be outdoors, it’s great to meet good friends, but the combination of that is just marvellous!

4 comments to “The first days of new year”

  1. Ma HB 2017-01-03 18:16

    Olaf, very nice, that right weather came, what you and friends wanted.
    Have a good time! Ma

  2. way-up-north 2017-01-03 21:07

    Thank you, Ma HB. It’s still snowing.

  3. Ricarda 2017-01-04 21:39

    Erstmal – ein gutes neues Jahr !
    Und was Würstl grillen am Lagerfeuer betrifft……ist das in Schweden nicht so aktuell wie hier in Norwegen ? Also bei den Norwegern ist diese “Freizeitbeschäftigung” ganz normal und wird überall und immer wieder zelebriert, mal davon abgesehen, daß Pølse ja fast sowas wie ein Nationalgericht sind ;-)
    Auch wir machen dies sehr gerne……so sitzen wir z.B. sogar am Heilig Abend am Lagerfeuer und bruzzen unsere Würstl……
    Liebe Grüsse

  4. way-up-north 2017-01-08 08:48

    Hej Ricarda. Es ist nicht das erste Mal, dass ich in Schweden Würstchen gegrillt habe, aber es war das erste Mal im eigenen Garten. Jetzt habe ich auch einen eigenen Feuerkorb, der andere war geliehen.

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