That arctic feeling

Have a look at the following photo:

It could have been taken at some spot at the Arctic Sea, couldn’t it? But it wasn’t. I made that photo just today, only 2 km away from home!

Today I wanted to test whether the camera backpack worked well together with the waist harness of my pulka. Therefore I made a small ski tour. First I crossed the ice between mainland and the island Storgrundet. The water between mainland and island is well protected and always calm. Therefore the ice is about 40 cm thick and more than safe to cross. I crossed the forested island, which is partly less than 200 meters wide and soon stood on one of the snow drifts at the outer shore. Beside of some smaller other islands and an old boat shed all I could see was clouds, snow, and ice.

There were many thick ice floes along the shore, but the ice between them was hardly a centimetre thick. No surprise, since large parts of the sea had been free of ice last week. I pierced the new ice with a stick and measured 60 cm water beneath. Not life-threatening, but I definitely didn’t want to get soaked and therefore sticked to the shoreline of Storgrundet. That’s where I took the photo above.

The other photo? Yes, that’s me with my Norrøna jacket (light and windproof), my Lowepro camera backpack and my Fjellpulken pulka. The test succeeded: pulka and backpack do work well together! Good to know for the ski tour in the Swedish mountains that I’ll start next week …

Question: Do you see the mistake I’m making on the 2nd photo? Please comment.

10 comments to “That arctic feeling”

  1. Annika 2018-01-30 19:30


  2. Johanna 2018-01-30 19:44

    Du kannst mit dem Schlitten nicht von Eisscholle zur anderen springen.Du bekommst nasse Füsse ….

  3. way-up-north 2018-01-30 20:16

    Johanna, aber gleiten ging. Die Schollen liegen dicht beieinander.

    Annika: Im ganzen Satz? Aber ganz richtig – die Isdubbar (die Geräte zur Eisrettung, die ich um den Hals habe) gehören über den Rucksackbrustgurt ganz nach oben. Hatte ich wenig später auch korrigiert.

  4. Annika 2018-01-30 23:22

    Und wo ist ist die Trillerpfeife?

    Quizfrage am Rande: Deutsches Wort für isdubbar? :-D

  5. way-up-north 2018-01-31 07:45

    Die Trillerpfeife hängt unten am Bild, halb abgeschnitten.

    Isdubbar auf deutsch: Eisdorn.

  6. Annika 2018-01-31 12:06

    Gewusst oder gegoogelt? ;-) (Wörter, die man im Deutschen/in Deutschland selten braucht…)

  7. way-up-north 2018-01-31 12:10

    Wikipedia hat’s verraten.

    Gegenfrage: Und auf englisch?

  8. Ma H B 2018-02-02 13:28

    Dear Olaf, it was not possible,that you was making this photo . I think, another person was the fotograph. Yours Ma HB or did you had a stativ, i dont know.”?

  9. Ma H B 2018-02-02 16:01

    ….or is it a photomontage ? But that would be not your mistake Ma HB

  10. way-up-north 2018-02-03 16:46

    Hello Ma H B. To make such photos you need three things:

    (1) an extreme wide angle lens (Weitwinkel)
    (2) a long arm.
    (3) many, many tries until you get a photo where both face and pulka are visible and the eyes are not closed.

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