A mountain tour in Arvidsjaur

Yesterday I used my new car to drive to Vittjåkk, a small skiing area near Arvidsjaur, two hours away from home. Annika and I were there in wintertime and made a showshoe tour up the hills. I lived in Munich for six years and do not call these hills real mountains, but at least they reach above the treeline.

I parked again at the same parking lot and ascended the first hill that seems to be nameless. The sky was free of clouds, it was quite warm and I was completely alone.

Soon I was on top of the first hill. I wasn’t alone anymore. Some horseflies tried to make friends with me or at least with my blood. I descended the first hill and went up the Vittjåkk.

From the top I had a wide view over large forests, lakes and a higher mountain range.

Beside of taking pictures I didn’t rest because the horseflies really loved me. So I continued downhill again and was a bit flabbergasted that the whole hike took hardly more than 90 minutes. The hut village was completely abandoned, only a snowmobile showed that this place is only used in wintertime. And other signs showed that too …

Four typical observations in Northern Sweden’s inland in summer, when you go by car

One: construction sites. Almost all major roads are under constant repair each summer. It takes a lot of time to travel. Sometimes you have to wait for a traffic light becoming green or a follow-me car. Sometimes you follow an expencive camper whose driver doesn’t dare to drive more than 20 km/h on the gravelly sections. And this may go on for miles. Swedish miles! (A Swedish mile is 10 km.)

Two: lupins. Many roadsides are overgrown with lupins. They are beautiful, but they are invasive and threaten biodiversity. The Swedish Transport Agency has started to fight theses flowers.

Three: reindeers. Most reindeers are in the mountains but there are always reindeers left in the inland. Keep attention when driving! When you see one reindeer you can be quite sure that others are around, too.

Four: bilingual town signs. On many place in Northern Sweden you are in two countries at the same time. Sweden, the official nation and Sápmi, the region traditionally inhabited by the Sami people. Therefore many places have (at least) two names, a Swedish and a Sami one.

I drove a lot yesterday: 535 km in total. But as a result I know the new Subaru Outback much better and got used both to the automatic gearbox as the electronic systems. I’m very satisfied with the car that is much more comfortable than the old one. The only drawback, it might be the white colour: The horseflies just love the car. When I return to the car it is mostly surrounded by some dozens of this pests and they will even try to follow when I set off. (They manage round 25 km/h.)


11 comments to “A mountain tour in Arvidsjaur”

  1. Johanna 2018-07-03 17:29

    vielleicht ist die Lackierung auch im Winter nicht so optimal ? Schneeweiß ,Berge von Schnee und wo ist das Auto ????? :-)

  2. way-up-north 2018-07-03 17:46

    Das habe ich auch überlegt, Johanna, aber 700 Euro extra nur für eine andere Farbe fand ich zu teuer. Vielleicht kann mir jemand das Auto für den Winter bunt umhäkeln.

  3. Johanna 2018-07-03 18:00

    Also , Häkeln kann ich …… wirklich bunt oder einfarbig ?

  4. Elisabet 2018-07-03 19:12

    Hey, Lappland has never been a country.

  5. way-up-north 2018-07-04 12:47

    Johanna Du weißt, wie groß so ein Kombi ist?

    Elisabet, I know that it’s not a country in the meaning of a nation, but I think it’s more than just a region. I could not find a better term.

  6. Ulrich 2018-07-04 14:11

    Typisch Hoher Norden: jede Menge Steckmücken und Bremsen und kaum kommt mal ein Mensch vorbei, stürzen sich alle auf ihn. Da frage ich mich, von was ernähren sich diese Viecher, wenn kein Mensch da ist? Immerhin ist Lappland nur dünn besiedelt.

  7. Johanna 2018-07-04 15:06

    ett nummer för stort ?

  8. way-up-north 2018-07-09 06:46

    Ulrich: Frage die Rentiere, die wissen es.

    Johanna: lagom stort.

  9. Ulrich 2018-07-09 19:22

    Wenn die Mücken sich hauptsächlich von Rentieren ernähren, warum stürzen sie sich dann auf Menschen? Schmecken wir etwa so gut? :-)

  10. way-up-north 2018-07-10 10:21

    Wir essen doch auch gerne mal was Anderes Ulrich.

  11. Johanna 2018-07-10 11:18

    Ich hab`s ausgerechnet : selbst bei lagom stort brauche ich ca 1,3 Milliarden Maschen und wahrscheinlich 4 Jahre ! Also kann ich leider nicht helfen ….. :D

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