Eternal winter in Skellefteå

The July in Sweden was the hottest since 1756, when temperature measurements began. In Skellefteå it was extremely warm as well in July: 29 days had a maximum temperature above 20 °C, 19 days of them above 25 °C.

There is however a place of eternal winter in Skellefteå, just 3 km away from the centre.

Is it a glacier? Is the ice age coming back? No, of course not, this area is just Skellefteå’s snow dump. The last winter was long and snowy and more than 13000 trucks transported snow to this place until the end of April. This resulted in a snow pile of 25 meters in height – another record.

No wonder, that there is still a lot of snow left despite the warm summer. At the edge Tussilago was flowering as if it were spring. The snow was surprisingly clean, only grit and a bit of rubbish showed that I was near civilisation.

Call me stupid, but I had to touch the ground to feel the icy snow – yes, it was cold. It may be tempting to visit this place on a hot summer day, but that’s maybe not the best idea. For one the place is anything but beautiful and for another not without risk, because there could be invisible holes under the icy snow. I was extremely cautious while taking these pictures.

If you would ask me about the strangest place in Skellefteå in summer, the Skellefteå snow dump was definitely a candidate.


5 comments to “Eternal winter in Skellefteå”

  1. Johanna 2018-08-19 18:50

    Hej Olaf,
    ich hatte Dich mal gefragt , wie das so ist bei der Schneeschmelze mit den Wassermengen .Nun sehe ich das der Schnee aufgehoben wird ! Klasse : ein Schnee- Depot für den nächsten Winter :D

  2. way-up-north 2018-08-20 20:04

    Ich hoffe ja ehrlich gesagt auf neuen Schnee im Winter ;-), Johanna

  3. Johanna 2018-08-20 20:44

    Na , der kommt doch noch obendrauf ! Stell Dir den Berg mal vor :-)

  4. Margrit Schneider 2018-08-21 17:43

    Dear Olaf, german people says „wer sich in Gefahr begibt, kommt darin um“.
    Please take care ! ! Yours Ma

  5. way-up-north 2018-08-24 16:10

    Margrit: I do take care ;-)

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