Nature in abundance


We are getting all out of sync! Although we only posted the last bit of Vildmarksvägen on Friday, we left there last Tuesday and by Friday had zigged back to the east coast again. So the river that Aussie Dad commented on at Strömsund was, in fact, nowhere near Strömsund. And our ‘Where are we?’ map is rarely in sync as the map website takes an age to load if the signal is a bit slow and we can’t be bothered to wait for it. Hey ho, we clearly can’t keep up with the pace of modern life.

So on Friday, when we were blogging about Vildmarksvägen, we were actually in Skuleskogen National Park in a part of the east coast known as the High Coast. The whole area is beautiful and the national park is full of stunning scenery, lot of geological interest and hiking trails they describe as ‘somewhat demanding’ – they are not kidding. We spent a few days here, including Saturday when we visited the local village to find a workshop to replace the flat tyre D had changed the day before. We asked about somewhere suitable in the local hardware store – the workshop was closed, but the owner was called and he opened up and repaired the tyre. We thanked him profusely but apparently it got him out of clearing out the garage at home, so he didn’t mind. He said that he didn’t really like the cold (raises a question about living in northern Sweden!) so enjoyed last winter as it was warmer – it only got down to -25°C. These people are a different species!

The rest of the weekend was spent wandering around the national park, enjoying the glorious weather. First, the signature photo of a toilet block;

Never a grey day in this national park;

And now for the nature;

Today…well, today the weather was crap. There is a High Coast tourist drive and today seemed like a pretty good day to be doing some of it, although we had picked up an excellent guide to 38 of the 150 nature reserves in this region and wanted to visit some of those too. We drove through the rain and low cloud to one and sat in the van for lunch. Miraculously, the rain stopped and we dashed out for a walk. The conditions weren’t exactly ideal – what a contrast to yesterday! – but it was a great walk nonetheless.

This photo was taken from the viewpoint, overlooking the largest stone field in the reserve. And apparently, the sea;

And that is it – you’re up to date. We are staying at another coastal nature reserve tonight – a quick dash along the path in the freezing wind this evening promised great things if the weather clears up tomorrow. But for now, dinner is ready and I’m hungry so I’m not even going to update the map (again). Maybe tomorrow.

S

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2 thoughts on “Nature in abundance

  1. Aussie Dad and Jan

    Brilliant, fascinating place. I read the link info with interest: its relevance to Australia is enthralling. While the ice was receding and the land lifting, Australia was flooding with the melt-water. During the time you describe, our seas rose more than 70m, cut us off from PNG and Indonesia and separated Tasmania from mainland Australia. I’ve read about that isostatic lifting but you are the only people I know who have walked on it! By the way, the stepping-stones through the stones are marvelous.

  2. English Mum

    We have a connection with the High Coast. We get peacock butterflies in our garden too. It all looks very beautiful. Another one to add to your all-time favourite places list?

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