An entire winter in Swedish Lapland? Why not?
Me and my expedition partner Gerard had been ice-skating and winter camping for weeks above the Arctic Circle, but still it felt like I only just got a small taste of what this remote part of Europe has to offer.
By the beginning of December Gerard was going home, COVID-19 caused increased restrictions and the weather was far from optimal, but I decided not to let any of it stop me. “I’m not coming home, I’m staying all winter!” I told my disappointed friends and family, who also have learned by now that I am most happy when wild, remote, extreme and diving into the unknown. Whether it is ice-skating the sea ice in the archipelago near Lulea, snowshoeing through Muddus National Park or going on a full-blown expedition through Sarek and/or Padjelanta, I’m pretty sure I’ll be just fine up here in Northern Scandinavia. I’ve got an entire winter to build snow caves, do some avalanche training, cross glaciers, learn how to snowkite, expand my survival skills, get excited about animal tracks, jump in and climb out of ice holes, get strong(er), go dogsledding and enjoy the wonders of travelling in winter. The possibilities are boundless.