Sweden, Travelogue

To heed the mountains call and leave summer behind

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It’s easy to forget what a big country Sweden is. Just a few hours of driving can transport you from warm summer days in the countryside to cold, rainy days with snow in the mountains. That’s just what happened to us a few weeks ago when I had to heed the mountains call.

We had a longer weekend free of work and decided to go camping in the car for the first time this season. Since we have a lot of lakes and grand forests where we live, I wanted to see something else – as always, I longed for the mountains.

I had spent the previous days cleaning out our van (which we’ve named Walter), a VW Caravelle from -94 and I also built a new bed there and rearranged things so I was extra stoked to be on the road again.

I always feel such a tingle of excitement as we start to roll out of the driveway.

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63° 11′ 58.6968” N 12° 23′ 25.9008” E

That sense of freedom to see and empty road ahead of you, not knowing what awaits along the road – I can tell you it’s the best feeling in the world! We decided to drive across the country and slightly north, towards Åre and beyond. We wanted big mountain vistas and almost drove all the way to Norway.

A part of me wanted to cross the border but I know that adventure will come later in summer.

We stuck to the smaller roads, as always – it’s a calmer drive and a more scenic route. The journey get’s a bit longer of course, but for me the journey is a big part of it all. I don’t want to simply go from A to B. We listen to music, talk to each other, enjoy some snacks and stop whenever we want to rest or take photos.

 

The mountains called and I had to go,
even though it meant leaving summer behind for a few days.

 

The green trees and bright sunshine slowly changed into darker colors and it started to rain. As the road wound on, the rain continued and the greenery of summer continued to grow sparse as we drove on north. Finally I could see the mountains looming in the distance.

It wasn’t until we noticed that it looked more like autumn here, and that the mountains was covered in snow that we realized it – we had left summer behind for a few days.

We came accidentally came across such a huge rapid called Handölsforsen. I have previously been to Sweden’s largest waterfall Tännforsen but I must say this one felt bigger and more powerful. A sign pointed us towards a lookout and that meant crossing a bridge that stretched across the roaring stream… It was a bit scary and I could definitely feel my legs shake. I don’t know if it was due to the height or the power of the water but it sure sent my adrenaline running a wee bit faster.

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After hiking up to enjoy the powerful rapid for a bit and take some photos, we walked back down and I had to cross that dreadful bridge again haha. It was getting late and we drove on to find a spot to camp. There we made a simple dinner and had some snacks before going to bed.

In the morning we made coffee and ate a bit before we headed out again. Even though they’d loomed in the background for a while, my hunger for mountains was not sated so we consulted the maps for a bit and then decided to drive to Storulvåns Fjällstation.

It really was not part of our plans and whilst we did want nice, warm weather it was well worth the trip because the mountains really took my breath away and honestly, they look pretty darn good in this type of weather. Standing in the wind and rain taking in the big mountain views – one definitely feels pretty small and you realize just how big and powerful nature is and it’s such an awesome feeling!

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Update: Daniel from Traveler’s Edition informed me that these mountains are called Snasahögarna, he has been there a lot it would seem.

He told me that the middle peak is called Norder Tväråklump and it’s connected to Sönner Tväråklump which you can kind of see at the right side of the image above. Behind them is the mountain Getryggen which is situated right next to Storulvån Fjällstation.

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Looking back on these photos I feel as if I’ve been to Iceland – or what I imagine Iceland looks like. One of my biggest dreams is to do a roadtrip on Iceland and I hope I get to do that soon.

What is your dream destination / adventure?

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Published by Rania Rönntoft

In the forests of Sundsvall, the small northern town between two mountains, Rania found herself and her passion: living a slower life rich in experiences instead of things. Here she works as a freelancing photographer, content creator and photography teacher. Through her pictures she wants to inspire others to spend more time outdoors and show that the adventure is not far away. She travels a lot in Scandinavia and works with other destinations to promote our beautiful country, she also arranges workshops on visual storytelling and local adventures.

18 thoughts on “To heed the mountains call and leave summer behind”

  1. aaaah if you’re into waterfalls then you must visit brudslöjan that falls just across the border between norway and sweden. it’s along E14 to Trondheim!

    1. Oh, thanks for the suggestion – we will probably travel that way when we go to Norway later in the summer – I’ll be sure to write that waterfall up as a stop along our route ;)

  2. Eva S says:

    My dream destination is Svalbard and has been so for a very long time. I always hear the mountains calling for me, and especially if they are covered in snow!☺

    1. Oh Svalbard would be pretty cool too, apart from the fact that you have to carry a weapon at almost all times (or be with someone who does) due to polar bears. That seems a bit scary to me :P But yeah, mountains covered in snow are really beautiful!

  3. Wilda says:

    Så vackert! Vilken härlig roadtrip <3 Jag önskar också att jag ska få uppleva Island en dag. Men eftersom jag inte har varit så högt upp i Sverige än så vore det ju också helt fantastiskt. Norge är en plats jag kommer att hålla kär för alltid och hoppas få besöka om och om igen. Fjordarna och bergen där är något så oerhört mäktigt att jag inte ens kan försöka beskriva det…

    1. Ja det var verkligen en härlig upplevelse om än något kallare än vad vi hade räknat med haha. Island verkar ligga på mångas lista över drömdestinationer. Ja norra Sverige är riktigt vackert, hoppas du får möjligheten att se det! Åh du har varit i Norge? Jag är allt lite avis! Längtar verkligen efter att få se bergen och fjordarna som alla pratar om!

      1. Wilda says:

        Du kommer älska Norge! Jag var i Bergen sommaren 2015 och det var MAGI! Fjordarna och bergen är svårt att beskriva. De måste liksom upplevas och levas med. Mäktigt värre.

        1. åååh… jag gillar magi i naturen :D Är sjukt pepp på Norge!

  4. Fantastiskt härliga bilder. Bergen kallar verkligen.

    1. Tack! Ja de gör ju det, helt otroligt vad berg ständigt lockar.

  5. Dryden says:

    Snasahögarna! De där älskade vackra fina topparna! Och Storulvåns fjällstation är perfekt ställe att utgå från om man vill göra fina dags- eller flerdagarsturer! Åk tillbaka i augusti! :)

    1. Snasahögarna? Heter bergen så? Otroligt vackert i alla fall och ja jag vill verkligen tillbaka till den fjällstationen, underbart fint där! Fjällen i höstskrud är ju för övrigt typ bäst <3

      1. Dryden says:

        Yes, berget i mitten av DSG_2544 är Norder Tväråklump (som sitter ihop med Sönner Tväråklump, som skymtar till höger i bild). Bakom det berget ligger Getryggen (som ligger precis bredvid fjällstationen). Jag har gjort massa turer där, både med skidor och till fots. Det ska ni testa! :)

        Här: http://www.dryden.se/tag/snasahogarna/

        1. Åh, kul att du har koll på bergen sådär – det har verkligen inte jag haha men till nästa gång ska jag försöka spana på en karta, kul att veta vad de olika topparna man njuter av heter :) Jisses vad mycket inlägg du har därifrån, nu har jag massvis med material att gotta ner mig i en stund!

  6. Really amazing photos, I will probably never get tired of the magic you’re able to create with your camera! ;)

  7. Leanne says:

    Handölsforsen looks amazing! I must agree that although Tannforsen is the biggest, it was not the most impressive waterfall to me that I found walking the St. Olav Path. That bridge is beautiful but scary haha! Gorgeous photographs as always, thanks for sharing your trips around my favourite place to be ❤️

    1. It was amazing, so big and powerful – I love sensing the powers of nature like that! :) And yeah that bridge was incredibly scary… Tännforsen sure isn’t as impressive as one might think of Sweden’s biggest waterfall, but it is pretty beautiful. I’ve only seen it in the winter though. Oh you’re welcome ❤️ I hope you’ll visit soon and maybe we can journey together here – but I do really wish to come visit you next year too! I would love to travel to you in a more sustainable way than flying though, but that might be hard…

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