Gäddede camping

Monday, July 31st

Tonight we are staying at Gäddede camp ground. This is part of how we drove today, the most scenic part:

We arrived in Gäddede at 6 o'clock in the evening, set up camp, and had dinner in the camp ground grill restaurant.

Our tent at Gäddede camping

Vendla wanted to go out in the canoe!

But rain, thunder and a bit of lightning was on its way in, so that wasn't possible.

Maybe go for a swim tomorrow?


Monday, July 31st

Our next stop for the day was a waterfall called Hällingsåfallet. We continued driving on dirt roads for a long time to get there, and coupled with the rain, it made our cars look like this:

The waterfall, however, was beautiful and it was very nice to walk around it on the forest trail. The fall produces a lot of fog, which creates a special environment for plants and moss.


Monday, July 31st

Öjarn is a lake and a village in the middle of the woods of Jämtland. There isn't much around it:

Fredrik and I used to go there with our parents when we were kids, and Fredrik wanted to see if we could find the house that we used to vacation in! We drove miles and miles on dirt roads, and had to guess a little bit to find the actual house. It's funny, we actually parked our cars in the woods and geared up for a bit of a hike to find the house, and then it turned out we were really close to it. We ended up only having to walk a few meters 😉 .

Brother and sister back in Öjarn

Lake Öjarn

A pretty flower

The house in Öjarn

Morning dip and rain coming in

Monday, July 31st

The morning started out nicely. I had a pretty good night's sleep (except for some disturbing nightmares). It was overcast, but not cold, and not that many mosquitoes. I took a morning "shower" in the river! It wasn't easy to walk on the slippery rocks on the bottom, and the water was cold, but I washed with soap and everything and rinsed my hair too! I was quite proud of myself after that feat. I felt so refreshed – and thought that the boys had been complaining a little too much yesterday 😉 – and apparently I sold the experience so much that Camilla went ahead and got into the river too. She wasn't as excited about it as I was…

We also managed to have a nice breakfast before it started raining. Then it wasn't so nice anymore. Camilla was smart enough to pack up most of their stuff before the rain came, but Kelly and I had been a little too casual about it (we looked at the forecast which claimed no rain) and had to suffer the consequences as we were packing up wet stuff and put it in the car.

Then we left Kvarnflyn, and most of what I saw through the windshield for the rest of the morning, looked like this:

Free camping

Sunday, July 30th

We were planning on driving to Strömsund, but felt that it was a little too far (2 hours) for what we wanted after visiting the dead waterfall. So when we happened upon a beautiful spot right next to the road, with a river with rapids on the other side, the choice to stop seemed easy. As soon as we stepped out of the car however, we were attacked by mosquitoes. We put mosquito repellent on, and the situation improved drastically and immediately. We decided to stay for the night.

The place is called Kvarnflyn, and situated just off of road 344 between Skyttmon and Sävselet. It's not a camp ground with any facilities, just a grassy area to park and set up the tent on, an outhouse and a windshield. It was absolutely gorgeous, quiet and peaceful. We were also the only ones there!

Setting up camp with a beautiful view 🙂

Dinner time!

First Kelly and then Fredrik went skinny dipping in the river! They said it was very, very cold. I have picture proof, but won't post without their consent 😉

Doing the dishes in the river

I had to visit the outhouse in the middle of the night. I couldn't help snapping another picture of the river!

Döda fallet

Sunday, July 30th

Our next adventure was to visit Döda fallet, or the Dead Fall which it would be called in English. It's a dried up waterfall, that was created during the ice age some 9,000 years ago, and drained because of attempts to build a canal to bypass it for logging timber in the 18th century. It's another interesting story which you can read more about here. The entire lake above the fall drained in just four hours, and created a flood that is described as Sweden's greatest "natural" disaster.

We had a nice time walking on the wooden walkways and looking at the views and the strange, rocky landscape below us.

Lunch break with a view! The food was good too.

Even the pets are taken care of at this place 🙂 .