Trappstegsforsen

Tuesday, August 1st, 2017

We made a quick stop at Trappstegsforsen ("the Stairway Rapids"). It's a beautiful waterfall naturally shaped like stairs. It's located along Vildmarksvägen, right below the lake Kultsjön a few kilometers east of Saxnäs.

Since I'm not the greatest photographer, I'm also adding a couple of images that I found and thought were pretty:

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Vildmarksvägen

Tuesday, August 1st 2017

Today we drove part of Vildmarksvägen – the Wilderness Road. It's a 500 km long road in northern Jämtland and southern Lapland. Vildmarksvägen goes through some breathtakingly beautiful landscapes; the part we drove today went through valleys with big lakes as well as up on the fjäll above the tree line.

This is where we drove today:

Not far from Gäddede, we came to Jormvattnet. It was beautiful, but we didn't stop for any pictures so I'm borrowing this one from @marcussjogren on Instagram.

After that, we started to go up in the mountains, or fjäll as they are called here. At the Stekenjokk plateau, we did stop to take some pictures, and to have some fika. There was a bit of rain coming and going, but we timed our fika break well and had a nice time on the kalfjäll (kalfjäll is the part of a mountain that is bare ("kal"), i.e. above the tree line).


No trees, but plenty of growth anyway.


Still some snow up here in July. Fredrik and Vendla are posing 🙂


Vendla is running to Kelly


Fredrik and Vendla


Successful self portrait of all of us!


Kelly is out exploring

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?

Hällingsåfallet

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.


Öjarn

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: