Sweden 2020 part VI - Åre and Jämtland Province


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August 6th 2020
Published: November 19th 2020
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Viking ships (that don't float), waterfall (without water), winter ski resort (in summer), a gun (you can't shoot with) That this blog entry turned out to be filled with contradictions was completely unintentional. Further down we will explain each one of them and, if you care to read it to the end, we hope you'll find it interesting. Åre We'll begin with the winter ski resort. It is cal... Read Full Entry



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Vålådalen Nature ReserveVålådalen Nature Reserve
Vålådalen Nature Reserve

Bog in Vålådalen Nature Reserve
Vålådalen Nature ReserveVålådalen Nature Reserve
Vålådalen Nature Reserve

Plants that grow in the bog
Henrik and Joel Lundqvist's gunHenrik and Joel Lundqvist's gun
Henrik and Joel Lundqvist's gun

Ice hockey playing twins Henrik and Joel Lundqvist designed this version of the sculpture Non-Violence
Supposedly the artist did not think of a downhill ski slope Supposedly the artist did not think of a downhill ski slope
Supposedly the artist did not think of a downhill ski slope

The power company hired an artist to make the tower for the power line somewhat more interesting. We thought it was supposed to look like a downhill ski slope. But the sign said that the inspiration was the Aurora Borealis
The Dead WaterfallThe Dead Waterfall
The Dead Waterfall

This was once of the mightiest waterfalls in all of Sweden. Now it is dry
The Dead WaterfallThe Dead Waterfall
The Dead Waterfall

In the 18th century, Magnus Huss wanted to redirect some water to a log driving canal. The project resulted in a disaster
The Dead WaterfallThe Dead Waterfall
The Dead Waterfall

Gigant's kettle in the old riverbed in the Dead Waterfall
The Dead WaterfallThe Dead Waterfall
The Dead Waterfall

Gigant's kettle in the old riverbed in the Dead Waterfall. This one has the stone that grinded the rock still in it.
Indalsälven RiverIndalsälven River
Indalsälven River

After the dam burst the river retook its old course
Rock engravingsRock engravings
Rock engravings

One of the largest collections of rock engravings in Sweden can be found at Nämforsen Waterfall.
Rock engravingsRock engravings
Rock engravings

There are at least 2500 rock engravings near Nämforsen Waterfall. The pictures show for example animals, people and Viking ships
Storsjö Lake Monster lookoutStorsjö Lake Monster lookout
Storsjö Lake Monster lookout

The Storsjö Lake has its own mythical inhabitant - The Storsjö Lake Monster. The locals suggest the place to the left if you want to stop and look for it. Needless to say, we didn't see it.
Storsjö Lake Monster sculptureStorsjö Lake Monster sculpture
Storsjö Lake Monster sculpture

The Storsjö Lake Monster doesn't look like a monster. It looks cute
Painted doorPainted door
Painted door

Just a colourfully painted door
Keep distanceKeep distance
Keep distance

How do you tell people to keep distance in a funny way? "Stay at least one moose away from each other"
The King Chulalongkorn Memorial Building The King Chulalongkorn Memorial Building
The King Chulalongkorn Memorial Building

In the end of the 19th century King Chulalongkorn of Thailand came on an official visit to this rural part of Sweden. This was such an unusual visit that people talked about it for generations.
Statue of King ChulalongkornStatue of King Chulalongkorn
Statue of King Chulalongkorn

In 1998, 101 years after the visit by the king, a Thai pavilion was inaugurated in the village Utanede as a kind of memorial of this event.



19th November 2020

I found out something new!!
A Thai pavilion in the middle of nowhere Sweden!
20th November 2020

It's somewhat surreal
If you don't know of it before arriving there it is quite surreal to see it actually. /Ake
20th November 2020

Åre
It was very interesting to see all the natural spots of beauty in and around Åre, as well as the man-made attractions -- the preserved farmhouses, rock carvings, the beautiful hotel and even the WWII bunker. I would have really liked seeing a reindeer! Great photos!
20th November 2020

Thank you
Thank you for reading it and I am happy to hear that you liked it. /Ake
22nd November 2020
Painted door

Love it!!
22nd November 2020
Storsjö Lake Monster sculpture

We have a lake monster in Canada too - Ogopogo https://tinyurl.com/y32mfkxq
23rd November 2020
Storsjö Lake Monster sculpture

Lake monsters are quite common
There are legends of lake monsters in other Swedish lakes as well. But at least one of them is referred to as an extremely large fish. Legends about lake monsters seem to be quite common. Popular folk lore apparently. /Ake
22nd November 2020
The King Chulalongkorn Memorial Building

Beautiful, very Thai!
23rd November 2020

sweden
I love would love to visit Sweden
23rd November 2020

We travelled four weeks and barely skratched the surface
This summer is the first time we have spent an entire vacation in Sweden. We travelled for four weeks and still we barely skratched the surface. When you plot our route on a map you see that we saw very little really. We plan to travel for four weeks next summer too and we will still haven't seen much. /Ake
27th November 2020
Rock engravings

Rock Engravings
Fantastic. How old are they supposed to be and is there any reason they are in such good condition? I have posted them in the Rock art of the World thread in the Photography Forum. Great additions from Sweden.
28th November 2020
Rock engravings

Rock engravings are quite common in Scandinavia
Rock engravings have been found in more than 10,000 different places in Scandinavia, so they are quite common. In most places there are only a handful of pictures though. They are probably between 2500 and 5000 years old. They are engraved in granite, which is a hard rock. That might explain why they are well preserved. /Ake
27th November 2020
Vålådalen Nature Reserve

VNR
Beautiful.
29th November 2020
Vålådalen Nature Reserve

Unending Beauty
Lovely.
29th November 2020
Reindeer

Lovely
I'd love to see one of these up close and personal.
30th November 2020
Reindeer

Northern Scandinavia
In northern Scandinavia it is quite easy to spot them if you are in the right area. I've seen reindeers both in Norway and in Sweden. If you are in a region where they roam you see them pretty much everywhere. /Ake

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