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...only for a few hours!  Spent the last few days up in beautiful little Gällivare.  I had a few days last week until my father would arrive so I spent my time in Umeå one of the best ways I know how-sleeping.  He got here Monday with a pack full of books, hiking clothes and root beer for me(my friends keep telling me I must have parents that really love me since they lugged root beer across the atlantic!). After papa got here we headed up to Gällivare the next day. Gällivare is a small mining town above the arctic circle in Lappland Sweden. Very nearby is Dundret, one of the tallest points in the area. The town is also near a couple of state parks as well as very close to the UNESCO site Laponia-a large wilderness area. It was of course beautiful up there.
gällivare from the lodge on dundret
They still had a lot of snow, by a lot I'm talking about a few feet. The house behind the b&b still had a snow pile in their yard that reached the second story window(and of course the dog was king of the snowhill in that yard!). We walked the town a few times while we were there. I introduced papa to the Swedish grocery store ICA since we had our own kitchen to cook in while at the b&b. The b&b of course was a great little place. The lady who ran it looked like the grown up version of pippi longstocking, seriously. She always had her red hair in messy pigtails. She found a lot of pleasure speaking to me in Swedish everytime I saw her, and I was always unprepared to think in Swedish. The one full day we had there we walked around town and walked up the lodge at Dundret, which was a quite a few km's up there. It was beautiful though. That was about all we did above the arctic circle; it was partly a trip to say papa had been above the arctic circle.  So here we are, repacking for slightly warmer weather before taking the night train down to Stockholm for the next few days!
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gällivare from the lodge on dundr…
gällivare from the lodge on dund…
king of the snowpile dog behind th…
king of the snowpile dog behind t…
view while walking up to the lodge
view while walking up to the lodge
photo by: harleyd