...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!