It is now a month ago that Ellen and I started our journey towards Denmark and the experience brought an adventurous side to both of us. My awesome friend is now on her way through Europe by bike! Alone! I needed a shorter adventure because of work, and as I’m writing this, I have just finished a two day hike in the Swedish mountains. It has been epic! Like seriously epic. I had the best company I could ask for: my Finnish Lapphund Doris. She LOVED hiking. You could truly see that this was her habitat, where she belongs, it was part of what made the journey so successful.
My mother, Doris and I arrived at our tiny cottage in Funäsdalen (my third home, Copenhagen’s the second) Tuesday at lunchtime. We’re renting the house from a family friend and it is located in the woods with a view over mountains far away, it’s so peaceful. The next morning we woke up early and drove to Kläppen in Ljungdalen where my hike started. The drive was so beautiful! Everything here is, that must be why I love it so much haha. At nine o’clock, Doris and I where on our way. Three hours later, we had walked through woods, over running water, up on mountain tops and finally arrived at our goal: Helags, Sweden’s southernmost glacier. It was. So. Cool. I put up our tent by a river of drinkable water right at the foot of the mountain. Then we went up the glacier and I didn’t believe our adventure could get any better. We followed the waterfall running down the steep mountainside, it felt like I was in a Lord of the Rings movie, like I was a hobbit on an adventure haha. Then the night came, and the fantasy movie turned into an action film. The sunny weather became a storm and Iliterally spent the whole night worrying about if the tent would hold in the strong winds. According to a weather station close by, the strongest gusts that night were at 19 meters per second, which is just really unfair. The noise ofthe wind beating the tent was the worst part, it was so loud and Doris hated it. But we got through it. I dont know about her but I slept a maximum of three hours in total. I woke up at 5:30 and couldn’t wait to get out of the tent. The morning was still a little bit windy but peaceful, and the first thing I saw as I opened the tent was a morning mist floating over the glacier like a ghost. Our morning coffee consisted of fresh, ice cold water from the river and close by, a pack of reindeers enjoyed the morning as much as we were. Speaking of reindeers, the day before Doris made friends with one! She kept running after it as it curiously strolled around our tent. It was huge! And beautiful, and proud. I didn’t think I would get to see as many of them as I did, nevertheless get so close to them!
Before any of the other campers had even got out of their tents, I had packed our things and we began our journey back again. Doris kept looking back, she didn’t want to leave our dreamy paradise, and I couldn’t blame her.
If there’s something that I have learned from this adventure, it is that I really have a passion for nature and to see and experience new places. I want to spend my life seeing as much of earth as possible because I believe nature to be our greatest artist. Our earth is so much more than war, poverty and conflicts. It’s a work of art and I want to see it all.
Oh, and Ifreaking. LOVE. Reindeers.