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Photos: Sweden in Winter

Värmland, Sweden. Though I’m not quite finished writing about my trip to South America (more Argentina and Chile to come!) I would like to insert some pictures of the winter wonderland that is Sweden in January. Last month, overcoming my fears of bitter cold and oppressive darkness, I traveled to the Swedish lake district of Värmland for a week of ice fishing, saunas, and stoking of wood stoves. Despite my most stubborn efforts, I was actually charmed by the scenery. Even the cold, if combatted with several layers of mittens and a coat that doubles as a sleeping bag, can be agreeable. For a few days anyway…

Spark, or kick-sled, and a dock


There's my kicker! MUSH!

Drilling a hole in the ice to go fishing!

Didn't catch any fish, but luckily we brought hot dogs and moose meatballs.

The sauna in the woods.



4 Comments Post a comment
  1. Kanerva #

    You’ve captured the best part of northern winter in your sauna picture! The blue light is just beautiful. Can’t wait for next winter to head far north again.

    March 18, 2012
  2. Sophie #

    Its such a twinkly time of year. I’d love to explore farther north one day.

    March 21, 2012
  3. Hi. I’m planning a trip to Sweden in February and this is exactly what I’d like to do (sauna/ice fish). Where did you stay? Any other recommendations? I’ve had such a hard time finding a place to do this, but your post gives me hope!

    January 26, 2015
    • Sophie #

      Hi Madeleine, I’m sorry to respond so late to your comment! If you’re already in Sweden I hope you’re having a marvelous time and catching lots of fearsome pike! The winter I went I was visiting a friend whose neighbor had a lovely sauna and icy pond. I wonder if the Ice Hotel in northern Sweden could offer some sort of sauna/ice fishing package though. And this company Nordic Footprints ( in Dalarna seems to offer ice fishing packages as well. Could be something to look into! Enjoy Sweden and eat lots of pepparkakor for me!

      February 18, 2015

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