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We have reached the Arctic circle!

(Saturday 14 June 2014) by Mariken
Swedish tundra
Swedish tundra
Hej hej!

Today we reached the Arctic circle, a few kilometres south of Jokkmokk, the name of my dining table and chairs. Driving through Sweden sometimes feels like driving through one big IKEA. ;-) We absolutely adore Sweden, it is truly a stunning, breathtakingly beautiful country. I can not count the number of times we already encountered wildlife on the road, deer, foxes, rabbits, and the latest acquisition: reindeer. I finally found the time to upload about a million pictures. They have not yet been named, but you can enjoy them nevertheless. A small selection follows below.
Rudolf the rednosed Reindeer
Rudolf the rednosed Reindeer


After our stay in Gotland, we spent some very relaxed days in Stockholm, a city we both have fallen in love with. It is easy-going, charming, and houses some very good, albeit expensive, museums. We chose to visit the most expensive one, and most unique one: the Vasa museum. Unfortunately the pictures we took there are not very impressive, but that should only encourage you to go and check for yourself! Some background information: The Vasa museum houses the Vasa (duh), a 17th century warship that was supposed to be the most impressive and most fearsome of the Swedish fleet. Unfortunately it sank, 20 minutes into its maiden voyage. Oops. In 1957 they were finally able to pinpoint its location and in 1961 it resurfaced, having rested on the sea bottom for more than 300 years. It is in a remarkable condition and thanks to detailed scientific research and meticulous restoration, about 95 % of what we can see on display today is original. Quite a feat!
Sunset over Visby
Sunset over Visby
Unfortunately the exhibition we wanted to visit next, about racial biology, was closed due to the Swedish national holiday. Too bad, as the Danish resistance museum we wanted to visit in Copenhagen was a no-go either, as it had burned down. In this way it becomes hard to satisfy my professional deformation...

And then, after Stockholm, we started the long way north. We headed for Norway, as the North Cape is part of Norway, only to discover (a bit late, yes, I know) that it would probably be faster (and cheaper!) to drive through Sweden and Finland, so after one night we left Norway again. With mixed feelings I should add as, to be judged from the little we saw of it, it is a spectacularly beautiful country as well, even though it is even more expensive than Sweden. Is that possible? Yes, it is! I almost cried when I saw the petrol prices (about 2 Euro for a litre of petrol, don't complain about the Netherlands!). And we seriously paid 9,10 Euro for four rolles of toilet paper and a bread. So, back to Sweden, only to discover this marvellous tundra, with countless herds of reindeer. Yes, we love Sweden.

The little Mermaid
The little Mermaid
Okay, one last pic and then I am going to bed; it's 23:36 and I am not warned to go to bed by any darkness as the sun does not set anymore. B-) I love daylight (those who heard my complaints about teaching Metajuridica on Monday 8:30 can testify to that!), but my biological clock is seriously off these days. I just have to force myself to bed, otherwise I am dog tired in the morning. And we still have a long way to go to the North Cape!

  • sleep well by mama
    • Goed geslapen! by Mariken
  • Vogeltje by Jac
  • Arctic circle!!!! by Marije
    • Nordkapp by Mariken


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