Gällivare / Jukkasjärvi - Road Trip Going North Day 5

GÄLLIVARE

Out on the road again we saw our first reindeer sneaking around, a good sign that we're approaching the mountains <3

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We stopped at Harsprångets kraftverk to see if they might release some waterfalls, but we were there at the wrong time. 

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Lo and behold, just outside Gällivare we saw cloudberries at the side of the road. We literally jumped out of the car to pick the gold. 

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Gällivare unfortunately was not a success. A real ghost town, I might give it another chance sometime and it gave me cloudberries after all. 

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We stopped for a flea market sign and got tempted by this waffle sign. Felt genuine right? 

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Played a few rounds of cards in full on holiday fashion.

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...and reached our first truly northern milestone - Torne älv / The Torne River!

JUKKASJÄRVI

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We decided to stop to camp in Jukkasjärvi, where during winter time they build the well-known ice hotel. It was weird being in a place that actually felt like it was sleeping during summer time, the opposite of most cities in Sweden.

We camped at the Raindeer Lodge and could only imagine how cozy this place must be to hang out in these colorful cottages during the winter, to go dog sledding and sit in front of a fire. 

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We had bought some good food that was easy to prepare over the camping stove but still felt luxurious.

Black bean tacos in pita bread with avocado, roasted onions, red onions, tomatoes, red onions and taco sauce. 

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And the scenery! 

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We went for an evening walk in the neighborhood, and heard the Saami dogs bark and communicate with each other from long distances. 

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Paradise Jokkmokk - Road Trip Going North Day 4

JOKKMOKK

Jokkmokk really gave us a warm welcome. To begin with, I really recommend you to go there, and I hope I can come back for the christmas market in February. The whole place feels warmhearted and cute and if you're into the slightly slower vibes and more down to earth conversations and people I'm sure you will feel at home here.

I'm not saying it's much to see or do but maybe that's exactly what you're looking? The simplicity of a small town. 

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Maybe I'm a bit sentimental but seeing these old places makes me want to travel back in time to just get a hint of what a place like this looked liked when it blossomed. When people got dressed up and went to "the movies" <3 

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Even the pizza in Jokkmokk was great. 

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But this place definitely has a lot to do with why I like this little town so much. Café Gasskas. Great atmosphere, homely welcome, interesting menu both for food and for drinks. Unfortunately we already had our pizza before so no food for us but you can always look and get inspired by a great menu. 

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I mean, a bar that serves Pine Sap Shots and has "Mysdricka" (Cozy drinks) that either contains fresh cloudberries or has names like Midnight Sun has to be good, right? 

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We had to try the Pine Sap Shots. Ehm, our review is.. nah, then I actually think I would prefer the chewing gum of the north, where you chew on pine sap directly from the tree. 

My brother had informed me that for some reason he found it very easy to find new friends in Jokkmokk and he proved to be right, we got new friends right away and hung out with them for hours. When the sun was about to come up at 3 am we figured it might be time to head "home" to the car, but we didn't come far before we saw this...

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The most incredible light was shining through the fog. We knew there was a lake on the other side of a small forest since we were thinking of camping there first and even though it was already late I just stopped and told Erik that I just had to go down to the lake. I couldn't miss this. So we walked... In the middle of the night / very early morning. 

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And talk about the lake was receiving us with open arms.

I've never seen anything this beautiful! Ever. Flawless sky. Flawless light. Flawless sun. I got so astonished that I just started to shout "WHAT IS THIS? IS THIS EVEN POSSIBLE? SERIOUSLY, WHAT IS THIS?" and almost started to cry. 

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This is seriously a nature experience at its best and I'm so so so happy I didn't just give in to the urge to go back to the car and sleep. 

So, now you know why you should go to Jokkmokk in the summer. Midnight sun. Fog. Incredibly nice people. Just a slow flow that is hard not to love. 


Au revoir!

/ Your Nature Junkie! 

Luleå / Storforsen - Road Trip Going North Day 4

LULEÅ

It was the optimal summer day when it was time to explore Luleå. That made us feel like a real fika out in the sun. We found a great spot for that - Bensbyns brödbutik & café.

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There was so many small details that made the whole city feel sunny. Sunflowers & Rainbows. 

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STORFORSEN

After Luleå it was time to start moving westward and away from the coast. A friend from Boden recommended us to visit Storforsen, a part of Pite river with a great waterfall. As she explained it, it's worth a visit just to see how powerful water can be. 

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It started raining just when we'd reached the waterfall. But gladly Erik had brought the rain ponchos that his mother gave us. 

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But what happens when the weather can't decide its mood - A beautiful rainbow happens! <3 

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So the rain stopped and we could find a spot to heat our food. Bean pasta with tomato sauce. There's no simpler camping food, that still taste really really good. 

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When in a tourist place obviously you need to ask a tourist to take a tourist photo of you.

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After being a real tourist I just fell a sleep in the car and ended up in Paradise Jokkmokk. 

Umeå / Piteå - Road trip going north day 3

After another good night's sleep in the car (I'm not kidding, I love it) we headed out on the main road again towards...

UMEÅ

I'm surprised it took me so long to finally visit Umeå. I had a feeling I would really like that place, and even though we only spent 2 hours there I know that feeling was right. 

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We had lunch at ROST Mat & Kaffe. I had a mix plate with homemade cream cheese, raw carrot salad, beans, hummus and rye bread that was superb. I had longed for a really healthy plate a while. 

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To balance the healthiness up we had to grab a coffee and something sweet at Kulturbageriet

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Seriously... How good doesn't this one look? Melted chocolate with gooseberries and blueberries <3 <3 <3

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And all the interior got me so inspired. I just want to buy an old industrial building and start a café in an instant. 

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We knew we wanted to reach Luleå by night time so we continued on as soon as I'd stared clear of all the old pots, margarine and sugar boxes (as if I could ever be done with that). 

SKELLEFTEÅ / PITEÅ

We stopped outside Skellefteå, at Byske havsbad, for a refreshing swim.

We reached Piteå where we got surprised by all the cars and people everywhere in the. We realized it was the first day of the festival Piteå Dansar Och Ler (PDOL). We didn't plan to stay in Piteå for very long but since this was such a nice surprise we felt that it was time to switch from our a little bit too comfy travel clothes.

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It was great to see Piteå in its glory... it was actually glowing. We checked the market out, a few artists playing but skipped the beer tent and the carousels although it was tempting to take a few rounds of "Flying carpet".

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We found a camping spot at Harrträsk, between Piteå and Luleå where we could watch the sunset from our bed and listen to the crazy choir of mosquitoes trying to get in through the minimal gap in the pulled down window. They failed, moahaha!

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WAKE UP HAPPY!

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Sundsvall / Örnsköldsvik - Road Trip Going North Day 2

Sundsvall

After packing up our stuff from our first night in Söderhamn (Skärsö skärgård) we jumped in the car again and headed north. The road signs said Sundsvall.

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Erik picked up a mascot on the way. How can you go on a road trip without a mascot?

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We stopped on a dreamy beach alongside the coastal road (Kustvägen) to Sundsvall to heat some food we brought and take a swim. 

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Found bucket after bucket of wild raspberries. One for my grandmother and one for me. 

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When the signs are starting to show Haparanda you know you're getting closer to the north. 

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But first a pit stop to visit my grand parents and uncle in Sundsvall. Even though it was just an hour I can't pass Sundsvall without just saying hi. How cool is my grandpa? 84 years old in a baseball sweater and jeans <3

Örnsköldsvik

We continued on, and pretty soon we passed the High Coast Bridge / Högakustenbron that was more scenic than I actually thought it would be. 

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We finally found a nice spot in Örnsköldsvik to watch the sunrise, so blew up the air mattress, made our little camper bed and made ourselves comfortable grilling some vego burgers with lettuce, roasted onions, avocado, and aioli. But we soon realized that the campsite we found was far too busy with cars that passed. So we packed up again and moved on to a new spot - Gullviks havsbad. 

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Who would think that it would be this cozy to sleep in a small Ford Mondeo?

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We butter-fried the chanterelles we had found the day before over the Trangia stove, threw them on crispbread. The raspberries ended up as a sweet oatmeal topping, a few eggs, and we were ready to conclude, you will not get a breakfast at home. 

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Next up: The northern metropols Umeå / Piteå / Luleå 

Borlänge / Söderhamn - Heading north, the mountains are calling

BORLÄNGE

Before our journey to northern Sweden could begin we had to make a pit stop in Borlänge. Our hometown. We heard rumors that there was insane amounts of gold in the forrest, mushroom gold. 

Erik and his mother scouting for chantarelles

Erik and his mother scouting for chantarelles

And we found, a lot. Just outside the doorstep of the cottage.  

And we found, a lot. Just outside the doorstep of the cottage.  

Then we were on our way. Me, Erik & the mandatory summer hat. 

Then we were on our way. Me, Erik & the mandatory summer hat. 

The car filled to the brim. I have admit that decorative pillows and light strands does not belong to what you would call necessities on a road trip but they adds that luxorious fluffiness that at least makes me happier so I had to bring them.

The car filled to the brim. I have admit that decorative pillows and light strands does not belong to what you would call necessities on a road trip but they adds that luxorious fluffiness that at least makes me happier so I had to bring them.

SÖDERHAMN

First stop of the trip got a bit random. Since it had gotten so late and after failing with the first spot that looked promising on the map that turned out to be the spot for the yearly village summer party and people were singing kareoke under the sky we finally found this turning area a bit outside Söderhamn. 

First night sleeping in the car. 

First night sleeping in the car. 

Skärså outside Söderhamn, surprisingly beautiful. 

Skärså outside Söderhamn, surprisingly beautiful. 

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Found a perfect breakfast spot.

Found a perfect breakfast spot.

Where we boiled our eggs and cooked our oats in the camping stove.

Where we boiled our eggs and cooked our oats in the camping stove.

I love waking up and having nature just outside. Pack up, move on, like the little gypsy I often feel like. Next up on our slightly unplanned plan was Sundsvall, to visit my grandparents just quickly.  

This is only the beginning of the trip. I can't wait to show you everything! It's really been an amazing trip.💙

Dalarna in July

I've had the best summer, and it's soon coming to an end. I'm not sad. Not at all. In contrast, I feel ready and psyched to get back to my routines. It has been fantastic with a little break.

I'm also looking forward to bring you up to speed with loads of images from this summer. Starting with this road trip I did with the people I have closest to my heart. Erik. His mother and sister. 

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Erik fidgeting. Always fidgeting. Not because he's nervous though, just because he likes it. 

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Brudskogens fäbodar. I recommend you to go there. Fantastically beautiful. 

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It happens that I get overly proud of the place I come from. There's nothing like Dalarna.

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Birch trees with mountains and valleys in the horizon. I can't get enough. 

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Not to mention kind-eyed hippie horses. 

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We got there just in time to watch the calves get fed. 

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And I know someone who completely fell in love. I don't know anybody who loves animals more than him and I love him for that. 

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Explored old sites full of old stories that Doris could tell us. 

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We made new friends in the parking lot. 

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And of course, when you thought it couldn't get more charming we met a few relatives who were out for a spontaneous biking bingo. Only in Äppelbo. 

Äppelfabriken - Love at first sight


Health for me is to be out in nature as much as possible. That doesn't me you have to go out running, hiking or fishing or whatever outdoory-stuff that comes to mind first. It's simply to be surrounded by the sound of nature (rippling water, birds, leaves in the wind, bumblebees in the apple blossoms). Last weekend we did a day trip to Mälaröarna. First some flea markets at Ekerö and then we randomly stumbled upon the most beautiful place Stockholm has to offer - Äppelfabriken at Färingsö <3 It was love at first sight. 

There's a house for sale just next to it. I'm seriously thinking of buying it.  

There's a house for sale just next to it. I'm seriously thinking of buying it.  

Everything was beautiful on the Islands, even the bus shelters

Everything was beautiful on the Islands, even the bus shelters

The birds took care of the dishes

The birds took care of the dishes

The Apple blossoms was better than perfect as they've just started to let go of their leaves that sprinkled the air

The Apple blossoms was better than perfect as they've just started to let go of their leaves that sprinkled the air

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I had a grilled sandwich with chevre, tapenade and honey <3

I had a grilled sandwich with chevre, tapenade and honey <3

And totally let go and had a heavenly apple pie.  

And totally let go and had a heavenly apple pie.  

With homemade vanilla sauce! 

With homemade vanilla sauce! 

And they had a huge fig tree in the green house! Seriously? Ser-i-ous-ly! 

And they had a huge fig tree in the green house! Seriously? Ser-i-ous-ly! 

Conclusion: Go there!  

Oumph salad bowl

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Oumph!

If you haven't tried it yet - you really should! As me & Erik mostly have been eating vegetarian / vegan the past year we've been looking for some good substitutes that are still rich in protein. We've been eating loads of quorn, beans and minced soy but oumph is our go-to on a Friday night. 

Servings: 4
Time: 30 min

Ingredients:

  • 2 tbsp olive oil 
  • 200 g kale, chopped
  • 500 g (17,5 oz) pulled oumph (soy protein isolate) 
  • 1 tbsp pesto
  • 100 g (3,5 oz) artichoke hearts 
  • 200 g (7 oz) spinach
  • 100 g (3,5 oz) cherry tomatoes, halved
  • 1 small red onion, sliced

Instructions: 

  1. Defrost the oumph. 
  2. Heat up a frying pan over medium heat, add 1 tbsp of olive oil and add in the kale. Fry until soft and lightly colored. Pour over into a bowl and set to the side. 
  3. Reuse the frying pan, add the rest of the olive oil, pour in the oumph and fry for 5-7 min until everything is cooked through. 
  4. In a bowl combine pesto and artichokes. 
  5. Divide the lukewarm kale, spinach, cherry tomatoes and red onions on plates. Pour over the pesto artichokes and top with the warm pulled oumph. 

Oat cake - for breakfast!

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  • 4 dl / 1,7 cup oats
  • 4 eggs
  • 1 tbsp chia seeds
  • 0,5 dl / 0,2 cup almond flour
  • 4 dl / 1,7 cup almond milk
  • 2 dl / 0,8 cup coconut milk
  • 0,5 tbsp baking powder
  • 0,5 tbsp stevia
  • 1 tsp vanilla powder
  • 0,5 tsp salt
  • 1,5 scoop (45 g) vanilla casein protein powder + 1 dl water as frosting!

Just combine all ingredients in an ovenproof dish and bake for 20 min in 200° C / 392° F. Spread out the protein frosting!