IN THE WINTER WITH THE VAN TO THE NORTH CAPE
INDEPENDENT IN SWEDEN – JUST LOOK FOR A BEAUTIFUL PLACE ANYWHERE AND PARK
The next morning we continued our journey by van to the North Cape. We had planned to drive along Sweden’s coast and wanted to make some distance in the first place. The rough goal was to reach the North Cape by New Year’s Eve at the latest. So we still had a week, which we could use for a leisurely drive back to Germany.
We continued the journey, out of Stockholm, past Uppsala and Gävle further and further into the north of Sweden. The weather changed between low plus and single digit minus temperatures. The snow, which had turned everything into a beautiful white just a few days before, had turned into a black, dirty mass. Our windshield was no longer clean even with the wiper water, and since it was already getting dark early, we drove more by feel than by sight. Fortunately, many gas stations now also had small service stations where you could fill up with water and clean the windshield.
In addition to the breaks we took to clean the windshield, we also kept taking short breaks from sitting and driving for long periods of time. When Kathy drove, I worked on the laptop and we listened to music. Actually not a spectacular day, since you could hardly see anything outside, the weather was very mixed and we were both a bit lost in thought. But such days are just part of it. It is on the road just like at home.
After 500km we looked for a suitable parking space for the night on Park4Night. In the meantime, we had swapped again and I drove. When we found something suitable, the Navi led us about 15km away from our actual route. The destination was a small bay on the Swedish coast.
Arriving in Killingsnäs, the friendly voice from the cell phone directed us to a dirt road that led directly into a dark wooded area. Although the path was cleared but little traveled. So it went about 2 kilometers further and further into the darkness. At a fork in the road we had to keep to the right, of all things the path that was no longer cleared. The van slides a bit and the dry snow cracks under the tires.
After a while, we found ourselves at a turnaround in the middle of the forest in total darkness. The voice from the cell phone told us “You have reached your destination!”. Our sleeping place for tonight. Somehow it felt creepy, but we stayed. In the darkness we could just glimpse a small red and white cottage. Quickly make the bed and just hope we wake up tomorrow.
DARKNESS AND IN THE MIDDLE OF A FOREST – WHERE ARE WE ACTUALLY?
The next morning I looked outside through the window covering. The sun was just rising and I could see the sea from the van. It was only 50 meters away from us. We were still quite sleepy, but curiosity and a beautiful view drove us outside into the cold. At that moment -3°C still felt pretty fresh, but we got more and more used to the low temperatures.
The small house, which we could recognize in the night by the darkness was a toilet house, which belongs to the adjacent beach. While Kathy was happy about the “bathroom”, I was thinking about something else. It was the first time for me to see a snow covered beach and I thought it would be the perfect place for a breakfast by the water while the sun was rising.
After freshening up a bit, we packed all the necessary things in one of the euroboxes from the trunk and carried them to the sea. Then we set up our breakfast and sat comfortably in the sunrise.
While the sound of the waves could be heard and the frozen seawater at the edge glistened in the sun, we realized that our gas stoves were only designed for good weather and no wind. So we preferred to do without coffee for the time being and ate toast. Of course also untoasted, nevertheless this morning and this place will remain very special in our memory.
Despite the wind, the temperatures that day were incredibly mild compared to the bone-chilling cold in Stockholm. Also, looking back on our long car ride to this place with all the slush, it seemed like the perfect day that morning to invest a few hours and explore the area a bit.
THE PERFECT DAY FOR AN EXPLORATION TOUR
We put on our gloves and hats, closed our jackets and off we went. The snow crunched under our feet, we always ran along the sea. In the process, we discovered a small vacation village in addition to beautiful viewpoints.
In summer certainly well visited, was also unfortunately here in winter everything like extinct. So we had no choice but to walk alone through the deserted village and take a few pictures. Maybe we would come here again in the summer, and experience this special place differently.
After we had walked some more, it was time to go back. As quickly as the sun rose, so quickly it disappeared again on the horizon and we did not want to wander around in the darkness abandoned in the forest.
When we got back to our van, we see the sun just disappear behind the trees. A bit frozen through, despite the fact that it was really pleasantly “warm” in comparison, we put on something comfortable again and sat down behind the shaker. There were still some kilometers ahead of us that day so we had to continue on our journey by van to the North Cape.