Skuleskogen National Park Winter 2016/02/17
Arriving in Stockholm and the first task was to find and locate the
map I needed to purchase for Skuleskogen National Park. The shop
Kartbutiken (www.kartbutiken.se) proved a very useful store and indeed
stocked maps of pretty much everywhere it seemed.
Next some outdoor supplies, I went to Naturkompaniet
(www.naturkompaniet.se) The store had a very good selection of outdoor
gear. I purchased a small bottle of gas and admired the
huge Fjällräven range.
Stockholm proved a very hospitable area
with a wealth of museums, restaurants and urban scenery that stimulated
the brain and palate in all the right ways. However I had to turn my
attention to catching the coach north towards Skuleskogen National
The 7-hour coach that would take me
north departed Stockholm in the late evening which meant I would arrive
in Docksta in the early morning hours. The snow began to fall as the
coach pulled out of the stop and I wondered if there would perhaps be an
issue with snow blocking the roads further along the journey.
“Docksta, Docksta!” the driver announced. I stepped off and out into the
freezing cold from the warmth that had accompanied me the whole journey.
It was a weird relief to finally be off the coach and thinking on my
I looked at my watch, 2.45am. It starts
here I thought as I started to walk towards Friluftsbyn
(www.friluftsbyn.se). An outdoor activity centre situated on the
outskirts of the national park. An ideal place to start your adventure
in this area.
Skuleskogen National Park
“The park is home to many species of mammal characteristic to northern
Sweden, in particular the Eurasian lynx and the brown bear”. A
week prior to this back in the UK whilst packing for the trip I had read
this line in a description for the national park. Now stood looking at
the path leading me into the area for myself this thought popped back
into my head. So it was with some anticipation that I secured my
snowshoes and set off into the forest.
Almost immediately I stopped in my
tracks and trying to focus my hearing the conclusion was backed up with
evidence. I was standing in total silence.
I wanted to see and walk through the deep crevasse of Slåttdalskrevan
which is a highlight of the national park. The whole area is dominated
with rough rocky peaks along with caves and ancient beaches which are
now much higher than sea level. This is due to glacial rebound, 10,000
years ago the ice sheet that covered the area melted and as a result of
that huge weight being lifted the ground is springing back up like a
mattress when you get out of bed in the morning. The speed of that
rising is stated as being 8mm per year.
I hope you enjoy the photos from my
solo trip. I feel compelled to describe the bits of kit that really
worked for me but that will be in another article.