The long white slopes of Ljungdalen

Trip Start Jan 21, 2008
Trip End Jun 01, 2008

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Saturday, February 23, 2008

I wake up and see its still dark outside as the Thilen family is already loading the car . We have to leave at 7 : 00 Mats says very swedishly and after wipeing the sleep out of my eyes we set off on our journey to the north. A break away from civilization as we know it. With a worked out scedule of where everybody is going to sit on different times of the journey and a stop at the MAX the 9 hour drive goes reasonably smoothly.
The closer we got to our destination the more snow apeared on the sides of the road. I was absolutely extatic as seeing snow is very special for a South African. When we arrived I was overwelmed with the beatiful landscapes and even though I instantly knew my camara was going to work overtime the next few days there was now way I could of imagend some of the jawdropping sights that was to come.

Day1 :

Daniel and I was going to stay in the town with his grandmother ( maw maw ) and his parents and his younger brother ( the more wilderness loving of the two brothers)  ( joakim )  went to a small hut without elek. or water but very cosy and a great place to get away form the stockholm city life. We were " mitte trud " ( very tired )
after the long drive and disapeared under our warm blankets dreaming about what tommorow will bring us.

Day 2 :

We woke up early with a strong cup of coffee to a beatiful sunny day. It was perfect snowboarding weather and you could already feel the adrenalin builing inside.After dressing up i must say we looked kinda pro :P ..We rented the boards and befor eyou know it we where sitting on the lift going futher and futher up the mountain. As I had nt snowboarded in 3 years I was a little nevouse at first but surprizingly I did reasonably wel .. Every time I became better , faster and fel harder ..It was absolutely awsome though. Every now and then we took a break and had our hot chocolate and thin bread. Exgusted after a whole day on the slopes we are welkomed by some ys cold beer ( 3.5 ) and a really hot sauna . This would become a dayly tradision a proved to be the best cure for my stiff body after experiancing some mentionable falls. I slept like a baby that night.

Day 3 :

This was our last day of snowboarding and i still needed some pictures . ( In SA if you dont have a pic you did nt do it ) Unfortionatly the weather was not that great and with strong winds and -10 it was rather cold. Luckely it cleared up after we went for a fika ( coffee ) and I got some stunning pics. I was rather impressed with my snowboarding at the end and desided it is def. one of my fav. sports. We where greeted with some freshly baked samla ( cakes ) by maw maw when we arrived home. After a delisouse meal and a very competative game of uno it was time for bed as tommorow we would go to the other hut.

Day 4 :

The onther hut was on the edge of a huge lake that was completly frozen. This was the ideal oppertunity to do some ice fishing and before i could say " tack " I was drilling trough the ice in hope of finding some fish. All in all it it was a beatiful experiance and even though we didnt catch anything it felt like a different world to me. We sat on reindeer skinn and used small reels . Hot glu wine with almonds and raisins was the cerry on the cake. Today we had a tradisional wood fire sauna ( still with the beer ) that just gives that extra relaxing feeling. For supper we had the best brown pea soup in the world accompanyed with a strong warmed liquer , musterd and cheese on cracker bread. We made our way back on snowmobiles and contunied our uno game. Oh I also did some long distance skiing on the lake !

Day 5 :

The last day we went to Helax 1792 m , the 3 de higest mountian in Swede. It is about a 10 km drive on the snowmobiles and was loads of fun. We first went to a small returant in the middel of nowwhere and had thin bread with reindeer meat. It was amazing! Our next stop was a hostel halfway up the Helax , it was truely a remarkable landscape as no trees gro higer that 800 m . Before me lay endless white snow dessert. We had waffels at the hostel and they where especially very special because of the rare orange berrys that are served with them. The day ended with a hot sauna and the a crazy me jumping naked in the snow !

I loved our holiday in Ljundalen and is very grateful to the thilen family as well as maw maw for beeing so " gasvry" It was mitte bra !!
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darkvampiria on

What an adventure :) I'm happy you like it there ^^ hmmm I sounds nice all that snow and snowboarding (skied once in my live... in snowworld xD) and didn;t you freeze to death when you jumped naked in the snow after you went into a sauna? when are the pictures come online? ^^
hope I hear from you soon, and please answer quick to my question sI mailed you ^^
ps :O do yous moke? xD

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