A lot of visitors to northern Sweden are surprised by one of our ways of saying 'yes'. In addition to the regular 'ja' or 'jo' which are the Swedish words for yes, many people here also use a sound which is kind of hard to describe. It's like sucking in air through your mouth/teeth - or, in a way, like it would sound if you breath in while saying 'you'. I told you it was hard to describe! Anyway, if you are in northern Sweden and you hear this sound, it's likely that the person making the sound isn't shocked or has a speech disorder, they're simply agreeing with you... :-)
Sportbags... Backpackers (but of course it matter of what you've planned for you trip..) WARM CLOTHES at winter!! Warm shoes and gloves especially! 'Normal' clothes in summer. You can buy most things here... it's cool..
Journey along the Arctic Highway
I was dead tired by the time I came to Lulea. Earlier that morning, I was in Rovaniemi and I've pull out much hair in frustration when I groped my way to Kemi followed by Tornio, then to the border town of Haparanda where I took a bus to Lulea . It didn't help that I didn't speak fluent Swedish or Finnish . Also very little information was available on travelling in these parts. When I finally arrived In Lulea, I got kicked out a hotel but it turned out to a blessing in disguise. I stayed for just one night over here and boarded the Ofotbanen train the next morning to Narvik.
"Enroute to Lulea........"
Enroute to Lulea I nearly got killed by a crazed moose. I wondered what got into the furry-headed creature when it decided to do a catwalk in the middle of a road . The bus swayed crazily for a couple of seconds before the cool bus driver righted the bus and drove past the moose. Of course, he swore at the moose after that in some Scandic language and shook a fist at it before driving away. Well to no avail, the moose was still walking jauntily down the lane with the bells chiming merrily on its neck....
"From Lulea to Narvik on the Ofotbanen Rail..."
For about 6 months before the trip, I read excitedly about the epic rail journey that climbs over the mountains on the Swedish border, rising farther and farther away from the waters of the Rombaksfjord and over to the mountains of Norway. It was a must to try this. After careful research, I woke up at 5am to catch the only train with a glass ceiling to Narvik. It turned out to be a journey more spectacular than my Norway in a Nutshell trip.
Polarbear's Jokkmokk page.
I live 175 km north-west of Lulea, in Jokkmokk. A place with a lot of saami (lappich) culture and a wonderful nature! This is the flag of Sapmi (Lapland) .
Jokkmokk lies north of the Polar circle. In summer we have midnight sun.