In Skarvsjöby and Storuman you find people playing a very local game called Boll över tak (Ball over roof).
The rules are simple:
- Bring a tennis ball
- Find a house with a good roof, and preferably without too many windows
- Divide into two equal teams
- The teams stand on each side of the roof
- Start throwing the ball over the roof
Then there are two ways of getting points:
- When a team fail to bounce the ball on the roof when throwing it over, the other team get one point
- When someone catch the ball in the air, his/her team will then get one point
The teams will not know how many points the other have since they can't see if the other team did catch the ball of not.
The first team reaching three points shall then hunt the others. It means that they are sneaking to the other side of the house, trying to hit so many of the people in the other team with the ball. The other team shall then try to move to the other side where they are safe from the hunting team. The person who is hit by the ball has to change to the other team. This means that the game continue until all players are on the same team.
So in the end, all (except of the last person that was hit) is on the winning team. It's a good game where everyone is the winner, isn't it?
All over Storuman you see this kind of container art. Since many years local artists are painting the containers and creating artwork with connection to the nature and wildlife in the Storuman area.
This have not only made the normally ugly containers more interesting to look at, they have also become saved from graffiti.
A real nesting box shall be made by real wood, even with the bark left on the outside. I found this nesting box while walking by the lake in Skarvsjöby. But even though I waited for a while, I didn't see any bird looking out from the window.
The Swedish word for nesting box is Fågelholk.
Even if Storuman is located in the far north of Sweden you can still find really beautiful Orchid flowers. It's not always easy to find them, but it's always worth the search when you finally get the sight on one. Enjoy their beauty, take photos, but please don't pick them, they are rare and protected.
It's very easy to make an ice lamp like this.
Take a bucket of water filled to the edge. Place it out in the cold. Check it often. The water will start to freeze from the outer side towards the middle. When the ice have become 3-5 cm thick, make a hole in the top of the ice, pour out the water and gently turn the buckle upside down. Now you will have an ice cylinder that with a pitch torch or a candle becomes a cool ice lamp.
In the north of Sweden most people have something called a "sparkstötting" (kick-sled translated to English).
It's a thing for use when going on the snow and ice, just stand on the runner and then kick yourself forward. You will be surprised how fast you might go with the kick-sled. But of course, it requires some practise before you become good on it.
In some places around Storuman you might find this quite unusual sign warning for skiers crossing the road. And you should take that sign seriously because it's really a ski track crossing the road, and due to the hill landscape the skiers can come in a rather high speed.
But of course, the time of year when this photo was taken, you will probably not meet so much skiers on the road.
In the north of Sweden it's common that people have a Christmas tree both indoors and one outside the house.
The word for "Christmas tree" in Swedish is "Julgran"