Monthly Archives: December 2016

HAPPY NEW YEAR & favorite sunset!

Short post today….

Just wanted to wish everyone a happy HAPPY New Year!!

May all your dreams come true, may you have love in your life, pay it forward if you can and we will see you next year!!

This was my favorite sunset of 2016. The blue pictures are on the same road at the exact same time, just facing the other direction! What a contrast!! 🍃🍃 Thank you Streets of Nuremberg for inspiration, I got down low and used a (frozen) puddle 😀

~ Rebecca ~

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Almost New Year!

Hey everyone! Hope you all had a WONDERFUL Chrismas 😀

We have been keeping busy greeting people from all over Europe who visit us for snowmobile safaris. It is so rewarding to see happy faces!

I got a new snowmobile for my birthday 😀 (which was the 20th of December) but I have hardly had any time to take it out for a spin! There have been a few trips here and there. Maybe I will join our Northern Lights snowmobile safari tomorrow evening :).

Anyway, I have SOOOO many new pictures I want to show you! I will start with some night photography at Åbyälven. The Northern Lights came out to say hi and it was a stunning evening. 🍃🍃

~ Rebecca ~

http://www.wildernesslife.se

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Merry Christmas!!!

I am finally getting around to wishing everyone a Merry Christmas 🙂

Christmas has come fast this year! But there it is…. tomorrow everyone in Sweden will eat traditional Christmas food and everyone in Sweden will watch Donald Duck at 3PM. He is called Kalle Anka here 🙂

Then on the 25th everyone will eat leftovers from the 24th. The forecast says we will have a white Christmas this year, YEAH us!!

Hope you enjoy your holidays. Stay safe out there, watch over each other, pay it forward wherever you can. We are all equal and all need a helping hand now and then. I will be there when you reach out yours, please be there if I reach out mine.  🍃🍃

~ Rebecca ~

http://www.wildernesslife.se

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Darkest day of the year & Snowmobiling towards the sun.

We don’t have much daylight at the moment.

This week is the darkest week of the year, the 21st of December is the darkest DAY of the year.

On the darkest day the sun rises at 10.10AM here in Auktsjaur and sets at 1.10PM. Yepp, not a lot of daylight. This might sound bad… BUT at least we are not in Kiruna 😀

Kiruna is a town high up in Sweden and they have the polar nights. Like as in NO sun. Everything above the Arctic Circle will experience polar nights, we are right underneath it. So YEAH us!

Kiruna actually has 28 days without the sun rising above the horizon. 28! Twenty-eight!! Can you imagine seeing the sun set in November and knowing it wont rise until January?

They do have twilight though. So it is not DARK dark. Just a little dark 🙂

Anyway, we went snowmobiling last Sunday. The sun rose right in front of us. 🍃🍃

~ Rebecca ~

http://www.wildernesslife.se

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Almost Christmas!

Just a quick update.

It has been kind of a strange winter so far…. with rain yesterday evening and +5°C today and maybe tomorrow. It is melting outside, something we normally do not see until spring time. As in end of May.

We are lucky that we had the amount of snow that we did in November, other wise there would be nothing left!! Scary thought. But on the bright side: When it now freezes (which it WILL) we will get a VERY good base snow layer for the season. Strong snow tightly packed together. Of course we would like more snow on top of this layer, a meter would be good.

We have had our first group of guests already but we are expecting A LOT of people from Christmas. So I have been busy preparing foods, baking, cleaning, preparing snowmobiles, doing some more commercial, making videos… Yes, I’ve been keeping busy 🙂

Right now I am making a stew called ‘Suovas’. It is a local dish made up of salted and smoked finely sliced reindeer meat prepared with chanterelles, red onions and carrots in a creamy sauce. This is normally served with potatoes, salad, local lingonberries (picked by yours truly!) and Swedish ‘tunnbröd’ (hard flatbread). All of these ingredients can be found right outside!

A true Lapland dish 🍃🍃

~ Rebecca ~

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Don’t tell him though……. he looks so blissfully happy.DSC_2415 (2).JPG

 

 

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My winter wonderland.

Let’s go, let’s go, into the wild, let’s go.

Let’s get lost, let’s get lost, into the wild, let’s get lost.

I breath, I breath, into the wild, I breath.

Into the wild, into the wild, now I live, into the wild. 🍃🍃

~ Rebecca ~

http://www.wildernesslife.se

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Our snowmobile season is on its way!

Yeah!

It has been a busy BUSY weekend. Our first snowmobile tour of the season is a fact. Final preparations were made on Saturday for an international group of young men in high spirits! Even though the temperature ranged from -22°C to -30°C our guests were brave and had a great time!

It was such a clear day. The sky was blue and the sun was bright. It bathed the top of the forest in bright golden sunlight.

Great day. Looking forward to this season.

~ Rebecca ~

http://www.wildernesslife.se

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The different kinds of snow.

We have different kinds of snow up here in Lapland. Well, I am pretty sure you have that all over the world if it would actually snow all over the world. But a lot of places just have the wet snow. The ‘let’s make a snowman’ snow. Or the ‘let’s have a snowball fight’ snow. Or the ‘I don’t want to go outside’ kind of snow.

But there are actually a lot of different kinds!

We (meaning our location of Arvidsjaur) almost always start out with the ‘frost’ which is what happens when it freezes during the night and the moist from the ground comes up to the surface and freezes. Some might not call this snow though but that is what we start out with.

Then comes the snow. The first snow can be put into three different categories depending on the temperature;

  • The crappy: When it is around the 0°C or a bit above and the snow still melts somewhat, is what we would call ‘slush’ snow. Something everybody with mild winters has experienced… it is NOT pleasant but a necessary step to real winter. It is wet, it is dirty, it freezes over fast which in turn makes everything very slippery. Not fun.
  • A bit better: Packing snow! If it stays right below the 0°C so the snow is somewhat wet, then you get the ‘let’s make a snowman’ kind of snow. It can also create a pretty good layer of base snow.
  • The ‘yeah’ snow: When it is already really cold out before we get the first snow, that is when we get the ‘powder snow’! As we are located inlands away from the coast and moist, this is super duper fine snow which is dry. You would not be able to make a snow ball from this snow, it would just fall apart! This is the kind of snow that we can stomp down, pack tightly by for example driving on. By doing so you would remove all the air out of it and you would be left with a solid, dense base underneath. Perfect start of the winter!

So when winter has set in and is here to stay we will see different kinds of snow as well. On the roads there will be a lot of what you would call ‘blowing snow’. Snow that is so light and dry it will move with the wind of cars driving past or just simply if it is a windy day out (which we luckily do not get that many of as we are located inlands). This can cause dangerous driving conditions… imagine you are in the car driving, minding your own business, and a truck drives past and creates a massive cloud of blowing snow… your visibility will be down to zero. Blowing snow is common and must to be taken into consideration driving on these roads.

After we get maybe up to half a meter to a meter of this ‘powder snow’ (usually mixed with ‘packing snow’ as the temperature goes up and down) the fun can really begin. This is perfect snow for skiing, snowboarding, snowmobiling, dogsledding… well, all winter activities! This might surprise you as I mentioned before that this is super fine snow… one might think that you would just sink into it but no, this is actually very dense snow. It has a lot of air in it which makes up for the powdery consistency. Once you start driving your snowmobile on top of it, you press out all of the air and are left with a solid very dense base which will last all winter and that is when this snow would be called ‘packed powder’! You do however need a somewhat experienced snowmobiler to keep the tracks dense and firm. An unexperienced snowmobiler would get surprised…. When you for example start out on a dense track and then veer off just a tad to where the snow is not packed you would of course sink because of the difference in snow consistency (one has air in it, the other not)! That is how a lot of people get their snowmobiles stuck. But honestly that is part if the snowmobiling experience. We usually say that if you have not gotten stuck while out snowmobiling, you have not really been out snowmobiling! (FYI I don’t mean stuck as in you had to leave you snowmobile… you would just have to get off of your snowmobile and maybe dig yourself out. Or use a manual lift which is advisable to have with you. If you are with a guide, he could of course just simply pull you out.)(Ok, sometimes it does mean you are STUCK stuck….. that is when the sh*t hits the fan. Hopefully you will then have mobile connection so you can call someone to come and pick you up. Otherwise you better be prepared for a long, cold walk or wait.)

Because of the snow being so light and dry it can easy create into ‘snowdrifts’ on windy days. These can be big and dangerous because as I wrote earlier, this is still very dense snow. It can form a wall on the roads!

Another common type of snow we see often is something called ‘surface hoar’. Or snow crystals. We usually see these in the beginning of winters as this is somewhat similar to normal frost. It needs moist from underneath so if you would have a thick layer of powder snow, or maybe packed snow, moist would not be able to rise through it. This ‘surface hoar’ can give spectacular views where millions of crystals sparkle all around you!

Dirty snow actually has name – ‘snirt’! (yes, I am serious :D)

There is also the ‘crust’ snow when you have a warmer day in between a lot of cold days so a crust of melted snow turned to ice forms on top of the powder snow. This can actually be bearable snow, so you can walk on it, if the thickness of the crust is right. This crust can sometimes even carry a snowmobile and that is what you would call really good conditions.

But then we have the ‘spring snow’. When you have a very good base of snow which is maybe a meter or so deep, the sun will during the day melt the very top layer which will then freeze again during the night. Something similar to ‘crust’ snow but more icy and it forms a new layer almost every day!

Then in spring we go back to slush…… and a lot of snirt.

 

But hey, that means summer is on its way so it ain’t all bad. 🍃🍃

~Rebecca ~

http://www.wildernesslife.se

 

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Video of nacreous clouds.

Quick video I shot of a plane taking off with the nacreous clouds in the background.

Super quick. It’s only 8 seconds. Hehe. 🍃🍃

~ Rebecca ~

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‘Mother of pearl’ cloud anyone?

Or Nacreous clouds to be more exact.

These are rare and are usually seen within 2 hours of sunset or right before dawn. I took these pictures today around 3 pm (yes, that is our sunset at the moment….. it is completely dark and the moon is out as I am writing this. Welcome to the Arctic Circle 😀 ). 

Anyways, what is a Nacreous cloud, you ask? It is a cloud way up high in the lower stratosphere about 15 to 25 km high ( 9 to 16 miles for our American friends), as a comparison I can tell you that planes usually cruise at an altitude of about 10 km. The reason why they are so bright is because of their height. They are still lit up by the sun whereas everything else is not. They appear when the temperature in the lower stratosphere sinks to a whopping minus 85°C -Brrrrrrrrrr- (that is minus 121°F) and are actually clouds of ice particles.

Why are these clouds rare? It is not that often that the temperature sinks to this level even in the stratosphere. On top of that, it is not that common that clouds form in the stratosphere. And on top of that, the cloud needs to have similar sized ice crystals which make up for the cloud. On TOP of all of this, it has to be somewhat of a clear sky to see them.

Where can they be seen? North! And winter, we got both of those down :).

~ Rebecca ~

http://www.wildernesslife.se


Fun facts:

  • The stratosphere is part of the atmosphere which is divided in three levels. The troposphere – this is were most weather forms -, the stratosphere and then the mesosphere.
  • So far this winter I have fallen down 8 times on the icy snowy roads.

 

 

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