Sunbath! That’s about it….
~ Rebecca ~
I think the sun was in a playful mood today.
First it (he?she?) was playing hide-and-seek, then it was playing peek-a-boo and after that it seems to be laughing. Yepp, our sun was super happy today.
You see the first picture? It was very strange, I could look right at the sun without any kind of filter, could see its shape and everything. For a moment there I got confused and thought it was the moon. So that is where it was playing hide-and-seek and it was trying to hide behind the clouds.
On the bottom pictures it was playing peek-a-boo 🙂 Big dark & heavy clouds all around it with the sun peeking out every once in a while. And then there it was, in all its glory, smiling upon us and turning the sky blue. It went from a yellowy glow to blue skies. There was also a light snowfall which made everything glitter 🙂
That is what our sun did today! 🍃🍃
~ Rebecca ~
Quick post today… because I am tiiiiiired!
We are so busy lately that it is insane! Am working about 14 hour days every day and it is wearing me down. But I have a break & dinner scheduled for Thursday 😀
The next 3 days we are welcoming about 75 guests. Imagine my horror when it started to rain a few days ago. Rain and 6 degrees. NOT NORMAL!!! If anyone was looking for an ice skating place the answer would be ‘outside’. Anywhere outside. One giant block of ice. Imagine 75 guests having to walk of few hundred meters on a giant block of ice.
Good thing a certain ‘person’ assured us that global warming is a hoax, otherwise I might have started to worry!!
But yesterday morning it was such a beautiful sunrise with stunning mother-of-pearl clouds so I went out to take some pictures! Well, I did not really go out…. I stood in the doorway because I did not have time to actually go out.
These are very slow-moving clouds. So I ended up with about 100 pictures of the same….. just slightly to the left, slightly to the right, slightly up, slightly down, slightly zoomed in and slightly zoomed out 😀
But here they are, my mother-of-pearl cloud pictures.
~ Rebecca ~
Oh wauw. It has been a week since I posted…..
Time goes by so fast!! We have been so busy with planning an upcoming event where almost 80 people will participate in a bushcraft evening. It is exciting to know so many people from all over the world are going to meet up here!
In between all of this planning we of course still have all of our other guests that come here for snowmobile safaris and other winter adventures. I keep on seeing these AMAZING views outside but I hardly have time to pick up the camera!! But I am always happy when our guests get to take pictures of this winter wonderland so they can be reminded of how beautiful this place is when they get home again. Me? I will see it again the next day!
I did manage to capture a great sunset when we were putting up the tentipi though. I will share that one. I also went for a short hike at Åbyälven and took some pictures of the fresh snowfall. In the very last picture you can spot our neighbors dogsledding! 🍃🍃
You see the tentipi? Imagine living in it for an entire year…. that will be our next project 🙂 But more on that later.
~ Rebecca ~
I have had this idea in my head for such a long time.
I was actually waiting to do this for when it hits the minus 40°C but I figured minus 31° would also work 😀
I was full of anticipation, full of energy, full of excitement, full of childlike eagerness, full of wonder, full of happy. So I dressed warm and – two pairs of socks, two pair of pants, two sweaters, thermal boots, two pair of gloves later – I grabbed my camera and my little bubble maker that I bought at the kids store. What an adventure!!
Okay…… a couple of things:
Yes, I could dress warmer BUT you can not work the camera with woolen mittens on. I should have needed a helper outside, someone that could blow bubbles for me! Any volunteers? I could also try adding more soap to my bubble water, maybe it would freeze slower?
So what happened to the bubbles blown, you ask? They froze! Haha!! I could pick them up 😀 . I managed to blow quite a few bubbles in under two minutes so there were SOOOO many frozen bubbles on the ground in front of me. Add an awesome sunset to that and voila, you have a photoshoot.
I am definitely going to try this again, it was fun! But the whole adventure was over in under 15 minutes….. I spent more time dressing for being outside than actually being outside. It sure was cold! 🍃🍃
~ Rebecca ~
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 ~
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 ~
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 ~
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;
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. 🍃🍃