Monthly Archives: December 2016

Skating in Dalarna part 2

After a relaxing sauna and a good nights sleep at Hotel Bügelhof at Sälenfjällen we were ready for our third day. It was very windy and 9 degrees below zero. Our destination was Lake Tandsjön – a narrow, long lake up in the fjells. The lake is especially interesting for its esker which extends along the middle of the lake. The sun was shining, the fjells showed their snowy tops in the morning sun and we were eager to skate in this wonderful environment. On icy roads we were approching the awaited lake. To our disappointment the lake was covered with snow. So – off we continued towards lake Tisjön, only 20 km south west. And look! This scenario opened up! About 60 km smooth ice around the lake to explore.

We skated along the shore, in to marshlands and enjoyed the art gallery of nature.

Counterclockwise we got most out of our trip. Almost no wind at the west side of the lake and with the sun high above us we were looking forward to have the setting sun on the east side of the lake on our way back.

The days are short in December. The rays of the low sun gave us a magic light on our way  back to the starting point. There are a lot of eskers in this area and along the lake. By the shore line there were a lot of round “holes” in the ice that were frozen later than the surrounding ice. Is it under water wells from the esker or is it some gas?

The landscape showed the beautifulness of high sandbanks built up from ice rivers during the ice age more than 10 000 years ago.

This day’s trip gave us good exercise and wonderful treat of nature. It showed us remnants from the ice age and gave us insight in places and buildings by the lake for animal husbandry from the 1950’s. Every trip we do make us curious to find new places to explore and to learn about nature and culture with help of the wonderful sport Nordic Skating!

 

 

Skating in Dalarna – part 1

It´s something extra in the beginning of the skating season when lakes start to freeze so you can choose and plan your trip between different places. We had followed the weather reports and knew there were snow in the north of Dalarna followed by a thaw period and there after temperatures below zero. Had the snow melted? Was there a good surface to skate on? The answer was YES!

We started our trip in the morning at lake Horrmunden – an ideal lake big enough for skating a whole day.

It´s always exiting  tofollow the shores of the lake and investigate nature. The nature is quite silent, only some birds show up. We had a Siberian jay near us and some ravens were circling above us. Otherwise the only sounds were from our skates touching the ice.

After 58 kilometres on stable ice we were happy to have a good meal and a good night´s rest at Knappgården north of Särna and make plans for the next day.

Heading south agaig exploring new water sytems. Many lakes are water reservoirs, which means that the water level is higher than it was from the beginning. Skating between stumps and tufts in labyrints is really fun! After 15 kilometers on good ice and with fjells in the distance, we moved on by car to another new lake for us.

We had waited a couple of years to explore lake Ransi. Today the dream was fulfilled. That lake is a real gem. In total wilderness, only with a couple of cottages, we were one with ice and nature. With the top of Mount Städjan in the distance, lightened up by the afternoon sun, we started our tour round the lake. The light was wonderful, almost no wind and good ice. The top experience was skating upstream river Björnån (Bear River) for kilometers. After the total trip round the lake of about 17 kilometers we were happily back at our car and headed south for new adventures day three.