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Nordic Skating Lake Vättern and Lake Unden

Follow the ice covering process on two of our favorite fresh water lakes in southern Sweden – Lake Vättern and Lake Unden. The photo galleries show last week’s trips on these lakes. We filled our senses with deep impressions from dusk to dawn. Different ice conditions challenged our minds to be alert and alive. The skating technique, pending from one side to another in a smooth rhythm offers great harmony. Starting from the shore on old thick ice covered with dense frostwork, finding our way on safe newer generations with smooth black ice out to the ice front with open water gives variety and a lot of adrenaline.

Both lakes are ground water lakes which makes the transparency of the water incredible. In January you can see the bottom through the ice up to 5 to 6 meters, even deeper later on when the sun is higher.  Both lakes have drinkable water which is a gift in our polluted world. Though the lakes are quite close to each other – only a distance of 10 km, they are really different and have their own souls and secrets. We even saw the sea monster of Lake Unden.

Skating on lake Västra Silen (Youtube Video).

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