Friederike Dorothea Wilhelmina

It is not the destination but the journey on itself that makes travelling worthwhile a wise man said, and he was not mistaken. Not mistaken at all.

Today is our third day in our epic quest for the Northern Light and we continue the way up north from Ostersund in the middle of Sweden towards the Laponian Gate and beyond.

We woke up to the tunes of classic music composed by Wilhelm Peterson-Berger as we ended up putting our camper in his backyard and visited the Frösö Church in the morning.

A church rumoured to collect some hidden Illuminati symbols which triggered some of the Crew to get their camera out and discussions on Dan Brown and the Da Vinci code continued long after we left Frösö Church behind us.

When signs to Dorotea, Vilhelmina and Frederika started to pop up along the road, some of our Crew members got all excited about the female beauty laying ahead of us.

Did you know that these three communities in the south of Lapland were named after Friederike Dorothea Wilhelmina von Baden, Queen of Sweden in the early 1800 and that the region is therefore unoffically called Queensland ?

Neither did we, but some frantic research in our (online) travel guides gave us a much deeper insight in how cities and communities were named in the olden days, and revealed the story behind Dorotea and Vilhelmina while I thought it was actually Pippilotta Viktualia Rullgardina Krusmynta Efraimsdotter Långstrump who inspired these cities.

Travelling by car, boat or train really makes you feel the distance.

The distance that is part of the voyage and let you reflect on the history that came before ús.

A history that makes it back into our stories, our memories, our pictures …

We just reached the polar circle, and set up camp here in JokkMokk before we take the last hike up north.

Me2 and Crew.

PS. Travelling is great fun, and taking pictures along the road to document the story has some unexpected moments. Go check out Instagram and discover a beautiful blooper including Rudolf, Santa own little helper.

Full House

Day two is coming to a close and we had a full house today.

We left in the early mornings the classic city of Gothenburg behind and started the epic trek up north following the good old inlandsvagen route and explicitly avoiding the “recommended” GPS instructions we stuck onto our dashboard and forcing modern technology into taking this route of beauty.

Our very first quick stop in the morning was Håverud, where horse, train and boat meet each other in an epic wonder of technology constructed in the hay days of industrial revolution. In the far backend you can see the car (previously horse) bridge crossing the river, followed by the copper train track and last but not least the waterways including a boat aquaduct called the Dalsland Canal created mid 1800. Our little camper is parked in front and you can expect some more #selfies along the road.

The crew had the pleasure of seeing the whole water works in action, and for the next few miles everyone was discussing the wonders of train and boat travel while our little engine just ploughed along and there were mentions of following Agatha Christie on the Nile and the Orient Express.

Are we missing a murder mystery here or is it just the longing for the travel.

And indeed travelling it is.

Long roads of green scandinavian trees and very bad 1/2/3/4G coverage (we were equipped with our three national internet carriers and explored quite some prehistoric black spots amongst our devices) made you wonder how communications, friendships and global world domination of being stuck in plastic worked in the olden days when everything took time and pigeons were the major mode of communications.

We had some tea with Selma Ottilia Lovisa and Nils and shared some of our travel stories with these two routined Nobel Price winners before we moved on to meet with Anders Zorn in Mora and discuss some of his great paintings in our epic quest for the Northern Light.

Right now we have reached the “middle” of Sweden called Ostersund and are taking a quick stop over before we embark on the next big hike up north. 

Shelly (@xxsjc) and Kristy (@sydneybrickchick) are out and about looking for some magical light in the long hours after sunset.
@herrk and @east_mountain went out for some quick boules, while the rest of the crew is catching up with doing dishes, having quick beauty sleeps or processing some of the RAW materials of the day ….

Tomorrow morning is a new day ahead of us.

Mosquitos, here we come !