Winter in Lapland 2009 – 4

I was up at first light (just after 7am) and went walking in the forest.  I decided to walk along the scooter trail to Kiruna.  My first encounter of the day was 2 Black Grouse (Tetrao tetrix) jumping around halfway up in some Spruce.  Next I found fresh track of Mountain Hare (Lepus timidus)

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and some droppings

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but I did not see a hare.

The trail crosses a river and in the picture below I am standing on the river to take the picture

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Crossing the river and heading into the forest I found evidence of where a group od Reindeer had been feeding.  In this picture you can see some droppings in the bottom left of the picture.

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The Reindeer will bury down into the snow with there heads and plough through it to reach vegetation on the ground and often all you see is a series of backsides sticking in the air.  This can leave hollows in the snow and you can see one of those to the right of this picture

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As the sun rose there was beautiful red sky which this picture doesn’t really do justice to unfortunately

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Personally I felt I wasn’t taking a great deal with me when out walking

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but each time I walked out of the house Ingvar would give me questioning glance of  “why are you carrying so much for a walk in the forest?”

As I walked back across the river the sight of sunlight on the hill stood out against the duller surroundings

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After returning home I was asked if I would like to visit the Ice Hotel at Jukkasjavi (Javi meaning lake), but more about that next time.

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4 thoughts on “Winter in Lapland 2009 – 4

  1. Wow. Extraordinary. Beautiful. Once again I am enjoying these dispatches from Swedish Lapland. Once again you make me want to visit there. Thank you.

  2. I appreciate that photos do not do justice to what you saw, but there are some stunning photos there Kevin..

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