March 12, 2014

Snowmobile in the mountains

So, back from Kalix, Sweden after having spent almost 2 weeks up there.
Was hoping that there would be this beautiful winter landscape waiting for me there, but was greeted by very warm weather and actually rather small amounts of snow. The winter has been unusually mild and the coast almost didn't have any snow (according to Swedish standards)
While just few miles into the country, there was plenty of it, more than one meter to be 'precise' :)
My brother got as a gift from his wife few days of snowmobile adventure in Ammarnäs, approx. 400 km towards Norway from Kalix, and of course he had to have me as company.
We had few lovely active days with incredibly fun snowmobiling there. By active I mean we drove freeriding among birch trees, up the hills with loose snow and swamps. Everywhere else except on the designated snowmobile trail as they are pretty boring :)
But it is not so easy to drive in deep snow where nobody else has gone before, and you have to have a different kind of snowmobile for this. It has to have high ridges and longer strap so it makes its way through the deep snow, but You will get stuck doing in any case at some point. As you can imagine its not the easiest to dig the snowmobile out of more than one meter of snow. Not just around it, but a bit in front of it too.
So in the evenings the body was rather tender, but oh so fun it was :)We stayed at the Ammarnäs hostel which is a bit cheaper alternative to hotels, but to be honest, the standard was really high. The weather was, maybe not the best with the clouds and a bit foggy at times, but warm at just -2C. It had actually rained few days before we arrived.
Anyhow, it was amazingly fun so I'm actually thinking of getting one. Just need to figure out where to have it :)
Örnbo a old settlement from the 1860

Brother driving the snowmobile

Snowy views

Brother doing a donut

One of the places we got stuck :)


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