I’m Moving to Sweden! (Just for the winter)
When I fell in love with Lapland over the summer, little did I know that I would be moving there the coming winter!
A whole winter under the Northern Lights; a whole winter of frozen beauty and polar night.
I’m ridiculously excited: it’s like a dream come true!
So, I expect you are wondering how this all came about. Did the universe read my mind?
Just when the depressing realities of the Brexit vote were clouding our thoughts, a rare opportunity cropped up: an opportunity that sees us driving to Sweden in a few weeks to start work in Swedish Lapland.
Chris has landed a dream job working as a photography guide for Lights Over Lapland. He will be taking people out into the arctic night to photograph the aurora!
How amazing is that?
He responded to an advertisement we spotted on Facebook, and after a couple of interviews over Skype, got the job.
We’re Moving to Sweden! (for the winter)
We’ll be based in Abisko, a tiny village just outside Abisko National Park deep inside the Arctic Circle in the very north of Sweden.
We’re going to drive the truck camper out there in November and we’ll be living in it over the winter: December through to the end of March.
I’m excited to experience the darkness, the blue twilight of polar midwinter.
And, of course, I can’t wait to see the northern lights!
I’ve only seen the aurora a handful of times: twice in the UK where one was barely visible to the naked eye and the other was only visible through my camera, and once in full vivid glory from an aeroplane on a night flight over Greenland.
It’s going to be something else to see it from just outside the camper!
Brace yourselves for millions of aurora pictures! (follow me on Instagram!)
Being stationary for four whole months is going to be a little strange; I’ve been offered a little part-time job doing admin which should keep me busy, along with blogging, keeping up with my Finnish studies, and playing outside doing all the fun things you can do in the arctic winter.
It’s going to be cold – well below freezing – so it’s jolly lucky we bought a camper that was designed and built in Swedish Lapland!
I don’t know exactly how comfortable we shall be, it shall be a good test of the claims that the camper can be warm in temperatures down to -22ºc.
The central heating system is excellent and has kept us cosy on many a cold night and we shall be ‘plugged in’ to mains electricity.
We’ve spent a small fortune on winter clothing, investing in some quality gear to keep ourselves warm out in the arctic elements. I’m glad I experienced sub -25ºc freezing temperatures in Finland in January, so at least I have some idea of what to expect, and what clothing I’m going to need.
We are booked on a ferry to the Netherlands on Halloween, then driving to Sweden via Germany reversing the same route we returned to England on in August. It’s so frustrating that we can’t take a ferry to Norway, it would remove so many miles off the journey.
This autumn has been a whirlwind of crazy: getting stuff organised; getting the truck’s engine fixed and getting it MOT’d and ready for the long drive; packing things away that we won’t be needing (like our camping chairs and summer clothes); getting the camper prepared for the long winter; shopping for winter gear; and seeing family and friends before we head off again.
Phew, I can’t wait to hit the road!
If you have any tips for surviving the polar winter, I’d love to hear them.
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Try these posts:
The Northern Lights in Yorkshire That time I saw the aurora from a Yorkshire hillside.
Beautiful Frozen Helsinki Returning to Helsinki at -25º, incredible!
Our New Tiny Demountable Camper Home Introducing our Truck camper before we moved into it.
Stockholm Travelling from Copenhagen to Finland via Sweden’s gorgeous capital.
Have you been to Abisko or experienced winter in Lapland?