Canoeing down Svartälven – Outdoor Academy of Sweden 2010 May 8
After quite a cold night in the tentipis (-5 Celsius!) we slowly warmed up over breakfast and coffee and headed out by bus to the next activity; canoeing!
This day the group would split up into two groups. One would continue to canoe in the evening and spend another night outside while the other group would canoe and bicycle a little bit before a floating raft dinner and a visit to a mansion. But more about that later.
So far we’re all paddling together along Svartälven (“Black river”, 125km long) downstream and with the wind in our backs. It was easy going in pleasant weather. Although after 2.5 hours I did feel the need to stretch my legs so finding the lunch site was where we would make some fish soup was a great feeling indeed
Take the commuter train from Stockholm to Bålsta, walk on soft trails through beautiful forests and small villages to a baroque castle, where you can have a “fika” at an old petrol station turned into café. The 400 kilometer long Upland Trail has a lot of unexpected trail magic.
There’s nowhere I’d rather be than in my tent by a brook in the mountains, eating freshly baked bread with a bowl of pasta and bacon, writes Maddie Larsson. Read about her path into hiking – and get some tasty recipes on the way.