Filip H.A. Claeys

Trekking in Mountainous and Subarctic Regions


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Scandinavia 2019

Another memorable Scandinavia experience at the end of June and beginning of July:

  • In Denmark I do some short walks on Tornby beach and pay a visit to the massive dunes surrounding (and almost engulfing) the Rubjerg Knude lighthouse. I spend the night on an official remote forest bivouac spot, which is a new experience for me in this country.
  • On the border between Norway and Sweden, I do an adventurous and physically strenuous 8-day trek including packrafting through the adjacent protected areas of Långfjället, Rogen and Femundsmarka. Nights are spent wild camping, and as usual I have to negotiate endless boulders, tree roots, marshes, … while walking.
  • I subsequently head further into Sweden and do a fairly comprehensive 1-day exploration of Sonfjället NP on foot. This park consists of a mountainous area surrounded by extensive forests, and hosts Europe’s densest population of brown bear.
  • Finally, I end up in Skuleskogen NP at the shores of the Gulf of Bothnia. Skuleskogen is part of the so-called Höga Kusten, where since the last ice age the land has risen 300 m from the sea. I do a 2-day trek during which I walk most of the park’s trails.

Full-blown reports including pictures will follow in due time, here is however a sneak preview:

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Scandinavia 2016: Skagen

In July 2016 we made a family trip through Scandinavia, which had as its ultimate goal a visit to my wife’s relatives based in Turku, Finland. The trip was very diverse and included cultural sights, natural scenery, attractions, swimming and hiking, most of it blessed with excellent weather.

I will make a series of posts in which I will share some of the highlights in terms of natural scenery. In this first post are some pictures from Skagen, Denmark’s northernmost peninsula.

On Skagen we made a number of short hikes, including a visit to the northernmost tip of the peninsula, which is a sandbar named Grenen. Grenen is the place where Skagerrak and Kattegat meet, and waters around the tip of Grenen are very turbulent. Attempting to swim at this location is likely to be fatal. The Grenen sandbar still grows about 10 m a year and has extended towards Sweden approximately 1 km over the last century.

Another interesting location is the “Tilsandede Kirke”, a 14th century church that is buried below the dunes, except for the upper part of its tower.

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