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Visiting Tännforsen

We discussed at home that this year we needed to fasten our belts on travelling budget. On the 5th of January, I recognize that I’m searching for info to plan our vacation in Spring. Oops!

Well, nobody to blame in this case and it’s the trip to Åre that has inspired me to either seeing more in Sweden or within Europe (I have a devilish thought that I’m gonna have both). To be fair to myself or to find a good excuse, it’s not an unwise idea to travel domestically or travel to some countries in Europe because it doesn’t need to be expensive.

The trip to Åre has really brought back my appetite in travelling. Deeply I realize that I expect similar experience as I had from Åre, that there were so many natural wonders, warm moments from Christmas with the family and dramatic experiences from skiing and visiting the nature in Norrland.

I almost fall in my own trap of the good end-results of the trip. In reality, there are many factors that are out of our control when we travel, for example, bad weather resulting in no ideal scenes for photos. Therefore, we should not allow such things to stop our happiness. Instead, we should always enjoy the moment when we are on the trip, to experience, to learn, to appreciate, to thank and to live.

Below is another set of photos, shot at the Tännforsen waterfall, the largest waterfall in Sweden. It’s not enough to describe in words the moment when I was on location, searching for the waterfall. It was like you know you’re about to meet your hero or something similarly. It was because when I was told about the trip, I was also shown a picture of the waterfall in winter, therefore, I was hoping to visualize it with my eyes and at that time we were unsure if it’s possible since it’s early winter.

Once I was there, at that very moment, it was peaceful and calm, it seemed the world stood still but it’s not because it had life. Then, it came the sound of the powerful waterfall.

Peaceful and calm yet powerful

Peaceful and calm yet powerful

Natural wonder in Tännforsen

Natural wonder in Tännforsen when temperature gets lower

A flow of life

A flow of life

When coldness comes

Even in coldness there is a beauty

Winter wonders

Happy New Year 2013!

It feels good when saying it, however, I prefer the version when saying it to a person and not on facebook, twitter, blogs, or other social media.

I mentioned, before I was off for a Christmas vacation, that I was going to Åre which is one of the most popular destination for Swedish skiers.

The ski area in Åre was founded in 1909 and is situated just outside and above the village of Åre. The mountain where people go skiing is Åreskutan, which is 1,420 meter-high.

One thing I like most about Sweden and Åre is you don’t need to have a car to be able to travel and enjoy outdoor activities. In the city, there are buses that run between the city and different slopes. It’s also possible to get to Åre by train, the train station just stop in the city, then it depends on where you stay, which you might require transportation.

Even though, the most common activity of people who visit Åre in winter is for winter sports, I find that it’s worth a visit for people who can’t ski like me, it is still abundant of natural wonders. And, you won’t want to miss it, if you are from a tropical country, have never seen snow in your life, have never experience real cold winter, and has just a few years in Sweden. All are worth the visit. It’s a valuable experience of staying aboard.

Last station

Last station

Two skyscrapers defy the coldness

Defying the coldness

It could have been an untouched place for a hundred years

It could have been an untouched place for a hundred years

A frozen meeting place

Frozen meeting place

Freeze over!

Freeze over!

Struggle in deep snow

Struggle in deep snow

Travelling in the frozen land

Travel in the frozen land

Coldness just disappeared when I saw this view

Coldness just disappeared when I saw this view

A white hill at a sunrise

I still have photos on sea, sand, sun and mountains left in a photo bank from the trip. I will wait with them until the  new year.

At this moment, it’s time to synchronize with the greeting seasons, soon it will be Christmas and we are going to a ski resort in Åre this weekend. It’ll be the first time for me to visit Åre and a ski resort in winter. Hope I get some good photos to share on this blog.

Now, welcome to Sweden where the sun rises around 9 a.m. and sets around 3 p.m. and daytime is yet shorter in the north.

snow covered hills at sun rises

A white hill on the roof as sun rises