Hiking tips #1 : Vättlefjäll, the frozen lakes’ walk

Are you worried about not having anything to do on weekends ? No need to worry =). Sweden is the perfect country to go hiking and discover beautiful pieces of nature. And you are lucky ! Around Göteborg, lot of them are accessible via the tram or bus system.

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This weekend, I went with a group of 20 international students to the natural reserve Vättlefjäll in the north of Göteborg (tram 4, 8, 9 to Angered then bus 75 to Kryddnejlikegatan ).

Guided by one of the student buddy and dear friend of mine Nils – the best gothenburger guide ever -, we enjoyed a 6.6 km (red line) hike between lakes and forest.

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On the red line…

 

 

 

And despite the quite grey sky, it was simply amazing…

Breathtaking !

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One of the many frozen lakes…

 

 

It was really nice to enjoy the snowy forest while the city centre was – at that time – in a “warm” phase and specially really impressive to see all the frozen lakes…

All the infinite frozen lakes…

 

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People ice skating on the lakes

 

…But not as much impressive as seeing so many people actually doing ice skating on them !!!

Some of us tried to walk a bit on ice… But as the first local we meet there said “Ice is never sure”. Not really reassuring (and the cracking noise we heard was not either).

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Frozen grass *.*

 

 

 

I have walked on a frozen lake (20 cm of ice) in Abisko in the North but I did not feel that adventurous this time with 5-6 cm (according to ice skaters).

 

 

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A river between motion and stillness…

So let’s just say that we were not really equipped – we forgot the ice skates, so bad…- for this time. But next time for sure ! I always wanted to do ice skating on real lakes =).

We also appreciated the rivers and small waterfalls. We even saw a place to go swimming… and people barbecuing nearby. At the beginning of March ! And trust me it was smelling so good =).

After seeing people ice skating and barbecuing, I was almost expecting to see people swimming… Well probably this summer =).

 

 

Ready for a bath ?

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Another infinite lake…

In general, it was a really nice walk, an awesome piece of nature !

To be honest, I am a bit frustrated as my few pictures cannot reflect the whole feeling and that I cannot share with you the 90 pictures I have :p.

I really appreciate the contrast between the white of the snow and the green of the forest. Between the frozen lakes and the vivid rivers.

 

And I appreciated even more to share this moment with students all over the world =).

I am now really curious to go back this summer to discover an other face of the Vättlefjäll natural reserve, to swim and have barbecues =).

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Don’t hesitate to follow our steps !

Hope to see you there =).

Emy

 

 

 

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And of course ! Thank you so much Nils =).

 

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