I love you, Swedish Lapland

I have always loved to travel and explore. I have spent much of my time after graduating from school, now 10 years ago (!), exploring Asia and North America. After spending the winter in Canada in 2011 I came home and took a job working with marketing for the local destination company. The job included getting to know all the hidden gems in the area. I met local tourism entrepreneurs and then I would travel and sell their products to Tour Operators in Japan, Germany and other European countries.

During the year I worked there, I travelled Swedish Lapland a lot and got to visit so many beautiful places I had never even been to before. The nature here is truly breathtaking. After having been out for so long in all different parts of the world – I realized I was born and raised in one of the most beautiful places on earth.

 

A love story between me and Swedish Lapland

After that year I kept exploring close to home, even if it wasn’t longer part of my job. It was like a love story between me and my home area that I had to explore to see where it would take me. I went hiking, biking, skiing, driving and ate my way through Swedish Lapland and I fell in love with it more and more every day. There is something special about the open spaces, beautiful old forests and rolling mountains. I love the untouched nature, walking in the woods for hours and not seeing another human being and I love the changing seasons. There are so many thing here that I think people need and have forgotten about. Like silence.

In the beginning I would bring music on my hikes to keep myself motivated. I filled my brain with guitars, lyrics, podcasts, information and distraction because I didn’t know to look for motivation from inside. But then one day I ran out of battery and reluctantly unplugged my headphones. The silence filled my soul in a way music never could. I watched the sun slowly go down and turn at the horizon to go back up and start a new day. Sky (my oldest dog) was lying beside me watching it together with me. As I walked back down the mountain in the middle of the night, with only the sound of nature in my ears, I realized that this was exactly what I needed.

 

 

 

 

I was born and raised in one of the most beautiful places on earth.

 

I listened to the silence and suddenly I could hear my thoughts.

Today we are so busy filling our time and our brains with information and distraction that people tend to not know who they are without it. I didn’t. All that noise became my personality, it took over Me. And then I started exploring the area where I grew up. I listened to the silence and suddenly I could hear my thoughts. It didn’t take long until I realized that the silence held all the answers. That I already had the answers.

So thank you, Swedish Lapland, for bringing peace to my mind.

You have a way of doing that to people. And for that – I love you.

 

3 Comment

  1. Beautiful. When I go out for walks I usually bring my headphones and listen to something, but always when walking through the forest or as I approach the sea I always unplug them for a bit and try to absorb the silence as well as the sounds of the trees, birds and waves. And of course, there is no silence like the silence up north in Lapland – it’s something special!

  2. Aaah this is such a wonderful post, and lovely images too. I wonder if I would have explored the rolling mountains and deep forests of lapland too, had we not moved away when I was young. Now that I am madly in love with our Scandinavian nature, I can’t help but feel I want to head up and let you show me all your favorite places!
    Also, I cannot believe you’ve been to Canada… I am a bit jealous as I’d love to go there too!

  3. I love that silence too. When I grew up, I didn’t really care much for the vastness or distances between everything. But now I can really appreciate it! It’s kind of strange, how you can just change like that. I do think that if I’d stayed in Swedish Lapland, I might’ve not started to appreciate it as much as I can now.

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