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Flickr Favorite: Inside the Polar Circle in Arctic Sweden.


Photo by: Bjarki Mikkelsen (CC BY SA)

Flickr Favorite: Arctic Sweden


Photo by: Bjarki Mikkelsen (CC BY SA)

Norrbotten Calling

Driving to Northern Sweden - Photography by Lola Akinmade ÅkerströmDriving to Northern Sweden - Photography by Lola Akinmade ÅkerströmThere’s a distinctly “Northern Sweden” landscape here; one marked by sparsely-spaced pine trees (called “tall” in Swedish) and a few spruce trees as one drives north from Stockholm and other places south towards the arctic and subarctic parts of the country.

Norrbotten County (Norrbottens län), is Sweden’s northernmost county and also home to Luleå, Kiruna, and Swedish Lapland. With a few days off work, we decided to hit the road towards Luleå with multiple pit-stops along the way.

Close Encounters With Moose in Northern Sweden

Franz eating a banana - Photography by Lola AkinmadeAnna-Carin and calf - baby moose - Photography by Lola AkinmadeVisiting the Moose Farm - Photography by Lola Akinmade

I didn’t know moose liked bananas. Not until I met Franz – a four-year bull – at the Arctic Moose Farm.

After failing to spot wild älg (moose) along the E10 highway which leads up to Kiruna (northernmost city with roughly 20,000 inhabitants), serendipity struck, and we spotted a sign to the small farm two kilometers north of Överkalix.

There, we would meet keepers Jörgen and Ana-Carin (pictured) along with their two bulls (Franz and Arthur), two cows (Ida and Elin), and twin calves – Klara and Märta.

The Arctic Road to Jokkmokk

Bus to Jokkmokk - Photography by Lola Akinmade AkerstromBus to Jokkmokk - Photography by Lola Akinmade AkerstromBus to Jokkmokk - Photography by Lola Akinmade AkerstromThe bus station agent in Luleå was certain I didn’t need a reservation for the bus to Jokkmokk.

But what if it was full? The next bus wasn’t leaving until three hours later.

“Don’t worry, if it is full, we’ll send another bus with only you on it at the same time.” So at 9:50 am, I boarded the bus, handed my ticket (207 SEK one way) to Lars, and joined four other passengers on the long haul double-decker bus to Jokkmokk.