My travels in Sweden:
Our own Lappland tour, 2002
Here at Google map you can follow our travels day 6 and 7:
Day 6, Lappträsk, Haparanda, Kukkolaforsen, Kankaanranta, Överkalix, Polcirkeln, Gällivare
It is half past nine in the morning and we leave Rosie's aunt. We are now heading North to Lappträsk. It is from this place Rosie comes and she grew up here.
Rosie takes a photo of me because I'll have it as proof that there is such a place. As I have previously told, when I said to my friends that I will go with a girl to Lappträsk, they only said that the girl kidding me. There is no place called Lappträsk!
Here is the proof!
We drove past Rosie's childhood home and further around the village. Rosie takes a look at her old school which had been shutdown when we visiting it.
More information about Lappträsk at Wikipedia (only Swedish):
After all the morning issues done we take tha car down to Haparanda city center.
City hotel, former railway station.
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I look out over the beach in Haparanda towards Torne Älv, the country Finland is visible on the other side.
Let's see now, how should we proceed? Timbuktu looks to be a bit far away but we can visit the Arctic circle before the evening, only 95 km away.
Rosie is listening to Kukkolaforsen. Swedish and Finnish flags on each side of the river.
I'm studying a lone fisherman out there in the rapid. We also look into an old mill and a fish museum. At the fish museum we could see the difference of the sik as they catch here and the salmon. The salmon was bigger and redder in the meat.
I stand in front of a smoke sauna.
It's in Kukkola where the Swedish Sauna Academy has its highest seat.
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Now we leave Kukkolaforsen and continue towards Gällivare.
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Here I stand in the door and try to attract people into my little home, these kind of house or tent up here in North are called Lappkåta.
I philosophize about life in the Lappkåta.
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Day 7, Porjus, Jokkmokk, Arvidsjaur, Barsele
Stayed at the small private hotel Dundred with breakfast.
We go for a morning walk after the cultural trail in Gällivare. Here we have stopped at the Lapp church or one öre (penny) church, built in the 18th century. The whole Swedish people got to contribute 1 öre (penny) / year for 4 years to fund the building of the church.
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I now realize that we never have a chance to go all the way that my father did, thousands of kilometers left. Gällivare is the most Northern point we reached, the journey to home from here begins. We choose to go Inlandsvägen down (road 45) towards Karlstad. Parallel to this road runs the railway Inlandsbanan as we came to cross a number of times.
The next stop will be in Porjus.
Out there behind the forest and out on the bog we shall walk to see the bomb plane.
I look forward to new adventures. An aircraft wreck from 1944 with name "Easy Elsie". The English Lancaster participated in the attack against the German battleship Tirpitz that was for anchor outside Tromsö in Norway. The aircraft was injured by air defense fire. The crew managed to take the aircraft over to Sweden and they emergency landed on a large mire.
From here it is 7 km to the bomb plane and the last 1.7 km is a shovel leading to the wreck.
Now after a long walk over the marsh we have reached the wreck after the bomb plane. Engines and weapons seem to have been removed by the Swedish military. The aft part is visible at the top left.
I'm looking for bears so nobody sneaks on us, an exciting experience! We were lucky that there was hardly a single knot in the air, otherwise it would not have been possible to walk out here in short pants.
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We leave Porjus after we had visiting Porjus old hydro power plant, unfortunately it was closed for visitors but the door still open. I enter the building to looking around, but unfortunately I could not come to the machine hall, which should be one experience to see.
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We have to eat because Rosie started to be fussy, then it's in a hurry with food.
Jokkmokks tenn - Rosie bought jewelry in tin. We visited various craft shops, tourist info, and filled the tire with air, I have to do this every 300 km.
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Further towards Arvidsjaur. On the way there ... short stop. Rosie bought a reindeer horn for only 10 Euro. Luckily, I managed to convince Rosie to buy a small reindeer horn and not a giant horn, it started to get crowded in the car and worse it would be.
Up to today we have driven 2300 kilometers on our journey.
Stay in Barsele. Late in the evening we arrive at the house we rented. We had our own villa for 40 Euro per night total for 2 persons. The host was Rickard with wife and 8 children. Lots of bikes on the farm. They live in an old school themselves which may be needed with so many children.