Marian and I are off on another adventure and we’d like to invite you to come along. We are calling the expedition, “Fire and ice 2017” and we’re off to points north of here in Sweden and Iceland. The name is a mash-up play on the name of one of my favourite pizza restaurants in Kathmandu and the snow of Lappland and the geothermal excitement of Iceland.
We are skiing a portion of the Kungsleden (The King’s Route) from Abisko Mountain Station to Kebnekaise Mountain Station and then climbing Sweden’s highest peak, Kebnekaise (2099 m). We are exploring Stockholm for a day and then heading to Iceland for another go at Hvannadalshnúkur (2110 m). Some may remember our climb of Hvannadalshnúkur in 2011…we got shut down about 150 metres below the summit. You can read about that climb here. We loved our time in Iceland and have been looking for an excuse to return and a free stopover on Iceland Air provided the opportunity for the rematch.
We spent much of yesterday packing-finding the right balance between too much and too little, too heavy and too light. We are travelling by plane, train, ski, snowmobile, foot, and rental car so we had to give some thought to how to make it all work in terms of baggage allowance, portability, and coming home one week apart. We are travelling with ski gear so that brings a bit of complexity to it all as well.
A map is like an invitation to a party-so much excitement to attend! The map above is the portion of Northern Sweden that we will be skiing. We finish our trip and re-catch the train at Kiruna.
I found this map today from 1905. I’ve magnified the section of the map for Hvannadalshnúkur and you can see Vatnajökull Glacier represented by all the white on the map. There will be lots of snow and ice-but we’re hoping Öræfajökull Volcano stays quiet while we are there climbing. Interesting to note that Hvannadalshnúkur is 9 metres shorter than it used to be…It’s been remeasured…check out the story here.
If the St. John’s and Halifax weather cooperate, we fly out on Wednesday, arriving in Sweden on Thursday and Abisko on Friday! We hope you’ll join us and follow along on this adventure to explore fire and ice! Hopefully, the technology will all play nice and we’ll do audio updates from the ski portion and audio and photo updates after April 10. We hope you’ll join us and follow along on this adventure to explore fire and ice!