Scenery from a fishing trip in the wild

Lake near Arjeplog, Sweden

Markus and I have friends who are dedicated fishing enthusiasts, and a few weeks ago they invited us to accompany them on a weekend trip to… well, the middle of nowhere. I’m sure the place has a name, but it wasn’t written on any maps or signs so I have no idea.

Now, I’m actually not that interested in fishing. My dad and grandparents took me fishing all the time when I was a child, but despite their best efforts it never stuck with me. I don’t have the patience for it. I cast my line 3 times and if nothing has happened by then I’m done and want something else to do.
But I tagged along for the trip anyway. Being out in nature is always great and it had been a while since I last went camping and sleeping in a tent.

And it was great! While the others were fishing I was walking around exploring the forest and taking photos.
So, here’s a photo dump of our weekend off the grid. :)

Stony riverbank by Pite river
Very stony riverbank! I was certain someone would fall and break a leg here, but we all made it across unscathed.

Pite river by night

Pite river by night

The drive took 3 hours and ended at a spot in the region of the source of the Pite river. Here’s the nearest named location on Google Maps if you’re curious. We were a bit east of there.

This place is very close to the Arctic circle, so the summer nights are incredibly bright!
All 3 of the photos above are taken in the middle of the night, the first one around midnight and the last 2 around 01:00. The sun is just below the horizon, soon on its way up again.

In the last photo, up near the top left corner, you can also see one of the many many MANY mosquitoes that accompanied us wherever we went. I forgot to crop it out, but whatever. They were everywhere so it’s actually amazing my photos aren’t all covered in them. :P

Pite river, Sweden

Lazy lunch by the river.
The guys napping after lunch. Sleeping on rocks can apparently be comfortable.

Camp fire with coffee pot

The weather was, for the most part, cloudy and not too warm. Which is perfect. Blazing sunshine is beach weather, you don’t want it when you’re out in the woods. On the second day, we even had a light wind keeping most of the mosquitoes away.

Both our friends got to catch one decent sized grayling each, so they were pleased with the fishing. Markus didn’t catch anything, but he was happy anyway. Like me, he just enjoys outdoor life and is quite content as long as he has a campfire to poke with and a pipe to smoke. 😊

sunshine through trees

Selfie by the river
Makeup of the day: sweat, sunscreen, and a shitload of mosquito repellent. 😜
Reindeer herd
Reindeer herd in meadow

Met the little family above on the way home. All reindeer here are owned by the Sami people, so they are only half-wild and not as terrified of cars and humans as they should be. They also tend to run alongside the road rather than straight across, so you have to keep an eye out when driving. Moose are technically more dangerous on the road since they’re bigger, but reindeer are more common and less predictable.

As annoying as they can be, I still like them though. They look a bit mangy this time of year when losing their summer coat, but they’re still beautiful animals.

Anyway, in summary, I had a great weekend!
I don’t fish but I kept myself busy anyway. The forest is never boring, you always have things to do and look at.

Here I’ve posted mostly photos of the river, but I also have a lot of pics of the plants and flowers. But I’ll save those for a later post. :)

Comments

  1. 7 August 2017

    Gorgeous pictures, Karin! I’d have done the same as you and explored while the others were fishing. Although fuzzing with a campfire can also easily keep me entertained for hours. Nice to hear that you’ve had such a great time and – as a plant nerd – I’m already looking forward to your plant post!

    • 7 September 2017

      You’re never alone or bored if you have a fire ;) I’ll get my plants/flowers post up soon!

  2. 8 August 2017

    I was like you when I was young! My dad and brother used to go fishing, but I never had the patience for it. I went on one fishing trip with them, and that was it for me.

    I’m amazed that a few of those photos were taken around and after midnight! It totally doesn’t look like it! The scenery there is so beautiful. It looks so relaxing, and even better that the weather was perfect. I would want to explore the area, too, instead of fishing! I’m glad you had a great weekend there!

    • 7 September 2017

      At least you only had to go fishing once :)

      The bright nights are one of the best benefits of living up here, you can be outside ’round the clock! I personally even need less sleep due to the constant light. On the other hand, it’s pitch black all winter, so that evens it out…

  3. 14 August 2017

    What beautiful photos, it looks like an amazing place. Especially seeing the reindeer herd. I’ve never been fishing so I think I would do what you did and explore the area instead.

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  5. 25 August 2017

    Oh wow, that place looks amazing. I’m like you when it comes to fishing, I think it takes way more concentration and effort than I have in me, but I love being outdoors and just walking through nature. (Though coming back with 20 mosquito bites despite putting on repellant is always rough, haha.)

    • 7 September 2017

      Haha, mosquitoes are the enemy! But being out in nature is worth it :)

  6. 25 August 2017

    Gorgeous. I seriously need to start picking up a nature like hobby like fishing but I there’s not really any lakes by me. Phooey but you took beautiful shots. It seems so serene to be one with the universe.

  7. 27 August 2017

    My ex tried to get me to go fishing with him and I was pretty keen until he said you would be on a boat for 12 hours straight. Literally my first concern was, “what if I need to pee???” He said, “too bad”, and the topic never came up again and I never did go fishing. It’s nice to hear what it’s like from someone who is actually willing to share and educate others on what it’s like. 😆

    I think it would test my patience though, or I might get distracted from really trying to fish, but being off the grid would probably help. I would hate to go fishing with someone I don’t get along with, I’ll make sure it’s with good company when I decide to go, haha. Glad you had a great weekend and I appreciate the photos and you sharing your experience.

    The forest looks amazing. 😭 I long to visit a country that has lush forests and I swear one day I will!

    • 7 September 2017

      Haha, the eternal question of where to pee! I feel you, I would be hesitant to be on a boat for 12 hours too. At least in the forest, you can walk around and do other things – and go to the bathroom anywhere. 😜

      And yes, getting along with your companions is necessary. You need to be able to work together to set up tents, start a fire, cook food etc. With no technology to hide behind you also need to be content just talking or sitting quietly with each other. If you have “bad” company it can be frustrating, but with the right people, it’s the most relaxing thing in the world. :)

  8. 3 September 2017

    Glad to hear that you had a good time. The photographs and videos look fantastic. The landscapes are amazing. :D