With our plan to be inside the Arctic Circle for midsummer we are sticking to the main roads to get the distance covered. Partly as a result of this, much of the (very beautiful) scenery appears similar as we travel; lakes, bridges, the sea and a corridor cut through forests with the occasional wildflower meadow, red painted house or a settlement.
Svartvik had a large car park overlooking the Gulf of Bothnia, the stretch of sea separating Sweden and Finland. There was a café and display of an old steam engine and large boat, as well as picnic tables and a sea wall. Over the course of the day many people came to run, cycle, walk and several other vans parked alongside us. The day was sunny but not too hot so after Will had fished, we sat out on the grass with Poppy and Vicky got to work making a replacement waterproof bed for her. The Swedes certainly like to make the most of the summer and a couple had brought their BBQ along. They got it going just before the rain came and we were more than a little impressed when, at this point, they brought out their umbrellas and a rug to keep them warm and dry and saw it through to the end!Read more