Winter on Nydala Lake

Standing on frozen Nydala Lake

Standing on frozen Nydala Lake

Following Ben’s visit this weekend, I have concluded that March is perhaps the ideal time for winter enthusiasts looking to experience snow AND sun, a very rare and coveted combination in the far north. Though the temperature took a little dip for a few days, down to 5°F at night, Umeå is up to almost 12 hours of daylight, a drastic difference from December’s meager 4 (which is a generous calculation considering sunrise almost seamlessly blends into sunset).

Ben arrived Thursday evening and we spent Friday at the Design School – taking lunch at Café Göteborg (highly recommend!), returning to school for multiple fikas, drinking wine in giving a tour of the Interaction Workshop – before heading out to dinner at our favorite Indian restaurant in town.

On Saturday we rented cross country skis and headed over to Nydala Lake to check out the nearby tracks. Embarrassingly, I’ve only briefly been to the lake since pre-snow season in the fall, and couldn’t believe what I’ve been missing!

Bridge to Nydala Lake peninsula

Bridge to Nydala Lake peninsula

Bridge to Nydala Lake peninsula

Bridge to Nydala Lake peninsula

Nydala Lake winter panorama

Nydala Lake ice skating track

Disclaimer - proceed at own risk

Disclaimer – proceed at own risk

Fierce

Fierce

No diving

No diving

Summertime artifacts

Summertime artifacts

Swedes perched all along the lake soaking in the sun

Swedes perched all along the lake soaking in the sun

Looking for... the rest of the boat?

Looking for… the rest of the boat?

Chillin' on a bench

Chillin’ on a bench

After exploring the northern part of frozen Nydala lake, we went to the Nydala cross country ski tracks, where there are maintained 1.8, 5, 6.4, and 10 kilometer loops. As it was Ben’s first time (not that it being my 5th time makes me any better than a Swedish nugget – see image below), we stuck to the 5 kilometer track and ended up skiing it twice. The trails are very nice and a perfect mix of undulating terrain. While the entrance point appeared consistently crowded, skiers were fairly evenly spread throughout the tracks, so that we felt primarily alone, letting Ben experience the serene atmosphere I love so much about cross country skiing.

Swedish family time

Three generations of Swedes (little lady in the purple was our competition)

Skinny Swedes gearing up

Swedes gearing up

On the track

On the track

Pros

Rockin’ it & exhausted

Perhaps the single largest road block we encountered while skiing was the odd noises Ben’s skis made, which can best be described as resembling laser beams. Needless to say, I spent a large portion of the time with uncontrollable giggles.

Cross Country Skiing near Nydala Lake from Happy Spooner on Vimeo. Best viewed with sound (hehe – Ben’s odd ski sounds…)!

Such a great visit!

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One Comment

  1. Nancy
    Mar 18, 2013 @ 10:13:03

    I will have fika and sunscreen for my Nydala Lake tour please….

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