Sweden Swelters, Shrinks

Sweden’s highest peak, a glacier on the southern tip of the Kebnekaise mountain, is melting due to record hot Arctic temperatures and is no longer the nation’s tallest point, scientists said on Wednesday.

Sweden’s two highest points are a mountain with two peaks, one covered by a glacier, the other free of ice.

Last year, according to this story in English and this one in Swedish, the altitude difference between the two peaks was two meters.

Quotes: At the New Year

Swedish author Henning Mankell’s settling of accounts, a book called Quicksand, was his written reckoning with a cancer diagnosis. He ranged widely, and lamented that not many of us are remembered for long. His example:

Construction of the Great Wall lasted 1800 years.

“If you think of the work being handed down from father to son that means there were over sixty generations who never saw the end of the work they and their forefathers had been engaged on.”

This makes me less apt to stand in an overnight queue for iPhone version x.xxx.

Cheers, and may 2018 treat us all well.

Sweden: Sort of Like an Ax in the Head

Stockholm

Mentioned Sweden on Common Sense and Whiskey the other day. Here's an article from last month called When Sweden Rules the World, which might be worth your time.

It calls this Baltic-Scandinavian-Nordic land

"… this anomalous, oblong nation of 9 million, wedged as comfortably as an axe into Europe’s forehead."

But it's a really positive look at the Swedish character. Really.

Photo is the harbor and Strandvagen, downtown Stockholm, from EarthPhotos.com.

Cockpit Seats Must Be More Comfy than in Coach

And speaking of Sweden (day before yesterday), "The captain of an SAS plane flying between Copenhagen and Stockholm fell asleep last week, as the first officer was using the lavatory." The captain "claims to have only gotten four hours of sleep the night before, and it was his fourth flight of the day."

But still, come on, flights only take an hour and ten minutes.

Sas

Arctic Travel Resources

Iceland Looking into possibilities for some Arctic travel this summer. Here’s the early stages of an expanding reading list:

Who Owns the Arctic?: Understanding Sovereignty Disputes in the North by Michael Byers

After the Ice: Life, Death, and Geopolitics in the New Arctic by Alun Anderson

Terra Incognita: Travels in Antarctica by Sarah Wheeler

Some web resources:

Svalbard TourismCruise Handbook for Svalbard – Longyearbyen (capital of Svalbard) airport informationTromso, Norway flight informationWideroe Norwegian airlineFaroe Islands photographyFaroe Islands transportationThe Smyril ferry lineArctic Small Ship Cruises

And related:

Alaska bear viewing – The Northwest Passage (1, 2, 3) – Canadian polar bear tours – more here, including the aurora forecaster.

Prior to our August 2010 visit, our trips to the region have included Finland, Greenland, Iceland, Norway and Sweden. The links are to their galleries at EarthPhotos.com.

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