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The Grand Canyon of Gällivare

Then we go into the pit, said Mr. Olle Baltzari at Aitik New Boliden. He was explaining what was ahead on our tour of the mine outside Gällivare. It was more like the Grand Canyon. On our trip along the

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The Biggest Toys Ever Made

We are in Gällivare. We are driving to bottom of the Grand Canyon of Aitik. Mounted on our car is a flag that from a distance looks like the antenna of a remote control toy car. All ordinary cars are

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The Newest Resort above the Arctic Circle

Gällivare is featuring its position as one of the major mining towns in Europe. It is a high tech town and a communication hub for northern Sweden. And it is close to some of the best outdoorsy area of Norrbotten.

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How to Make a Drink of What You Find In You Backyard

Essence of Lapland is a very fitting name for the love of Ms. Eva Gunnare. Her passion is herbs and plants that she discovers close to her home in Jokkmokk. Another passion is to share her discoveries. We had just

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The Aphrodisiac and Raisin of the Arctic

On our Diamonds of the Arctic Tour 2014 we had discovered new way of making gin. Much of our knowledge on how to make the best out of what is nearest is being forgotten. It is so easy to go

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Next to 400 Years of Business above the Arctic Circle – Jokkmokk Hotel

The Jokkmokk Market is an event that has stood the test of time for more than 400 years. That is a long time – business wise – in the Arctic. Markets were for many years the supermarkets of the old

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People Weren’t Allowed to Live in Houses in the Capital of Wilderness

We are in Jokkmokk. It is just above the Arctic Circle. Jokkmokk is Saami for “river and bend”, the nearby river is bending. The municipality of Jokkmokk is in some regards the capital of national parks in Sweden. It is

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Wild West of the Arctic – Saami and Settlers

Roughly 150 years before the Homestead Act (1862) in the United States, the Swedish government encouraged people to move to the north and start farming. The incentives were 15 years of tax amnesty and no military service. Ájtte – Svenskt

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Forrest Gump II – Run Forrest, Run to Laponia

Forrest Gump, the Oscar winning movie of 1994 has several paramount messages to the moviegoer. One is dispatched several times by Forrest. I think it was something like this: “My mumma always said life is like a flying feather, you

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Bear Blood on the Arctic Circle

South of Jokkmokk you’ll cross the Arctic Circle. Jokkmokk has made the Arctic Circle very visible. Rocks form the line going from east to west. A stack of rock has been mounted to create a marker, a background for photographs.

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