Come along into the forest, it’s right around the corner, and we can make our own tracks in the untouched snow. With skis on your feet and snow to carry you, you can travel a bit farther than on bare ground, turning the winter adventure into an expedition. Snowshoes or a snow mobile both work just as well. The winter forest is something special, everything is white and fluffy, it feels embedded and it dampens all sound. It feels safe somehow, caring.
For those of you who prefer whizzing past on fast crosscountry skis on well prepared tracks, there are miles and miles to explore here in Luleå. Have you tried skiing at night? Gliding along illuminated tracks, embraced by the darkness and with the cool wind on your face, becoming one with the forest, is magical. Look for other signs in the snow and of wildlife in the forest.
You may get to see fresh elk tracks, you may send a snowy white hare running away, meet curious squirrels or a clever fox sneaking around between the tree trunks. Stop for a moment and listen to the birds singing on a glistening early spring day.
The forests surrounding the city have long been winter grazing lands for the reindeer of the Sami communities along the Lule River. Large herds of reindeer feed on the islands in the archipelago and with a bit of luck you can get to meet a lone, wandering reindeer.
Come, let’s go out into the forest!