Mårdselforsens: A Bridge to Swedish Paradise
This past weekend, I traveled inland to enjoy the beautifully warm weather that Sweden was providing. Taking the 363 about four hours from Umeå, we drove through the country side, blooming with new buds and leaves. Spring has finally arrived in full force in Sweden! Arriving at a quaint cafe in the town of Mårdsele, we stopped for fika and some lunch and headed into the Mårdsele Forsens Nature Reserve . The reserve consisted of a large river that had been intersected by many small islands, and were connected by a series of swinging and wooden bridges.
Each bridge led us deeper and deeper into the river, and soon I was unsure which way lead back to our starting point! The rapids on the river were quite large as the ice melt from winter was still contributing to its flow.
Low rock levees had been created in between bridges to lessen the gaps between islands. This provided stunning views of the river that made the user feel as though they were about to be swept down stream…
Incredible lichens plastered the rocks here, making them beautiful shades of turquoise and vibrant chartreuse.
Stopping on one of the islands, we took a rest and had a traditional Swedish barbecue. As some of my Swedish friends had already introduced me to the culture the barbecue, I was well prepared. Swedes love hanging out in nature or by a local urban lake and sitting out in the sun all day, grilling food and enjoying one another’s company. I decided to follow in their path and take full advantage of this beautiful day.
Utilizing one of the well stocked shelters on the island, we make our barbecue. Even after almost one year here, I still find it incredible the resources that the nature reserves and national park provides its visitors. It requires quite a lot of maintenance and restocking to keep these facilities functioning, especially with their remote locations and any damages caused from the harsh winter. About thirty minutes out on the trail and about 5 bridges later, we even came to a informatics nature sign. We were blow away!
Littered across the islands was also moose droppings! I guess they also use the bridges to get from one side to the other…:)