Tree covered in snow Kiruna trees, January 2018 / Photo credit: Emma

Seasons in Sweden: A Photo Essay

Winter

where we are now, where we will be for a while.

In November grey clots the sky, swaddling you as you try to go about your daily business. You transition into wearing chunky knitwear but there’s a permanent, non-committal drizzle and fog in the air and it makes everything damp.

When the snow comes, even if there’s no sun, it makes everything brighter. Take what joy you can from the fact your nostril hairs will freeze together. Do not chew minty gum and then go outside. Be glad that the snow makes everything so quiet, and can put on such a show.

Snow frozen on trees in Northern Sweden

Trees in Kiruna / Photo credit: Emma

Uppsala skyline with snow on the rooftops

Uppsala in late winter / Photo credit: Emma

Trees against blue sky

Trees by Flogsta housing, Uppsala / Photo credit: Emma

Kiruna church in winter

The Church in Kiruna, January 2018 / Photo credit: Emma

Pink spire in the winter

Kiruna in the winter / Photo credit: Emma

Woman standing in the snow

Me in the wintertime, Kiruna / Photo credit: Raeed

Happy woman in the winter

An outtake / Photo credit: Raeed

Snowy landscape, Uppsala county

The outskirts of Uppsala, March 2018 / Photo credit: Emma

Frozen lake and skating spot

Fjällnora / Photo credit, Emma

Snow scene and woman

Early afternoon, January 2018 in Kiruna / Photo credit: Emma

Small frozen lake in Uppsala and the moon

Afternoon in wintertime Uppsala / Photo credit: Emma

Industrial buildings and frozen river in Uppsala

Industrial / Photo credit: Emma

Frozen undergrowth, Kiruna 2018

Frozen undergrowth, Kiruna 2018 / Photo credit: Emma

Pink and snowy landscape view from airplane

Pink wintertime light, flying away from Kiruna 2018 / Photo credit: Emma

Woman standing with ice skates on on frozen lake

Skating in Uppsala, March 2018 / Photo credit: Ivanna

Spring

sneeze and you’ll miss it. Is it March – May? Is it April – May? The snow is like that friend at a party who says all of their goodbyes at 11:00pm, promising to call it a night now, but every time another Frank Ocean song comes on over the aux cord says, “I can just hang around a while longer!” Before you know it it’s 8am the next day and they’re still there, incomprehensibly. 

You’ll need a bigger backpack to accommodate the extra sweater, the rain mac, the gloves (just in case), your umbrella.

Everything is in flux. The gravel from the streets to protect against the ice gets in your shoes.

Daylight savings comes, everyone exhales.

Lake and rock and trees

A spot for sauna in Stockholm / Photo credit: Emma

0 degrees frozen lake temperature in March

Temperature of the water outside of the sauna / Photo credit: Emma

Sakura in Stockholm

Sakura in Stockholm / Photo credit: Emma

Pink sky early in the morning

A bedroom window view, Uppsala 2019 / Photo credit: Emma

Evening light in winter-spring Stockholm

Early evening in Stockholm / Photo credit: Emma

Pride flag and pink building in Uppsala

Pride flag and pink building in Uppsala / Photo credit: Emma

Stockholm tube, 6pm in the spring

Stockholm tube, 6pm in the spring / Photo credit: Emma

A sleeping boat in Uppsala, Spring 2019

A sleeping boat in Uppsala, Spring 2019 / Photo credit: Emma

A pink spring sky, Uppsala

A pink spring sky, Uppsala / Photo credit: Emma 

Green and pink trees

Spring trees, Uppsala 2018 / Photo credit: Emma

Cyclist and spring trees

Uppsala 2018 / Photo credit: Emma

Summer

don’t close your blinds before bed, be woken up by the sun at 3am and – for one night at least – watch it make its golden arc upwards.

Get your walking boots on and hike into the night without worries.

Go out to the islands, swim everywhere, be outside whenever you can be.

A student room in early August morning

A student room in early August morning / Photo credit: Emma

A 3am walk home in Stockholm, Summer 2019

A 3am walk home in Stockholm, Summer 2019 / Photo credit: Emma

An 8am morning swim, July 2018

An 8am morning swim, July 2018 / Photo credit: Emma

Church in Odenplan, Stockholm

Church in Odenplan, Stockholm / Photo credit: Emma

Hot air balloon in Sofia, Stockholm

Hot air balloon in Sofia, Stockholm / Photo credit: Emma

Woodland walk, July 2018

Woodland walk, July 2018 / Photo credit: Daryl

Statues and trees near Södrateatern, Stockholm June 2019

Statues and trees near Södrateatern, Stockholm June 2019 / Photo credit: Emma

Swimmers in Stockholm 2019

Swimmers in Stockholm 2019 / Photo credit: Emma

Friends after a swim, early September 2019

Friends after a swim, early September 2019 / Photo credit: Emma

Österlen, southern Sweden, June 2019

Österlen, southern Sweden, June 2019 / Photo credit: Emma

Boat and Swedish flag, 2018

Boat and Swedish flag, 2018 / Photo credit: Emma

Stockholm archipelago

Stockholm archipelago / Photo credit: Emma

Light at 12:30, Stockholm, June 2019

Light at 12:30, Stockholm, June 2019 / Photo credit: Emma

Early evening (or late morning, I can't remember), a church on Södermalm, Stockholm

Early evening (or late morning, I can’t remember), a church on Södermalm, Stockholm / Photo credit: Emma

Gamla Stan, Stockholm

Gamla Stan, Stockholm / Photo credit: Emma

Caramel and pistachio ice cream, Uppsala 2019

Caramel and pistachio ice cream, Uppsala 2019 / Photo credit: Emma

A late August swim in Stockholm city, 2019

A late August swim in Stockholm city, 2019 / Photo credit: Emma

A friend by a lake out the back of Stockholm University, 2019

A friend by a lake out the back of Stockholm University, 2019 / Photo credit: Emma

Abisko National Park, June 2019

Abisko National Park, June 2019 / Photo credit: Emma

Abisko National Park, June 2019

Abisko National Park, June 2019 / Photo credit: Emma

Abisko National Park, June 2019

Abisko National Park, two friends walking, June 2019 / Photo credit: Emma

Abisko National Park, June 2019

Abisko National Park, June 2019 / Photo credit: Emma

Abisko National Park, June 2019

Abisko National Park, June 2019 / Photo credit: Emma

Abisko National Park, June 2019

Abisko National Park, June 2019 / Photo credit: Emma

Abisko National Park, June 2019

Abisko National Park, June 2019

Abisko National Park, June 2019

Abisko National Park, June 2019, two friends / Photo credit: Emma

Abisko National Park, June 2019

Abisko National Park, June 2019 / Photo credit: Emma

Fjällnora, Uppsala 2018

Fjällnora, Uppsala 2018 / Photo credit: Emma

Stockholm 2019

Stockholm 2019 / Photo credit: Emma

1:30am in a woodland area just outside of Stockholm

1:30am in a woodland area just outside of Stockholm / Photo credit: Emma

Autumn

start taking coffee in a thermos on walks in the forest. Watch the leaves shimmer off of trees when waiting for the bus.

Walk home with your head held up, facing forward. The wind and rain and snow are yet to come.

A friend in Stockholm

A friend in Stockholm / Photo credit: Emma

Walking in the forest

Walking in the forest / Photo credit: Emma

Taking in the autumn sun on Södermalm

Taking in the autumn sun on Södermalm / Photo credit: Emma

A walk in the woods, Autumn 2019

A walk in the woods, Autumn 2019 / Photo credit: Emma

A walk in the woods, Autumn 2019

A walk in the woods, a red wooden house, Autumn 2019 / Photo credits for this and all photos below: Emma       

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