Top 10 Unique Experiences in Sweden

Whether it’s your first time to Sweden, or you are looking for something off the beaten path, we’re rounding up the top unique activities from historical traditions to quintessential modern Swedish culture. Consider this your ultimate guide to discovering what makes Sweden so unique.

 

1.   Get Hands on at The Abba Museum

Abba put Sweden on the world map as a music powerhouse with their legendary win at the Eurovision song contest. The Abba Museum is full of interactive exhibits where you can record songs, virtually try on costumes, and become the 5th member of Abba with on-stage simulations. It’s easy to see why the museum’s motto is

‘Walk in. Dance out.’

 

2. See the Northern Lights

The best time to see the Northern Lights is in winter when the nights are long. They don’t happen every night, but if you’re lucky enough to see them, you’ll be amazed at nature’s greatest light show. It’s no wonder why see the Northern Lights is well-known as a top 10 bucket list item: this incredible phenomena is as breathtaking as it is elusive.

 

3. Explore the Vasa Ship

The Vasa was a gigantic wooden battleship built for the Royal Swedish Navy. It was supposed to demonstrate Sweden’s role as a colonial power. A massive 2-story wooden ship loaded with tons of firepower and ammunition: what could go wrong? Unfortunately, the ship capsized almost immediately after it departed Stockholm’s harbor and sank in front of hundreds of onlookers. In 1961, the ship was located and brought to the surface after 333 years underwater. It can now be explored at Scandinavia’s most-visited museum, the Vasa Museum.

 

4. Wander the Haga Neighborhood in Gothenburg

As Sweden’s second-biggest city, Gothenburg already draws plenty of visitors. Perhaps the highlight of your trip to Gothenburg is the neighborhood of Haga. The neighborhood’s well-preserved wooden houses show how Swedish people lived in the 19th century.

5. Drink Glögg

Served around Christmastime, this fruity mulled wine will warm you from the inside out. It is a Swedish staple when the temperatures drop and the days grow short.

6. Visit the Underground ‘Art Gallery’ in The Stockholm Metro Tunnelbana

Officially the world’s longest art gallery, measuring 110km (68 miles), the metro system of Sweden is not just a people mover, it is home to thousands of pieces of art. Even the tunnels themselves are stunning examples of artistic architecture.

7. Stay Overnight at The Ice Hotel

The Ice Hotel only exists in winter (for obvious reasons) and is one of the most unique experiences in Sweden. You can sleep overnight in a room made entirely of ice, or just grab a cocktail at their ice bar.

8. Channel Your Inner Child at Villa Villekulla (Pippi Longstocking’s House)

Swedish author Astrid Lindgren is the creator of the world-famous Pippi Longstocking character. In Gotland, visitors can tour the Villa Villekulla house used on the set of the live-action Pippi movie. It’s actually located in an amusement park called Kneippbyn which offers a water park and other attractions for a great family excursion.

 

Right-Hand Traffic versus Left-Hand Traffic

For all of the cultural differences, language barriers, and tension and strife on this orb, the various countries of the world actually seem to agree on a wide number of things: only Vatican City is not a member of the United Nations; all but three of 193 sovereign countries follow the metric system (Burma/Myanmar, Liberia, and the United States); only Monaco, Nauru and Vatican City are not affiliated to FIFA; only Andorra, Cuba, Monaco, Liechtenstein, North Korea, and Vatican City have yet to join the International Bank for Reconstruction and Development (one of the five institutions constituting the World Bank). The International Organization for Standardization even has 165 members. But there is a huge gap in one very significant standard: what side of the road to drive on.

Countries in red drive on the right; countries in blue drive on the left.

66% of the world’s population (163 countries and territories) drive on the right, while the remaining 34% (76 countries and territories) drive on the left. Currently, all countries have uniform rules on driving except China, which was a completely right-driving country until absorbing left-driving Hong Kong in 1997 and Macau in 1999 (which results in a pretty interesting-looking border crossing when one crosses into mainland China and has to change lanes). Countries switch driving directions more often than we think; just last year, Samoa switched to driving on the left after a century of driving on the right in order to allow its consumer to import cars more cheaply from left-driving Australia and New Zealand rather than the right-driving US. Since 1967, five countries have switched driving directions; the other four to do so (Sweden 1967, Iceland 1968, Burma 1970, Ghana 1974) went in the opposite direction, joining the majority of countries around the world in driving on the right-hand side of the road. In the early days of automobile driving, switching sides was much more common as countries got their rules sorted out.

Countries in orange switched from left to right; countries in purple switched from right to left; countries in green had varying rules in different locations before standardising to the right.

The countries today which still drive on the left tend to share one thing in common: a British colonial legacy. These lands were either directly ruled by the United Kingdom (or, in turn, one of its possessions) or is in such close proximity to such countries that are just more convenient to align themselves that way. Which is why countries like Thailand drive on the left, or why Indonesia and Suriname stayed on the left long after the Netherlands switched to the right despite British rule having only occurred briefly in Java during the Napoleonic Wars. Three former Portuguese possessions (Goa, Macau and Mozambique) stayed on the left even when the rest of the empire switched to the right in 1928 precisely for reasons of proximity to countries that also drove on the left (similarly, it can be argued that the influence of the United States and Napoleonic France caused many countries to adopt right-side driving). There remain a fair number of border crossings where drivers are forced to switch sides; these are almost exclusively the province of Africa and Asia (the only such crossing in Europe is at the entrance to the Channel Tunnel in Kent, while the only such crossing in the entire western hemisphere is the Takutu River Bridge between Guyana and Brazil).

Why, the question may be asked, do we even have these differences in the first place? These differences predate automobiles; this goes back to medieval times and is basically a reflection of the fact that most people are right-handed. Countries, where wagon teams were driven by a person riding a horse, tended to drive on the right, mounting the horse on the left and whipping the horse with the right. Countries, where wagon teams were driven by someone riding directly in the wagon, tended to drive on the left, as the driver had to be situated in the right-hand side of the wagon to ensure he was making contact when attempting to the whip the horse and not ending up just whipping the side of the wagon. Being seated on the right-hand side meant staying to the left gave the driver the best line of view looking down the road.

Surprisingly, this rather firm difference between countries regarding right-and-left-side automobile driving is not reflected when it comes to rail traffic, where countries are all over the board. And let’s not even begin to get into the differences in traffic signals…

 

Further Reading

Hodder, N. (n.d.). Left/Right traffic changeovers at borders.
Available at http://www.nicholashodder.com/download/leftright.kmz. Accessed 1 November 2010.

Lucas, B. (2005). Which side of the road do they drive on? August 2005.
Available at http://www.brianlucas.ca/roadside/. Accessed 1 November 2010.

McGregor, C.H. (2010). Why do some countries drive on the right and others on the left? World Standards, 10 April 2010.
Available at http://users.telenet.be/worldstandards/driving%20on%20the%20left.htm. Accessed 1 November 2010.

Texin, T. (2010). Why Don’t We Drive On The Same Side Of The Road Around The World? Internationalization, Localization, Standards, and Amusements. Available at http://www.i18nguy.com/driver-side.html. Accessed 1 November 2010.

Vanderbilt, T.(2009). Whose side of the road are you on? Salon, 14 August 2009.
Available at http://www.salon.com/news/feature/2009/08/14/driving_on_left/. Accessed 1 November 2010.

 

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The Longest Train Ride In The World

The Longest Train Ride in the World

In March 2010, news sites were abuzz with the announcement of a proposed Chinese-backed high-speed Eurasian rail line that could whip passengers between London and Beijing at speeds of up to 345 km/h (215 mph), completing the 17-country, 8 160 km (5 070 mi) journey in just two days. While such a fantastical project is likely decades away, completing such a long trip exclusively by train is not. In fact, you can make an even longer trip right now and never leave the train except for switching cars. The catch, of course, is that it will take you much longer than just two days (and probably cost you a fair bit in the process).

The longest single uninterrupted train journey, including transfers, does indeed stretch beyond London and Beijing. Starting from the Portuguese coast, one can travel by train not just into China but all the way to southern Vietnam, a distance of 17 000 km (10 566 mi).

Starting in Portugal at Porto, the first two days of this trip is (relatively) simple, as all of the countries one would travel through are members of the European Union, and all but Poland are covered by Eurail, a consortium of rail carriers which collaborate in selling tickets. While this ensures some level in coordination in travel, and a Eurail pass can grant free access to much of the route, supplemental travel and reservation fees still apply to most high-speed and sleeping trains.

Using the shortest timetable, the distance from the coastal centre of Porto to the Polish capital of Warsaw can be covered in 40 hours and 33 minutes (including time zone changes) with just four transfers. From Porto, travellers would head one hour south along the Atlantic coast on a high speed train to Coimbra. After a one hour layover at Coimbra, a regular train heads east across the width of Portugal (very slowly, it must be said) before carrying northwestern Spain via Salamanca, Valladolid, and Vitoria-Gasteiz into France at Hendaye (reservations are compulsory on this trip which is seated second-class travel only). Once in France, it’s a transfer onto the TGV (but not the high-speed trains, which won’t ply this particular route until 2017) for a six-hour trip to Paris. An hour-long transfer on the Paris Metro takes you to the north end of the city, where a high-speed train carries you all the way to Cologne in just three hours, stopping only at Brussels, Liege, and Aachen. It’s a three hour wait in Cologne before you can transfer onto the train heading eastbound from Amsterdam to Warsaw. The travel time from Cologne across Germany and Poland to Warsaw via Dortmund, Hannover, Berlin, Rzepin, and Poznan is ten hours, but at least it’s in comfort on a sleeping car.


The TGV station at Liege. Source: A. Russeth, http://www.flickr.com/photos/sixteen-miles/4305065997/.
Licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 2.0 Generic (CC BY-SA 2.0) licence.

From Poland, travellers have two options: travel through Belarus, which requires a transit visa one must apply for in person that takes days to process; or take the slightly longer but more sensible option, which is to continue north through the Baltic states and then continue east to Russia, which would add a day and some euro to your bill but would remove some of the hassle. For the purposes of this entry, however, we’re only interested in the longest direct route possible by train, and the train through Belarus is the direct route. That trip will leave Warsaw at 22:45 and take over a day to complete. Incorporating two time zone changes, the long 1 311 km ride to Moscow takes 26 hours and 25 minutes.

Make plans ahead of time for a day in Moscow, because it’s an 18 hour and 25 minute layover before you board the train that will take you almost to the Pacific Ocean. From Moscow, it’s a transfer onto the legendary Trans-Siberian Railway. But sticking with the premise of the longest possible direct route, this won’t incorporate a trip along the length of the mainline all the way to Vladivostok. Instead, after making an epic journey across the bulk of Russia via Perm, Yekaterinburg, Omsk, Novosibirsk, Krasnoyarsk, and Omsk, this train turns south at Ulan-Ude into Mongolia before arriving in Beijing six nights and 7 622 km after leaving Moscow. The Moscow-Ulan Bator-Beijing train is a comfortable ride, and rather inexpensive considering the huge distance involved at $804 for a berth in a 4-sleeper and $1 131 for a berth in a 2-sleeper. You will have to stop at the Mongolian-Chinese border for a four-hour wheel switchover as China’s railways operate on a narrower gauge than Russia and Mongolia.

The Ulan Bator-Beijing Train. Source: Sistak, http://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/3067654452/.
Licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 2.0 Generic (CC BY-SA 2.0) licence.

From Beijing, the final leg of your cross-Eurasia journey begins. It will be somewhat of a rush to make it from Beijing Central Station to Beijing West to catch the train to Hanoi, but the opening of the Beijing Subway’s new Line 9 next month will allow you not to have to cheat by taking a bus. Travelling south via Zhengzhou, Guilin, and Nanning, there is a change of train at the Vietnamese border as Vietnam uses a one-metre gauge for it rail tracks. Hanoi is just over four hours from the border. Once in the Vietnamese capital, it’s an eleven-hour layover before the 33-hour, 1 726 km (1 072 mi) trip to Saigon, Ho Chi Minh City, where you reach the end of your long ride. The ride across Vietnam is the cheapest, ranging between US$50 and $78 dollars for the entire length of the country, and because of the need to rebuild the entire rail system from scratch after the Vietnam War, the trains are rather new and pleasant.

Source: M. Rijavec, http://www.flickr.com/photos/miran/2286187360/.
Licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 2.0 Generic (CC BY-SA 2.0) licence.

All told, the 17 000 km (10 566 mi) journey takes 327 hours, including time zone changes. That’s over 13-and-a-half days. Going the express route, you might be able to pull it off for just over US$2 000, and you may still be able to book first-class for US$3 400 (but take those figures with a grain of salt since everyone from travel agents to local authorities to amenity providers will be sure to add to the final total). Below is a sample itinerary compiled from timetables of the various local rail authorities. Who’s up for a trip?

  • Porto-Coimbra 1:05, US$17.33-$28.66
  • Coimbra layover 0:56
  • Coimbra-Hendaye 12:33, US$94.50-$308.97
  • Hendaye layover 0:51
  • Hendaye-Paris Montparnasse 5:54, US$117-$285
  • Paris Montparnasse-Paris Nord 0:55, US$2.27
  • Paris Nord layover 1:11
  • Paris Nord-Koln 3:14, US$46-$254
  • Koln layover 3:13
  • Koln-Warsaw 11:57, US$388-$568
  • Warsaw layover 2:40
  • Warsaw-Moscow 26:25 $216-$328
  • Moscow layover 18:25
  • Moscow-Beijing 136:29, $804-$1 131
  • Beijing subway transfer window 1:41, US$0.31
  • Beijing-Hanoi 55:25, US$320-$406
  • Hanoi layover 10:50
  • Hanoi-Ho Chi Minh City Saigon 33:10, US$50-$78

All prices were hastily sourced from various travel sites. They are shown for descriptive purposes only and should not be considered exact. Always be sure to research fares extensively when travel planning.

 

Further Reading

Moore, M. (2010). King’s Cross to Beijing in two days on new high-speed rail network. The Telegraph, 8 March 2010.
Available at http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/china/7397846/Kings-Cross-to-Beijing-in-two-days-on-new-high-speed-rail-network.html. Accessed 27 November 2011.

Simpson, P. and D. Wilkes (2010). Orient super express: From London to Beijing by train… in just TWO days. Daily Mail, 9 March 2010.
Available at http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1256536/200mph-train-link-London-Beijing-just-days.html. Accessed 27 November 2011.

Smith, M. (2011). How to travel by Trans-Siberian Railway from London to China & Japan. The Man in Seat Sixty-One, 16 November 2011.
Available at http://www.seat61.com/Trans-Siberian.htm. Accessed 28 November 2011.

Way to Russia Guides (2009). The Best Train Routes to Russia with Timetables, Prices, and a Map. Way to Russia, 14 August 2009.
Available at http://www.waytorussia.net/Transport/International/TrainSchedules.html. Accessed 27 November 2011.

 

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Bridge of the Horns, Cities of Light: Will They Ever Actually Be Built?

As wild as any megaproject ever seriously considered is the Bridge of the Horns, the massive structure announced in 2007 that would bridge the 28.5 km Bab-el-Mandeb, the strait separating Africa from the Arabian Peninsula (or, more specifically, Djibouti from Yemen) that joins the Red Sea and Gulf of Aden. The plan borders on pure fantasy: a massive six-lane causeway (including the world’s longest suspension bridge, which would be 5 kilometres long in order to accommodate the massive amount of ships that pass through the Red Sea via the Suez Canal) carrying up to 100 000 vehicles per day, along with four light rail lines that would carry up to 50 000 passengers per day, and gas and water pipelines.

Along with the bridges, two massive cities (one on the Djiboutian side, one on the Yemeni side) would be built. These cities would be known as ‘Al-Noor cities’(‘cities of light’). It is hoped that the cities would be models of sustainability and humanitarian values built entirely using green technologies and powered by renewable energy sources, as well as bring much needed economic stability to tiny Djibouti, turning the country into a major economic hub as a new go-between for Africa and the Middle East (the country already experienced a slight boom when neighbouring Ethiopia lost sea access after Eritrea achieved independence; Ethiopia now uses Djibouti as its major shipping point to the outside world).

In a span of just 15 years, the plan would be to construct a city of 2.5 million people on the Djiboutian side and a city of 4.5 million on the Yemeni side. Skeptics would point to the lack of a publicly-available master plan other than a mission statement, a couple of JPEGs, and conceptual videos like the one at the top of the page, as well as the lack of infrastructure to connect the project to(new, modern highways and railways would have to be built to connect the bridge to major cities like Addia Ababa, Nairobi, Jeddah, Dubai and Riyadh, all hundreds of kilometres away). It’s hard to believe that in that short of a time with so much to be built entirely from scratch in an relatively unpopulated area that the twin cities could be turned into the ‘financial, educational, and medical hub of Africa’, as was hoped for in the announcement ceremony in 2008.

Bridge Horn Cities

Phase I of the project would see a 3.5 km long-bridge between mainland Yemen and the island of Perim as well as 4 km of highway on the island itself. Phase II would see 13 km worth of suspension bridges and 8 km of girder bridges connecting Perim to Djibouti, including the world’s longest suspension bridge mentioned above. As the waters of the Bab-el-Mandeb are up to 300 m deep, the bridge’s pylons would have to be 700 m high (400 m of which would be above water) in order to support the structure.

The project’s proponents are Tarek bin Laden (construction magnate and member of the wealthy Yemeni-Saudi family whose most infamous member was you-know-who) and Al-Noor Holding Investment LLC based out of Dubai. In addition to the cities to be built at each end of the Bridge of the Horns, Al-Noor cities are also proposed for Syria, Egypt, Sudan, and the Mecca-Jeddah corridor in Saudi Arabia. The Djiboutian government seems rather eager to proceed; it has already set aside hundreds of square kilometres of land for the development of an Al-Noor city on its end. The total cost of the bridges and cities would be US$200 billion, of which at least $50 billion has supposedly already been procured.It would certainly help in fighting the 40-to-60-percent unemployment rate and crippling debt currently seen in the resource-poor country; attempting to assist both Dijbouti and Yemen with their economic woes was indeed part of Al-Noor’s plan for the project.

For all of the proposals and agreements, there still has yet to be much action beyond opening ceremonies. If you’re wondering why you haven’t heard about the project recently (most news seemed to peter out around 2009), that’s because it’s been delayed since last year (around the same time construction on the US$20 billion Phase I was to have begun), as neither the Yemeni nor the Djiboutian government have signed a framework agreement that would give Al-Noor the go-ahead to proceed. Since then, news of the project has been rather nonexistent. Considering the Dubai debt crunch, ongoing turmoil in Yemen, and the fanciful nature of the project to begin with, we might not be hearing about the Bridge of the Horns or the Al-Noor cities for a while.

 

Further Reading

Al-Noor Holding Investment (n.d.) .Home.
Available at http://alnoorcity.com/index.php. Accessed 25 June 2011.

BBC News (2008). Tarek Bin Laden’s Red Sea bridge. 22 February 2008.
Available at http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/africa/7259427.stm. Accessed 25 June 2011.

Economist, The. (2008). Djibouti: St Tropez in the Horn? 19 March 2008.
Available at http://www.economist.com/node/10881652?story_id=10881652. Accessed 25 June 2011.

Economist, The. (2008). The Red Sea: Can it really be bridged? 31 March 2008.
Available at http://www.economist.com/node/11849068?story_id=11849068. Accessed 25 June 2011.

MENAFN (2008). $200bn Al-Noor cities to be built in Yemen and Djibouti. 30 July 2008.
Available at http://www.menafn.com/qn_news_story_s.asp?StoryId=1093206010. Accessed 24 June 2011.

Sawyer, T. (2007). Notice-to-Proceed Launches Ambitious Red Sea Crossing. Engineering News-Record, 1 May 2007.
Available at http://enr.construction.com/news/intl/archives/070501.asp. Accessed 24 June 2011.

SteelGuru (2010). Phase I of Yemen and Djibouti Causeway delayed. 22 June 2010.
Available at http://www.steelguru.com/middle_east_news/Phase_I_of_Yemen_and_Djibouti_Causeway_delayed/151768.html. Accessed 24 June 2011.

 

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Activities at Night during Camping

The Best Nighttime Activities for Camping

One of the most powerful aspects of the call of the wild is the incredible sights that await us. Unfortunately, we aren’t really able to enjoy the beautiful vistas of the world when the night inevitably comes. Even stargazing can get blocked by a few clouds or some fog. So, how do you stave off cabin fever before you can fall asleep? We have a few great nighttime activities for camping you can plan to do for your next trip! We never want any of our readers feeling bored or restless in the great outdoors.

 

Games – More Than You Thought Was Possible

If you’re not connected to the indie board-and-tabletop scene, you’ll likely be floored by just how many incredible new games exist. Board games and card games are traditional camping fare, but we can only play so many games of Go Fish or Uno before we’ve had enough. There are hundreds of inventive, easy-to-transport, and incredibly fun games on the market, and they serve as fantastic nighttime activities for camping, especially if you’re the type that loves a new challenge. While board games usually won’t keep you entertained while solo-camping, you’d be amazed by just how much fun you can have with new-era board games with your campmates.

 

Pre-Downloaded Music

While some like to keep digital indulgence to a minimum while enjoying fresh air, music tends to transcend the digital. Our phones and tablets are incredible tools for helping us keep our inspirational tunes at our fingertips, no matter where we are. While many music services have moved to subscription-based streaming services, many of them also have an offline option. With just a little bit of planning, you can have a playlist with thousands of songs ready to go without any need for cellular data or wi-fi.

If you’re going to be on the trail for a long time, you can make stops at lodges, restaurants, or rest stops with Wi-Fi available to update or supplement your playlist. Having the music that inspires you on hand means being able to relax to beautiful music and the sounds of nature or celebrate the wilds together with high-energy tunes as you prepare for the next day of camping.

 

Old-School Meets Modern

Nightime activities for camping are as old as camping itself, and one of those includes the fun and thrill of classic skill-based card games like poker. If it seems like mountain towns are commonly the ideal location for casinos and the like, it’s because hikers, mountain climbers, and trailblazers love a challenge and love fun. The modern era has made the fun of casino games more available than ever, in fact, thousands of casino games can be played by on any online casino via mobile apps available in app stores. Once you have downloaded one of these apps, you can then easily kick back by the fire and play some games with your friends. Sometimes, the digital and the natural blend nicer than we ever thought possible!

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Top Picks for the Best Hiking Gear: From Women’s Hiking Pants to Hiking Boots

Hiking is more popular than ever before, with millions of people worldwide setting out to rediscover the beauty of nature with their own two eyes. Innovators, manufacturers, and sellers of hiking products haven’t been asleep on the rising trends, either, meaning that aspiring and veteran hikers both can enjoy a plethora of new tools to bring their hiking experience to the summit. Whether you’re looking for comfortable women’s hiking pants or a brand new, spill-proof water, you need to know what the best is. So, with hiker’s needs in mind, we’ve put together a list highlighting some of the best hiking gear out there.

 

L. L. Bean Backpacks

L. L. Bean is one of the most well-recognized names in outdoor equipment. In addition to decades worth of stellar reviews, their items all come with lifetime guarantees. That’s right, if you have an issue with your L. L. Bean item, they’ll ensure it gets taken care of, on them. That policy extends to their backpacks, which are frankly miraculous.

Not only do they have a ton of space within, they have multiple ways to organize your stuff. They even have a convenient holder for smartphones within the pack. The smartphone pouch lets you pop your smartphone somewhere safe while allowing you to thread your headphones through a water-resistant hole that, while the backpack is on your back, will be located the perfect distance from your ears so you don’t have obnoxious cables to think about.

 

The North Face Women’s Hiking Pants

Let’s face it: hiking gear hasn’t always meshed well with everyday fashion. Thankfully, that’s not the case anymore. The North Face brand now offers an incredible selection of women’s hiking pants that are durable, warm, breathable, and fashionable. There really isn’t a reason to dress like Lewis and Clark anymore, especially when you can get comfortable clothing that you don’t have to box up when you’re not going hiking.

 

Colombia’s Newton Ridge Plus Line of Women’s Hiking Boots

Multiple colors, waterproof, well-treaded, and durable, the Newton Ridge Plus line of boots by longtime hiking supplier Columbia is not to be missed. These women’s hiking boots aren’t playing around. They’re designed with a stunning number of features, have been widely praised, and are set at a completely reasonable price point, beating out a lot of the competition. They’re perfect for newcomers to hiking and seasoned trailblazers alike.

 

SEOULSTORY7 Women’s Hiking Crew Socks

These trail socks are simply fantastic. With supportive elastic design, 77% cotton construction, and breathable weaving, SEOULSTORY7 has really outdone themselves when it comes to comfortable socks. What really makes these socks stand out among other options is that they’re specifically designed for use by athletes but aren’t lacking in the appearance department. Many athletic socks, especially trail socks, only come in a handful of colors (usually white, black, or brown.) These year-round socks feature the entire rainbow, meaning you don’t have to give up cute socks to enjoy the great outdoors!

3 Amazing Thoughts To Ponder To Hike Like A Pro

We often see a lot of hikers and looking at them just makes us think, how in the world they were able to do those things as if it is just a walk in the park. It is easy most especially if we are looking at those professional hikers. It’s because they have done this a million times and some of them can even hike on their sleep. Check out these amazing advice straight from the professionals.

1. Take care of your feet

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Most rookies make mistakes by thinking that they can wear running shoes on the trail. It is a big no. You can get blisters all over your feet if you do that. The worst thing that can happen is you can break and twist your ankles because running shoes will not be able to give you the support you need for your feet.

2. Pace your fluid intake

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Making sure your body is hydrated is crucial when you are on a hike, but you should not over do things. You need to ensure that the fluid intake is on the right pace if you want to be able to keep on going. You cannot just drink a lot of water before you begin and then just intake more when you reached the top.

3. Do not bring refined sugar

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Sugar can give you the extra boost of adrenaline, but you need to make sure that what you will intake are the natural ones like the sugar you can get from fruits. When the effects of refined sugar are washed out, it’ll slow you down and you might fell short on the energy you need to be able to finish your trail.

If you can follow these tips from the experts, you will be able to hike like them as if it is something that you do every day.

 

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You can find more hiking tips on the Liptopia blog: Hiking for Beginners ’10 Essential Tips’.

3 Easiest Mountain To Climb If You Are A New Mountaineer

If you are someone who wants to succeed in the world of mountaineering, you need to start with the basics. All mountaineers did not just pop out to be an experienced climber in an instant. All excellent mountain climbers started from the bottom. If you are new to this kind of adventure, start with the easiest mountain to climb. Do not ever think that you are a superhero that you can take on Mount Everest in your first stint. Here are the easiest mountains to climb which are perfect for beginners.

1. Mount Fuji

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It is the top favorite for newbies in climbing mountains. It’s located in Japan, and you can take on the Kawaguchiko route to prepare yourself with stamina factor. Its peak is around 3,780 m above ground. The trails are all well-established so that you wouldn’t need much of the technical experience. If you want to try out Mount Fuji, make sure you will test the waters around July 1st to August 3rd.

2. Pikes Peak

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It is located in the United States with a height of a little more than 4,300 meters above the plains. Since it has gained a lot of popularity, it is also one of the mountains which have good trails set up for the Mountaineers. You’d be able to see a lot of tourists as well, and it’s not impossible to hitch a ride if you feel too tired hiking back home.

3. Tofana Di Rozes

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It has a height of around 3,220 meters which is located in Italy. It is the third easiest mountain to climb for beginners. The trails are already established, and it will just take around five hours to be able to hike to the highest peak of the mountain.

You better choose the right mountain if it is your first time to indulge in such activity. It is for your safety so you can get used to the kind of thrill mountain climbing can bring you.

4 Great Tips If You Want To Climb A Mountain

Mountain climbing is an adventure that a lot of people want to try, but not all can do so. There is imminent danger, and it is pretty tiring. Most people can start it but cede half way through. Here are some great tips if you want to be able to climb a mountain that you have to take note.

1. Pick the right mountain

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By thinking that you have to climb a high mountain, it will already send shivers down your spine, but it is a worth it experience. The first thing that you have to think of is which mountain you would climb. It is essential to choose base on the kind of experience you have. For beginners, it is just right to pick the easiest mountain path.

2. Get help and give some too

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If you want to succeed and reach the peak of the mountain, lending a hand and getting one in return is essential. You can’t help but feel tired on your way up so using all resources and asking help is not a bad thing. The purpose of it is for all of you to reach the top.

3. Train yourself

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You cannot just decide that you want to climb a mountain today and go for it the next day. You need to train yourself and be prepared because it could be one of the most tiring experiences of your life. You need to be fit to be able to get through.

4. Pacing

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Pacing is important if you want to be able to reach the peak of the mountain. You cannot just go in there and climb in a fast pace all the time. It is important that you pace yourself and know when to take breaks. Your body is not a machine that can just go full throttle all the time.

If you want to succeed in this kind of adventure, better be prepared physically and mentally as well.

Welcome to a comprehensive outdoors and camping guide for all abilities

We have decided to list everything we know about camping and the outdoors to fellow campers who plan to go camping in Scandinavia. There are many different ways to camp in nature but your experience also depends on how long you stay and when you go out. Going for a weekend during summer is a piece of cake. Going for a month in the Scandinavian tundra however can be very challenging and can easily put your personal limits to the test.

A passion for the outdoors

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We are true nature enthusiasts and we want to share our best tips to make your camping experience a success. We write about the most important things surrounding camping and hiking in Scandinavia. Camping is our hobby and we hope to keep the site updated with our latest camping adventures and the takeaways we get from it. We hope to educate people about camping and at the same time inspire them to go out on their own camping adventures.

The Best Camping Sites

We have listed some of the best sites of Scandinavia, from Norway to Finland including some of the greatest views and camps of the world. The arctic climate grants you magic winter nights filled with northern lights and ice-cold winds to bite your face. The Scandinavian nature is harsh but rewarding. The Sami’s have been caring for their reindeers for thousands of years and they still manage to live off the lands in the Cap of the North (Nordkalotten).

Camping with Family

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When you are camping with your family, everyone grows. Grow alongside your family while experiencing the wonders of the wild. Teach and learn, always encourage your loved ones to grow and become more independent. Ultimately, we multiply by cloning ourselves but it’s essential that our skills and concepts are passed on as well as our genes.

Best perks about Camping

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We all enter the woods for different reasons but we always come out slightly different. Camping allow you to reconnect with nature from a front-row seat. The majestic nature can surprise you in a heartbeat if you’re at the right place at the right time. Watching nature from a mountain top or at the bottom of a rapid stream is soul-fulfilling and majestic.

Reconnect with Nature

It’s important to reconnect with nature every now and then. I don’t think it’s possible to reconnect with nature completely by looking at photos or watching documentaries. We need to feel, fear, love and live in nature to feel that we’re a part of it. The biggest perk about nature is feeling connected to it. You too will realize this after a few camping trips on your own or with your family.