Photography by Adam Clark / Words by Reine Barkered – professional skier, Freeride World Tour champion 2012.
“Why didn’t anyone tell me?”
Those are the words I muttered the first time I went deep into the Scandies in Swedish Lapland. The Mountains are huge and stretch over a vast area.
I always headed down to the Alps to ski the big lines thinking that what we have at home was not big enough, but it really is.
Far above the Arctic Circle lie the ‘towns’ of Riksgränsen and Abisko placed between the actual cities of Kiruna, Sweden and Narvik, Norway. Narvik is the harbour from which the iron ore (from the mines in Kiruna) gets transported to via train.
Along this purpose-built railroad, these towns sprung up. It’s not much to look at but I have had some of the best days of my life there. Riksgränsen, literally “the border of the realm” consists of a hotel, some staff housing, a supermarket and a campsite as well as a pretty old lift system.