Swedes are said to be obsessed with weather and at this time of year I think it comes from trying to stay prepared for the harsh days with occasional snow storms or maybe from the fact that the days are so short. Early January the sun rises at 08.40 AM and sets just after 3 PM. When the forecast is favorable you better catch the opportunity to see the sun before it vanishes again.
Twelfth day of Christmas was one such day. The night brought 15 cm of fresh snow and the forecast was sunny, albeit-16 Centigrade. South of Vaxholm is the sea inlet to Stockholm - Askrikefjärden. I hurried to make a short hike to meet the sun rise there. The huge ferries trafficking the Baltics make waves that create great ice formations. See a few more photos here.
This year winter and darkness arrived abruptly, on November 9th we woke up to to the alarming news of the outcome of the US presidential election. Outside it was snowing heavily. During the night a 30 cm cover had built up. The temperature was around…