High camp and thunderstorms in Vålådalen

The past weekend me and Petra made a spontaneous trip to the mountains in Vålådalen Nature Reserve here in Jämtland. The plan was to explore a new area, scout for an upcoming workshop and just have a good time.

I have been thinking about how to tell the stories of my adventures and thought that this would be a good opportunity to try and make a blog post about the trip. My plan in the future is to combine photographs, text and video like this. Please let me know what you think.


Tired after a long day of hiking we arrived late to our first campsite. Just as we were about to prepare dinner a thunderstorm approached rapidly. It didn’t take long before hail hammered the tent like crazy.

The thunderstorms continued the following day so we decided to stay down in the valley. On the third day the weather looked more promising and we started our ascent up the mountain. When we reached the pass where we planned to camp the wind had picked up and we had to work to get the tent up. I’m glad we choose the Hilleberg Allak for this hike.

Wind is also a challenge for the photographer. Sometimes it can make it impossible to get sharp images (yes, I’ve missed a few good ones) and I also find it hard to think clearly when the wind howls around me.

After a short rest we made our way the last kilometer up to the peak. From up there the view over the partly snow-covered landscape was stunning. There’s something special about this time of the year when spring turns into summer.

A mosaic of snowfields and rivers.

A mosaic of snowfields and rivers.

This is the photograph I’m most pleased with from the trip. Even though there were more dramatic mountain scenery around I found the shape of the river and the repetetion of the snowfields very appealing. It’s not always the most dramatic landscape that makes for the best photograph.

Magnus Lindbom