Djurås gave us a fantastic day of adventure. This small town is only a 20 minute train ride from Borlänge and full of trails to explore. We stepped off the train and into the forest within a few minutes — after making a pitstop at a local supermarket to stock up on supplies (code for cookies).
After a while, we realised we were no longer walking on a trail. We had somehow veered off into a void on the map between two others. If you look at the map below, you’ll notice there aren’t many trails so it took us flipping ages to get back on track. We clambered through trees, scrambled up rocks and dodged holes in soft mossy ground. Just as we resigned ourselves to getting eaten by animals, a trail appeared below us!!
This shelter at Skärmskydd was our break spot. I rummaged around in my bag for a while before realising my sandwich was not actually there. It probably fell out when I got the first aid kit out to patch up a cut on Scott’s leg. Fail. Luckily he had two sandwiches and was happy to share.
The photo below shows how tricky it can be to follow some of the less trodden trails.
Our feet started feeling like lead weights but Scott spotted the perfect place for a rest — a small shelter cabin overlooking Sörängsdammen lake. It had a guest book (we were the first English people to sign it) and a few essential items like rope and a knife.
We walked along a dirt road for a while before rejoining the smaller, rugged trails. Cotton grass seems to like damp soil and we learnt to avoid stepping on ground where they grow — this was after boggy water seeping over the top of our shoes many times!
I’ve made a screenshot of our route from OpenStreetMap. It was around 10 miles in total (including getting lost) and very quiet.
Many beautiful sights passed our eyes and these photos are a only a small handful of the images we shot that day. There are a few video clips from Djurås in our Swedish adventure — part 4 video, if you fancy a look. I want to go back again already! Sigh.