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One of the coolest things I know is to hike in the winter night with the snow reflecting the stars and moon, creating a very special kind of light. I brought my snowboard (thank you Clas Ohlson for the great bag) and walked in my old Burton boots – the warmest boots I ever had – and in minus 22 it was needed.

I started in the middle of the slope and got this wonderful image of a sleeping chairlift with the Big Dipper in the background.

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After about 10 minutes of setting up the camera, taking pictures and packing it down again, I continued my hike up the hill. I made one more stop at the top of the slope before going up to the silent and dark mountain.

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Here, above the treeline there is more snow reflecting the light and makes you bath in light. At the same time I can see all the stars and the whole sky seems to sparkle. A very spiritual place to be!

I set up the camera and took some more photos, enjoyed a thermos of hot chocolate and the view. But the wind was picking up and in minus 22 it gets cold sitting around, so I packed up and strapped on the snowboard for a ride back to the car!

 

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A nightly view over Åre and Åreskutan.
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A self portrait sitting still for 25 seconds – a real achievement for someone like me!

For more and better images, please visit my photo library at www.adventurewithjonas.com/!

I arrange night trips to the mountain. For more information visit Åre by Night or Camp Åre.

 

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