"I brought along some smoked reindeer heart
Far above the Arctic Circle lie the towns of Riksgränsen and Abisko which could barely qualify as towns. They are between the small cities of Kiruna, Sweden and Narvik, Norway. Iron ore is mined in Kiruna and gets transported to the harbor in Narvik via train. Along this purpose-built railroad, these towns have sprung up, and they are not much to look at but I have had some of the best days of my life there.
crew to try, it is extremely
nutritious as well as
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Riksgränsen literally means “the border of the realm” and consists of a hotel, some staff housing, a supermarket, and a campsite as well as an old lift system. Riksgränsen is the host of the world’s longest running big mountain competition, the Scandinavian Big Mountain Championships, or simply NM. This event has been going on for 25 years and is what brought me up here in the first place to start my freeriding career. It is also said by some to be the birthplace of freeskiing, and progressive freestyle snowboarding as we know it today. Thanks to legends like JP Auclair, Ingemar Backman, and Jesper Rönnbäck it has almost a mythical atmosphere that has to be experienced, not explained.