A real Viking winter

February is traditionally the coldest month in Sweden. And it hasn’t disappointed us yet…

The weekend dawned bright and very cold. And when I say cold, I mean colder than – 25 C.

So, what do Vikings do during the winter ?

Well, they (by which I mean Sir Pe) fetch the newspaper in dressing gown and bare feet…

They (by which I mean me) spend a long, long time getting dressed.

Thermals on, three layers on the legs and a further five layers on the torso underneath that warm winter jacket.

Don’t forget the balaclava – winter’s must-have fashion accessory.

It goes nicely with icy hair and glasses!

Vikings (by which I mean me again) take their dogs out for long walks in the cold

Pausing for a few seconds to enjoy the scenery.

Eventually they stumble home

Because there is so much ice on the inside and outside of their glasses that they can hardly see a thing.

They warm up inside, ready to do it all over again at lunch time!

You don’t have to be crazy to enjoy a Viking winter – but it helps.

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82 responses

  1. Hi Fi, Below zero here, too – I’m going to be a Viking like you today and go out cross country skiing. I don’t know how you managed to take your gloves off for those pictures – the sun shining on the icy tree is wonderful. I think Pi has a heated bathrobe – I see the cord at his freezing feet.

    February 21, 2011 at 17:11

    • LOL! That cord goes to the car engine so that we can warm it up before we have to go anywhere!

      February 21, 2011 at 17:48

  2. Wow, you really have adapted! I have lived in Scandinavia (all together) 20 years and I am still freezing.;)
    This was such a fun post.;) I guess I should stop complaining as here it is nowhere as cold as you have it, even though we are below zero.;)
    xoxo

    February 21, 2011 at 17:30

  3. Being crazy is the only way to go if you ask me whether in Viking Land or not. Love you icy glasses ;-)

    February 21, 2011 at 17:32

  4. Brr, brr brr! Pretty sure my feet would have frozen off :) Fun pictures and that shot of the tree with the light shining through – beautiful!

    February 21, 2011 at 17:36

  5. So now I know. My ancestry can’t go back as far as the Vikings. Haven’t got the feet for it. Not only do I not go out barefoot, I also don’t go out without extra ice-creepers tied on.

    February 21, 2011 at 17:46

  6. We are finally getting spring temps! And I am thrilled with that.

    February 21, 2011 at 18:07

  7. That is too much for me! No Viking blood here. That´s crazy to go out for a walk in such FREEZING cold!!

    February 21, 2011 at 18:15

    • Well, the dog had to go out so I had no choice…

      February 21, 2011 at 18:24

  8. BRRRR! I’d never make it, but I appreciate you braving the cold and sharing your photos.

    February 21, 2011 at 18:18

  9. Brrr… I would be the one taking a long time to dress and wearing multiple layers – I do that in the UK already.

    My Swedish great-grandfather would be ashamed of me!

    February 21, 2011 at 18:26

  10. wow it froze your glasses…kinda glad you are a viking though to bring us the gorgeous pics…and i have walked barefoot in the snow so maybe i am 1/8 viking….

    February 21, 2011 at 18:41

  11. SandySays1

    My, My, My. That sure looks cold. And one of those pics looks like of my relatives is a viking canine! I think I’ll stay where it’s warmer, however. I don’t have one of those balaclava things.
    Sandy
    http://www.sandysays1.wordpress.com

    February 21, 2011 at 18:42

  12. such amazing photos, my friend.
    i wanted to stop over and thank you, for your kind words, when i needed them most.
    xoxo

    February 21, 2011 at 18:48

  13. I’m jealous! I love the pictures and I love the cold and snowy winter, but my love for my wife prevents me anywhere that -25 degrees is even a remote possibility.

    Ahhh the sacrifices we make for love.

    February 21, 2011 at 19:40

  14. Oh my gosh what a beautiful photo of the trees!!! I love that! And I bow down to your Viking spirit! It hasn’t been nearly cold enough here to freeze my glasses! And Sir Pe? Eeek! Now that is gutsy!!!

    February 21, 2011 at 21:17

  15. It looks very, very cold! I can’t believe the bare feet!

    February 21, 2011 at 21:37

  16. We do the same here!! Boom & Gary of the Vermilon River, Canada.

    February 21, 2011 at 21:49

  17. Oh, it does look SOOOO cold and it obviously is SOOOO cold! Terrific photos as always and, as always, I do love your sense of humor! Have a wonderful week!!

    Sylvia

    February 21, 2011 at 21:49

  18. the photos are great, it brings home how very cold it is.

    February 21, 2011 at 22:04

  19. In my opinion you do have to be crazy to live in such cold! Oh MY! I do hope you have a warm fire to come home to! Having lived in Presque Isle, ME for 3 years I well remember all the layers and the cold and snow! Glad you can put a smiling face on and have a sense of humor about it! Amazed that the other viking hasn’t frozen his feet off! Thanks for your visit to my blog!

    February 21, 2011 at 22:13

  20. Wow, fantastic series of photos. Those feet have to be very cold.

    February 21, 2011 at 22:20

  21. I’m with you on the layers, plus maybe more. But I really wouldn’t want to go out at all.

    February 21, 2011 at 23:02

  22. Well now I’m freezing. Those bare feet! That’s just too much for me. Great photos.. you look utterly icy!

    February 21, 2011 at 23:12

  23. I have always thought that the Vikings were the most interesting people that invaded our country. I am sure I have Viking blood in my veins for I love Norway above all countries in the world, but…. I am not going to walk on bare foot in the snow!! No way!.LOL.
    Your photos are a joy for my eyes, thank you!

    February 21, 2011 at 23:40

  24. Oh my G…osh! You are a good Viking and a great dog owner.

    February 22, 2011 at 00:02

  25. Makes me feel all nostalgic for home in Latvia. In those days we had no balaclavas but mother bundled us up and covered our faces with a woollen scarf until we looked like a rolley polley, warned us to stay clear of snow filled ditches and sent us out into the elements to o into battle with the neighbourhood children in snowball fights.

    February 22, 2011 at 00:14

  26. Fabulous photos, but the barefoot-in-the-snow picture made me shiver. My husband is out walking the dog now, and I don’t expect him to come back with frozen glasses, even though we have a lot of snow left here.
    — K

    Kay, Alberta, Canada
    An Unfittie’s Guide to Adventurous Travel

    February 22, 2011 at 00:28

  27. Great winter shots and I enjoyed the narrative too.

    February 22, 2011 at 00:42

  28. that looks terribly cold but i enjoy all the shots.

    February 22, 2011 at 00:54

  29. I guess I should stop whining about -8, then, shouldn’t I? And perhaps foggy glasses aren’t that bad, either.

    Brrrrrr!

    PS I love your icy trees, furry friend, and cold-footed husband – but it’s only the last one I worry about. He must have very tough feet.

    February 22, 2011 at 01:00

  30. Icy hair? Cool! Ha..
    Where can I can my hair done like that?!
    Sverige Saloon? Perhaps! Ha…

    February 22, 2011 at 01:07

  31. You’re one brave viking! Bare feet on the snow? My goodness, I have chills just to think about that notion!

    February 22, 2011 at 01:22

  32. Al

    Beautiful, and I love the dog! I enjoy winter, although I’m glad it only goes below -25 C for a few nights where I live.

    February 22, 2011 at 01:59

  33. great way to chill!!

    February 22, 2011 at 02:05

  34. These are wonderful. I think winter was playing at departing but came back and gave us all a big hug. Looks like you are being embraced as well.

    February 22, 2011 at 02:19

  35. Your husband is insane! ;)

    February 22, 2011 at 02:33

  36. This is where a Chihuahua and a wee-wee pad come in handy. ;)

    You are a hardy sole, my friend. I wouldn’t last a minute.

    February 22, 2011 at 02:46

  37. it’s great to finally meet a real Viking!p
    -25…even in my dreams, i couldn’t imagine how cold it is! your dog is a lucky boy, he has a Viking for a master.:p

    February 22, 2011 at 03:08

    • Well, actually – I’m the one who goes out in minus 25 C. My husband only dashes out to the postbox and back…

      February 22, 2011 at 05:47

  38. Your dog is lucky indeed! My dogs (when I had dogs, and I don’t right now) had a backyard and I didn’t and wouldn’t take them on walks if I were as cold as you have it! Yikes!!! I can barely get myself to function when we get -10 and it doesn’t happen often here! And forget the insanity of barefeet!!!

    February 22, 2011 at 03:36

  39. OMG, that is COLD!!!!!

    February 22, 2011 at 04:00

  40. I love these pictures, especially the one with you and Oscar. You two make even crazy seem fun.

    February 22, 2011 at 04:13

  41. Hi, ladyfi! February is the coldest month in Japan, too. For me, freezing point means “cold.” I know my winter is much milder than yours. Likewise the viking, some people practice “kendo”, or Japanese fencing, bare feet in the early morning, not on the snow but on the wooden floor.

    I wonder if the warm breath of his dog would be effective on icy glasses?

    February 22, 2011 at 04:56

    • Those icy glasses are mine… My husband only went out for 20 seconds to the postbox…

      February 22, 2011 at 06:06

  42. Don’t they make Dame Edna windshield wiper glasses. A new trend I thought. Lovely. You have to see my video of a California beach today, just to warm you up (and make you jealous.)

    February 22, 2011 at 05:29

  43. Haha yup! This Viking was out in her slippers and pjs assisting an urgent trip to the yard before she’d even had a chance to get her contacts in!

    February 22, 2011 at 07:15

  44. Hi – thats cold! We have had a cool summer, otherwise I would send a 100+ degree day just for the comtrast!

    Cheers – Stewart M – Australia

    February 22, 2011 at 09:04

  45. Oh my gosh, I could never walk barefoot in the snow! My feet would be ice afterward, especially with all the cracks already there. :-)

    February 22, 2011 at 09:34

  46. Okay, you win. That’s cold.

    February 22, 2011 at 09:35

  47. Wonderful shots, very cold.

    February 22, 2011 at 10:25

  48. I feel so cold just looking at the pictures.
    The first one made me raise my feet up. :)

    February 22, 2011 at 11:29

  49. This is odd… I used to play in the snow in the buff as a child, after some time in a sauna. And I could see myself getting the paper in bare feet over snow, for 20 seconds, like your mate… But I already wear seven layers when it’s +7C, so NO WAY I’d be out there more than 20 seconds, no matter how bundled. And that is why I live here and you live there! :-D I enjoy the wintry photos, though!

    February 22, 2011 at 11:44

  50. Wow

    I am not gonna complain about the cold in New York

    February 22, 2011 at 12:33

  51. Brrr!! Better to have ice on your glasses than in your eyes. How about goggles?

    February 22, 2011 at 12:44

  52. Here in england it always seems to be quite mild.
    I guess that’s the gulf stream talking. lol

    February 22, 2011 at 13:03

  53. belle serie, avec une preference pour celle avec le chien :)

    Remember, Every Friday, The Challenge “Walk In The Street Photography”

    February 22, 2011 at 14:05

  54. He’s hardcore to go barefoot!

    February 22, 2011 at 14:08

  55. Do you have to have a special camera to withstand the cold? When we had our cold week here last month my camera started acting funny after being out too long.

    February 22, 2011 at 15:13

    • No, I use my normal camera but it can’t be outside for too long. It reacts more slowly, but otherwise OK… for short periods anyway!

      February 22, 2011 at 15:18

  56. Jen

    Oh, my….brrrr. Oh my, brrrrr.

    Jen @ Muddy Boot Dreams

    February 22, 2011 at 16:37


  57. · From what I see is the same as in Spain. February and March are the coldest months. In my city we can reach 8 degrees above zero! The Vikings would be very happy.

    · greetings

    CR & LMA
    ________________________________
    ·

    February 22, 2011 at 17:28

  58. marina

    great post, ladyfy! I really enjoyed it. :-)
    Wonderful photos as usual.

    February 22, 2011 at 17:30

  59. The first photo gives me a heart attack! When I lived in Sweden, I tried to have shorter summer break and compensate with relatively longer off during the coldest season (February)… I hope the Vikings don’t swim as your dog did!

    February 22, 2011 at 17:53

  60. Thanks for taking me on a virtual tour where I have never been for real,ghee I’d love to have a similar experience for real!

    February 22, 2011 at 18:20

  61. beautiful series, very very cold

    February 22, 2011 at 19:30

  62. That third shot is just stunning!

    February 22, 2011 at 21:02

  63. Long live Vikings!

    February 23, 2011 at 03:15

  64. I always thought the Viking headed off because they liked raping a pillaging. They were really looking for somewhere warm!

    February 23, 2011 at 11:26

  65. When do ya’ll get spring?

    February 23, 2011 at 13:09

  66. Bare feet? Bare feet!!!!???? What is he thinking!

    I’ve never been in cold that froze my glasses! I can’t even imagine! Stay warm!

    February 23, 2011 at 19:40

  67. I will remember your husband next winter – when my wife complains about me floating around barefoot.

    Mind you, winter in Auckland, NZ is down to 13C. REAL chilly!!! ;)

    Oh, and the tree!!! I am reduced to taking photos of water…

    February 24, 2011 at 00:06

  68. Don

    Think SUMMER!

    February 24, 2011 at 03:23

  69. My 18yo son must be a Viking; he goes outside in his bare feet in the snow. (And he *is* part Swedish!)

    February 24, 2011 at 05:19

  70. Incredibly lovely photos!

    Thanks for stopping by my blog earlier.

    February 24, 2011 at 05:57

  71. Brrrrr. It looks very chilly where you are!

    February 24, 2011 at 22:45

  72. lilalia

    I’ve been away working on various projects the last days, only to come back and see all your wonderful photos. They are fantastic.

    Made up a peace lily collage yesterday and today. I think it is one of my favourites. Hope you like it.

    February 25, 2011 at 19:08

  73. Cool photos..I don’t miss my glasses doing that..love your hat..looks warm to me..even if the rest of you looks cold. Goodness sakes it is a good thing Sir Pe didn’t marry your sister:)

    February 25, 2011 at 19:27

  74. I don’t think I’d be Viking brave enough to walk in the snow barefoot!
    I have the same trouble with my glasses. They always get covered with frost and fog unless I use a light coating of dilute liquid soap on them, as we do for ski goggles. That seems to keep them frost and fog free.

    February 26, 2011 at 03:43

  75. This blog made me remind Mads that Herning is the FARTHEST NORTH he can move me!! LOL

    February 26, 2011 at 16:19

  76. I’m glad to see I am not the only one that will walk barefoot in snow, you have a great blog.

    February 26, 2011 at 17:06

  77. Really, it’s no big deal going out barefoot when it’s -25°C – as long as one doesn’t overdo it. The time it takes to walk to the postbox and back (about 20 seconds or so) isn’t long enough for the cold to make its way through the thick skin on the soles of my feet ;-)

    February 27, 2011 at 15:53

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