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 thoughts on “A real Viking winter

  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.


  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.;)


  3. 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!


  4. 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.


  5. 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!


  6. 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.


  7. 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!!!


  8. 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!


  9. 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!


  10. 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.


  11. 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


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


    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.


  13. 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!!!


  14. 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?


  15. 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.)


  16. 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! 😀 I enjoy the wintry photos, though!


  17. · 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


  18. 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!


  19. 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…


  20. 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.


  21. 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.


  22. 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 😉


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