On railway tracks headed for moose tracks

The Swedish television broadcaster has just re-launched the show ”The Great Moose Walk” (“Den stora älgvandringen”). Last year, a million viewers were enthralled by the show’s peaceful nature scenes, in which spring and summer proceeded in breathtakingly picturesque environments. For those who wish to experience the settings from a firsthand perspective, few vacation options are as fitting as Inlandsbanan – ”the slow train through Northern Sweden”. During two days, the journey traverses the Nordic region, and lets the traveler become a part of the slowly changing landscape.

Just like the TV show, Inlandsbanan explores the inner region of Northern Sweden – an area which remains unexplored for many travelers. During the journey over 1300 kilometers, Inlandsbanan passes through the deep forest regions, where flows of pine, birch and spruce are interrupted by clear, mirror-like lakes and wild streams. As a grand finale towards the end, the journey passes through the world heritage Laponia in Gällivare and Jokkmokk, which is lined with marshes, glaciers and mountain massifs. For those who want to observe the nature scenes from “The Great Moose Walk” up close, Inlandsbanan provides access to the most magnificent environments.

The parallel between Inlandsbanan and ”The Great Moose Walk” also becomes clear when looking at the journey’s slow speed. Inlandsbanan is an experience for travelers who wish to study scenic environments in depth, and who find that the journey is a destination in itself. The train stops every now and then to let passengers take photos of fog-swept lakelets, rivers and panoramic forest landscapes. Just like in the TV-show, the observers here get to, in slow speed, follow how spring and summer progresses across Sweden.

For those who primarily want to see moose and wildlife, good conditions are given along the Inlandsbanan, since the railway track follows the path where moose have walked for thousands of years to pasture in the north. Along the journey through Ångermanland, the journey even passes by the water areas where the moose swim annually, and which is the main stage for the dramaturgy on TV. Inlandsbanan also crosses the inland’s large reindeer herding areas, where the train sometimes stops for crossing herds. This creates the opportunity to see wildlife in real time, but this time as a part of the event itself.

The sound of birds, melting ice and soughing winds in “The Great Moose Walk” will make many individuals rediscover the joy travelling slowly.  There is certain bliss in a slow journey when it is framed by beautiful natural landscapes. For those who wish to experience the scenes in real life after the show on TV has ended, Inlandsbanan awaits this summer.