Yesterday, I left our merry band shivering in the Sunlit North, cowering from trolls. Now, it’s time to head south on the Second Leg of the Disorient Express.
Tuesday, July 9th
A big travelling day, with two monster train lines to navigate down. We leave Narvik at 10.15am, and head off on what is colloquially known as the Iron Ore Line (Malmaban in Swedish). It’s the most northern railway line in Europe, connects Narvik in Norway with Lule? in Sweden,?and is dominated by the massive iron ore trains of Malmtrafik.
Boden (City 9)
The town best known for its comfortable middle-class daywear and its breezy copywriting also houses the largest military garrison in Sweden. We’re there for the sum total of 15 minutes, before we embark on the sleeper south. This takes over 11 hours, covers 688 kilometres. Here’s a video of a guy going in the other direction, at a different time of year.
This train gets us to…
Stockholm (City 10) – Wednesday, July 10th
Mark, who’s organising this whole adventure, is very keen that we eat one of these in Stockholm:
It’s called a sm?rg?st?rta,?and it’s basically a fish-based picnic in the form of a cake. Mark assures us it’s something spectacular. Me, I’m not so sure.
We’ve got a little less than two hours in Stockholm. Time for coffee and?sm?rg?st?rta,?and then we’re on the first of three trains today. The first takes us back to…
Before getting on a train to
Hamburg (City 11)
where we’ve got forty minutes or so to get on a train to
Berlin (City 12)
Wow. Stockholm to Berlin in a day. Quite something.
We’re going to be spending another night “on the ground” in Berlin. Though, in Berlin, “on the ground” is just as likely to mean “away with the fairies, smashed on beer and in a meat coma.” So I’ll leave us there for another day, lying quietly at the gateway to Eastern Europe. Scandinavia is behind us. Let’s hope it doesn’t stay with us, in the form of?sm?rg?st?rta?poisoning.