Travel from the heart of Sweden up to the Arctic Circle, with stops for bears, berries and wild swimming. Ben Love takes the trip.
It’s a hot day and our train, which is clattering along a bumpy line beside the lakes and rivers of Sweden, suddenly judders to a halt. Is there a points failure, a problem on the track or an overheated engine? No, it seems it’s the train driver who needs to cool off — he strips to his swimming costume and invites us to join him for a dip in the lake’s pellucid waters.
It’s not what you’d expect on a normal train trip, but then the Inlandsbanan, or Inland Line, which runs once a day from the forests of Dalarna in central Sweden to the arctic tundra, is far from ordinary. The slow train is so chilled as it trundles along that it stops…
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