Everyone should have a bucket list over things they want to accomplish before its “Game Over”. My bucket list helps me keeping focus on why I’m trying to get in shape. My bucket list contains places I’d like to visit with my son and, this is the important part, document the trip to that place with photos, text and other souvenirs that can be made into some sort of scrapbook. My plan is to have the scrapbooks as a way to revisit those memories once we get older and can’t go on adventures like we can today. I’ve chosen geocaches as the representation of the area or place and only in my home country at the moment but I plan on expanding the list to contain places I’d like to visit from the whole world. If you know of a truly breathtaking spot, interesting geography or history, magnificent nature or just a #havetovisitoneceinalifetime place let me know. Now on to the list:
- Viking Cache. This is a historically important place in Sweden where Christianity came into contact with Vikings at the trading post named Birka. From the excavations we have learnt a lot about the complex trading networks that the Vikings used. The place is classed as a world heritage by UNESCO and it’s just one of those places you need to visit if you live in Sweden and are interested in history.
- Kebnekaise Base Camp. Kebnekaise is the highest mountain in Sweden and I’m not sure we would be able to climb it if we tried but I’m quite confident that we would manage the hike to the base camp and back. Breathtaking nature, considered a “must do” by many in Sweden. The area is representative for the world heritage “Laponia Area”.
- Njupeskär Vattenfall. Swedens highest waterfall located in the Fulufjället National Park. Another place with magnificent nature. Quite easily accessible and not too far from home.
- Gotska Sandön. A small island located north of Gotland. The island is mostly composed of sand and partly covered with pine forest. Another of nature’s gems.
- Kartografens mur. A strange wall standing on Stora Alvaret on Öland. Alvaret is a biological environment based on a limestone plain with thin or no soil and, as a result, sparse grassland vegetation. In other words another special biotope worth visiting. Stora Alvaret on Öland is also classed as a world heritage by UNESCO.
- Store Mosse Earth cache. A marshland close by where I was born many years ago. Store Mosse is a paradise for birds and offers plenty of hiking on footbridges through the wetlands with small and crooked pine trees.
- The Spear God. Another world heritage. This time it’s a historical heritage made up by rock carvings in Tanum. There is thousands of carvings from the Scandinavian bronze age in the area.
- Världsarv 14. Located far north in Sweden is one of the points on Struves Geodetic Arc. The Struve Geodetic Arc is a chain of survey triangulations stretching from Hammerfest in Norway to the Black Sea, through ten countries and over 2,820 km, which yielded the first accurate measurement of a meridian. Världsarv is the Swedish word for world heritage so you guessed right if you thought this was one of UNESCO’s world heritages.
- High Coast – Sweden Earthcache. Since the last ice age the land of the High Coast has risen 800 m, which accounts for the unusual landscape with tall cliff formations. Classed as a world heritage by UNESCO.
This list will probably change and mutate in different ways but one thing is sure, there will always be a list.