Perhaps summer and swimming isn’t what first springs to mind when you think of Swedish Lapland. But, in fact, there are plenty of cool beaches and places to go for a swim – thanks to the inland ice.
The inland ice is actually the reason why I have sand between my toes. Walking along kilometre-long sandy beaches in the Bothnian Bay archipelago or hiking in the mountains it’s hard to imagine that once upon a time there was a two-kilometre thick layer of ice covering everything. But it’s true.
As recently as ten thousand years ago the inland ice began to retreat, and since the massive weight of the ice basically turned it into a giant planer, or everlasting sandpaper, the landscape was shaped into what we see today. The crust was pressed down by what is now the coastline, and when the ice melted a lot of it lay hidden under the sea. Where the ice once stood still a lot of rocks and gravel were left behind to be shaped and redistributed by the ravages of time and the whispers of waves.