The ice age is always present along the coast of Swedish Lapland. From the constant land elevation to the barren, windswept frozen sea.
The coast up north is pretty remarkable, this much is true. It actually grows, year by year. It’s to do with the inland ice. Post-glacial land elevation is the academic name for it and it means that the land strives to return to its original level – the so-called mechanical rest position – after being subjected to extreme pressure by the inland ice during thousands of years.
– At its height, the landscape was covered by an ice sheet that was four kilometres thick, explains Peter Lundström from Swenature. Apart from offering traditional cray fishing and real nature experiences, he also enjoys working as a guide out by the coast in winter.
– The Ice Age ended around 10,000 years ago and there’s still a lot left to remind us about it, the land elevation not the least. The uplift is greatest in West Bothnia and the land in Furuögrund, near Byske, rises the most. Almost 10 millimetres per year, says Peter as the forest opens up and he leads us straight out onto the sea ice.