First Impressions: I’m always so inclined to think that any place with red houses with white trim is somewhere in Scandinavia. And if I’m pressed, I think that’s where we are. But a tiny part of me did think North America, based on the trees. I don’t know why. Not the US, because there’d likely be a flag hanging off that porch, were it the US.
But really, Canada’s only my second guess to keep this interesting. Because honestly, that whole landscape screams Scandinavia, right? Also, look at those dotted lines edging the road.
Looking Around: I feel a smidge of hesitation, because the reverse view doesn’t look any different than rural Canada. And nary a red and white building in sight.
Proceeding North: Plenty of red and white buildings. But little in the way of clues to tell me that this is anywhere specific. The electric poles look fairly generic. No good glimpses of license plate shapes. No flags hanging off porches yet. There’s a big electric tower in the distance though.
Unfamiliar Shapes: The shape of the electric tower doesn’t seem like a North American shape. And that road sign leaves some question. European road signs often have the coming and going on both sides, with the name of the town you’re exiting crossed out. This sign is empty on the back. But let’s see what it says on the front.
Definitely Scandinavian: Gargnas with an umlaut over the A. Gargnäs. Swedish or Norwegian?
The Wisest Direction? Heading north, there are trees and more trees. Is heading North really a good idea when trying to triangulate where in Scandinavia I am? Well, at least there’s another sign: Aha 23.
A Bridge Too Far? I find a little bridge, and then, shortly after that, my road runs out. Well, it doesn’t run out, but the Google car goes no further. Time to turn around and explore the southerly route.
A Crop of Red Farmhouses: South takes us by dozens of the quintessential Scandinavian farm houses. And to the west, a body of water. A river? A long lake? Not sure yet. What I’m looking for now, is a secondary marker. A road sign telling me major road name. Or perhaps another town to triangulate with Aha and Gargnas. Onward.
Oh, good! A crossroads!
So, we’re looking for Staggtrask, Gargbro, and Gransgard. Okay then. And it might be on a route marked 93, or at the 93rd kilometer. Inclined to think Sweden now. We’ve got a haloed A on the signs. Maybe if I can find one more crossroads or road sign, that will give us even more to go off of.
A Second Set of Crossroads: And here we go. Sorsele 46. And a schwackload of Distrikt signs and maps. Let’s look closer.
Vindelalven. Is that a header about fishing? I see a sign pointing out the Typiska Fiskarter, which seems to be typical fish species? There’s a map too, but it’s kind of hard to see properly.
I’m reminded of Lycksele, a place I’ve ended up outside of several times here on Geoguessr. Sorsele has the same suffix, which inclines me to start checking the map near Lycksele. Bingo! Northwest of Lycksele!
Zooming in, I see Gargnas on the map. So now just to pinpoint my probable starting spot.
As I see it, I’m looking for a stretch of road outside Gargnas which is largely north-south, and has a little bridge and looks less travelled. Hrm. This might do.
621 meters down the road. Not bad. Off to a good start.