After saying our goodbyes to Camille – the cottage owner, we drove west towards Norway, and then south to Särna. We’d planned on visiting Njupeskär – Sweden’s highest waterfall, but on reaching the already crammed car park, and realising that the chain of tourists was moving veeeerrry slowly along the narrow 2km trail, we decided that we’d rather not face the hordes, so cut our losses and headed south east to our next destination – the airpark in Siljansnäs.

Siljansnäs lies at the south eastern end of Lake Siljan – a large lake created by a meteorite strike, and home to Sweden’s national symbol – the Dalarna Horse. Whilst Mora – at the northern tip, is always busy with holiday makers, Siljansnäs fortunately isn’t, and the airpark turned out to be quite the find! It’s the only airpark in Europe where you can live next to the runway, and fortunately for us, the lovely Rene from Denmark, lets his cabin out when he’s not holidaying in it. To show our gratitude, we hoisted a little Danish flag as soon as we arrived, and were not suprised when the Danish couple next door then popped over to welcome us.

The cabin was gorgeous. It comfortably sleeps 4, with one double bed and 2 bunk beds, had a large entrance porch, kitchen area, and dining areas inside and out. The decking area overlooked the runway, but was still sheltered by a little copse of birch trees. It was quiet, peaceful and wonderfully quirky.

After settling in, we went for a stroll around the park, and were quickly accosted next to the building that looks very much like a Swedish castle, by an extremely friendly Finnish man! The castle turned out to be a micro-brewery called ‘The Flying Brewery’, and the Finn none other than one of the business partners, who had literally just flown in for a few days with his family. Whilst his children sleep in an apartment in the brewery, the Finn and his wife sleep on the plane, which inside felt very much like a small caravan, complete with double bed and kitchen. He wouldn’t let us leave without first giving us some bottles of ‘Aviation Ale’, and making us promise that we’d come back and sign his visitor book. If all Finns are this quirky and friendly, then we’d adore Finland as much as we do Sweden!

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