A journey to K... ii

120 images from Sydkoster and Nordkoster July 9 and 10, 2014.

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Prologue. From K2's peak, the view seems shimmering as the clouds, frostbitten as snot, calm as nothingness. From Valfjället's and Högen's peaks, however, the view is shimmering as the sea, frostbitten as rubble-stones, calm as the horn.

Epilog. At Göstases in Strömstad, I'm eating Bohuslän's perhaps biggest shrimp sandwich with 300 grams of shrimps (a small piece of bread is also included, but it takes a while before I discover it). The shrimp sandwich isn't cheap, but often enough I have gotten less food for more money, so it is, nevertheless, affordable. Moreover, the staff is outspoken, both internally and externally, which makes the visit at Göstases even more affordable.


The Koster archipelago, with the two main islands Nordkoster and Sydkoster, are Sweden's westernmost inhabited islands. Through direct contact with the North Atlantic, the water around the islands is Sweden's saltiest.

Prologue: K2 in the mountain range Karakorum at the border between Pakistan and China is with a height of 8,611 meters above sea level the world's second highest mountain. No one has ever climbed K2 in winter. – The phrase frostbitten as snot refers to an image of a man with a huge icicle of snot under his nose, that I found when I made a Google search for K2. – Valfjället is, with a height of 50 meters above sea level, Sydkoster's highest point. Högen, also called Kosterbonden, is, with a height of 58.8 meters above sea level, Nordkoster's highest point. – The terraced fields of rubble-stones at Valnäsbukten on Nordkoster are remnants from the inland ice and the subsequent uplift. Rubble-stones are smaller stones, that through friction and moving water have been polished and rounded against each other. A fossile field of rubble-stones, also known as a stone square, is an old beach with rubble-stones, that through uplift has been raised above present sea level.

Arrival: I followed Västtrafik's instructions to the letter: left the boat at Långegärde, Location A, turned sharply left onto Unknown road, walked 62 m, and arrived at Unknown road after about 2 min.

Stranded i - viii: Go into the sheep pasture and follow the water, one of the staff at Koster's gardens says when I ask for directions to the sculpture park, that is described in detail in several articles I have read (for example, Kosterbladet 2014 says that this summer's exhibitor in Koster's sculpture park is Solveig Egeland. [...] The exhibition theme is The Earth we inherited. In the area between Koster's gardens and Bölebacken, Solveig will, by using materials that nature offers, build a couple of small tree cabins, that visitors at the exhibition are supposed to use practically.). I do this, but shortly there's no more water to follow, and I don't find any sculpture park. It will be in the sheep pasture, another of the staff at Koster's gardens says. He continues: But there are no sculptures yet, so you have to imagine it. What to do? I had planned to take a number of photos of sculptures. I simply take photos of the first sculpture-like objects I find: a sheep and a boat.

Room 1012: Is the name of the hotel Koster or Ekenäs? I ask myself. The information in several leaflets is ambiguous, and there's no sign outside the entrance. The staff at the handicraft shop has an answer: The hotel is trying to change its name to Koster, because nobody knows what Ekenäs is.

Beyond the fjeld vii: Approximately in the middle of the image, you can see Sweden's most westerly lighthouse Ursholmen.

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