NipstadsMarschen in Sollefteå 2005
What can I tell you about the NipstadsMarschen , well I can tell you this , its a nice three day event what is only organized for a couple off years now , so its a very new walking event. The start is every day from the camping Risön who is situated on the river in the middle off Sollefteå. It begins on Friday evening around 18.00 with a small stage off 10 km. The first stage shows you already the nice area around Sollefteå where you are and that's very hilly with lots off forest and with this very nice river Ångermanälven going through. The next morning it really starts with a stage off 30 km, this stage brings you again through the woods and when you reach one off the control posts, where you can also get something to drink and eat , you have a beautiful view on a little lake. When you walk here sometimes the path is not wider then 40 cm ,and that makes it so fun to walk here, you have the feeling that you are in the middle off nowhere far from the busy world and stress. This is so relaxing even when you walking 30 km ,you walk this route by following the ribbons hanging in trees or when you walk through the city they hang on fences or street signs. On the way back in the second stage you are walking a part on the local ski slopes, with on one off the hills a old wooden ski jump, from there you go down and pass a practice area for biathlon athletes, after this you reaches the city again by crossing the 3 year old bridge Ångermannabron and walk down next to the river and  cross again the river over the waterpower plant to come out again on the camping site where's something to eat and drink.  During this walking event the food and drinks are also free. On Saturday evening the organizers off the Nipstadsmarsch have reserved some tables in a local restaurant where you can have  dinner with the other participants (this is on your own account) and share some experience off the day with the other walkers.  After a good night rest the next stage starts Sunday morning at 08.00 and you go for the last 22 km, I like this one the most because you are walking a big part next to the river Ångermanälven and sometimes its so close that when you put your feed not on the path your ending up in the river (Gladly not happen to me). After the river you go a short piece over the road and suddenly again into the forest where you go uphill and end up at  Österåsens Hälsohem a rest home where you have a marvelous view on the river and the rest off the area. From there you go down the way you came up and do you pass the local hospital (this is where the people work who organized  this event) to finally come out again on the camping site. I had a very good time those days and not just because off the  weather or the landscape but also the company I had from this Swedish lady I walked with those three days. This walk was most off the time over unpaved forest-road and gravel paths and small pieces off paved road, you good make a choice to walk on Friday 10 km ,Saturday 6 , 12 of 30 km en Sunday 6 , 12 of 22 km. The number off people walking was not much this time, there where around 50 participants, but that's makes it also fun to do this. You can do this in the 3rd weekend off August. See you there.
A very nice lake in the area of Sollefteå were you can take a rest. A view from the hills were I am standing next to a old skijump. There come some friends of me, its Hakan, Anneli and Weine. Nice view over the river Ångermanalven. This is what you see when you are standing at Österåsens. The same view only a little closer zoomed in. My walking girlfriend from Sollefteå, Anneli.
NipstadsMarschen in Sollefteå 2009
This year I went back to Sollefteå to walk for the second time the Nipstadsmarschen. It was almost the same as the other year, they only changed the routes a little so it was shorter. We started on Friday with rain but it was only 10 Km. Saturday started also with rain but during the walk it stopped and good we put the rain clothing away. On this second day we followed the Nipleden route, this is a existing route you can always walk, total length is 27 Km and you walk a big part next to the Ångermanälven river. Its not a flat route there are some nasty hills to take and you feel that good in your legs. But when you on top of the hill you have a beautiful view on Sollefteå. Saterday evening it was again nice dining in a restaurant in the city with other walkers. The last day it was already early in the morning nice weather so you good walk in a t-shirt. This day showed you another part of Sollefteå, att 1 off the control points you good sit att a campfire in a open shelter nearby a small lake, there you good eat a nice sandwitch and drink a cup off tea or koffie or a bowl off fruitsoup. From there you walk throught the forrest to the local ski area called Hallstaberget, here you cross the skislopes and are you walking in the direction of the camping were it all started that day. I enjoyed myself again with the people and the surroundings you see and next year I think I'll go back because they have the 10th annevirsary off this walking event. A good combination to walk something else is one week later the Saga Marsjen in Norway, its on the same highed on the map only 365 Km to the west. This walk was most off the time over unpaved forest-road and gravel paths and small pieces off paved road, you good make a choice to walk on Friday 10 km ,Saturday 6 , 12 of 27 km en Sunday 6 , 12 of 23 km. The number off people walking was not much but that's makes it also fun to do this. This time, there where around 80 participants, spread over the 3 days.  You can do this in the 3rd weekend off August. So see maybe next year.
The start from day 2, sadly its raining. Here we are following the river Ångermanalven, pay attention because you can fall in. The old skijump from Sollefteå. The fall is not yet there but there are already mushrooms. Nica path through the forrest, but where are the other walkers. More mushrooms, probably because of the rain. Still following the river, later we will walk on the otherside off the river. Nice, the bright green and the white birch. This you will not see in Nijmegen, by the way, you don't see people who walk there overhere. Here a view on the river, this we where walking on the otherside. This is a other small river who comes together with Ångermanalven. In the far distance the Ångermanalven. Sunday the last day, finally nice weather. Again the nice restplace at this small lake. And there some more mushrooms. This is Sollefteå and now you can see that the river runs through it. Yes you can also ski here, not like in Austria but it is possible.
Over here a small movie taken from Hallstaberget : www.youtube.com/watch?v=v8f9Ftv_ERk
NipstadsMarschen in Sollefteå 2011
After skip for one year this event I went back to Sweden to walk for the third time this Nipstadsmarsch. It still good to come back here in this lovely town where Ångermanälven runs right through. The routes stay's like with many walking events almost the same, so there are no surprises. So it depends on the weather and how many people will show up for this walkingevent how it will be this year. Despite it was the tenth time it was held there where not many people who showed up, how this come I don't know. There are posters and they advertised in local newspapers and also on the national Swedish walking site. The weather was not the problem this time because that was perfect for walking. I've enjoyed it again at the 10 Km on Friday , the 27 Km on Saturday and at the 23 Km Sunday and then of course the dinner in the campsite restaurant with 17 of the other walkers. This is a nice touch that only can be arranged at a small event like this, How would that be during the 4 days of Nijmegen with more than 40,000 walkers, and they all have dinner together. I will definitely come back here to go walking again and if you like it you can combine this small walking event with the Vasaan Marsi in Finland one weekend earlier or Sagamarsjen in Norway thats held one weekend later. If you really wanna go crazy you just do all three in one holiday, you immediately see some of the nice nature of Scandinavia to. Maybe I'm going to do that next year?
Other walkers are waiting to start from camping Risön. On fridayevening we do 10 km and it is very nice weather. This steep stairway is always come back on the first day we walk here, over 100 stairs. View from the bridge on the waterpowerplant in the middle of town. When you look backwards you see the start at Camping Risön. Day two starts a little misty. We are following the Ångemanalven a big part of the day. It is an existing route we follow today, the Nipleden route. The first signs off the fall are there like you see. Nice those clouds above the forrest. Again the clouds now seen from a different point. View from Österåsens over the river Åangermanalven. Nice forestpath where you are surrounded with blueberry bushes. Look who's coming. There I am coming again to one off the controlepoints besides the river. With this boat you can make a tour over the river. Overhere my mother was waiting on me, she came along with me to Sweden. Look theres the boat again now filled up with tourists. I went on, my mother is still there sitting. Another nice path going up very steep. A nice hideout for trolls. Arriving at the finish at day 2. Going out for dinner with my mother and other walkers. There we are, we got our drinks, now we wait for food. Alreaydy started on day 3, we leave the camping behind us. Ja een haven hebben ze hier ook, verwacht geen grote boten Today we also follow the river for a short time. When you reach the forrest the view will change. Here a restpoint where my mother and Monica are for the walkers Nice campfire with something to drink and eat. I go on and leave Monica and my mother behind. Here i walk at the skislopes of Halstaberget. View from Halstaberget. Finishing together with Anneli.
NipstadsMarschen in Sollefteå 2014
After two years of absence, I again went to Solleftea to walk the Nipstadsmars. This year I drove on my motorcycle to Sweden and that was very cool to do. Fridays I again signed up for the first distance of 10 Km that we walk this evening. As every year it starts with the steep stairs behind the camping, the rest of the route brings no surprises. Day 2 I have not walked the longest route, but I walked only the 15 km. Because the route is shorter you'll also come along other points than you're used to pass on the longer route. New things to see, and because I had had chosen the shorter route, I also experience less rain. The 27 Km started in the rain and finischde also with rain. Dag 3 liep ik 13 Km wat ik ook weer een leuke route vond.                This were three nice walking days unfortunately with not many participants, I hope it will be better in the future. Maybe next year. After the fridayevening 10 km, sunset over Ångermanalvenbron. This is something a saw on the route, funny mailbox. Very nice forrestpath to walk over. Like you see I was not alone.
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