Tsuobbuojája the Sami call this place. Frog spring. It is better known as Grodkällan and it is whispered that this is perhaps the most beautiful lake in Sweden.That is, if we can find it. We drive on unpaved roads looking for the mythical lake, stopping occasionally for reindeer standing stoic in the middle of the road.
Unpaved roads full of reindeer
Before our road trip to Swedish Lapland I found an article about what should be the most beautiful lake in Sweden: Grodkällan. It turned out to be close to the route we were planning to drive, but where it was exactly … that was something completely different. The route description was at least confusing. From the main road we would have to follow a number of unnamed and unpaved roads.
We decide to take our chanches to drive onto a random road. We look out over the long straight road through the woods, full of sand and boulders. There is almost no one on the road. Only when we encounter a sporadic oncoming vehicle, or stop for some reindeer crossing the road, we have to brake quickly.
Is this all?
We drive on another dirt road and then we see a wooden sign indicating the source. This is the place we’re looking for! I park the car at the edge of the road and put on my hiking shoes.
We make a short but beautiful hike over a partly planked path through the Slengmyran wetlands. We hike for about 600 meters and then we see a lake. But we are standing still in despair. Is this it? The lake that is recommended by everyone, that must be so unnaturally beautiful. The lake that we’re looking at is pretty, but not that beautiful… we decide to continue walking. Then we suddenly see bright blue water shining through the trees.
This is perhaps the clearest lake in Sweden, thanks to the water that is boiling from the bottom of the spring. This is why the water rarely freezes. Other than the dark water lakes that you’ll find everywhere else in the Lapland forest land, the water of this spring lake is nearly unnatural turquoise and so crystal clear that you can see every detail in the lake. Every ripple of the water, every leaf that floats around in it.
Tsuobbuojája the Sami call this place. Frog spring. It is better known as Grodkällan and it is whispered that this is perhaps the most beautiful lake in Sweden.
Hotel tips! Book a lodge at Brändön Lodge, Brändö kvarnväg 133, 975 97 Luleå, or a hotel room in : Clarion Collection Hotel, Domänvägen 9, Arvidsjaur.
I visited Grodkällan during a trip to Swedish Lapland with Voigt Travel.