To reveal the reality :

 

Changes in the critical zone :

 

Ljungdalens Fjällregion

What is already different here !

 


Impact on the climate

Since the year 2015, something like foehn weather conditions have been occurring here, resulting in rapid weather / temperature change.

The December temperatures in 2016 were on average 12.5 degrees too warm. Long-lasting temperatures around 30 degrees minus are becoming rarer.

Our life forms have adapted to temperature fluctuations of 60 degrees per year. Now a change of 70 degrees is up to us! And the changes become faster.

27 degrees temperature difference in 24 hours today are no longer a rarity.

 

Dew periods, rain in the middle of winter let the mountain region and now also the forests ice thickly. Reindeer, elk and roe deer can't get their food any more,

they can't scurry the ice away. The red fox reaches the warmer fjell region and displaces the rare arctic fox.

 

Winter 2017 was too much snow (double mass than normal) which was not frozen through, very deep and this means that considerably fewer one-year-old elk have survived the winter season.

The high temperatures of the rivers in summer 2018 forced trout, arctic char and grayling, to retreat permanently to cooler lakes.

Changing water temperatures are causing the population and habitat of arctic char to shrink. Our groundwater takes up other runs, or it sinks.

 

The snow melt in spring has so far led to a unique flooding of the rivers.

Ponds and puddles were created. Insects / frogs like to lay eggs at these waterholes, because they warm up quickly.

Unfortunately the snowmelt now comes earlier in the year and is interrupted by cold spells, which means we have repeated floods, and every new one washes away beginning life.

We have therefore been almost free of mosquitoes in summer for two years!

As a result, tons of biomass are missing.

Also as food for the young birds. Loss of songbirds is coming up.

What the missing mosquito larvae do with the fish stocks is to be seen!

 

This year our swamp meadows were almost dried out - no frogs - no cranes.

These losses are almost unbearable.

These changes affect us now for the second time.

We had to give up our homeland in the German Allgäu already because of lack of snow and we offer therefore our sled dog tours since 2011 only in our new adopted home, the Fjällregion Ljungdalen, in central Sweden.

For me as a tour guide :

This means that the changes in the critical zone have a big impact on the weather and thus on the trail conditions and therefore on my tours.

 

Open rivers, delayed frozen lakes, rain in February, thawed valleys in March, mirror-smooth lakes, snow blown away by a storm, too much wet snow and icy trails are unfortunately not a rarity any more.

This means adapting the dog team size to the conditions.

Also the load of the jump/carpal joints of the dogs and their paw cuts should not be underestimated by this trail degradation.

 

My tour planning is therefore more difficult from year to year.

The reliably plannable season time with the guests had to be shortened in the last years by three weeks due to the mentioned conditions.

 

But that is not all.

There are also the indirect consequences. The lack of snow in southern Sweden is leading to a noticeable increase in winter tourism in our region.

The snowmobile tourism has grown by 20 %.

This leads to the fact that we have to reduce the amount of our offered tours in the high season (i.e. week 7 and 8).

This means that we are missing a total of five winter weeks.

 

The drought in summer has extremely increased the risk of forest fires, and with that the location of our farm has become threatened.

The cost of grain due to the dry summer has also been increased. These have an immediate effect on the price of the dry food for our dogs.

 

But also the village of Ljungdalen is affected by the changes of the climate:

The bankruptcies of companies that live from direct tourism have now become normal.

The youth sees no development and moves away.

The development of new infrastructures would be necessary, for example.

Bridges over rivers that would normally be frozen in winter but now thaw earlier, so we lose snowmobile guests who can't reach the place anymore. 

Otherwise we need parking to reach the snow regions when our valleys are already free of snow, etc.

That means a downward development of the place is expected.


 We would like to move again and improve our operating conditions.

But there is no alternative for the sled dog sport! North Sweden, Canada, Alaska and Greenland are facing the same changes.

And in Antarctica unfortunately there is a sled dog ban.

Conclusion: Earth is finite.

So we only have one chance: to fit into the critical zone !

 

Ingo - Guide / Helags Husky


I would be happy if you shared the changes in your living space with us. So we all understand!