The Nordic All Saints’ Day: Alla helgons dag was celebrated today. It’s never been a big thing for me and it feels like I’ve completely missed it on most years, or confused it with Halloween, which hasn’t really been celebrated in the Nordics until the recent years. But a colleague was talking about it at work earlier this week, so I decided to check out what would be the best places (cemeteries) to go to and bookmarked an article listing them. And Skogskyrkogården, a woodland cemetery located south of Stockholm seemed to be the most interesting one.
But of course, as I’m in the middle of an apartment mess. I completely forgot the whole thing. Until I returned from a rental-contract signing to my current home I opened the internet browser. I really had to force myself to go out for some pictures. After an exhausting day speaking only Swedish and travelling from one side of Stockholm to the opposite, I much rather would have stayed under a blanket sipping tea and entertaining myself with vauva.fi.
I’m really glad I went though! It’s been ages since I took some night time pictures and had completely forgotten what kind of a hassle it is when it’s cold and you’re trying to set up your camera and tripod with frozen fingers. With no northern lights in Stockholm I haven’t found shooting in the dark that interesting, but a cemetery in forest with thousands of candles was something I didn’t want to miss.
Though Skogskyrkogåden might have been the most popular place for Stockholmers to spend Alla helgons dag, I managed to get shots without the masses of people. I would love to visit the place again sometime when it’s not dark and see the graves of some remarkable people who have been buried there, including Avicii and Greta Garbo.