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summer solstice fires at seegrube, innsbruck

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there are many ancient customs to celebrate summer solstice or midsummer.
here in tirol – especially around innsbruck – “sonnwendfeuer” (also: “bergfeuer”) is a tradition with pre-christian roots: fires are lit atop the mountains to celebrate the longest day of the year.

panorama: summer solstice fires at seegrube, innsbruck

a few friends and i took part in the event last saturday, and helped form a sun symbol close to seegrube and hafelekar. weather conditions were not ideal, with heavy clouds and some rain during the day. just before we set the fuel brickets on fire, though, “the rain let up and the sun came up, and we were gettin’ dry” – well, except for the sun. ;)

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figl fun: firn gliding at seegrube, innsbruck

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we recently spent the most perfect figl-sunday at seegrube, just above innsbruck.

figln (firn gliding, de: firngleiten) is a fun, regional sport that was, apparently, invented here in innsbruck in the 1950s. firn gliders are essentially short skis with a length of exactly 63 cm, where the binding is aligned with the very end of the board. the sport requires firn, the semi-liquid top layer of melting snow, which limits the activity to a few sunny days (or weeks) in spring, when there’s still enough snow around.

it’s A LOT of fun for everybody!
in the course of the day, the main figl routes turn into deep, curvy trenches that are even more fun to figl down in.

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winter landscape panoramas near innsbruck, austria

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with the extreme snowfall events we’ve had this winter came some very strong changes in scene mood, sometimes from one day to the next.
in this post, you’ll find 8 panoramas taken near innsbruck, austria – from the blizzard-like snowstorm to a picture perfect winter scene.
enjoy! :)

panorama: thaur and the inn valley (winter landscape)

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