Trail Run in Coastal Sweden
It shouldn't be surprising that in the country that elevates fika, the coffee break, to a near-mandatory workday pause, competitive trail running is as much about the scenery and camaraderie as the finishing time. One of the most Swedish events is the 47-mile, three-day Icebug Xperience. The course cruises along seaside cliffs, through stunted forests, and over oceanside boulders. If you don't want to run, you can walk. There are cinnamon rolls at aid stations. And each stage ends by the Baltic Ocean with saunas, massage, and an unsanctioned cannonball contest. At night, you crash on an Ikea-furnished sailboat, sharing beer with your neighbors. Competition never felt so civilized.