From: De Eye-lands, Mon
Yes, I overheard some germans as well as a small group of french people at breakfast. I think they're here mostly for the skiing. Otherwise, the largest group of foreigners is the chinese, but I guess they're to look at the mining operations.
Skiing? Up there? Alps to far away and too much daytime? But well... you never know...
I rather ment because of "Elchpark". Doesn't exactly sound swedish, no?
Skiing up there is excellent and is done in lighted ski slopes. Many find the darkness and the cold very exotic. As for the "Elchpark", it's closed during winter. Otherwise, we have quite an influx of tourists in the northern parts of Sweden during summer. Mostly Germans, Dutch and French.
As for those Germans at the hotel, they could also have been car testers. Most of Europes larger car manufacturers winter test their new models in northern Sweden or Finland. This particular group were wearing all the usual ski apparel though, so I assumed they were there for the skiing.
I remember Lake Louise in Canada, where you take Ptarmigan, Paradise or Summit, and freeze your boo-tocks going up. But then you get down to Larch or Base, and your suit jacket top is off and tied around your waist and you are sweating.
Amazing what the human body can be conditioned to think of as normal. Also amazing is how breeze informs your experience of temperature.