Friday, 14 September 2018

Swedens Artic circle walk 2017 Days 5 & 6 & 7


   Day 5 dawned with a lovely sky as heads emerged from the trio of Trailstars camped below the peak of NallĆ¼ at a 1000 m,after breakfast i found i had to "dig a hole" rather quickly... the previous days dinner snack was maybe a bit rich  šŸ˜ž
Making a quick exit...hate wasting food !








My technique worked very well at warming damp socks in the morning !


Not long after setting off we crossed the river and made a brief visit to the Nallostugan hut,we chatted with the warden who nicely asked if we wanted to leave our rubbish in there bin.She mentined that in less than a month her stint would be done and she would leave before the snows became too deep 














The pictures dont do the valley of Stuor ReaiddĆ”vĆ”ggi justice its just vast and so photogenic



Photo credit to Matt

Love this picture Matt Holland took of me and Lee as we crossed this wide valley












After crossing the valley we walked up to the SƤlkastugorna hut,we had our own snacks here.We were now on the Kungsleden (a long distance walk) and for me im so glad we didnt do that walk.For me it was the only few hours of the whole trip that i disliked the constant marked small cairns made it seem false



That said we did find a lovely spot to camp again next to the river 








                                      A shorter day of 15 k 




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Day 6 started wet, but as it turned out this would be the last of any rain on the trip.With half our food now eaten it was lighter packs that were shouldered up as we set off Southwards down the valley






The rain started to fade away as we made our way down this vast valley 





The valley further down was so beautiful the river just moving along as a solid deep sheet of water 





From the bridge at Sinnijohka we turned Eastwards and upwards crossing another stunning high valley, on the South side of Sinničohkka mountain














Matt and Lee below the twin peaks of SkĆ”rttaoivi and LiddubĆ”kti 









The lads dwarfed by the peak of Duolbagorni,which we camped below on a stunning bed of red, yellows and greens 




































It was with a weary head that i answered Lees call of more Northern lights later in the night...



 
 







The cloud obscured a lot but we still got a showing again !






 A touch over 20k for the day 




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Day 7 and after a few nights of Northern lights we were all very sleep deprived 
Weather was dry as we slowly moved off and down the valley with talk of a possible buffet lunch at the staion hut Geoff and Christine had mentioned to us 















Due to the fact that Swedens highest mountain (Kebnekaise) is close by in this valley  it started to get busier in this valley.Some friends of ours had mentioned the buffet dinner that was available here and once we had opened the door and walked in the smell confirmed we were eating here today





Im not sure what tasted better the meat,potatoes,the fresh bread buns  or the coffee all i know is , as team of 3 we did the buffet lunch proud 








Due to poplar area and the lodge that you can stay at it was a busy valley and we saw more people along with the constant Red helicopters buzzing up and down the valley..today was a short walk day !

















The lads didnt stir much after our tea but i couldnt get enough of the views and colours of this lovely area so i was just walking around our camp area sitting in different spots and just watching the days end coming on , i also got a visit from this fella 

















There was some lovely evening light as the days end drew in 






Quite unbelievabley we treated again to the Northern light show again but we were all feeling the lack of sleep badly now..but it was a great show...nearly the best of the whole trip !

 

















 A very short day of 9k...i blame the lovely lunch stop we had ...we had tried to get a bit higher for camp but could not find anywhere we liked so we circled round and back to a spot we had passed earlier 





 Thanks for looking   Peter