Arctic Sweden – Sarek 2017 – Part Two

Day Five

Day 5

Last night’s pitch had been particularly mozzified. Luckily, it hadn’t been too warm to eat in the tent. Geoff is particularly skilled at cooking in the porch by sticking his hands through a mega small opening in the inner door zip. Having freeze dried food which only needs boiling water adding to it obviously helps!

We set off quite early today with the plan to get a few more miles under our belts, initially following the route back through the forest alongside Stuor and Unna Dahta.

Geoff did take a wrong turning at one point, but I managed to shout him back before he’d gone too far.

 

On reaching the junction with the Kungsleden again, we stopped for a long lunch break before turning north east, to explore in that direction for a couple of days.

The weather suddenly turned bitter while we were eating. I put my jacket on and my hands were so cold, that as they warmed up when we started moving again, my finger ends hurt like mad.

And then the rain started. And got heavier. And got heavier. We covered a couple more miles until we were alongside the eastern end of Stuor Dahta before deciding we’d had enough for the day. By this time, the area wasn’t conducive to flat, grassy camping spots, but we found somewhere that would do.

Thank goodness for outer-pitch-first tents! I dread to think how awful it would have been trying to pitch in those conditions in our old Voyager that we used to use in the States.

 

I went down to the lake for water.

It was only about 2pm and the rain wasn’t due to stop till after midnight. It never let up.

We played I Spy for a while, but Geoff is so awkward – constantly using abstract nouns – and even verbs. He won, 4 games to 3, but only by stretching the rules.

The next game – The Chain – was much better. Far less competitive. Anyone who listens to Radcliffe and Maconie will know this one. You say a song title and the artist, and the other person has to come up with another song plus artist that links to it in some way. (You can’t have the same artist twice on the run.)

…..’Boston Tea Party’ by the Sensational Alex Harvey Band >>> ‘Dellila’ by Tom Jones (do you know the link there?) >>> ‘I Won’t Back Down’ by Tom Petty >>> ‘Man In Black’ by Johnny Cash (do you know the link there, too?)……

This was much more fun and kept us occupied till tea time.

We couldn’t think of anything else to play after that.

 

Day Six

Day 6

Thankfully, the rain had stopped by the time we set off this morning. We contiued along the Kungsleden, aiming for the Parte Hut.

This was actually one of the roughest sections of the whole trip.

The wet rocks and tree roots made for unbelievably slow going.

We never intended to spend the night at the hut, but called in to drop some rubbish off.

The warden was very pleasant and chatty, gave us a drink of strawberry juice – it was rather delicious – and suggested we might be able to pitch our tent up a bit further round the lake. (Geoff was suitably shocked at how much it would cost us to pitch at the hut, around ยฃ20 per night, so that wasn’t going to happen.)

 

So we carried on just a tiny bit further and found the most sloping pitch of the trip.

For once, though, the mozzies didn’t stop us having a relaxing brew outside.

 

Day Seven

Day 7

I’d slept surprisingly well, considering I’d had to belay myself from a nearby tree to stop me sliding out of bed.

Today’s plan was to leave the tent where it was and walk with day stuff only, to a high point about 4 miles away.

We were aiming for a saddle in between two tops – Favnoajvve and Huomnasj.

It didn’t disappoint.

A group of reindeer made the moment complete.

Once again, walking back to the tent in the afternoon, we felt quite privileged.

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Day Eight

Day 8

Another dry day, and we aimed to get back within two or three miles of Kvikkjokk.

When we reached the really-rough-underfoot section again, we continued on where we’d left off, with The Chain.

……’Blue Hawaii’ by Elvis Presley >>> ‘Wild Thing’ by The Trogs (get it?) >>> ‘Love Is All Around’ by Wet Wet Wet >>> ‘With A Little Help From My Friends’ by Joe Cocker……..

And tonight’s spot won the prize for the most mozzified pitch of the trip, by far.

 

Day Nine

Day 9

And so, we walked the last couple of miles into Kvikkjokk, timing it just right for lunch in the STF Hostel.

I was so ready for that meal. Eight days of freeze dried food does take its toll and I’d been fantasizing about chips for days!

The night was spent pitched in the village and we were up the next morning in time to catch the 5:20am bus back to Lulea. Then it was back to the Arctic North Hotel once more, before flying home the next day.

A grand trip, with lots of great memories.

Geoff’s ramblings about part two of our trip, are here.

20 thoughts on “Arctic Sweden – Sarek 2017 – Part Two

  1. Another great read Chrissie. Those rocky bits looked hard going. If only there was a proper solution to those bloody mozzies. ยฃ20 a night for a pitch ? I can just see Geoff’s reaction….lol. No wonder he was cheating at I Spy๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚. Geat capture with the reindeer. I can only imagine how good that burger and chips must have tasted for you.
    Another first class blog Chrissie. Glad you and Geoff had a fab time. Big thumbs up from me. ๐Ÿ‘

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    1. Hi Owen, and you stayed at the Arctic North Hotel, too! ๐Ÿ˜€
      It was my second visit too – I was there in 2015 with a friend: https://chrissiedixie.wordpress.com/2015/10/05/sarek-part-one-an-amazing-arctic-adventure-or-is-it-wrong-to-love-a-tent/
      It is a wonderful place, but last year hubby and I went further north, and loved that too:
      https://chrissiedixie.wordpress.com/2016/08/24/arctic-sweden-8-nights-in-a-tent-with-geoff-and-were-still-speaking/
      We’re already starting to talk about a trip for next summer – might be back up to the Abislo region again. There’s so much to go at! ๐Ÿ˜€

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  2. I really need to visit Scandinavia for some backpacking, it looks perfect, wild, untamed with few people and great views. I’d always thought Sweden was just rolling hills and trees forgetting that it borders the mountains of Norway. The trips you and Geoff (and James) have taken are a real eye opener into that world.
    I got the second set of chain links, but struggling with the first one!

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    1. It’s definitely worth a trip! This year’s route had a lot more trees than last year, and I think we might go back to last year’s area again next summer. It was still great though, a perfect chilling slackpack.
      OK, links: Alex Harvey also sang ‘Dellila’, so that linked to Tom Jones. Then it was a simple ‘Tom’ to get to TomPetty. Then, Johnny Cash also sang ‘I won’t Back Down’ so that linked with Tom Petty, we just picked a different Johnny Cash song as you can’t have the same track twice in a row, either….. ๐Ÿ˜€

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      1. I didn’t know Johnny Cash recorded “I won’t back down”. Have to look that one up. My son is keen on a trip up there as a post A- level holiday so I might have to pester you for some advice

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        1. It’s on one of his later albums.
          Ask anything, anytime!
          I think you’d be hard pushed to better the route we did last year, to be honest….. Some more friends were so inspired after we came back last year that they’re currently out there now. Slightly different route to ours (which had initially been James’ route anyway), but same area, lots of overlap.

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