Låktatjåkka

SWEDEN
August 2014

A two day circuit hike between Björkliden and the Låktatjåkka hut. The first overnight in an alpine hut for Finn.

DAY 1: Björkliden – Låktatjåkka


The glacier and lake next to the Låktatjåkka hut


Låktatjåkka hut


The hut is from the 1920s, and the interior is charming. They serve good food, and is famous for their waffles.


View from the hut


Sara was here in 1988 and found their entry in the guestbook :)
Lena found an entry from when she was here in 1962.


Old guestbook from the 1940s


Finn’s first overnight in an alpine hut. But first some reading and playing before bedtime.


At first it was misty, so we waited, hoping for it to clear up…


…and so it did. View to the north. On the opposite side is the Vadvetjåkka national park. The flat valley floor was once covered by a gigantic glacier

DAY 2: LÅKTATJÅKKA – BJÖRKLIDEN

We walked back a slghtly different route, higher up along the ridge.

In the morning the weather was very clear, so we climbed the Låktatjåkka peak again.


The lake on the left is Torne träsk. It is 70 km long, 800 meters deep(!) and surrounded by mountains on all sides. It’s not Sweden’s largest lake, but perhaps the most majestic one.


The U shaped mountain in the distance is called Lapporten (“the gate of Lapland”)


I have often seen green lichen on the rocks, but in these mountains there are also yellow and orange ones.


Finn stretching his legs. It’s fun to be carried on the back for a while, but after an hour or so it’s more fun to run around :)


My mother with the mighty Torne träsk lake in the background


The vegetation in this area is just amazing. I wonder what the place looks like in a month, when the autumn colors have arrived.


The “Syndafallet” waterfall


This small hut is an unstaffed café with a superb view. This is where you should sit in winter, drinking coffee and watching the Aurora Borealis!


Lapporten (“the gate to Lapland”) in Abisko national park, seen from our hut in Björkliden.

Björkliden

SWEDEN
August 2014

This page contains a few day-hikes we did in Björkliden. We rented a hut with a superb view.

Our hut in Björkliden


The view from our hut. Torneträsk is a huge lake, 70 km long, 800 meters deep(!) and surrounded by mountains. Lapporten (“the gate to Lapland”) is the perfect U-shaped valley in the distance to the right.


View from the hut after a thunderstorm.

The strange light after the storm.


Clouds crawling over the mountains on the opposite side of the lake.

“Silverfallet” waterfall

This nice waterfall is situated near the shore of Torneträsk lake, directly below the Björkliden resort.


Torneträsk lake seen from the bridge above the waterfall


The beach of Torne träsk lake

“Kratersjön” Lake & the route of the railway workers

A nice little circuit hike of about 8 km to “the crater lake”, then down to the cemetary of the railway workers, and finally the “rallarvägen” route back to Björkliden.


Our first stop was this little cabin, which is an unstaffed café with superb views. I would like to return in winter, so sit here and drink coffee while watching the Aurora Borealis :)


Just leave money in the jar and take what you want :)


“Badsjön” lake with an outdoor hot tub. A good place for a swim :)


A nice thing about Björkliden is that you are above the forest immediately. You can reach superb, alpine, arctic mountain nature withou effort.


“Odon” berries (edible)


Cloudberries, a real delicacy


Candy for Finn :)


A shelter next to the “crater lake”


Finn is making his first alpine hike :)


Walking on interesting rocks


An old hiknig sign where all the text had faded away…


The cemetary of the railway workers. We then walked back to Björkliden along Rallarvägen (“the road of the railway workers”)

Climbing “njulla” peak

The Njulla peak is about 1150 meters high or so, and rises more than 800 meters above the Torneträsk lake. The view from there is superb, though the visibility was quite poor when we climbed it, unfortunately.


The first time Finn is climbing a proper peak :)


View to the east from the peak


Descending along winter markings


We suddenly found ourselves walking in a thunderstorm, but Finn was kept dry under the raincover.

“Syndafallet” waterfall


The nature immediately above Björkliden resort


We made a small barbeque here


The classic “bread on a stick”


Syndafallet waterfall


Finn really enjoys sitting on the back :)


Syndafallet waterfall from above


A swim in “badsjön” lake.

Kärkevagge

SWEDEN
August 2014

A hike in an exceptionally beautiful fairytale valley in Lapland. Huge boulders are scattered in the valley, and in the end of the valley is an alpine lake with clear waters.

We parked our car and walked 0.5km up to the Låktatjåkko railway station. From there the path continued up towards the entry of the valley.

Entering the valley, the landscaped that opened up before us blowed my mind!



Grandfather Micke is making Finn laugh


Trollsjön, “the troll’s lake”, at the end of the valley



A lemming (lämmel) up close

“Granater” is a type of jewel that is common on the rocks here


Kotor-Lovcen

MONTENEGRO
April-May 2013

A hike above the fjord-like Kotor bay via the Lovcen mountains to the fairytale village of Svety Stefan.

DAY 0: Dubrovnik

Before the hike we spent a night in Dubrovnik. This is a good basepoint since there are daily buses from here to Kotor.


The old town was super-beautiful but packed with tourists on the main streets. The backstreets were quiet though, and we found a superb vegetarian restaurant called Nishta.

DAY 1: Perast – Svety Andrija fort


We started the hike in the small town of Perast. It is a very beautiful small town of old venetian houses along steep, narrow streets. There are several churches and old palaces. It is listed as a world heritage site by UNESCO.

We followed a poorly marked trail, that zigzagged up the mountain. Great views of the Boka Kotorska “fjord”. The small strait on the photo is all that connects the bay with the Adriatic.


At the end of the bay is the town Kotor and the snowy peak in the background is Štirovnik (1769 m).

First view of the Svety Andrija fort, built by the Austrian army in the 19th century.


Fortified campsite

DAY 2: SVETY ANDRIJA FORT – VALISTE VILLAGE

Mt Orjen (1894 m) covered by snow. This is the highest peak by the coast in Montenegro. It is said to be the rainiest place in Europe (not that it rains very often, but when it rains it REALLY rains).


European green lizard

The trail followed the old Austrian army road, and passed several deserted villages.

The steep part on the left is about 1000 meters high.


An old, ruined chapel

A deserted village next to Graz peak. The terraces would have been a nice place to pitch a tent :)

DAY 3: VALISTE VILLAGE – VUCNI DO


Water is not easy to find along this trail. This well in a village had a small amount of water. It was the first water we found since the cistern under the floor of the Sveti Andrija fort.

I find it amazing that there has been villages in this rugged place

Another dream-site for camping

Shortly before Mali Zalazi village. We walked over the twin peak (Luk) to the left.

Velji Zalazi village


Third water-place on the hike so far: a deep well where we had to use a rope and our pot (with a stone inside) to get to the water. (My friend Micke who walked here the following year found this well to have very smelly water, so don’t rely on it…)

The church was preserved, but most of the village in ruins.


The ruined village is visible to the right. What a spectacular location!

The peaks belong to the Lovcen national park, Sitrovnik (1789 m) to the right and Jizerski vrh to the left.

Finally some fresh food and beer, at a restaurant near the Krstac pass.

View from the Krstac viewpoint above Kotor, 1000 meters down


Old house at Vucni Do.

Our campsite in Vucni Do. The tranquility was disturbed when a car came driving over the meadows and parked less than 100 meters away. Two men started a very noisy petrol-powered generator that powered a large lamp and loud music. So much for enjoying the peaceful nature…

DAY 4: VUCNI DO – IVANOVA KORITA

The trail followed a snowy track through the beech forest.

We had to cross several places where avalanches had destroyed the forest. It was very tiring to cross, and quite dangerous too.

Avalanche area. A wilderness right next to the Mediterranean Sea :)

Relieved after crossing the last avalanche area.

Looking back to the saddle between the peaks, where we had walked earlier the same day.

Dinner at a fancy hotel in Invanova Korita. We could have stayed in the fancy hotel but chose to camp in the forest instead as real hikers :)


There were lots of people here having picknick. Mainly families with kids but also some guys that were here to party. We were offered a beer from their fridge :)

DAY 5: IVANOVA KORITA – KOSMAC FORTRESS

More snowy tracks with many fallen branches, quite tiring to walk here…
A nice view of Sitrovnik and Jizerski vrh peaks. The building on top of the latter peak (on the right) is a famous mausoleum dedicated to the country’s national poet called Njegos.


Another view of the Lovcen wilderness from Babia Glava


Walking on the ridge after Babia Glava was really nice. The tiny island that is vagely visible on the coast to the left is Svety Stefan, where we will end our hike.


The area was full of sinkholes, and reminded us a bit of Galicica in Macedonia.

Brajici village

Kosmac fortress above Brajici village, also built by the Austrians.


We pitched our tent right in front of the fort, with a view of the ocean. The island is Sveti Stefan, the goal of our hike.

Enjoying the sunset in the evening

DAY 6: KOSMAC FORTRESS – SVETY STEFAN

A lovery trail, very easy walking and excellent ocean views


From the Ogradenice church, which is up on the ridge, we descended on a jeep road. In the forest we found this old van that had been converted into a monastery :)


A monastery above Sveti Stefan.

Sveti Stefan. This used to be a fishing village until the Jugoslav government turned it into one big resort. It is still a stunning view :)

 

Vålådalen

SWEDEN
March 2013

Skiing a 5 days circuit in the Jämtland mountains, sleeping in a tent next to huts.

Day 1: VÅLÅDALEN – STENSDALEN (27/3)

Stensdalen hut


DAY 2: STENSDALEN
 – GÅSEN (28/3)

Sylarna visible in the distance

An emergency shelter

The Gåsen hut and Helags massif in the background. After ascending the whole day, we finally got to slide downhill for a while :)

Camping next to the Gåsen hut. Helags massif in the background.

The toilet during sunset

Gåsen hut


Lena prepared for a cold night, with down clothes.
She reminded me of someone… :)

 

DAY 3: GÅSEN – VÅLÅSTUGORNA (29/3)

On our way to fetch water from the river

Fetching the water from a very deep hole in the ice. At the mountain huts in Sweden the visitors are expected to help out with this type of work.


DAY 4: 
VÅLÅSTUGORNA – LUNNDÖRRSSTUGAN (30/3)

One of the Vålåstugan huts

As I was going to take a photo of Lena’s retro backpack, Alex (Tove’s and Sandra’s dog) came and peed on it :)

Reindeers

Taking off our clothes. The weather was sunny and warm every day.

Soon we arrived at Lunndörrsstugan hut, where we relaxed in the sauna.


DAY 5: 
LUNNDÖRRSSTUGAN – VÅLÅDALEN (31/3)

After skiing through the Vålådalen forests, we reached the Vålådalen village. We stayed in this very old and charming hut.

Sauna and outdoor bathtubs, the perfect ending :)