We wake up with grey skies, but the rain of the previous evening has blown over and I sense that this might become a nice sunny day. For now there is still this chill in the air and the sky is grey, but I don't really care. We are on a dream spot; I just love it here so much. The Mountain Hut at Rádunjárga is located on such a wonderful place; right at the lake, beside a little stream. The mountains are surrounding us and there is this quietness, peacefulness which gives this strange sensation of inner peace and happiness..... sigh, it is so hard to explain in just a few words....
Some birds fly around playfully, the air smells fresh and green. I hear the sound of the little stream beside our shelter, and in the distance I hear the more thunderous sound of the waterfall on the other side of the lake. And maybe more intriguing is the sound of 'nothing'. No people, no cars, not even in the very distance, as a mumble in the background.... just nothing; nothing besides wonderful nature sounds surrounding me.
Soon I am going to say goodbye to all this. And right here, at this very moment I also realize how much I love it here in the Fjällen. A special place, a place where the mind comes to ease, one can think again, clear in the head. It is also a place where you realize how huge nature is, and how small you are. There is nothing out there, just you, your partner and the immense beautiful nature. I wash myself at the cold stream beside the shelter, brrrr, such cold water! It is melting water of the snow from the mountains. But luckily I have some warm water boiled on the fireplace with me, which makes this into a luxury experience. Strange how quickly you get used to primitive circumstances. I do miss my electricity,and my tap with running warm water, but on the other hand..... I guess I just don't miss it all. It feels good, it feel right to be here without all that.
Our day continues, our trip moves on. We pack our backpacks and hoist them back onto our backs. It feels heavy at first. But maybe my heart feels heavier than that. I need to say goodbye to Rádunjárga, a place that has found a special place in my heart.
Before us lie new adventures, many kilometres of amazing landscape to hike through.... there is no time to be sad of leaving this dream spot: I am eager to look ahead and see what more the Fjällen have in store for me.......
With me is my travel partner, hubby and love Åke. It is so amazing we both love hiking like this just as much. We look at each other and smile. Let's move on.... only 7 kilometres to go and we are in Alesjaure! On my back is my backpack and my always present little mascot and travelling bear called Nalle. Yes, life is good!
Only a short hike from our shelter we come across this strange looking tepee at the lakeside. This tepee is a shelter for the people that want to cross the lake by boat and shortcut the hike to Alesjaure by about 7 kilometres. The boat only goes a couple of times a day, and this tepee-shaped shelter makes the waiting more bearable on those rainy and windy days. Most people hike from Abiskojaure to Alesjaure in one day and being able to shortcut this rather long hike is a great solution for many.
I thought of doing this, especially yesterday evening when I was feeling so tired and stiff in my whole body. But this morning I just smile, look at the tepee and think... nooooo! I am here to hike, to enjoy nature in a different way, take it slow and easy and breathe in and absorb all I see on my way. Coincidence brings that the boat just arrives to pick up a passenger when we are at the tepee. They look at us and shout from the boat...... "do you want to come along?" "Nooo", we shout back, while shaking our heads. We wave and they wave back, and only seconds after that the boat whizzes off in the distance.
There, right ahead, at the end of the lake is our end destination for the day: The Mountain Hut of Alesjaure. We could have been there in 10 minutes by boat; we opt to hike there instead, which will probably take us a few hours to do. "Come, let's go" we say to each other. Another smile, we feel happy....
Here you can see the boat to Alesjaure Mountain Hut whizz off in the distance. The boat crosses over to Alesjaure a couple of times a day:
The boat departs from:
Alesjaure at: 10:00, 15:00. 17:00 and 18:30
Hiking trail at: 10:30, 15:30, 17:30 and 19:00
Between 8 am and 8 pm you can order extra tours in addition to the regular tours. There is a phone at the tepee that you can use ( I think that is soooo funny, hahaha)
Don't forget to raise the yellow flag when you are waiting for the boat. They can see the flag from Alesjaure and this way they know someone is waiting for the boat and they will cross over the lake to get you.
The cost of the boat trip is about 120 SEK if I remember correctly. That is approx. 15 - 16 USD / 12 - 13 Euro.
PS: These boats only go during the peak season of the summer: July and August.
The hike towards Alesjaure follows the Lake Alisjávri all the way to the end. The trail is easy to do for the most part, a few bit of ups and down, but nothing serious. It is either a small but smooth pathway (as you can see in the picture) or the trail is made out of walking planks where the area is a bit swampier. The views over the sparkling blue lake and surrounding landscape are just wonderful. And once in a while you will pass some big boulders, which are ideal to sit on and take a rest. Some of these boulders are located a bit higher up and closer to the lake, which are the perfect picnic spot, coffee break areas or you can just use them as a lazy place to enjoy the wonderful views over the lake.
Here I sit with a big smile on my face. I am enjoying today so much! It feels great to know today is only going to be a short hike; no pressures at all of making it in time for our next camping spot. I can just relax, take some photos (so far that is possible with a clumsy heavy backpack, hahaha) and enjoy the surroundings. The temperatures are still rather chilly at the moment, but it is slowly warming up.
Another surprise and another good one. Not only is there a huge amount of flowers here, there are also many species of birds. Along this part of the Kungleden you can even see a few sort of birds you normally see close to the sea. The large lakes here attract lots of different types of birdlife. I heard fjällpipare and almost stumbled over a whole family of fjällripare here. Besides that I saw many many more birds. Too many to mention and also too many to remember them all ;-)