Day 8: One To Remember

Mierojavri to Kautokeino

Distance: 15km


A 'nero day' - near zero day. After covering a lot of ground the last week, my body feels exhausted. Luckily it's only a short hike into Kautokeino, where I will overnight for resupply and charging batteries - which I drained by writing 7 days worth of blog. But being stuck in my tent for hours (thank you mosquitoes) made me decide to start a blog.


Not much to write about the track today. Mostly along dirt and tar sealed roads. I decide to follow a side road east of the highway, whereas the official track would take me west of it along some ATV track and past the airport.

Once in town, way before lunchtime, I stock up on food for 8 days and call a number, which Rea, the hiker I met told me. She loved the homestay and highly recommend to call the number once I hit town.

Luckily they have a bed available - something I really need after spending 10 nights in the tent, half of them terrorized by mosquitoes. 

Only task left before getting picked up by the hosts - getting a mosquito net for my head. Easy, right? No! After checking out every store in the widespread town, covering another 5km, I have to realize, every single mosquitoes hat I town is sold out. Nada! Nothing! Luckily I meet a lovely employee at a supermarket, who immediately calls her hubby to bring some nets. And in fact, a few minutes later he arrives. What an amazing service. While no hat, having a net is worth a lot as I should be able to piece together something. 


Now today's highlight: my stay at Nils and his wife's wonderful place. They go out of their way to make my stay as great as it can get. Waffles, a delicious dinner, great talks and interesting information about the Sami culture will make this stay stick in my memory for a long time. 

Especially, because they assisted me greatly in my do-it-yourself-mosquitoes-face-net. I can't wait to try it out tomorrow. Pictures will follow - promised. 


Now I am looking forward to a good night's sleep in my comfy looking bed to fully recharge myself for tomorrow. 


Should anyone of you readers planning on hiking E1 and looking for a place to stay, hit me up and I am more than happy to forward their contact. 


Approaching Kautokeino
Approaching Kautokeino
Find the hole... Nearly as annoying as the mosquitoes: a leaking mattress.
Find the hole... Nearly as annoying as the mosquitoes: a leaking mattress.
Found you! After probably 250 nights on this faithful companion, it is not a spring chicken any more but still holding up well!
Found you! After probably 250 nights on this faithful companion, it is not a spring chicken any more but still holding up well!
Waffle time
Waffle time
Dinner time!
Dinner time!
View from the veranda
View from the veranda

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Comments: 2
  • #1

    Klaus (Sunday, 02 August 2020 18:00)

    Hi Sandro. You're walking at a very fast pace, like a machine. We thought you'll be never tired. Beautiful posts, thank you for sharing your experiences you made so far on the E1.

  • #2

    Anne Laila & Nils Ole at Goldin, Kautokeino (Wednesday, 05 August 2020 10:48)

    Thank you for visiting us at Goldin. It was a pleasure to meet you and we wish you a nice trip ahead! We hope that the "homemade mosquitoes-face-net" works.


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