Day 18: Hello Sweden

Salvasskardet to Palnostugan Hut

Distance: 20km


Rain the whole night. Not heavy, more like drizzle. Without the wind, the sound of the droplets on my tent are calming and I have a really good sleep. 

It's a comparably late start into day 18 again. Again because of the rain, which I am waiting to end. 

Once it does, I follow the gravel road for a wee bit, which turns into an ATV track and eventually disappears all together. It is a very shallow climb on a nice trail, allowing me to keep the pace high. At one point, I start feeling my left shin. Not hurting, just a vastly familiar one, which I had the first time on Te Araroa. At that time, I didn't give it any attention, which resulted in a week long break. 

I've gotten wiser in the meantime. So I reduce my pace significantly and continue slow paced over a very wet high plain. The feeling in my shin disappears as quickly as it showed up. Still, I will keep an eye on it. 

The shallow climb and the flat follows a steep descent towards lake Torneträsk, spectacular views and a great trail make for a pleasant hike. At least until I cross into Sweden, where going gets significantly rougher. After another 2 kilometers, I reach Palnostugan Hut. Should I stay or should I continue. A very familiar question. At 14:30 it is somewhat early to stop. On the other hand, after most huts in Norway are closed, I don't have many hut experiences yet. There is also no need to rush. 

So I opt for the lazy day and make myself comfortable in the hut, which offers a lovely view over Torneträsk. 


Sweden: today is the first time I really am in this country. 2 years ago I've flown into Stockholm on an observer flight. At Arlanda Airport, I walked once around the aircraft, before flying back to Zurich. The second time was a few days ago, when I briefly cut the corner in Norway and hiked through Sweden for an hour or so. As you can see, until now I never had the pleasure to enjoy this country. But this is about to change. 

View for most the first two hours. Shallow climb close to or on an ATV track
View for most the first two hours. Shallow climb close to or on an ATV track
Dull day
Dull day
One of a few river crossings. All of them straight forward.
One of a few river crossings. All of them straight forward.
A look back. The river flowing through a crack in the rock.
A look back. The river flowing through a crack in the rock.
Sweden insight
Sweden insight
Descending town to the border. Abisko visible on the other side of the lake.
Descending town to the border. Abisko visible on the other side of the lake.
Sweden
Sweden
Palnostugan
Palnostugan
Getting comfy
Getting comfy

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