Day 41: Happy Trail Day

Krutvasshytta to 400m above Grannes

Distance: 40km


With the stove still warm from yesterday, getting up and ready goes reasonably comfortably.

After taking it easy the other day, I hit the trail early and a over boardwalks I head towards a burning morning sky.


Perfect weather and perfect trails make for a perfect day, which becomes even better when I get invited for coffee and sweet treats by a local woman and her hubby. On the veranda we have some great talks. A German hiker, who I met earlier and who just started his first thru-hike from Umbukta to Bremen, passes by. He gets invited as well but declines the offer as he seems to be in a hurry. More sweeties for me :) 

With my tummy and mobile phone battery full, I say goodbye to the lovely couple. 

I fly along the great trails and soon catch up with the German, who is having a break. He feels stupid for declining the offer for coffee. 

I know exactly how he feels. I used to be the same in the very beginning of my thru-hike career: so focused on the hike that I forgot everything else around me. Like with everything you do for the first time.

Now, as a well seasoned thru-hiker, I have become different. I can savor these moments on the trail, enjoy the trail magic.

I leave the young German behind and continue my pace. We have roughly the same goal for today. Seeing him there, looking exhausted, I somehow doubt I will see him again. 

A last steep descent followed by a last even steeper climb (which, after hiking for nearly 40 kilometers is tough work, requiring a last big effort) bring me to my camping spot, high above Grannes. What a lovely day it has been. Thru-hiking at its best! 

Walking into a burning morning sky
Walking into a burning morning sky
Brundreinbekken
Brundreinbekken
Brundreinklumpen in the left
Brundreinklumpen in the left
Amazing trail
Amazing trail
Having fun
Having fun
Curious reindeer
Curious reindeer
Mosvatnet
Mosvatnet
River crossing
River crossing
One last selfie
One last selfie
Descending to Tverrelvnes...
Descending to Tverrelvnes...
... where...
... where...
... I enjoy coffee and biscuits
... I enjoy coffee and biscuits
Cheating on my beloved Cloud Berries
Cheating on my beloved Cloud Berries
Great bridges
Great bridges
Looking back at Unkervatnet
Looking back at Unkervatnet
Another camp spot with a view
Another camp spot with a view

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