Day 52: Swim And Hike

Skjaekervatnet to Bustadtjonna

Distance: 40km


The thunderstorm remained well south. So no problem there. It was a hot night though, without much sleep. At 04:00 I start packing, while the red sun is rising behind the mountains. Being so far north, sunrise and sunset take much longer than close to the equator. By the time the sun is fully up, I'm ready to hit the trail. What should I say? It is along marked trails, but still tough going. Not only wet, but also increasingly muddy. Some randomly placed boardwalks drastically improve the overall hiking experience. They vanish as unexpectedly as they appeard out of nowhere. 


As the day goes by, temperatures get uncomfortably high. I'd estimate them to be just shy of 30 degrees Celsius. Luckily there are plenty of lakes and more than once I have a quick swim. Such a fantastic way to beat the heat. Also the constantly wet feet help to cool down. 


It's been a long day on the trail. My legs are aching from the difficult terrain. Therefore, I am more than relieved when my intended camp spot is no swamp. In fact it's a sweet little spot overlooking the lake. A great treat after a exhausting day hiking. 

Mirror Lake
Mirror Lake
And the bridge over it
And the bridge over it
Another interesting bridge
Another interesting bridge
Boardwalk over myr (as the swamp is called here)
Boardwalk over myr (as the swamp is called here)
A so called Gamma
A so called Gamma
They sure earned a break
They sure earned a break
Camping right at the lake
Camping right at the lake

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