Day 65: One Last Day Above The Tree Line

Granfjellssätern to Östfjällsstugan 
Distance: 20km

The title says it all. Today, and for a few meters tomorrow (but I do not count that ;), E1 will be taking me above the tree line. Soaking up the sweeping views one last time. Looking towards the south - east over the vast Scandinavian pine forest - forest, where I will spend most of my remaining weeks in Scandinavia in. So I take my time today, take it slowly, don't want to rush out of the mountains.

The coming weeks will be very different. Flatter, more forest, more towns, more culture. Not worse or more boring than the previous parts. Just different. I'm honest: I will miss the Fjell - the mountains. The views. The solitude. But I am also looking forward for a change.

Back to the now: it's a late start after a extremely rainy night. It's only 20 kilometers lying ahead of me. So no rush. After a uncommon breakfast, I leave my sheltered, warm place. The trail is wet. Actually, I am not sure if it's a river or a trail. No rain but clouds accompanying me until the next hut, where I meet a father and son, who envite me for coffee. An hour later, we are on the way again. Even though they are headed in the same direction and I thought I would take it very slowly, I quickly leave them behind. I guess when you spend so much time hiking, there's not such a thing as 'slow hiking'. 
Weather improves, the trail stays wet and bumpy all the way. In fact it's quite undulating terrain and I did a good amount of vertical meters. Once I get closer to my designated camping spot, more and more people are crossing my path. Mostly families enjoying the sunny Sunday afternoon. I'm definitely getting closer to civilization, where I will arrive tomorrow, after a short 8 kilometers hike. Check in time at my little cabin is 11:00. So it's going to be a late start again tomorrow. 

Low clouds hanging around the slop3
Low clouds hanging around the slop3
Passing a little tarn
Passing a little tarn
And a small stream
And a small stream
Soaking up the views. I won't have them anymore.
Soaking up the views. I won't have them anymore.
The lakes are getting rarer the more south I get
The lakes are getting rarer the more south I get
Another nice rest hut
Another nice rest hut

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    Rob (Tuesday, 10 August 2021 19:35)

    Often, the vast solitude, peace, and emptiness of the wilderness is where you find yourself.

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