Day 80: So Long, Bergslagsleden

Kråksjön to Stora Djäknasjön 

Distance: 37km... again! 

I got slightly carried away chopping fire wood yesterday. Shortly before slipping into my sleeping bag, I tossed the remaining logs into the fire, which let the fire keep burning well into the night. Together with the howling wolves somewhere on the other side of the lake, full moon (I know, there's no connection between full moon and howling wolves) it produced a special atmosphere.
What about today? Well, it has been an exquisite day on the trail. Already the first few kilometers along a lovely trail through alpine pine forest, partly covered in fog are a real mood booster. In fact the trail reminds me of my running trails in Celerina. You couldn't tell the difference.
After a non memorable hike through more forest, I enter the Tivedens national park. A rough trail but it's meandering between huge, mossy boulders. I feel like in Jurassic Park. 
Shortly afterwards, I leave Berglagsleden, a trail I have been following for the last 250 kilometers. While fairly underwhelming in the beginning, wet and rough, it got better and better. With today's fantastic finish, I will keep it in good memory. 
The trail drops me in the middle of a large campground. I'm somewhat lost. No signs of another trail, a trail, which takes me south. Aimlessly, I roam around the campground, filling my water bottles on one of the many tabs. Eventually, I spot an orange sign, leading me beneath a skilift onto a terribly overgrown trail. I bash my way through. Not as bad as I feared. Still, hopefully no bad omen. Going gets easier and by 17:15 I reach Stora Djäknasjön Vindskydd. Located highly above the lake. Berglagsleden might be behind me but these shelters seem to remain quite amazing. 

There's no firewood though. I don't care. Too hot anyway. The weather has been spectacular once more. There's a jetty down at the lake though. Perfect for swimming. After a long, sweaty day a must do. 

The trail I'm now following is the Vätterleden. It will lead me south, along the massiv Vättern lake and I plan on being at it's southern end in 3 or 4 days. There I will turn west and set course towards Göteborg on yet another trail, which name I don't know yet but will eventually find out. Like Vätterleden. A name I read for the first time today. My planning... A disaster. However, I made it until here. So I'm not doing it all wrong. I guess. 
Yesterday's cozy evening
Yesterday's cozy evening
Infinity lake
Infinity lake
Niklas on the same mission
Niklas on the same mission
Families along the trail offering access to their water springs
Families along the trail offering access to their water springs
One of the many tarns
One of the many tarns
The Bergslagsleden sign
The Bergslagsleden sign
Time to say goodbye
Time to say goodbye
Enjoying...
Enjoying...
... my...
... my...
... hike!
... hike!
The...
The...
... beauty...
... beauty...
... of nature!
... of nature!
Yes, I like you too!
Yes, I like you too!
Mission of today completed
Mission of today completed

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Comments: 1
  • #1

    Fredy Koster (Monday, 23 August 2021 22:00)

    Hi Sandro

    You do very very good. You right on track.
    What beautiful butterflies and what a good looking hmm, I think, cricket. And the forest, wow.
    And now really I have to say this places you spend the nights, this vindskyd, are amazing beautiful.

    Grüessli




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