23. August 2021
Day 80: So Long, Bergslagsleden
Kråksjön to Stora Djäknasjön
Distance: 37km... again!
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.