Nach der Brücke über einen Zulauf des Sårgåjávrre

Day 4: Gränsleden Sårgåjávrre – Røysvatnet

From the Gränsleden to the Nordkalottleden, without a sauna at all

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After we made good progress yesterday, we don’t have it very far to the hut today. The alarm clock rings at 7 a.m. so that we can get to the hut early and enjoy half a day in the hut. We dally a bit in the morning, but at 8:40 we starts. The first sunbeams warm us, there is a great light atmosphere and the weather promises to be better again.

Blick Richtung Røsvatn mit den Bergen Svártitjåhkkå und SkuogetjåhkkåBlick Richtung Røsvatn mit den Bergen Svártitjåhkkå und Skuogetjåhkkå, © Markus Proske — Canon EOS 5D Mark IV, EF16-35mm f/4L IS USM, 35mm, 1/60s, Blende 11, ISO 160
Gränsleden beim SårgåjávrreGränsleden beim Sårgåjávrre, © Markus Proske — Canon EOS 5D Mark IV, EF16-35mm f/4L IS USM, 35mm, 1/60s, Blende 11, ISO 125
Gränsleden beim SårgåjávrreGränsleden beim Sårgåjávrre, © Markus Proske — Canon EOS 5D Mark IV, EF16-35mm f/4L IS USM, 35mm, 1/80s, Blende 11, ISO 160

Soon we come to the first of many bridges on our tour. This bridge is harmless – we are still on the Swedish side! – and the view shortly after the bridge is also worth a photo.

Elisabeth auf der Brücke über einen Zulauf des SårgåjávrreElisabeth auf der Brücke über einen Zulauf des Sårgåjávrre, © Markus Proske — Canon EOS 5D Mark IV, EF16-35mm f/4L IS USM, 35mm, 1/125s, Blende 8, ISO 100
Nach der Brücke über einen Zulauf des SårgåjávrreNach der Brücke über einen Zulauf des Sårgåjávrre, © Markus Proske — Canon EOS 5D Mark IV, EF16-35mm f/4L IS USM, 35mm, 1/80s, Blende 8, ISO 100

A lot of willow scrub awaits us on the middle island, after that the ford is possible without fordshoes. Then we climb steeply up the embankment and have to look for the way again and again. The slope goes up over several floors and soon we can see the hut Sårgå.

Elisabeth auf dem Anstieg zur Rasthütte Sårgå (Blick zurück)Elisabeth auf dem Anstieg zur Rasthütte Sårgå (Blick zurück), © Markus Proske — Canon EOS 5D Mark IV, EF16-35mm f/4L IS USM, 35mm, 1/80s, Blende 8, ISO 160
Markus auf dem Anstieg zur Rasthütte SårgåMarkus auf dem Anstieg zur Rasthütte Sårgå, © Markus Proske — Panasonic DMC-LX100, 75mm, 1/2000s, Blende 4.5, ISO 200

Here we have breakfast comfortably from 10:20 to 11:00 o’clock, then we continue. Today we have pleasant temperatures between 12 and 15°C, partly it is sunny, but thanks to the cool wind we go with fleeces.
Rasthütte Sårgå mit eigenem SeeRasthütte Sårgå mit eigenem See, © Markus Proske — Canon EOS 5D Mark IV, EF16-35mm f/4L IS USM, 16mm, 1/320s, Blende 11, ISO 100
After the hut it goes uphill again and then further over an area full of lakes.
Anstieg nach dem See der Rasthütte SårgåAnstieg nach dem See der Rasthütte Sårgå, © Markus Proske — Canon EOS 5D Mark IV, EF16-35mm f/4L IS USM, 35mm, 1/125s, Blende 11, ISO 100
There are only 2 km to the Norwegian border 🙂 which means two things: The paths are better marked from now on, the bridges become more adventurous (c) Markus or life-threatening (c) Elisabeth.

Knapp 2 km bis Norwegen!Knapp 2 km bis Norwegen!, © Markus Proske — Canon EOS 5D Mark IV, EF16-35mm f/4L IS USM, 24mm, 1/80s, Blende 11, ISO 100
MarkusMarkus, © Markus Proske — Panasonic DMC-LX100, 75mm, 1/1000s, Blende 4.5, ISO 200

Soon we meet the Nordkalottleden and at the fork we are briefly confused: Only 2 kilometers to the Røysvatn hut? No, Røysvatnet is only an emergency shelter on Gränsleden and not the big hut on Nordkalottleden! So we continue as planned on the Nordkalottleden and arrive a little later at a small canyon. On our side we find a good way down, on the other side up it degenerates into a small climbing part.

Kreuzung Gränsleden – NordkalottledenKreuzung Gränsleden – Nordkalottleden, © Markus Proske — Canon EOS 5D Mark IV, EF16-35mm f/4L IS USM, 35mm, 1/60s, Blende 11, ISO 200
Ein letzter Blick zurück auf die “Seenplatte”, die wir gerade gequert habenEin letzter Blick zurück auf die “Seenplatte”, die wir gerade gequert haben, © Markus Proske — Canon EOS 5D Mark IV, EF16-35mm f/4L IS USM, 35mm, 1/60s, Blende 11, ISO 125
Hindernis voraus!Hindernis voraus!, © Markus Proske — Canon EOS 5D Mark IV, EF16-35mm f/4L IS USM, 35mm, 1/100s, Blende 11, ISO 100
Querung mit kleiner Klettereinlage (Blick zurück auf die andere Seite)Querung mit kleiner Klettereinlage (Blick zurück auf die andere Seite), © Markus Proske — Canon EOS 5D Mark IV, EF16-35mm f/4L IS USM, 35mm, 1/60s, Blende 11, ISO 400

A look back shows: Today we made good progress! The landscape is now rockier and more barren. It goes steadily uphill, always one hill after the other to pass.

Blick zurück: heute sind wir schon gut vorangekommen!Blick zurück: heute sind wir schon gut vorangekommen!, © Markus Proske — Canon EOS 5D Mark IV, EF16-35mm f/4L IS USM, 28mm, 1/60s, Blende 11, ISO 125
SkuogečohkkaSkuogečohkka, © Markus Proske — Canon EOS 5D Mark IV, EF16-35mm f/4L IS USM, 35mm, 1/80s, Blende 11, ISO 160
Der Weg wird deutlich steiniger (wir müssen auf der anderen Seite in der Bildmitte hinauf)Der Weg wird deutlich steiniger (wir müssen auf der anderen Seite in der Bildmitte hinauf), © Markus Proske — Canon EOS 5D Mark IV, EF16-35mm f/4L IS USM, 24mm, 1/60s, Blende 11, ISO 200

At a small lake we don’t find the way anymore. The marking was just there, but now far and wide no red dot, no stone man or any other clue. We climb up a bit, but we don’t find a good way to get to the other side without a lot of hard work. But from above we discover something different. The path runs through the lake and was simply flooded (bottom left in the picture). Well then – the water isn’t high, no problem with high hiking boots 🙂

Weg unter!Weg unter!, © Markus Proske — Canon EOS 5D Mark IV, EF16-35mm f/4L IS USM, 29mm, 1/60s, Blende 11, ISO 200
ElisabethElisabeth, © Markus Proske — Canon EOS 5D Mark IV, EF16-35mm f/4L IS USM, 35mm, 1/80s, Blende 11, ISO 320
RøysvatnetRøysvatnet, © Markus Proske — Canon EOS 5D Mark IV, EF16-35mm f/4L IS USM, 35mm, 1/160s, Blende 11, ISO 100

At 14:15 we reach the Røysvatn huts! Yippie! The first time we can try the hut key – and it fits! 😉
Markus has already written more about the key here.
There is (still) nobody here and we have the free choice. We have a short look into the big hut – big, beautiful and clean, but then we decide for the small hut only for both of us.

Die Hütten sieht man erst, wenn man direkt davor (darüber) stehtDie Hütten sieht man erst, wenn man direkt davor (darüber) steht, © Markus Proske — Canon EOS 5D Mark IV, EF16-35mm f/4L IS USM, 24mm, 1/60s, Blende 11, ISO 125
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We wash ourselves and our clothes, heat the oven and hang everything up to dry. Then we eat comfortably at the table – better than crouching in the tent, you have to admit that.
Suddenly someone tears at our door and it is Lothar who made it to the hut today. But he doesn’t have a key to the hut and camps a little outside.
We write diary, drink tea and read. Soon it is so hot in the hut that we have to ventilate – and that after only 3 logs of wood. In terms of heating we still have to learn … We read until 23 o’clock, then we go to bed.
The exact observer of the photos will now think: Big hut, small hut, toilet hut – and what is in the other small hut? The Røysvatn expert, on the other hand, will ask himself: Why don’t they write anything about the sauna? The ingenious Røysvatn sauna, the only sauna on the whole route? Well – in retrospect I don’t know how we overlooked the sauna. We didn’t notice it either during the preparation or on site. We would have had it only for ourselves, would have been able to wash comfortably inside instead of outside in the cold with cold water. You can believe us, when we were asked about the sauna in Pauro, we bit our asses properly!
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