Day 17 – 18: Hunddalen – Katterat – Riksgränsen – Abisko
On the gravel road to Katterat and on to Rallarvegen
The mountains are lightly covered with snow, outside it’s only 3° C. While reading we wait until 9 am – and the thermometer actually climbs to a pleasant 10° C. Let’s go – and let´s take a look back at the hut in this incredibly beautiful landscape.
Lustwandler Panorama: Ein Klick öffnet das Bild und man kann sich umsehen!
Of course there are also some nice views while we walk out of the valley and over and over we take a look back.
At 10 o’clock we go back to the tent. We lie down to sleep and listen to the celebrating students until midnight. They talk, giggle, laugh, scream, listen to music … and have a lot of fun. Then the teachers call for bed rest and us “seniors” can finally sleep. 😉
We have breakfast in “our” waiting hall, then we start the 12,5 km long way, a part of the Rallarvegen, which will lead us to Riksgränsen. The Rallarvegen is a path that was laid out for the construction of the Ofotbanen in the years 1890 to 1903, then decayed and was restored around 1990 and made accessible to hikers (source: Wikipedia). The Ofotbanen are the Norwegian part of the railway line Luleå to Narvik, which was built for ore mining (Gällivare and Kiruna).
The weather today? Foggy and humid.
That was our plan. But here we are almost alone. Riksgränsen is a winter sports place where almost everything is closed in summer.
We buy ciabatte, sausage, bananas, cola and chocolate at the ICA and look for the waiting room to wait for the train. No way. There is also no waiting room here. So we eat and freeze outside and are happy when the train arrives at 4:02 pm (the night train to Stockholm). We buy the tickets on the train and it even stops in Abisko Tourist and not only in Abisko Östra.
We book a double room for the next three nights and – have a good shower. The dinner menu today consists of a clear wild soup, salmon for me, chicken for Markus and for dessert we get an apple sorbet. Sooo delicious after the sad selection of the last weeks. 🙂
We study the information boards at the reception and are looking for possible adventures for tomorrow and Thursday. Then we fall into our bed, tired and sated./div>
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