Our Hike In North Sweden

Preparation

STF membership card

TBE Vaccination

Map

The map we used / planks and summer trail marks
Winter trail mark / Cairns were common along all trails

Day 1

Stockholm > Duved > Storulvån fjällstation (mountain station) > Sylarna fjällstation — 16 km

A screenshot from Google Maps / inside our cabin at the night train
A lost reindeer from a Sami herd
Snow melting on the side of the trail
On the first night we slept in the tent outside of the mountain station
Sylarna’s lobby

Day 2

Sylarna > Nedalshytta (Norway) — 17 km

Crossing the border to Norway, 4 pm
Nedalshytta cabin

Day 3

Nedalshytta > (almost to) Storerikvollen — 22 km

Day 4

(Almost) Storerikvollen > Blåhammaren — 13 km

Super clear water
The river after the border
A toad / Blåhammeran

Day 5

Getting back to civilization: Blåhammeran > Storlien — 18 km

A mushroom we saw on the way
Wharf houses in Trondheim, Norway

Equipment

There are somethings we couldn’t due without, such as:

  • Water bottles: two Nalgine bottles (1 litre), and two supermarket bottles (1.5 litre)
  • Sun screen
  • Insect repellant: Can’t recommend that enough! The trails were buzzing with biting mosquitos.
  • Camp shoes (sandals for me, in retrospective I’d take flip flops, soft shoes for Yoav)
  • Adhesive tape for protecting from blisters
  • Camp cooking gear: Gas stove, lightweight pot, pan and kettle, plates and cutlery, cups etc. The cutting plate was not used eventually.
  • Camping gear: we had a two person tent, two sleeping mats, two inflatable pillows and two sleeping bags. Wouldn’t give up on any of them. We also brought a traveling clothesline, soap and the head of kitchen brush that we used for washing our utensils.
  • Small useful things: Extra nylon bags for trash or dirty clothes; A utility knife, flashlight (wasn’t used, in late July the darkest it gets that high north is twilight), laundry clips, rubber bands, a small shovel do dig yourself a field toilet, emergency whistle, a compass, first aid kit, walking sticks.
  • Clothes: Other than extra underwear, socks (we got really good anti-blister socks) and shirts, we used our rain gear (jackets and pants) and the warmer micro fleeces we packed. We packed all our underwear in sealable nylon bags (the kind you can buy in every supermarket) to keep them safe and dry.
  • Bags: we took two bags, one of 35 litre and one of 65+10. We made sure the weight is not over forth of our body weight — I carries 12.5 kg and Yoav carried 15 kg. We put the food in one of them and the clothes in the other, and tried to make sure stuff are accessible so we don’t lose them in the bags.
  • Shoes: Yoav considered taking soft shoes, and eventually took low Merrell trekking shows, which appeared to be a good decision, cause walking in nature with weight could be challenging otherwise. I wore high Mendl, we both bought them two weeks before the hike, which is not enough to get used to the shoes, but we walked with them to work and we manage to keep our feet pretty healthy during the hike.

Food

Alternatives

Alternative 1: Carry little, pay more

Alternative 2: Variations on the trails

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Engineering Manager at Kry. Co-Founder of extend-tech.com. Podcasting @extend_podcast. Twitting @dafnaros.

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