Woke to a beautiful sunrise on the highland plateau so my sleeping bag had a chance to dry on top of the tent while we were getting ready. Really need to talk to Hilleberg once I have cell phone reception again!
We were on trail by 9:20 and soon met a guy hiking southbound on Gröna Bandet. Cool. I had actually considered doing this hike before settling for Kungsleden, mainly because I did not think I would have the time for the longer hike. But most Gröna Bandet hikers follow Kungsleden through this part though so we are bound to meet more of them on the way. I do feel a touch of envy that their hike is much longer than ours though, 1300 km tracing the entire length of our Scandinavian mountain range from Grövelsjön in the south to Treriksröset in the north.
The hike today was a nice one. Through the highlands for most of the day before we started down again. A lot of this for the past two stages, up on the highlands briefly and then down into the next valley. Rinse and repeat. Today we walked trough a pretty nice birch forest when first staring downward. This eventually transitioned into conifers and then spruce. Felt like the spruce forest went on forever before we reached the boat landing. Never ending forest, is that a movie? Called for a boat pickup and a very friendly local came and picked up us and another German hiker – there are sooo many Germans on the trail! Outnumber Swedes 5 to 1. The crossing over to Kvikkjokk took a while, but it was a scenic ride and the driver was a fountain of local knowledge and truly loved his job so it was kind of educational. Nice!
There was not as much infrastructure in Kvikkjokk as I had thought. A few houses, a really old wooden church and the mountain station. That was pretty much it. The only store in town was the tiny closet at the mountain station, stocked with nothing but the very bare minimum basics. I am really glad we sent up resupply boxes!
Knees are still under control today, I just need to take it easy on the downhill. Feeling hopeful! My mouse-arm (lateral epicondylitis) is actually much better too. It would appear that working out with trekking poles is doing wonders, who would have thought?
Nice to be showered and warm again. We sat in the lobby using the free wifi to update social media while sharing a bottle of wine before bedtime. Tomorrow we take a full rest day so we are staying here for two nights. Nice with some time for reflection too, not just chores. Walked here one day ahead of schedule, whoop! Damn, I feel good doing this!