After yesterday’s exhausting day we sleep quite long and do not set off towards Unna Allakas until around ten o’clock. The trail is overgrown at the beginning and we make only slow progress. Additionally, we feel the strain of our tired legs. The path to Unna Allakas is very flat, nevertheless we find it tiring due to the impassability. We walk through great flower meadows and are happy to recognise some plants. Unfortunately, however, standing still is not possible, as there are mosquitoes everywhere immediately.
For our lunch break all the mosquitoes suddenly disappear
After about half of the way we reach a suspension bridge spanning the impressive Válffojohka River. We decide to take a longer break here. Fortunately, the sun comes out from behind the clouds just at this moment and since there is a bit of wind, suddenly all the mosquitoes have disappeared. So we spend half an hour lying on a comfortable stone, enjoying the warmth of the sun and listening to the sound of the water before we go on.
The landscape changes now and we walk through a sandy and treeless plain. Occasionally we almost have the impression to walk nearby a coastline. We make out some areas that could be perfect habitats for elk. However, we do not see an elk, only their droppings indicate that we are right with our guess.
Another river fording on the way to Unna Allakas!
Then, almost out of nowhere, we find ourselves facing another river without a bridge. Somewhat surprised, we look upstream and downstream to see if there is a dry crossing option, after which we accept our fate. We take off our pants and socks and head into the water. Due to the rain and the melting snow, the river is quite deep and raging and it reaches our knees in the middle.
We believe that Lando is barely able to stand in the river. Therefore, we take off his backpack before the crossing to give him a little more security and less surface for the water. In addition, we put him on a leash so that we can drag him out if he gets swept away. Lando has visibly difficulties to stay on his paws but he manages it! In the end, each of us crosses back and forth twice, once to carry our own backpacks and once to accompany Lando or to carry his bags.
Typical Lapland weather: rain
After fording, we put everything back on and continue walking with significantly soggier feet. It is also getting wet from above now. The light drizzle slowly turns into real rain, so that we take our rain gear out of the backpack. We are looking forward to a proper bed and a roof over our heads tonight in the Unna Allakas hut.
Unfortunately, only a little later we realize that bridges have been used quite sparely on this route. We ford two more rivers on this day. These two are very close together, but the second ford is not directly visible after passing through the first river. Following a suspicion after the first river we continue a little further without pants and discover the second river. A couple coming towards us did not have this foresight and looks annoyed as they realize that they have to ford another time, but juyt got dressed again.
The cabin in Unna Allakas is situated beautifully and the cabin host welcomes us friendly
STF Mountain Cabin Unna Allakas
The hut in Unna Allakas has a very special history: during World War 2 it was a refuge for the Norwegian resistance movement. Located near the border, the area was spied from here.
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After the last ford it is still half an hour to Unna Allakas. The rain is slowly getting better, but we are really wet. The hut in Unna Allakas compensates for a lot. It is located on a small hill with a beautiful view over the valley towards Norway! We settle in the tiny dog room, which is also the emergency room and enjoy our dinner first and afterwards the sauna!
Campsite at Hoiganjohka
Our campsite on the west bank of Hoiganjohka: there is a well protected campsite on a small plateau below the trail. Unfortunately, mosquitoes plague us here in the forest.
Day 3: Hoiganjohka - Unna Allakas
The third day: from Hoiganjohka to Unna Allakas.
We are still tired from the exhausting previous day when we set off for Unna Allakas today. It is misty at first and gets more and more cloudy until it starts to rain persistently. After several river crossings we are completely wet and looking forward to the warm hut.
STF Unna Allakas Mountain Cabin
The hut is situated beautifully. Today we sleep in real beds and enjoy the sauna extensively. In the small store we buy some food.