Over night it has started raining. The mountain tops surrounding us are covered with the first fresh snow of the year. We have a quick breakfast and pack up our stuff to get moving, because today we finally want to reach Alesjaure.
Louie is doing a little yoga every morning while his bags are being put on
One of my highlights of the day follows as we put on the dogs’ bags. Louie sometimes is really not the brightest guy: each time you put the bags on him, he attempts to get at the food stored in them. For this purpose he makes artistic stretches with his neck, but he is of course never successful!
On the way to Alesjaure Kungsleden is quite crowded
From the spot where we slept we are already able to see the lake land before Alesjaure in the distance. Today we descend a couple of meters in altitude and then walk along the lakes for the rest of the day. Almost the whole trail is prepared with wooden planks. The helicopter, which flies back and forth between the huts to pick up or bring people there, constantly hums above us in the sky. This stretch of the Kungsleden is really quite busy. I can hardly find a location to relieve myself on the side, because there are always people in front and behind us.
The Alesjaure hut is already completely full in the afternoon
After about six hours we reach the Alesjaure hut in the afternoon. The hut keeper is relievedto hear that we have tents with us, as his hut is already hopelessly overcrowded at this early time. The lounge of the main house, where you can usually enjoy a warm cocoa, is transformed into a mattress camp just as we arrive. Therefore, we quickly pay our fee for camping and then look for a nice place to camp. A little below the helicopter landing pad we find one and set up our tents. We have a great view of the lake from our tents, slightly elevated above the Alesjaure.
STF Alesjaure mountain station
Alesjaure is the largest STF mountain station. It is located on a hill with a great view of lake Alesjaure. A larger café/small restaurant offers simple food and a large lounge.
Payment: Cash or credit card
Further information: small café, swedishtouristassociation.com
Alesjaure offers a sauna, shopping and even a small restaurant
Before dinner Alexander visits the shop and refills his snack supplies. After we have cooked and eaten, we get ready for the sauna. But first we need to Donnerstag some work: Sawing birch trunks into small pieces – without electricity of course – and then chopping them into pieces, suitable for the sauna fireplace, further increases our anticipation for the sauna.
When Katharina comes back to her tent from chopping wood, an unpleasant surprise awaits her. Due to all the activity at the hut she had left Lando in her tent. However, Lando was apparently not happy with this at all and in his attempt to get out he ripped apart the fly screen. Without further ado we decide to take Lando to the sauna. In front of the house we tie him up. Meanwhile the temperatures have fallen to about zero degrees and it is raining. I would prefer the tent in this weather conditions. But what can I say: Lando now looks clearly more satisfied and enjoys being cuddled by the people who come out of the sauna in regular intervals…
Shoulder to shoulder in the sauna
Then we finally hit to the sauna. Even here, it is overcrowded. Before we can enter the sauna we have to wait in a queue until it is our turn. Inside we sit like sardines. And the hut keeper right in the middle of it. But regardless of the cramped conditions: the warmth feels really good and the conversation with the other hikers is always interesting. In addition, a sauna also offers the possibility to wash ourselves with warm water afterwards. And even if we are only three days without a shower, we take every opportunity out here!
Campsite at Gárddenvárri
Day 3: Gárddenvárri - Alesjaure
From our campsite we climb up about 50 more meters before we descend to the shore of the Rádujávri. The descent is easy and the trail always follows the shore of the long lake. After about half of the distance the Rádujávri becomes the Alisjávri, which we hardly notice. On the southern shore lies our destination for the day, the Alesjaure Fjällstuga.