The following day starts like the previous one ended: with good food! We can also recommend breakfast in Kvikkjokk. If you want to know what to expect in Kvikkjokk besides good food, take a look at the article about day 6 on the Kungsleden. There we have put together all the important information for you.
Our shoes are not dry even after one night in the drying room
We notice that our heavy hiking boots have not dried overnight despite standing in the drying room. By the way, I think that my boots have dried too fast here in Kvikkjokk anyway. That’s probably why I find cracks everywhere in the leather and also in the membrane underneath after the vacation. You can read more about my resulting search for new hiking boots here.
Furthermore, one of the yellow insert flaps is missing, which is supposed to allow better ventilation in Manuel’s hiking boot. It is basically a piece of foam and Manuel is worried that without this padding the shoe will press on the instep. Fortunately, these worries turn out to be unfounded. But Manuel also considers buying either a new shoe or a spare part for the missing flap. However, this decision can wait until after the vacation.
Anyway, we already planned to stay one more day in Kvikkjokk to rest from the efforts of the last days on the Kungsleden. Therefore we decide to take a walk around Kvikkjokk and give the clammy shoes as much time as possible in the drying room afterwards.
The wild Gamajåhkå river would be the perfect setting for a salmon-catching bear
First we walk up the river Gamajåhkå in bright sunshine. The huge and wild river impresses us. With the birches and spruces lining its banks and the rapids it could certainly flow in Alaska. We imagine that this is the perfect place for a salmon-catching brown bear. At the same time we ask ourselves whether there is actually a connection to the sea from here. A look at the map reveals that this should be the case, at least theoretically. Regarding the permeability of the lakes and rivers for fish, I don’t know if the salmon has a chance to get here.
Lando finds a very special trophy in a boat on the beach
After our excursion to the Gamajåhkå river we walk through the village, which consists of a few houses and the mountain station. At the parking lot behind the mountain station there are several interesting signboards informing about the culture and language of the Sami people.
Finally we end up down at the lake and spend some time there in bright sunshine. While we sit on the shore and enjoy the sun and the view, Lando tries hard to climb into one of the boats tied up on the shore. Eventually he succeeds. I was just about to get up and get him out of the boat, when he jumps down to us by himself. In his mouth he proudly carries a wet pair of men’s underpants! What a trophy! A little later we meet two Dutchmen looking for a place to camp and recommend a nice spot to them.
Tonight Manuel has reindeer fillet and I have an arctic char for dinner. We learn that “Saibling” is arctic char in English and röding in Swedish. Thereafter we enjoy the comfort of a warm shower and the sauna once more and are soon ready for our bed again! Rest days are best days summarises this day on the Kungsleden in Kvikkjokk really perfectly!