We sleep long and dawdle after the exhausting previous day, when we walked over the highest point of Kungsleden. It is slightly raining again and also quite windy. In this weather we lack the motivation to start walking towards the Singi hut. During breakfast we are finding a little protection from the weather in the kitchen of the hut. Finally I put my hiking pants over my leggings and decide to leave my warm sleeping socks on. At around noon we don’t have any more excuses to stay so we set off slowly.
Familiar faces on the way to Singi
Singi is not far away – today have a 12 kilometer walk to the next hut. Well wrapped up in our rain gear we start walking and make good progress. By now we have made some trail friends. We leave our fellow hikers behind us, well knowing that we will meet again in the evening at the hut in Singi.
After a little more than half of the way we stop at the shelter on the trailside. When we arrive we find it empty. During our lunch break it starts raining really hard, which makes us stay there for more than an hour, literally sitting out the weather. Thereby hikers come in for a short break and leave again soon. How you can willingly expose yourself to this weather is a mystery to us. Even a group of trail runners only take a short break. They apparently still have a tight program to complete.
Tonight it is supposed to get really stormy
For the last part to Singi it has stopped raining, but it is now becoming increasingly windy. The storm that caused us to hike the double stage yesterday is expected for the night. That’s probably why most of the hikers around Singi are meeting at the hut tonight. Hardly anyone wants to sleep outside in the tent and we also hope for a place inside. But now the fact that we didn’t get off in the morning is taking its toll! We don’t arrive at the hut until about 6:30 pm and unfortunately all beds are already taken. The friendly hut manager thinks for a moment and offers us to stay the night in the garbage room together with two of our trail companions – Anika and Martin. We hear the wind whistling around us on the outside. Then we don’t have to think long: we gladly accept the offer and set up our camp there.
STF Cabin Singi
The valleys Ladtjovagge and Tjäktjavagge meet at the cabin in Singi. From here you can continue your hike in all directions: to Kebnekaise in the east, Vakkotavare in the south, Hukejaure in the west and Abisko in the north.
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In the common room we meet a group of Italians who belong to a guided tour group. They want to move on towards Kebnekaise, but have very little hope of climbing Sweden’s highest mountain. The weather forecast is simply too bad for the next days. Nevertheless their mood is excellent and they cook a huge portion of tortellini with carbonara sauce, which they generously share with us.
STF Sälka Fjällstuga
Day 5: Sälka - Singi
The stage between Sälka and Singi is short and has no significant ascents. However, after the difficult and long section the day before as wells as the wet grey weather today, the outlook for an easy hike is just what we need.