After the unsuccessful attempt to have breakfast outside, we lose the battle against the mosquitoes this morning and end up in the tent to eat our food. A little later everything is packed and how could it be any other way, we continue in great weather towards the DNT hut Røysvatn.
You can rely on the Swedish bridges – so we thought
At first we walk along the lake. Slightly uphill and downhill and with very bad markings we continue along the lake shore. At the end of the lake a Sámi family has set up their camp. From our conversation the day before with another Sámi family we learned that currently the reindeer are being herded together.
Besides the Sami family, a Swedish bridge, consisting of two halves, is also waiting for us at the end of the lake. With its red paint and the high bridge portals it reminds us of the Golden Gate Bridge. Unfortunately, the second part must have broken, because it lies on the shore in the meadow. The bridge ends in the middle of the river in the water. Nevertheless, we get away with fairly dry feet, because the river is quite shallow at this point.
We are now almost halfway on today’s stage. A small climb now lies ahead of us. Therefore, we decide to refresh ourselves first and take a lunch break for an hour.
The second half of our stage to Røysvatn is more difficult
Quite challenging terrain follows, also here the trail markings are very difficult to find and most of the time we walk cross-country. The comparison with the GPS costs us time over and over again. At the end of the lake shortly before Røysvatn there is another ascent through a saddle. The terrain is impassable and we see threatening big snowfields in front of us. One of them has a break-off edge of several meters height and we hope that we do not have to cross this.
For a while we walk below this snowfield until Manuel believes to have discovered a marker above. I am so horrified that I walk a little further, hoping to find another way. Under no circumstances do I want to climb this scary looking snowfield! And indeed I find a trail marking that leads past the snowfield.
The most beautiful cabin on our trekking tour: Røysvatn
In front of us, as if out of nowhere, lies the lake Bjørnvatnet, which is still partially covered with a layer of ice. As we walk a few steps further, we suddenly see the cabin Røysvatn in front of us. How beautifully it is situated! I like this cabin best of all Norwegian cabins. We are lucky and are the first to arrive here today. Therefore we can choose a place to sleep. We decide for the small hut directly at the lake.
DNT Cabin Røysvatn
Røysvatn cabin has a sauna! Absolutely great! You have to take care of the firing yourself and also chop the wood, but it’s worth it! To stay overnight I recommend the small cabin, which has large windows overlooking the lake.
Beds: 12 in two cabins
Payment: afterwards by Paypal or bank transfer
Key: DNT key
More information: ut.no (Norwegian only)
That evening, no one else arrives, so we enjoy the great sauna all alone. Kudos also to the hiker who, according to the hut book, has taken a break here for the last three days and chopped the entire wood supply out of boredom! And so it takes only a few minutes until the stove in the sauna is running and exudes cozy warmth. How wonderful it is to be able to wash ourselves extensively after eight days of hiking and even with warm water!
Lando has injured his paw
Lando, on the other hand, is not doing so well. He got a abrasion on his paw that day. Actually, nothing bad, when walking it is not noticeable. To be on the safe side, we treat the paw with some iodine ointment and put a bandage over it. We don’t want anything to get infected. If Lando didn’t notice anything before, he suddenly seems to suffer endlessly with the bandage. His ears droop and he can hardly walk. Oh, poor guy!
At the northern end of Skuogejávvre, the terrain is flat and there are also many campsites a short distance off the trail. However, we are quickly attacked by a myriad of mosquitoes, so we quickly take shelter in the tent.
Day 11: Skuogejávrre - Røysvatnhytta
The second part of our way to Røysvatnhytta is partly poorly marked, so we have to find our own way. But this was easily doable for us. On the south shore of Skuogejávrre a bridge helps to cross the outlet of the lake. In 2019, this bridge was half destroyed, but a crossing was still well possible. The closer we got to the hut, the more snowfields there were to cross as the altitude increased, even in August. The Røysvatnhytta rewards all efforts, however, with its great location and a sauna.
Røysvatn Hytta is located between the two lakes Røysvatnet and Bjørnvatnet and is the most beautiful cabin in Norway that we know so far! It is well equipped and even has a sauna. North of the cabin is the prominent mountain Bjørntoppen (1500m).