In the morning I feel well rested but my feet hurt pretty bad. The many boulder areas and the gravel road on the way to Sitas have hurt them quite a bit the day before. Even Lando just looks at us from sleepy eyes. It takes some persuasion to convince Manuel that Lando and I can’t and don’t want to continue walking today.
Today we enjoy the sun in Sitas
We decide to take a rest day and wash ourselves and our laundry. Directly in front of our cabin flows a small river where you can wash perfectly. With the warm sunshine it is also not so bad to dip your head into the cold water to wash the hair. And it feels really good to have freshly washed hair again. We hang the laundry directly in the current to rinse everything thoroughly. In addition, a pleasant wind blows, which dries everything quite quickly thereafter.
DNT Cabin Sitas
Sitashytta is located directly on the Sitasjaure. There is a boat with which you can go out on the lake. But be careful, the weather here changes quickly and in windy conditions there is a risk of drifting off. Since the Sitas cabin is located on a road, cyclists and cars are passing by from time to time.
Beds: 8 in three cabins according to DNT homepage
Electricity: yes, 12V, in the big cabin there is a USB socket
Payment: afterwards by Paypal or bank transfer
Key: DNT key
More information: ut.no (Norwegian only)
We say goodbye to our German fellow hikers
The three Germans, we have met several times now, say goodbye around noon. They get off at this point, as they don’t feel capable of continuing the trail. Against our advice they walk towards the road in Sør-Skjomdalen. We don’t know if this was the right decision, because the recommended exit direction is to Fjellbu. There is supposed to be a bus connection there as well.
That’s how quickly we find new fellow hikers
Towards afternoon the Danish hiker Kathrin arrives, who hikes Norway lengthwise (Norge på langs). She started already several weeks ago at the Nordkapp and is now walking further and further towards the south. We learn that she will walk the same way as us in the next few days, but probably a little faster, because she is about to run out of food.
In the evening, we also check our supplies and find that, unlike Kathrin, we still have enough food left. Unfortunately, it is not enough to give her something. However, with this knowledge we can continue towards Paurohytta with a safe feeling tomorrow. The distance of 24 kilometers is quite long again and gives me a lot of respect. However, about halfway along the route there is the tiny Baugebua cabin. We consider to spend the night there, in case we should realise on the way there that we won’t make it to Pauro.