After spending about a week in the Kebnekaise area with my wife and son I will wave goodbye to them and take off on my own for a couple of weeks. I will head more or less west from Keb until I hit the Norwegian border and then follow it cross-country going north on the Swedish side until it meets the border of Finland way up north at Treriksröset (the Three Country Cairn). From there I will head west towards the setting sun and hope to dip my toe in the salty Atlantic ocean at Storfjord, not far from fabled Troms.
In 2008 I started from Hemavan again, but this time going south for another 500 kilometers, to Anjan Mountain Lodge. This leaves me with to sections left, the southernmost from Anjan to Grövelsjön and the northern one, from Nikkaluokta to Mt Pältsa and on to where the borders between Norway, Finland och Sweden meet. This is the one I will do this summer.
The plan is to stay away from trails and bridges and travel cross country as much as possible without getting stupid about it. The reasons are simple, trails tend to put me in a rut, literally and mentally and I find it much more fun to pick my way with map and compass through new country. It is also good practise for parts of the world where trails and bridges are even fewer and farther between than in Swedish Lapland.
Right now I'm way behind with gear planning for both the trip with my wife and son as well as the solo section hike. I'll get back as soon as I know more myself.
Part of being behind with my planning is due to the fact that my latest book, "Smarter Backpacking after 50" was entered in the Amazon Kindle store only a few days ago. I hope to write more about it shortly, until then you can always pop into the Kindle store where you will find it here.
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