Despite the good weather yesterday evening, did it rain the whole night. Just
in time, when we are ready to start the day, do the sun break through the
clouds. It will be one more warm day. We follow the brook
Kuoperjåkkå upstream, until we reach the place
where it splits into two parts, one from Alkavagge, the other from
Koupervagge. We ford the latter, aiming for Alkavagge. Sitting in the sun on the
other side, can we study a company that tries to jump from stone to stone
across the brook. It might be Possible most days, but not today after the rainy night. They finally
realise that they must ford it. Unfortunately do they not have proper shoes
to ford with, they have to cross barefooted. This can not be comfortable,
with all the stones in the brook.
We leave them, and we walk up the slope into Alkavagge. A pleasant wind is blowing, keeping the
any mosquito away that might be here. The first part of Alkavagge is very
comfortable to walk in, it is like a large football ground.
After the grounds do we find a well used track.
Further in, after passing the mouth of Neitarieppevagge (from
where we came 1982), does it get worse.
On the slope towards the lake Alkajaure is it much of osier and mud. It doesn't help to get
further up, the osier climbs high up on the slope. We console ourselves by the
view of Alkajaure. The wind disappear and the mosquitos attack.
An almost visible track leads to Alkavare chapel, built 1788,
and still occasionally used (restored 1960). Here was a silver mining
area in the seventeenth century. The nearby brook Kainaijåkåtj is in a deep
canyon, and is difficult to ford this high up. The best place is where it flows
into the river Mielätno. It is getting late, and we feel tired. When reaching Mielätno
is it time to think of food and sleep. After the bath in the brook, is a
delicious meal served: ham and mashed turnips. We can hear a rowing boat on
the lake. We have met several hikers today, otherwise a rare event. The spirit of the water makes us
to fall asleep. It starts to rain.