Sarek 1997
Ritsem - Kallaktjåkkå - Vakkotavare, 40 km

Day1: 16 July, Ritsem - Raivojåkkå, 20 km

We start early in the morning, after having spent the night at Ritsem youth hostel. We follow the gravelled road towards Sitasjaure north of Ritsem. There is a track to Sitasjaure, but we miss it. We do not care to return, it is faster to walk on the road, though more boring. The sun rise on the sky, the day get warm. Shorts is a must. The road is through a nice mountain birch forest, to the east is the brook Ritjemjåkk finding its way down to Akkajaure. Akka itself is seen above the trees. Within short do we get up to the bare mountain region, passing  a number of small lakes. In one of them is a large piece of ice navigating, looks like an aircraft carrier. At the highest point, after the lake Ritjemjauratjah, do leave the road and take east up the slope towards Jårmejaure, a height difference of 600 meters. The western end of Kallaktjåkkå mountain area. This was once planned to be a downhill skiing resort, the plans were never realised. The weather and view are nice, the slope is gentle, covered with grass and dwarf birch. Minor areas with osier at the lake. We pass a large area with buttercops, beautiful! In the northwest is the lake Autajaure seen.

Further up do we encounter large snow fields, it would be possible to ski today. Jårmejaure is still frozen, the lake is at 1100m. But it is difficult to say where the lake is. Snow, ice and water mix. We keep south of the lake, at least do we think so. Might be that we walk straight trough it, it is not very large and there is water running away everywhere. It murmur from all directions. Ahead of us is the hill Raivotjåkkå(1405) seen. From here is the mountains of Sarek seen for the first time. To the left do we have Kallaktjåkkå(1810). We walk as much as possible on the snow, simpler than on the stony ground. At the highest point have the sun got access, there is no snow. Among the stones have the white flower "Isranunkeln" found a warm place to live at. We keep north of the small lake between Raivotjåkkå and Kallaktjåkkå, in order to avoid the brook from the lake, Raivojåkkå. This lake has as well not yet given up the ice. In a valley below the peak of Kallaktjåkkå is a small glacier,  which we have a look at. A quick look , then it is time to find a good place for the tent. We walk along Raivojåkkå, we want to find place with no water and snow. The best place is where Raivojåkkå falls down towards Akkajaure. Here is it dry. The edge of the brook is covered with thick snow, except at one place, which becomes our beach. Our private restaurant has a fantastic view of Sarek, the mountains are red in the midnigt sun.

Day2: 17 July, Raivojåkkå - Vakkotavare, 20 km

It is even warmer today, must be more than 20 degrees. Have never had such a fantastic weather at any Sarek tour before, of course we are not in Sarek. I have to get a bus at Vakkotavare to Ritsem at 18.50, so we have not much time to admire the view of Sarek. We leave our dry place, it is slightly higher than the surroundings. The ground is wet because of the melting snow. As much as we can, do we continue to walk on the snow fields.These are now interleaved with areas with grass and buttercops.  The spring has come, the summer is announced. At one place is it all yellow, a beautiful scenery with Akka in the background. We keep the height at 1000m towards the top of the small hill without a name. On the map does it say 1054 meter above sea level. A heap of stones mark the top of it.  The heap needs to be repaired. We make an effort, now it looks better. We should have brought the ski. On the slope eastward down from the hill is a several kilometer long snow field, all the way to the small lake in the valley north of the hill.

In the east are the mountains of Nieras. My friend will stay and visit them, I have to go back home. The lake is down in a valley, the sun have not yet managed to melt all the snow and ice. The brook from it is shallow, though it carries much water. No problem in getting to the other side. It has the name Lapsejåkkå. After the lake are there fewer and smaller snow fields as we get to lower altitudes.  We have a pause on the meadows at the  riverside of Lapsejåkkå. It is time to say goodbye to my friend. He will stay here for the night and tomorrow continue up to Nieras, I have to hurry down to Vakkotavare.  Kungsleden pass by a few kilometers away, and I walk on the meadows towards it. Crossing a few brooks, of which one is deep. Make a detour to avoid it. I soon  reach the track, which I follow south down to the hut at Vakkotavare. The track downwards goes through a birch forest and is very steep,  it must be very slippery when it rains. Today is it sunshine, and I can enjoy the far reaching view. Beside the track do brook stumble along down the slope. The last part do I have to run, there is only one bus. Finally I reach the hut, just before the bus arrives.

Home: , - , km

I have to go home earlier than what was planned. That is why I left my friend alone, but he will manage himself though it seems to become a thunderstorm during the day. When I look towards west from Gällivare, can I see the typical thunderstorm cloud to build up. My friend told me later that it was not that bad, and he had a nice tour up on Nieras. When I open the door at my home do the cat look surprised at me, already back? She is happy but puzzled. I did not expect you already but it makes me happy, she say.

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