We have three more days, and we want to walk to Hellemobotn
and then back to Vaisaluokta. We decide to walk to Nordkalottleden, set
our tent and then make an excursion for the day to Hellemobotn. Tomorrow
do we walk towards Vaisaluokta on Nordalottleden. We do not want to be
in a hurry, the schedule seems good. The slope down to the trail has many
small grooves. After a while does It become more flat and we reach a moor
with dwarf birches. Something is humming. It is not mosquitos, but ...
WASPS! My friend has stirred them, and they think I'm the guilty. I feel
a sudden pain in my right calf. Looking down do I see wasp looking angrily
at me. I whisk away the wasp and escape. We stop at a brook where I cool
down the wasp sting. I hope have not become allergic, and continue. A four
meter vertical slope block our way. It stretch far up the mountain side
and down to the jåhk. Here we can not climb down, but nearby the
jåhk does it seem as if the rock has crashed down, and it is indeed
possible to climb down. The remaining part to the bridge over Suollagajåhkå
is easy. We rise the tent, pack the daytour rucksacks and we start the
walk to Hellemobotn.
The trail pass through moors, pass a few lakes and dry marshes. A half
a meter wide brook is a meter deep, one has to jump over it. The landscape
change character, to be more flat rocks. At the border to Norway, a sign
show where it is, is again there a moor between two lakes. The mountains
behind Hellemobotn is visible at the horizon. The mountains around us have
no vegetation. Steep rocks forces the trail to pass a narrow part of a
lake, it is not deep, and stones are there to walk on. We come to a rocky
landscape, which can be slippery and difficult to navigate in bad weather.
The orange colour or the T that are painted on stones to mark the trail,
are not always easy to see. It is a magnificient scenery, the bare mountain
Coruk is enormous. The descend to Hellemobotn start, the gorge with several
hundred neters vertical walls are scaring. The trail keeps away from it.
It is hot, and we start to get thirsty. We reach the birch forest, in which
there is a brook and we can drink and eat blueberries. Where the
forest end do we stop, it is two in the afternoon and time for lunch. We
have marvellous view of Hellemobotn. Birches and pines makes the piece
of art complete. In the book 'Hitchhikers guide to the galaxy' was Norway
constructed by Slartibartfast. He was very proud of it, and got a price.
This I understand.
When we are happy with what we have seen do we return. Now
it is uphill. One see the landscape from a different view when walking
in the other direction. Steep slopes seems to fall down on you. We leave
the track and climb up on a small rock to get a view of the canyon. One
should not slip, nothing will stop the fall before one reach the bottom.
When the dizziness become to strong for me, do we return to the track.
We let a stone down into a narrow crack in the rock. It takes a long time
before we hear it reach the bottom. The rock we are standing on will some
time in the future slide down into the canyon. An upside down staircase
rise several hundred meter up. I refuse my friends suggestion to walk up
on it, so he can get a picture of it. We pass the flat rocks, the lakes,
and we are back in Sweden. When we are almost at our tent do we meet a
single man. Dressed only in boots, rucksack, and minimal underwear. It
is hot, and the evening in the jåhk is refreshing. Today is our restaurant
on a rock, with the sound of streaming water as background music, and the
sunset is our dessert.