Where to next?

West along the Padjetantaleden

Recently I was asked by a fellow blogger “Where are you headed this year, now that the Nordkalottleden is done?” A question I have been considering for a while. My criteria for this summer are;

1. Lapland or thereabouts
2. About 3 weeks in time
3. Preferably with resupply options
4. A night train to the beginning of the walk, I find the night train is a good way to slow down and begin to enjoy the journey.

With these criteria established I begun to consider options, there are plenty. However, I then realised that I would like to complete the Padjelantaleden (having covered part of it 2 years ago) and I would like to visit Sulitjelma in Norway, so a plan began to come together.

Currently I am contemplating travelling to Kvikkjokk and from there head west to Staloluokta Stugorna on the Padjelantaleden, then head south along the Nordkalottleden to Sulitjelma.

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The next part of the route was inspired by Mark at OneSwedishSummer with further insights provided by Jörgen at Fjäderlätt and involves heading south east to Hemavan via Vuoggatjålme with the option of returning to Kvikkjokk by via the Kungsleden.  This plan has a couple of benefits, including being able to resupply in Sulitjelma and the possibility of a food drop in Vuoggatjålme.  

The tyvek Calazo maps have arrived, so the planning is well underway, and as with any planning, it will evolve.

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Of course there is always section hiking the E1, which will probably occupy most of my free time for many years to come.

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6 Responses to Where to next?

  1. Mark Waring says:

    Joe, I keep a keen eye on both Swedish and Norwegian mapping. I don't believe in Norway there is an equivalent to Calazo having access to the state survey of Lantmateriet so it's as you were really there. I think once the map is in a map case the protection of Tyvek is irrelevant, but what's great about Calazo is that really you are getting two to three Lantmateriet maps for the price of one – it's a real bonus and a step forward by Sweden sharing their survey with private entities. They are nice maps.Good luck to Roger in tying up the loose ends of the K'kalotleden. It's quite an achievement!

  2. Mark Waring says:

    Roger, is the mid photo of this series Lake Virihaure and Staloluokata? Mark

  3. nielsenbrown says:

    Yes it is Mark, well spotted.

  4. nielsenbrown says:

    Hi Joe, I concur with Mark I am not aware of any. I am thinking that Calazo, could be a first in Europe.

  5. Mark Roberts says:

    Good options, Roger. Do keep me informed of the final plan as I might tag along for a bit if time permits (and if you don't mind).My Sarek trip is likely to be September, so I imagine that will be too late for you.Those Calazo maps are very good. Why nobody has done that before I have no idea. Great value for money too (or at lease mine were – I got them on sale in the Haglofs Outlet Store in Haparanda).They snow has started to melt up here so that's good news!

  6. nielsenbrown says:

    Thanks Mark, yeah September is the time I would love to be in Sarek, but sadly I have another commitment, I always happy to spend quality hiking time with you, so lets keep in touch. The snow went here and then came back and is now melting again.

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