For Alkavare via Priest Path (1)

With the previous blog article, it may seem that the mystery of the Divine Path north of Vássjájávrátja became loose. But if I should be a little bit self-critical, I’m not sure.

I quoted in the article how the botanist Andersson described his journey and his plant hunting for the night camp at Vássjájávrátja: “The third day was our hike at the beginning upföre Wassjakullarnas Nedra afsatser, where Gnap. carpathicum and Wahlberg Ella thrived, on a field that, naked and intersected by a number of sterile sand hills, stretching 2 mil forward. In the south, raised Kirkivaara its twin, icy domes, Alas Along with masses of snow obscuring Wirihjaur to our eyes … ”

Diana and I was not the same speed as Andersson’s company that we needed a fourth night camp. It was a few kilometers north of Vássjá Lake, more than a thousand meters level and not so far from the reindeer fence.

Our tent site with views north over Padjelanta flat heath. Photo taken in the evening.

The map shows the blue dots how to go about it is rösningarna north of Vássjájávrátja – and we went almost exactly so. Our night camp we had where cracking has a “jerk” and turn slightly to the left, down the slope towards Padjelanta limit. The green dots are the way that I first had thought that we would go the previous day, but Ole Dahl Greens rösning got us on the “right track” (see previous article) with the blue dot no. Apparently, the General Staff of the map failed to draw the path rösningarna directs. One may wonder if it even was the intention that it would.

Because Diana and I were rösningar roughly along the green dots last year (without finding any) it looks like Priest trail then follows the blue.But when it comes to Andersson’s journey, I have begun to doubt that it was the path he followed. For the continuation of his text reads: “… on a field, who, naked and intersected by a number of sterile sand hills, stretching 2 mil forward.” What’s the field he talking about? It does not sound like he followed rösningarna up the slope to our tent site. For rösningarna does not lead to a field, the lead up to the crest of a plateau and then down again. No, I get the impression that he keeps level – the green dots show – and arrive at the flat moor area that rises very small in height and continues into the Padjelanta.

A rösning the side?

As if this were not enough. There’s another factor, too. Ole Dahl Green found not only a rösning 2013, but three . Two of them were on my map in the preceding article, VS15-02-R and VS15-03-R. But he found another, north of the reindeer fence in the area on the map above as I circled in red. I have no coordinates on it (not Ole either) but photos, I can see that there must be an old rösning.

One wonders why there is a rösning there. Is it a kind of “connection” to the Divine Path from Njoatsosvágge? Or is it the Divine Path that actually took the road before then headed down towards Padjelanta limit? Or – which is the most worrying question – marks rösningarna north of Vássjájávrátja not Divine Path, but a completely different path, so to say “turn on” down at Vássjájávrátja (in other words, can the General Staff of the map, after all, have the right to their marking of the trail )?

To look for Priest path is perhaps a never-ending-story. After all, I find taking questions do not end. For each question answered will just someone new. But I agree it is likely that rösningarna actually marks the right path Priest. General Staff map shows the not parallel paths in the vicinity, but just one. But more research seems to be needed, there may be additional road markings.