For Alkavare via Priest Path (5)

A curious detail about the following rösningen NG15-02-R is that I recently discovered it on a photo I took already in 2013. Then I passed no more than a hundred meters to the east of it. It is not very easy to see from that direction, and even if you see it you do not think that there is a road marking.

After these new findings, it was just a little bit left to one of last year’s most amazing rösningar (NG14-12-R). At that discovery I had a lot of help to study more and try to interpret the General Staff of the map.

NG14-12-R is a fine road marking, about 70-80 cm in diameter. Heavily lavbeväxt and old. The top layer consists of carefully placed quartz stones. On them grow barely any lav. Rösningen clearly visible from afar because of the bright top. Kierkevare mountain in the background.

Map of the area between Buojdes and Gárránisjågåsj. The blue dot not agree well with the general staff of the map marked the trail to Alkavare chapel. The green dot is not my approximate assessment of present-day hikers usually goes. Apparently, we end where up to several hundred meters from the old Priest trail. It is therefore not surprising that, for example, the fine rösningen NG14-12-R is unknown among hikers. Or that the stone, which I think is Priest’s stone is so hard to find.

After a short lunch we continued now against the stone, which I believe is the General Staff of the map Prestemanssten. It was an outside friend, Lars Hedegaard Larsen, who rediscovered it in 2013 and proposed it as a candidate. Any other stone in the neighborhood that would fit better to the old map’s mark, I do not exist. The stone is marked yellow on my map (see above) and denoted by “stone”.

The stone is about 2.5 meters high on its west side (facing the photographer), making it easily visible from that direction. Scout the other hand, from the east, that is from the green dotted hiking trail, is visible on almost all. A lot of snow around the stone for years. It is likely that the priest’s stone marked a trail arbitration where the path turned off to the west towards the Tarraluoppal (marked with purple dots on my map above) and another (Priest trail) continued north toward Vássjájávrátja. The purple dot not belong to the so-called “Linnaeus’s route” from Kvikkjokk, the road you think Linnaeus traveled on their journey 1732nd

If instead you would Alkavare chapel could be something right up against a visible rösning who worked as road markings (and perhaps also marked a ford over Gárránisjågåsj).

When we had come this far on our journey, we were witnesses to a hunt.A ptarmigan with several cubs attacked by a skua. A little kid – already fledged – came from the other and got labs behind. I thought it would be a chance. The lab dived to the ground several times and did not give up.But finally, the attacks stopped, but it caught the kid.

The signature Jober on the outside found this old rösning next Gárránisjågåsj. Well visible. There is no doubt that it is very old. From Priest Onboard The time, or perhaps even older?

Now it became so our group decided to split up. Diana and my companions, that the father and his daughter, wanted to go down to Tarraluoppalstugorna as low 2½ km from us. The two had made an effort to fight the tough terrain and changing weather the past few days.Now they felt the need to take it easier. We said goodbye and parted.Diana and I went on our own journey towards Alkavare chapel, where we hoped to arrive in the afternoon the next day.