For Alkavare via Priest Path (6)

The elusive path towards Vássjá

After the great rösningen at Gárránisjågåsj would trail – under the General Staff of the map – remain basically due north toward Alkavare.On the way there would lake Vássjájávrátja passed and there it was about 5 kilometers. We took out the course and was aiming to begin with, just east of the point in 1082 where there is a depression in the landscape that is very natural to go against. This way I have gone twice before without seeing any signs of a rösning. The terrain is fairly studded with large and small boulders, and it should make sense with a road marking this must differ clearly from all the stones that turns toward the horizon.

About 2 kilometers after the point in 1082 we ended up – also quite naturally – at the two lakes north of minimal. No rösningar as far as the eye could see. Then began the terrain soon sit down. We went about as green dots on the map show. Last year we went much the same way in the opposite direction, but this year we held something more to the east as we approached the lake, to scout new areas. But still no road markings.Are they not? Or is it just that we have not found the right path? Went to the old path maybe even further east?

It does not feel satisfactory with a distance of three miles without a single mound findings. The mystery is still unsolved writing.

“Healthy nature and death wasteland” – some thoughts about nature

During a hike, you are occupied with many practical things, but still have time to think a lot of what you see. Nature around Vássjásjön is peaceful.Here one could wander all day and let the vast landscape to speak to one.You can drop everyday high pace and get a different perspective on their lives and the society we live in. Even in 1845 they had time to react to the landscape. So wrote the botanist NJ Andersson (who apparently had his eyes directed solely into the ground):

“(We) came up on that below Welkespoult outstretched Fjell field Karraneskoppi, genomvattnadt of a number TUMBLE streams. It was a magnificent spectacle. To the right stood a variety Fjell lace, stripped of vast snowfields and newly fallen snow; the far south sprouted the stately Staika up from the valley, lush and beautiful through the development by the Tarrajock. It was a strange union of healthy nature and death wasteland. on Karraneskoppis sterile isbrända field collected Wahlberg Ella APET ., Camp. uniflora and Gnaphalium carpathicum , who profusely probably occurred here and there . ”

Here mentioned landscape areas whose name is not on our modern Mountain Map. Karraneskoppi should be the same as the western slope of Låptåtjåhkkå. Welkespuolt is mentioned on the official map and the area is on the west slope of Vássjábergen.

What priests such as Jonas Nensén, who traveled here four years ago, thinking is not as easy to know. His notes were extremely brief. But here and there, he got into some subjective judgments. He wrote about this area:

  1. Wassjas plain – beautiful flat in the waste rock Wassja, where other camp site at a creek shore and source, this open view, just next to the south of, the little lake Wassja.
  2. Beautiful valleys uppföre and performing surrounded by small mountains.