Sometimes it's better to be lucky than good. I'd like to say that we looked at the weather forecast in advance and checked the wind predictions very carefully. But we didn't. We looked at the terrain and thought a lot about where we would like to start and finish and examined the BD 6 map very carefully. We even took a close look at the Kungsleden guide book by Claes Grundsten (must have resource) and considered his recommendation which is to hike North to South going from Abisko to Nikkaluokta. In the end, we decided to hike the same direction as the Fjällräven Classic, a group hike which starts in Nikkaluokta and goes North to Abisko. Today would remind us that we would be lucky in that decision. The wind continued to blow very hard, at least 30mph but thankfully for us, it was out of the South and at our backs. We passed a lot of hikers going very very slowly into the wind. You could see the effort and the struggle on their faces. Hard going so we were feeling lucky to have the wind going with us which would be very important for the next two days.
In fact the wind was blowing so hard that the hike from Tjäktja to Aleasjauore was the only day on the entire trek that I did not take a picture along the hike. There were just no areas to escape the wind and so no way to take photos in a wind that was even difficult to stand in! But, I was up early around 5:30am or so and broke camp in order to take some photos around Tjäktja. There were some waterfalls that were down in small valleys that allowed some quick photos. The terrain is rocky and kind of rolling as you head toward Alesjaure. The hike was fun actually even though there was some fierce Arctic wind blowing. Our breaks were much shorter and we enjoyed seeing several groups of reindeer along the way. We arrived at Alesjaure around 2pm and this was another nice spot to camp and hang out in the cabins with the heavy weather blowing around outside. Alesjaure has a nice kiosk for food and supplies and some nice areas to camp near the cabins. Here the cabins are situated on a ridge that sits above the lake which is really beautiful. But, this location really serves as a wind tunnel. Fortunately I found a nice spot below the ridge and pitched the tent literally under some shrubs to just get out of the heavy winds.
In the end it was another day of fantastic hiking. Although we had some rain and wind, we had a blast in just being out in such a wild and beautiful place. There were some funny times in the group kitchen area with the Danish hikers. Since my buddy Gunnar is Swedish there are some natural jokes to exchange and so we enjoyed their company for the evening. All in all, high times. Better to be lucky than good...
Start Time: 9:30am
Finish Time: 2:00pm