It didn't take long to find ourselves lost in the expansive river valley known as Tjäktjavagge. I would have to say the the views and the valley between Sälka and the Tjäktja pass would be some of the most scenic areas of the entire hike between Nikkaloukta and Abisko. We stopped for an afternoon snack before making the half hour climb up the Tjäktja pass and we could see small groups of reindeer in the valley. At the top of the pass, there is a hut to take shelter if needed and also a guest book which we signed and marveled a bit at the home countries of other recent trekkers.
Down the pass, on the North side, the terrain became really different. Solid rocks as far as you could see. Almost like a moonscape with some river strands running through it. And then the weather turned a bit rough. The wind picked up and a nice icy cold Arctic rain began to fall. But from the pass to the cabins was only about 4K so our time out in a little rougher weather wasn't that long. But, once we did arrive at the cabins the wind was blowing pretty fierce, maybe 30mph + which makes pitching a tent a little tricky at best. I found a nice ridge to pitch the tent just out of the howling wind but it was on a pretty severe incline. After securing the tent with stakes, it was pretty easy to find some small boulders to help keep the tent from blowing away. Something I especially wanted to avoid with me in it!
I remember it was a really fun night hanging out in the cabins at Tjäktja. There were trekkers from Ireland (Rob), Austria, Israel, Sweden, and the UK. We all gathered around a large table and just swapped adventures. High times with good people. Just doesn't get any better.