Tours › 2010 › Anarisfjällen › Intro


Ever since returning home from Unna Allakas (or, actually, before that too), I had been of a mind to make an autumn tour in the fjelds of Jämtland. That had to be coordinated with work, however, and a fair period passed me by. But, when September was drawing to a close, in the midst of the color explosion, I managed to get a suitable number of days off, and fortunately good if somewhat chilly weather was on its way again.

As for the planned route of the tour, I aimed for Lunndörrsfjällen – an area south of the Vålådalen basin with a number of grand parallel valleys – and added a "detour" to Anaris at the start, since I had never been there before and wanted to see the place. I drew up a trek that would take me through several of these valleys, with some options if weather conditions should act up; at this point I was mostly worried about night cold, since some of the forecasts showed temperature lows close to what my equipment could handle. The cottages had closed already, so I would be on my own, and of course in the valleys in question there would be no lodgings anyway but what I carried with me. I had six days at my disposal, and the somewhat loose plan would make use of them all, but not in such a way that I needed to hurry.

It had rained heavily the day (and night) before I was to leave, and I knew that there had been some snow on Åreskutan, but I thought nothing more of it; just some powder on the peaks to contrast with the colorful vegetation. It was still raining, albeit lightly, on the morning when I left Östersund, but I expected clear weather sometime in the afternoon at the latest. I was still optimistic about what lay ahead, but things were to take a very sharp sideways turn (which is why I don't see much of a point in giving the original packing list here)...

Here, then, is the full account of what transpired during the subsequent four days. Each section has a header consisting of a short overview of the stage in question, complete with a map showing the route travelled. A ring marks the starting point, a square the lunch break location, and a star the destination. Vertical distances have been calculated from the map and have an accuracy of 20 m. All field breakfasts consisted of oatmeal porridge, tea and a sandwich, and all lunches of two cups of instant soup, a sandwich and water.



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