HIKING TRAILS SWEDEN, Jamtland

From hut to hut

A circular walk, four sections, through the outstanding landscape of Jämtland, in Sweden central, near the border between Sweden and Norway. This hiking area is for a walker who doesn't opt for guaranteed good, warm, weather, a must! Silence, endless views, extensive unspoiled nature. Possibly one of the last wilderness areas in Europe.
Getting there: the ferry crossing from Kiel (Germany) to Gothenburg (Sweden), at night, and then 850 km. to the north, direction Ostersund in Jämtland. From here westward to Ostra Väladälen. Or: a flight to Stockholm, a  domestic flight to Ostersund and from here the busses to Ostra Väladälen. In the middle of “the total nothing”. (See for busses from Stockholm airport-Ostra Väladälen also the timetable)
Accommodation: the huts (cabins) on trail. It is advisable to become a member of the Swedish Mountaineering Association, or the Svenska Turistföreningen, STF, - the Swedish Tourist Association - on your first stay in  the hut of Ostra Väladälen.  
Maps: Lantmäteriets Fjällkarta, Z7, scale 1:100.000, Are Välädalen.

Day 1: Ostra Väladälen - Välästugorna……………………………………………………….….20km.
Ascending for about 500m. The first hours,unavoidably, through a wooded area.
Arriving at 800-900m., beyond the tree line, the views at the mountains, the lakes, the flora and fauna are breath-taking! At the end of the afternoon, after walking 3 km. per hour, you arrive at the second hut.
Walking on a “bumpy path”, but well marked. The hut is, like all, simple but good. You can buy there
pastas, mashed potatoes, canned meet. The huts are quiet, water from the well or river. Simple four person huts.

Day 2: Välästugorna - Gäsen……………………………………………………………….…….16km.
The path is a little bit more difficult, but doable. You have to cross little, fast flowing, rivers. One of them is about 10m.wide. Depending on the weather, inquire at the hut how the conditions are. A gently rising path. Total walking time: about 7 hours.

Day 3: Gäsen - Stensdalsstugorna (Stensdalen)………………………………...………………...16km.
An easy trail…..descending  from about 1200m. to 800m. Because of a fire in 2011 they are rebuilding Stensdalsstugorna at this moment (2013).. Next year it will be ready.

Day 4: Stensdalsstugorna - Ostra Väladälen..………………………………………………….....13 km.
Descending through a wooded area. From about 800m.to 500m. Easy to walk.

More on trail: crystal clear lakes, vast landscapes, fast flowing  mountain creeks, the moose and many other species, special fauna………...the impressive silence……...as said: the total nothing.

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