We timed our travels in Northern Scandinavia well with hikes on cool, dry days and driving on rainy days. As you saw, the best weather of all was when we most wanted it: for the vistas from the summit of Mt. Njullá. The weather held for the rest of the day as we hiked south on the Kungsleden, the King’s Trail, following the Abiskojåkka, the Abisko River.
Here’s a map of our route that also shows our trip up to the Njullá summit. The hike along the river was a 7 mile roundrip, turning around at the suspension bridge over the Nissunjåkka, the Nissun River.
When I stopped to take the picture, above, I also turned to look across the river and up at Njullá. If you look closely, you can just make out the cafe at the top of the chairlift in the photo below, approximately in the center of the photo:
At about 1.5 miles, we came to the Marmorbrottet, a high white rock outcropping consisting of a type of limestone rich in magnesium known as dolomite that was briefly mined here on a small scale. I’m standing on top of it in this photograph:
Because this is a national park, the trails are well marked. In the photo, above, you can actually make out three different trail markers: 1) the orange tree marker with 3 white dots for the Njakajaure, the Nature Trail; 2) the red X that marks the winter trail (probably for cross-country skiiers); and, 3) the single red mark painted on the stone to Dale’s left in the middle of the trail that marks the Kungsleden, the King’s Path. Shortly after I took this photo, the Nature Trail veered off to the left; we continued on the King’s Trail, but on our return, we took the Nature Trail back. Another 2 miles upriver, we reached the confluence of the Abiskojåkka and the Nissunjåkka and the suspension bridge that spans the latter river. Dale had been anxious to dip her toes in the river.
There is one place along the Abiskojåkka where a slight bend has caused the river to wash away the bank. Ignoring the warnings, we carefully hiked along this section for a while until we returned to the junction of the King’s Trail and the Nature Trail.
The Nature Trail turned inland and briefly uphill, at the top of which we passed several man-made trenches; I later learned that these were used by soldiers (I don’t know whose) during WWII. We continued back down the little rise, through a birch forest where the path was littered with stones and roots,…