Sylarna, Helags
& Vålådalen

Sweden
25th of July - 3rd of August, 2012

A hike in the southern part of the Swedish mountains.


Day 1: Enafors - Snasahögarna - Ulvåtjärn shelter

 

Reindeers on Snasahögarna

 
 

Day 2: Ulvåtjärn shelter - Sylarna hut

 

Camping above the Sylarna hut, with a view of the Sylarna massif

 
 

Day 3: Climbing Sylarna

 

Climbing Sylarna

 
 

The highest peak Storsylen 1762 m

 
 

A lake below the peak

 
 

The black dots are a group of reindeers.
They gather on the snow to escape the mosquitos.

 
 

The Ekorrdörren shelter

 
 

Day 4: Ekorrdörren - Helags hut

 

 

 
 

Probably killed by a predator, perhaps a wolverine (järv) or bear.

 
 

Protected from rain and mosquitos

 
 

Day 5: Climbing Helags

 

Climbing the Helags peak (1797 m)

 
 

The Helags glacier is the southernmost located glacier in Sweden.

 
 

At the Helags peak (1797 m)

 
 

View of the glacier and the nice peak

 
 

Colorful lichen on the rocks

 
 

We walked into a lake district towards the
Ljungan shelter and camped next to a lake.
Beautiful!

 
 

Day 6: Ljungan - Vålåstugorna huts

 

 

 

Day 7: Vålåstugorna huts - Lunndörrsstugorna huts

 
 
 
 

View from our campsite into the Vålådalen valley of virgin forests

 
 

View from the sauna at the hut

 
 

Day 8: Lunndörrsstugorna huts - Issjön

 

At this place ancient glaciers had created this incredibly beautiful valley.

 
 

"The Pyramids"

 
 

The hut was an old hunting cabin belonging to some Swedish king.
The lake behind it had crystal clear waters, very beautiful!

 
 

We camped and made a fire above the lake.

 
 

Day 9: Issjön - Blanktjärnarna

 

A typical sami teepee (kåta)

 
 

Hut used by reindeer herders

 
 

Sami houses at Grönvallen

 
 

Traditional architecture

 
 

There were plenty of tasty cloudberries in the swamps

 
 

First view of a lake belonging to the Östra Blanktjänarna lakes

 
 

Incredibly clear water with a turquoise colour.

 
 

 

 
 

 

 
 

 

 
 
 
 
 

The red sunset combined with the turquoise water - surreal!

 
 

 

 

Day 10: Blanktjärnarna - Vålådalen

A short 6 km walk back to Vålådalen where we finished the hike.