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Our packrafting adventure in the Hemavan Tärnby area started where the Kungsleden ends or begins. We had planned five days of which we hiked two days and paddled three days.

Some of the highlights of this trip were reindeer, eagles circling in the sky and a packraft which went down a waterfall.

Hiking and Packrafting Hemavan Tärnaby

After passing Hemavan with our car along the Blå vägen, we had a shortstop on a waterfall where Jeremie was planning to raft down on the last day.

Once we reached our starting point, we parked our cars, packed our gear and started our hike.

More precisely, our trip started in the Vindelfjällens Naturreservat where over 8000 years old artifacts have been found. It is one of Europe’s largest protected areas.

Vindelfjällens Naturreservat hiking

After we have hiked for 3 kilometers, we had our first break where we had the chance to get acquainted with to live with mosquitoes.

Hiking and Vindelfjällens hiking break

We had to hike through swamp, bushes, birch forests …

Hiking Hemavan Tärnaby

… and streams on our way up to our first camp.

Crossing a river hemavan tärnby hiking

We also found reindeer antlers which Caj decided to carry with him back home.

Reindeer Antlers Hemavan Tärnaby

From our first campsite we enjoyed a great view towards the fjälls and as it was also not that windy we were also able to pitch our tents on a place which was not that wind protected.

Camp Hiking Hemavan Tärnaby

Since I recently got my Hilleberg Unna Inner Mesh Tent, I was also able to enjoy the scenery from my big panorama window on my tent without getting bitten by the mosquitoes.

Hilleberg Unna Hemavan Tärnaby

And then it was time to watch the sun going down (even so it did not really get dark)

Sunset Hemavan Tärnaby

Sunset Hemavan Tärnaby

The next morning I woke up at 7 am. Again we had fantastic sunny weather.

Sunrise Hemavan Tärnaby Hilleberg Unna Inner Mesh

For breakfast, I prepared a cup of tea and Lapland bread with cheese.

lapland bread Kupilka mug

Then it was time again to pack.

Hilleberg Unna Inner Mesh Tent

And wash the dishes.

washing camping dishes

On our way up we enjoyed again a magnificent scenery …

hiking Hemavan Tärnaby

… also when looking backward.

Scenery Hemavan Tärnaby mountains

We also found some leftovers of a Lemming.

Lemmings skeleton Vindelfjällens

There were also plenty of frogs on our way up the mountain.

Frog Vindelfjällens

Even so the distance to an object looked quite close it was a long walk to reach it.

Hiking Fjäll Hemavan Tärnaby

Also weight was an important factor. While I was carrying quite a lot of gear with me it was quite nice to see how fast one of our ultralight hikers went up the mountain. He was also wearing proper shoes and not sandals like me.

Hiking and Packrafting Hemavan Tärnaby

The streams on the way up offered a good opportunity to have a short break and have a sip.

drinking water hiking sweden from river

A new scenery opened up in front of us once we reached the highest point on our way up.

Hiking and Packrafting Hemavan Tärnaby

And then we discovered a herd of reindeers on a patch of snow. Peter said that they prefer to stand on the snow to protect themselves from mosquitoes.

Reindeers glacier snow Hemavan Tärnaby

And then it was finally time for packrafting once we reached the lake Nedre Ältsvattnet where we paddled along the river Ältsån.

Ältsån river Packrafting Hemavan Tärnaby

Then it was time again to set up the camp where thousands of mosquitoes were already waiting for us.

Camping Hemavan Tärnaby

The next morning the sun was hiding behind the clouds and we had to pack our tent into the backpack hoping for better weather in the afternoon to have our gear dried.

packrafting Hemavan Tärnaby

There were a few nice spots on the rapid where we gained some speed.

rapid packrafting Hemavan Tärnaby

rapid packrafting Hemavan Tärnaby

rapid packrafting Hemavan Tärnaby

rapid packrafting Hemavan Tärnaby

As the sun was very intense in the afternoon it was probably also a good idea to use sun lotion. However, I forgot mine at home.

Packrafting Hemavan Tärnaby

And then there was it. A sand beach!

Hemavan Tärnaby sand beach lake

Some of us had a swim or two and then we decided to pitch our tents and prepared a campfire.

Hemavan Tärnaby sand beach lake

This was probably the best camping spot and night which we had during this trip.

Hemavan Tärnaby sand beach lake camping

We were listening to country songs on the campfire.

Hemavan Tärnaby sand beach lake camping

We also had a short rain shower and then there was suddenly a rainbow.

Hemavan Tärnaby rainbow

The next morning we woke up and our tents were surrounded by fog. The night has been bitterly cold as well.

Hemavan Tärnaby lake fog

However, once the fog disappeared we were blessed again with sun throughout the day.

Hemavan Tärnaby lake fog

Once we reached the end of the long lake we saw newly constructed bridges and a few hikers and fishermen.

Hemavan Tärnaby lake fog

Probably no words needed to describe the landscape …

Hemavan Tärnaby lake fog

After we paddled through a very long lake (I think it was 12 km long) we reached a rapid where we found a cottage of the Swedish King.

Swedish King cottage Hemavan Tärnaby

As I was the first to arrive at the cabin I went on land where I met the housekeeper and asked him if we could have a break on the yard of the Swedish Kings cottage. He agreed and we prepared our lunch while enjoying the beautiful scenery towards the mountains.

Swedish King cottage Hemavan Tärnaby

After 1 hour we left the cottage of his majesty and continued our trip.

 packrafting Hemavan Tärnaby

And Jeremie went again through the most challenging ones while some of us were waiting with a throw rope to assist him.

 packrafting Hemavan Tärnaby

This was the last day where we had sunshine and we pitched our tent somewhat up on a hill where we were able to see the sunset.

 sunset Hemavan Tärnaby

Almost a packrafting disaster …

When we came closer to the waterfall Caj was somewhat unfortunate and not able to paddle back to one side of the river. In able to rescue himself he had to let go of his packraft and his backpack.

Losing packraft whitewater river waterfall

We found Caj’s packraft just under the waterfall where it was circling around. Luckily we had Jeremie with us who is also a passionate climber and was able to get Caj’s Packraft out.

Packraft Waterfall Rescue Whitewater

Caj and Jeremie rescued Caj’s backpack from the river which got stuck on a stone a few kilometers after Caj capsized and shortly before a bridge where Caj was able to cross the river again and get back to our side.

Whitewater River Safety Packrafting

Returning back to civilization

After we found Caj and rescued his backpack we tried to find the next road back to Tärnaby. Peter went already ahead to pick up his car and he promised to pick us up from the road.

In Tärnaby Camping we rented a cabin for 800 Swedish Kronar where we dried our gear and enjoyed a sauna.

Tärnaby Camping

The next day Jeremie had a new private record in packrafting.

Hiking and Packrafting Hemavan Tärnaby