We fell asleep almost instantly the night before in our tent which we pitched on an island in the lake Inngajávri after having packrafted till late in the night. Patrick only had a few issues with his sleeping pad – the Therm-a-Rest Evolite which is a self-inflating sleeping pad for the summer – which was probably not that suitable for lower night temperatures here in the North. Patrick had to wear an additional Merino base layer and added another layer of thermo foil on top of his sleeping pad to get a proper insulation. Konstantin however had a proper night sleep on his Therm-a-Rest NeoAir Xtherm.

Packrafting the Njuoreatnu to Torneträsk - Abisko Sweden

And that’s how the tent wall looks like when you go camping in Scandinavia – hungry mosquitoes waiting for their breakfast.

MSR Hubba Hubba Sweden NX Abisko

Once we got out of the tent we enjoyed the breathtaking view towards the Swedish mountains which were still covered with snow.

Camping in Abisko, Sweden - Therm-a-Rest Evolite

After we packed our backpacks and enjoyed our breakfast we continued our paddling trip along the Inngajárvi lake.

Suunto Ambit3 and GoPro  - Torneträsk - Abisko Sweden - HMG Porter 4400 - Alpacka Raft

Sometimes Patrick also checked the altitude and the distance on his Suunto Ambit3 and took a few pictures with the assistance of the GoPro remote control.

Packrafting Njuoreatnu - Torneträsk - Abisko Sweden - Suunto Ambit3 - GoPro Remote Control - Roeckl

Then it was time to switch from lake Inngajárvi to the lake Vuolip Njuorajávri which are connected by a rapid.

Packrafting Njuoreatnu - Torneträsk - Abisko Sweden - Alpacka Raft - HMG Porter 4400 - Werner Shuna

As we were not able to see from our packrafts how the rapid looked ahead of us we decided to ‘park’ our packrafts on the shore of the lake and to walk along the rapid to evaluate if we would be able to packraft through it.

Packrafting Njuoreatnu - Torneträsk - Abisko Sweden - Anfibio Packsuit

Unfortuntely, there were some rocks in the rapid which would not allow us to get smoothly through the rapid. So we decided to walk with our packrafts around it and set our packrafts back into the water once we reached lake Vuolip Njuorajávri.

Packrafting Njuoreatnu - Torneträsk - Abisko Sweden - Anfibio Packstuit - Petzl Meteor - HMG Porter 4400

However, since we didn’t go through the rapid we decided to playboat a bit at the end of the rapid.

Packrafting Njuoreatnu - Torneträsk - Abisko Sweden - HMG Porter 4400 - Alpacka Packraft - Nalgene Bottle

There were a couple of bridges on our way. Some looked a bit old and it felt a bit scary to walk on them.

Packrafting Njuoreatnu - Torneträsk - Abisko Sweden - Anfibio Packsuit - Suunto Ambit3

Around lunch time we decided to stop on a nice sandy shore and to prepare some lunch. Patrick is not such a fan of those ready made dehydrated lunch packages which can be bought in many camping stores. Luckily Konstantin still had some bread in his backpack which he bought before our trip.

Camping stove at Njuoreatnu - Torneträsk - Abisko Sweden - MSR WindBoiler - Alpacka Raft

After having had a proper lunch we enjoyed a warm cup of tea. Tea always helps us to regenerate when we feel cold or exhausted.

Packrafting Njuoreatnu - Torneträsk - Abisko Sweden - Kupilka - Fjällräven Hat Cap

Then it was time to scout again. There was another bridge which made a more solid impression to us.

Packrafting Njuoreatnu - Torneträsk - Abisko Sweden - Anfibio Packsuit - Petzl Meteor Helmet - Suunto Ambit3 - HMG Porter 4400

The rapid looked like lots of fun and we decided to paddle it and also made sure to wear our helmets to be on the safe side.

Packrafting Njuoreatnu - Torneträsk - Abisko Sweden - River - Rapid

After some paddling we decided to have a break again.

Packrafting Njuoreatnu - Torneträsk - Abisko Sweden - Alpacka Raft - Yukon Yak Denali Llama - Werner Shuna Paddles

The rapid became a bit unpredictable and at some spots quite dangerous to paddle. So we decided to start hiking and scout for a new spot where it would be suitable to get back into the river.

Packrafting Njuoreatnu - Torneträsk - Abisko Sweden - HMG Porter 4400

After walking for a while we figured out that it still might take a while until we could start packrafting again so we packed our packrafts and attached them on our backpacks. At this moment we realised that hiking boots would have been a better solutions rather than walking with our sandals. We had to climb up steep hills and it was rather slippery. And then there were also those hungry mosquitoes …

Wearing a Petzl Meteor3 helmet and Werner Paddles  while Packrafting Njuoreatnu - Torneträsk - Abisko Sweden - PEtzl Meteor helmet - Alpacka Raft - HMG Porter 4400 - Werner Shuna Paddles

Finally, we found a spot where we were able to packraft again.

Torneträsk - Abisko Sweden - Rapid

However, after a while we had to pack our packrafts again and start walking through dense shrubbs and climbing hills.

Packrafting Njuoreatnu - Torneträsk - Abisko Sweden - Valley - Canyon - Alpacka Raft - Visitsweden

One of the reasons why it is sometimes better to walk rather than to packraft. Sometimes you get even awarded with a nice view.

Packrafting Njuoreatnu - Torneträsk - Abisko Sweden - Rapid - Canyon

After walking for a while we were able to see the last bridge on this river. At this spot the Njuoreatnu river became more calm as it flows into the Torneträsk lake.

Packrafting Njuoreatnu - Torneträsk - Abisko Sweden - Alpacka Raft

From the bridge we had a nice view towards the Torneträsk lake (the second deepest and the sixth largest lake in Sweden).

Packrafting Njuoreatnu - Torneträsk - Abisko Sweden - Suspension Bridge

It was slowly getting dark but we continued paddling until we reached another island where we pitched our tent. We felt quite cold and exhausted after this day. We just prepared a quick dinner and then we called it a day.

Packrafting Njuoreatnu - Torneträsk - Abisko Sweden - Alpacka Raft

GPS data

Day 2

Here you can read more about day 3 of our trip in the Swedish mountains soon on our blog. In the meantime you can read about our packrafting adventure on the cleanest lake of Sweden.