Yesterday was a decent rest day and last night I really noticed that I need the rest. The muscles in my calf and both sides were really active so I could couldn’t sleep properly. Also, it’s never getting dark and that doesn’t help for sure!
So what about my plan? The plan was to hike the E1 trail to Hamburg, Germany. I’m not quitting but I am adjusting the route. The last stop was in Kautokeino and the E1 trail goes from there to Abisko in Sweden. That will take about 3 weeks. From there the E1 takes the first part of the Kungsleden (Kings trail) and then back into the mountains in Norway.
I decided to travel to Abisko, skipping a piece of the E1 trail. From Abisko I will walk the whole Kungsleden trail. This trail is 425 km long and you go down into Sweden. This trail is the most famous trail in Scandinavia and looking at the pictures, it’s beautiful! Also, the route is supported with cabins along the trail. After this trail is fairly easy to go to the E1 trail again, or who knows what I’ll do 🙂
What I’m thinking about is why do I wanna leave the E1 trail (temporarely)? It’s hard to geven a precise answer to this question, but I think there are several reasons. Maybe I underestimated the E1 trail and bit. The first week was a hard one as you can read. Also, I should have investigated the route a bit more careful before I left. Also, have zero experience with walking long distance trails didn’t help 🙂
But I don’t think this is a bad thing for me. My original plan was to hike in Scandinavia and then I found the E1 which looked (and still is) very cool. But I’m still chasing my original goal and I’m gonna walk the Kings trail as part of it!
Tomorrow is another day of traveling to Abisko. I have to catch a but at 6:40 in the morning to Kiruna. From there I also can take the bus or the train to Abisko, which is still in the Artic circulerencircle.