In the Routesvagge

Kisurisstugan - Ruotesvagge - Smaila bridge
( 2 days, approx. 30 km )


On this tour there are no accessible huts and no possibilities to buy food. If you are not familiar with these special conditions that you meet in the Sarek NP , please read an introduction first. You can find a little map in this separate window.

In the beginning of August 1996 Carola and me started a backpacking tour from Kisuris through the Sarek National Park to Rinim. Our hike stayed on a unmarked path indicated as a dotted line in the BD 10 map. My little drawing can give an rough impression of the route, but to understand the details it is necessary to have the map or the knowledge.

We had the very best conditions you can imagine for such a tour: a stable high pressure system brought sunshine for several days. To get to Kisurisstugan, we hiked Vaisaluokta - Kutjaure - Kisuris, not the shortest way, but we had not been on this part of the Padjelantaleden yet.

Before reaching the Kutjaure cabin from Vaisaluokta, we had a magnificent view in southeastern direction on the landscape through which we would hopefully hike two days later. At the left side we saw the Akka, extending into the Snuftjutis, in the background the Niak and at the right side the Kisuris. We could see the broad valley between Snjuftjutis and Kisuris, where we would hike along the Snjuftjutisjåkka. At its end, we would then turn right into the valley of the Niakjåkka to get into the Ruotesvagge.

Two days later we shouldered the backpacks in Kisurisstugan, followed the Padjelantaleden for about one kilometer and crossed the Spietjaujåkka on a bridge. While shortly after that the Padjelantaleden crosses the Snjuftjutisjåkka on one more bridge, we left the Padjelantaleden now and followed the path along the "Snufti".

We looked back into the direction of the Kisurisstugan now. The path in the lower valley of the "Snufti" was very easy and flat. The only problem at the moment was that all the warm clothes increased the weight of our backpacks. Probably it was 25 degrees again, we sweated and drank a lot. Fortunately, you can drink from practically every river here.

The trail was a bit harder when we came to the area where the Niakjåkka and Suottasjåkka join together. We had to cross several ravines, they were to small to be visible on the hiking map, and without backpacks we would hardly have noticed them. Before we now changed the direction to follow the Niakjåkka, this seemed to be a good place for a rest. The path now turned right into the valley of the Niakjåkka. After the rest we walked for one or two more hours until our position was about 1-2 km west of the Ruotesvaratj, a smaller mountain about 100 m higher than the valley.

The sun was lower now. There were several nice campsites, we could already see two tents in the distance.

We found a place for our tent and had a beautiful evening with the Akka in the background. Later in the evening, when I looked for reindeers, I suddenly saw the Renvaktarstuga near Ruotesvaratj.

We awoke in the morning, when the sun heated up the tent. After breakfast we chose a direction to meet the path again at the Renvaktarstuga. We had already passed the highest point of this trail section and the rivers were now flowing in southeastern direction. In the background we could see the Ruotesvagge now, and when we had rounded the Ruotesvaratj, we could already see the Ruotes glacier in the distance.

The waters from the Ruotes glacier spread out in a vast valley below the glacier and later flow together in the Ruotesvagge to form the Smailajåkka. Several smaller and bigger streams had to be waded, but they were not deep. Downstreams from this place the Smailajåkka cannot be waded any more, it is too big then. The trail through the Routesvagge was still not very difficult, we had to wade some smaller rivers and hiked through wet areas, but without problems for our hiking boots. We had estimated that that the rivers would cost us some time and originally we did not plan to go all the way to the Mikkastugan.

But we were surprised, because earlier than expected we could already recognize the Mikkastugan in the distance. We could see two or three small houses on a small hill, where the river seemed to disappear from sight. It was still about half an hour to go. Two tents were already standing near Mikkastugan, which is locked and not accessible to hikers. We crossed the Smaila on the bridge and placed our tent at the other side, in a certain distance from the Smaila river because it was rather loud.

On a special page about Skarja you find some pictures of the area around the Smaila bridge. From Smaila bridge you can for instance hike down the Rapa valley or through Alkavagge or Kuopervagge (see map). We chose the way via Pielaslätten - Pastavagge - Rinim (Sarek II).