Another bright, beautiful day on the trail.
After a breakfast of instant coffee, instant oat meal, and a stack of water-based pancakes, we were off again.
Scary wobbly bridge is scary.
We were headed to Liseth, the next hut on the trail for us. It was going to be a steep climb up a mountain and an easy hike across a giant plateau before a steep decent back down.
It was gorgeous up there, and much of the hiking was easy once the climb was over. Which was good- my feet hadn't quite recovered from the beating I gave them the day before.
Again, we only saw a couple other people on the trail.
We saw signs of wild reindeer herds, but no luck spotting the deer.
We did see lots of sheep though. The nearby farmers drive them up into the mountains for summer grazing. You could hear their bells all over the hillsides.
It was hot for sheep! When they weren't grazing, a lot of them would sit on the pack snow to chew their cud.
The trail descended sharply and we were once again knee deep in mud, with our boots saturated inside and out. It didn't matter that they were once labeled as "waterproof".
It was gratifying to get some distance and be able to see the plateau from afar though.
We started to encounter little off-the-grid camps along the trail.
And finally, the hut! This one was super luxe, with coin-op showers. You've never heard moans of ecstasy coming from a bathroom like this before. The first hot shower on the trail is indeed a special occasion.
Our mud-brown boots got a chance to dry out.
They also cooked you a hot meal. Options were slim, but you get to the "beyond caring" point pretty quickly. I would hate to have been a vegetarian or have some food allergies on this trip.
Reindeer! If we don't see them, we eat them.
We had a few hours of daylight, so we hiked down to a waterfall nearby. It was good to walk around without a heavy pack on- I felt like skipping around a bit. Liseth ended up being more of an actual town, with a road and houses and people.
The waterfall Voringfoss was pretty incredible.
It was hard to capture the scale of it, but the falls was over 1000 feet high.