I started on some trails towards Billnäs and then continued on roads to Fiskars.
After Fiskars some smaller roads followed and soon I was on trails, in the southern part of an area that on the map looked very interesting. In this area I did my first multi-day (well, two nights) solo backpacking trips almost 25 years ago.
The night was full of interesting sounds. Whooper Swans (Cygnus cygnus) and especially the Arctic Loon (Gavia arctica) woke me regularly. I got up around seven the following morning.
The map showed no trails along the north side of Långträsket, but I decided to check it out.
After this section I continued westwards on mainly small roads, until I came to Vitsjön (the third one). My plan was to find a camping spot on the other side.
Andrew Skurka's book, but had trouble keeping my eyes open (not the book's fault) and went to sleep not much after ten in the evening.
This time I had a late start. The weather was cloudy, but quite warm.
The time to turn back came. On my way along roads, I came upon a small gas station with a restaurant. I gave my packed freezedried meals a (very) quick thought, and a little later found myself eating a tasty panini. A lot cheaper and tastier than a Blå Band-meal.
The ride continued via Källviken, to get fresh water from the spring. I forced the tank blocks meant to stop Stalin's tanks without problems.
Riding on a road?
Some time before I arrived, it started to rain. I arrived maybe around 19:30 and just got the tarp set up before it started to rain harder.
I slept quite poorly during the night, since it was too warm for my 600 g XL-sized down bag. Sleeping partially outside the bag was no option due to the mosquitoes. I got up a little after six in the morning. The rain had taken a brief recess.
The Arctic Loon with its eerie sound is one of my favorite wilderness birds. I don't mind its sound during the night, even though it occasionally might wake me up.
I did a good amount of video filming (some of the above pictures are video frame grabs) and will put something together in a few weeks.