Hiking St.Olavsleden : Bräcke to Gällö

After a wonderful breakfast with Tord and Mattias we said goodbye to Mordviken in the sunshine and headed to Gällö.

We walked past small settlements and over bridges. We get lots of people waving and saying hello to us as we pass.

We stopped for lunch next to a huge lake. We walked today feeling very refreshed and with more purpose, hoping to reach our next stop early.

When we reached the road we saw a sign that said the path had a new route which was longer than our original path but much more picturesque, taking us through a forest instead of the road.

Underfoot the terrain was a little trickier than it has been so far, with it being quite boggy and overgrown in places. We almost took a wrong turn at one point but luckily we realised quickly and turned back.

We reached Camp Viking where we  would be spending the night and was met by Roger, a friend Angeliqa met through Instagram who kindly restored her Mora knife a few months back.

We made coffee (Roger treated us to Kok Kaffe) which was delicious and he was very knowledgeable about the best way to make it.

Roger was also very knowledgeable about the history of Sweden and I loved learning more about this beautiful country and hearing his stories. He has a wonderful attitude towards people and life in general and it was a pleasure to meet such a kindhearted person.

After we said goodbye to Roger we headed to the Camp Viking restaurant for dinner. Camp Viking is set in a beautiful location, where Roger used to spend a lot of time as a teenager and he spoke warmly of his memories of the place.

We were to stay in a very cute cabin which was beautifully decorated and we were so happy to be spending the night here.

The lovely people who run it now cooked us a delicious German style dinner of sausage, sauerkraut and pretzel bread.

After dinner we saw the sky suddenly burst into colour and witnessed one of the most beautiful sunsets I have ever seen. It cast such a warm pink light over the lake and surrounding trees. I think the colour of the pine tree bark in this light is one of the prettiest colours I have seen.

We worked in the restaurant till late, drinking tea and enjoying the company of the people in the bar who were drinking and enjoying their evening.

In the past week here we have had so many wonderful meetings with people and have experienced so much kindness from strangers along the trail.

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