Hiking across width of Norway

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We spent several days around the rarely visited Hellemofjord.    We found a good anchorage at the head of he fjord, although the cruising guidebook indicated that  the water was too deep to anchor..  Until a few years ago some Sami families lived there, living off the sea and the land, including hiking over into Sweden to pick cloudberries for sale in Norway. 
Today, nobody lives there, but several families summer in their modern cabins in the meadows seen here in front of Milvina.
They were a very friendly and helpful group.  The younger ones all spoke English, but the older ones , who had been born in the former village,  did not.

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The fjord is mostly too deep for anchoring, but we found a good spot on the sandy debris washed down by the river, which is fed by two large waterfalls overlooking the anchorage.
The Sami maintain several trails, which made hiking around great fun.


The main trail leads up a steep valley to a plateau at about 600 metres, which leads over into Sweden.

Like many fjords, the sides are steep and high, but once on top there are miles of rocky plateau country.

We hiked up, and across the full width of Norway one day.  It is only 8 km at this point, but the trail has lots of variety with waterfalls, interesting rocks and some flat sections, including this ford across a lake.
As well as maintaining the trail, the Sami group from the village at Hellemobotn recently built this traditional cabin up on the high plateau.
It has a wooden frame of small tree trunks and branches, covered with about half a metre of peat.
This was one of the standard ways to build houses in the old days.
The peat provided good insulation of course, but I wonder how long the wood would resist rot.  Probably only a few years.

The Sami are the indigenous people living across Northern Norway, Sweden, Finland and the Kola peninsula of Russia.  They were described as Laplanders when we were at school.
As in North America, southerners have tried to both eliminate and assimilate the the Sami over the past couple of hundred years.  Today, they have partial self government and have some support and cultural protection from each national government.
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