I started at Gjendesheim at the east end of the 20 kilometre long Lake Gjende (984 masl) in Jotunheimen. It was 14th of September, and the time was 13:30 hrs. It was cloudy, but the sun came through now and then. After a while I tried my new "sail-arrangement": a survival sack, two ski-poles, 4 carabin hooks and two long straps. Tried this a few days earlier in the Oslo-fjord without wind, so I was excited to see if it was working. It was working, but decided to continue paddling due to weak wind.
| At 15:20 hrs I arrived at Memurubu, had 15 minutes break here before continuing towards the Gjendebu Mountain Lodge. The wind had increased, so the sail was "rigged" up again. And the last 10 kilometres went like a dream. The wind came from behind and was just perfect for sailing. The water was probably only 4-5 degrees Celsius, so I tried to paddle close to the shore. Arrived at Gjendebu at 17:15 hrs where I stayedover to the next day.
Next day my kayak equipment was left at Gjendbu. The goal was Olavsbu, a 4-5 hours walk from Gjendebu. Another beautiful day, and the walk through the Raudalen Valley was nice and easy. There was nobody at Olavsbu. I lit fire in the oven, made some food, and had a nice quiet evening.
Next day I walked back to Gjendebu, this time along Lake Sjogholsvatnet. The path was difficult, it was slippery rocks all over. It was raining, and back at Gjendebu the water level in the rivers had increased rapidly. I was wet from the knees and down when I arrived the hut. A German couple I met yesterday was already there, so the hut was nice and warm, and we had a great evening at Gjendebu.
The last day was great. There was no wind, and the sun was shining between the skies. I paddled to Memurutunga, where I had a long break. I had read in the book "Three in Norway by two of them" that three Englishmen had their campsite at Memurutunga in the summer of 1880 where they were fishing and hunting. They also made a fireplace of stone close to the campsite. I found the fireplace after a while, it was still there after 118 years! After the break, the adventure continued towards Gjendesheim. And after three hours of paddling I was back where I started. It had been four fantastic days in the Jotunheimen National Park.