While hiking the stretch from Teusajaure to Vakkotavare you will need to cross the Teusajaure. There are two ways to cross this stretch of water:
1. Row yourself. (which is for free). The rowing boats will be put in place after the ice has melted on the lake, which is after Midsommar (around 20th of June). The boats will be removed again when the winter cold sets in, which is around the 20th of September. There are three rowing boats, and there should always be at least 1 rowing boat at each side. This means that when you are out of luck there is only 1 rowing boat on your side and there are two rowing boats on the other. In practice this means you need to cross the lake 3 times:
- first time: to get to the other side of the lake
- 2nd time: to tow a row boat back to your side of the lake, so at least one boat is on each side
-3rd time: for final crossing to the other side.
The rowing lane is marked with buoys and is approximately 1 kilometre long. It can get very windy on the lake which makes the crossing strenuous and one should be aware of rough/high waves.
2. By motor boat arranged by the STF mountain hut. The boat goes when the ward of the mountain hut is home (the mountain hut is located on the north side of Teusajaure). We asked him when we could cross and agreed upon 12:00 (which was about 30 minutes waiting time). In general the motor boat crosses the Teusajaure (2009 times):
19/6-12/7 between 08.00-09.00, 17.00-19.00 and at 21:00
13/7-19/8 between 08.00-10.00, 17.00-20.00 and at 21:00
20/8-13/9 between 08.00-09.00, 17.00-19.00 and at 20:00
Keep in mind when planning your trip that with rough weather all crossings are cancelled!
The prices for a crossing are 80 SEK when you are not a member of the STF (Swedish Tourist Association) and 60 SEK when you are a member (please do not forget to bring your member card with you!). Note: As a member of Hostelling International you pay members’ prices at STF. For children between 6 and 15 it costs 25 SEK. You can pay cash or use your credit card at all STF locations (amazingly even in the most remote mountain areas like here in Teusajaure!).
More information on transportation in the Fjällen area: STF website (in Swedish)
Vakkotavarekåtan What to Pack
If you are planning a trip to this region it is good to have your map before you travel here. A good website to buy your detailed maps of Sweden and the Fjällen area is:http://www.lantmateriet.se/
I bought all my maps here. Not only for the Fjällen, but also for other regions and trips in Sweden. The map I used for this region is map BD6 Abisko-Kebnekaise and BD8 Kebnekaise - Saltokuokta and costs 99,50 SEK (excl. shipping). The scale is 1:100.000. (alternatively: choose English language, top left side, then in the menu NATIONAL MAP SERIES, Fjällkartan, Fjällkartan 1:100.000 - folded). The stretch between Teusajaure to Vakkotavare is visible on Map BD8.
You can get an overview of all the "Fjäll" maps they sell here: Maps of the Swedish Fjällen
Alternatively you can buy the maps at the Mountain Huts that have a shop (which is approx. every other Mountain Hut). There is no shop in Teusajaure, but there is in Vakkotavare and in the Kaitumjaure.