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Lake Tjulträsket

Lake Tjulträsk lies to the west of Ammarnäs, at the end of the road. It is a large, deep lake at the foot of Stour Ajgarts’ mighty silhouette. People lived here by the lake outlet in the Stone Age. The remains of dwellings and at least twenty pitfall traps have been excavated. The western end of the lake, Lill-Tjulträsket, is an delta landscape of natural alluvial meadows. Several families settled here at the end of the 1800s, and today some of the buildings remain in their original form. Lake Tjulträsk is therefore designated as a nationally important cultural heritage site. Matsokudden is the most impressive of these old settlements. The open hay meadows and the greying cottage and barns are beautifully situated.

Habitat type: freshwater lake, meadow birch forest, mossy birch heath, willow scrub

 

 

Stour Ajgart
This is the name of the mighty 1101 metre-high peak that dominates the view over Lake Tjulträsk. A hike to the summit is demanding but well worth the magnificent view over Vindelfjällen. Heaths with mountain avens grow on the eastern slope thanks to the calcareous mica shales. If you hike up from Dårraudden, you have to pass over the meagre-soiled, gravel ridge. Stuor Aigert’s cliff is made up of amphibolites. This cliff forms the nappe between the middle mountain bedrock (Stalon complex) and the upper bedrock (Seves nappe).

Habitat type: mesic shrub heath, dry shrub heath, low herb meadow

 

 

Aigertstugan
This cabin lies 8 km from Ammarnäs along the Kungsleden Trail towards Hemavan.
There are two cabins with a total of 30 beds. The cabin is manned in winter and summer by one of the Swedish Tourist Association’s wardens. The most modern sauna in Vindelfjällen can be found at this cabin, as well as several small tarns for bathing or fishing. The cabin is a suitable base camp for tours up to the summit of Stour Ajgart or Äivesåive. Aigertstugan is owned by the County Administration, but the old cabin is owned by, and both are run by the Swedish Tourist Association (STF).

Coordinates: (X:7315694, Y:1513182)
Habitat type: dry shrub heath

 

 

Rödingvik
The small cabin at Rödingvik was built by Nils Sjulsson in 1899, out of the materials that Nature had to offer. The cabin was built with mountain birch timbers, with a roof of peat and foundations and chimney of slate. The cabin is open for visitors in need of a rest. This is a beautiful place, surrounded by hay meadows and a testimony to the way of life a century ago. In June the globeflowers bloom in great numbers.

Habitat type: hay meadow, mossy birch heath

 

 

Matsokudden
This place is an old settlement that was established in 1909, and inhabited until 1958. The farm used to have 4-5 cows, 6-7 goats and a horse. The buildings have been renovated, and the grounds are tended annually with a scythe and a small mower. Many plants are favoured by this mowing, and those found here include melancholy thistle, alpine saw-wort, alpine cat’s-tail, alpine bistort, oxeye daisy, grass-of-Parnassus, globeflower, mat-grass, heath wood-rush, sweet vernal-grass, highland cudweed, yellow rattle and goldenrod.

 

 

Salvijukke
This stream has its source in the Ammarfjäll Massif and runs down to the valley west of Suvlåjvvie. The stream runs over several impressive waterfalls. Just before it runs out into Lill-Tjulträsk Lake, Salvijukke is joined by another stream, Servvejuhka, before meandering into the delta. The delta is an interesting place for bird-watchers. As in Ammarnäs, the alluvial hay meadows were an important resource for the inhabitants around the lake.

Habitat type: meadow birch forest, mossy birch heath, waterfall

 

 

Servestugan
This cabin can be reached by hiking from Ammarnäs, Tärnasjön or Aigertstugan. If you take the ferry over Lake Tjulträsk the hike to the cabin is reduced to 4 km. There are two cabins at Servestugan with a total of 30 beds. The cabin is manned in winter and summer by one of the Swedish Tourist Association’s wardens, and is described by this organisation as a paradise for nature-lovers. One reason is the mountain Geunjavardo, which boasts a wealth of wild flowers. Alpine butterwort, a calcareous species, grows along the stream that winds around the cabins. There is an old reindeer herding and milking site between Servvetjåhkka and Geunjavardo, above Servestugan. A tall, narrow stone has been erected to mark the spot. Servestugan is owned by the County Administration, but is run by the Swedish Tourist Association (STF).

Coordinates: (X:7319120, Y:1498161)                     Habitat type: mossy birch heath

 

 

Servvejuhka
At the point where the Kungsleden Trail crosses the Servvejuhka Stream, the bridge passes over a roaring waterfall. The waterfall is most impressive to look at from below; go downstream on the southern bank. Along the valley there are several old pitfall trap systems, with a total of 45 pitfall traps. This is uncommon in such mountain environments. These historical remains are not marked on the map or in the field.

Habitat type: waterfall, mossy birch heath 

Photo: Per Erik Persson