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The trail Gränsleden/Rádjebalges connects Ritsem (Sweden) to Slahpa/Sørfjord in Tysfjord (Tysfjord kommune page about the trail). Unfortunately, there is no public transportation (and no road) from Sørfjord to the nearest road at Gåsluokta/Kjøpsvik, chartering a boat will cost thousands of Norwegian crowns, and the landscape does not permit hiking; indeed, usually people walk Gränsleden in large groups of at least 10–15 people (to share the costs for pre-booked boat transport). In Slahpa/Sørfjord are a wind power plant and two water power plants. Do people from Gåsluokta/Kjøpsvik work there on a daily basis, and is it feasible to hitch-hike over the fjord? Or is the power plant mostly unmanned? I'm quite sure they would take a lone hiker, but it only works if they are there in the first place.

Update: Statens Kartverk topographical map for the area.

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  • I have asked the same question in Scandinavian on the Norwegian fjellforum, to increasee exposure and the probability I will get a useful reply.
    – gerrit
    Jul 31, 2013 at 22:47
  • Out of curiosity: what is the reason a group of 15 can walk the trail and one person can't? Jul 31, 2013 at 23:24
  • @BartArondson Because they can share the ca 3000 NOK (400 EUR, 500 USD) boat taxi with 15 people
    – gerrit
    Jul 31, 2013 at 23:25
  • So your question is if the employees of the power plants live in Gåsluokta/Kjøpsvik?
    – uncovery
    Dec 17, 2013 at 9:09
  • @uncovery Well, perhaps the entire power-plant is remotely controlled.
    – gerrit
    Dec 17, 2013 at 10:34

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Since there is a small village in Slahpa, I would assume that anybody who has to commute daily to the power plants at lake Bryn south-east from there would live in Slahpa since they cantake a road instead of commuting daily with a boat from Kjøpsvik, after which the person would still need a car to drive up to the plant.

Maybe there is a higher chance of a group hiring a boat that you can go along with than someone going there daily for work on his own boat.

There might be a chance however that there are daily boats with supplies going to Slahpa lodges and residents that you can tag along on.

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    Well, I can make the same assumptions. Is there anybody who has to commute daily to the power plants at lake Bryn? And does anybody actually live in Slahpa/Sørfjord?
    – gerrit
    Dec 17, 2013 at 16:41

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