A historical path

 

The trail between Sörfjorden in Norway and Sweden in Áhkájávrre has been used in ancient times. The population in the area have had good contact with each other, engaged in different industries and trade.

Besides reindeer husbandry, hunting and fishing have been important element to their daily lives and livelihoods. The foundation of the cultural landscape along the Indre Tysfjord  was developed by both  the Sami that made their living by fishing and those who made their living from reindeer. The intense reindeer management has also shaped the cultural landscape along the trail between Sörfjorden and Áhkájávrre. Vegetation growth has also been a result characterized by a long period of reindeer activity. The old dairy sites can be identified with lush green vegetation. In the vicinity of these sites you can find traces of reindeer family settlements.
During World War II the trail had an important function as a Norweign escape route. Approximately 3,000 people fled during the war from Tysfjord to Sweden. Many of these were helped by the locals in the area.

The Border
The trail crosses the Swedish-Norwegian border marked with 251 cairns.
The division between Sweden and Norway became established1751 and is Europe's longest and most peaceful border. It is 1619 km long and consists of 615 nationwide cairns. During 1814-1905 Sweden and Norway were a united nation.