Gáidumjávristugan (Kaitumjaure)

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To hikers on the King’s Trail (Kungsleden) this place is known as Gáidumjávri or “Kaitumjaure”, but the locals call it Gáidumgeahči. That means “Gáidum’s End”. It is here the large continuous lake system ends. In the past when people made their way here by boat, this was the furthest west you could get.

The land south of Gáidumjohka belongs to Baste Sámi community. In spring, their reindeer forage in the area east of the King’s Trail. In May, the cows give birth to their calves on the fells around here. As the vegetation turns green, they forage farther and farther to the west, past Siidasjávri and some distance into Norway. At the beginning of July, the herd is rounded up and each calf is given its owner’s earmark. In late July and early August, they return here on their migration towards the autumn land east of Muorki. Before the rutting period in mid-September, the animals are again rounded up and herded into the Sámi community’s reindeer enclosure at Harrå.

On the south side of the mouth of Gáidumjohka stands the settlement where the members of Baste Sámi community lived in spring, summer and autumn. Today most of them live at Siiddasjávri.