The cabin of Lill-Månke

The cabin of Lill-Månke

Hike to the cabin of Lill-Månke, at the foot of the mountain Gitsfjället.

The hiking trail to the cabin of Lill-Månke passes through nice spruce forest which here and there opens up towards the vast marshlands. The first kilometres goes steadily uphill but without being too steep. Soon you will reach the higher areas with beautiful scenery and views towards the fells. You can also see the Lake Svansjön between the fell birches. A bit further on you arrive to the grey wooden cabin.

Lill-Månke was a Sàmi person and reindeer herder who was known to be fast, tough and enduring. His real name was Magnus Virgilius Fjällström but he got his nickname since he was very short. According to different sources he measured only 120 cm. He started to build the cabin at Lake Svansjön during the 1880’s and moved here permanently in the year 1900. He then left the reindeer herding to his sons. Inside the cabin there is a real size portrait of Lill-Månke.

The trail is marked with orange markings and the starting point is located after 8 kilometres along the road Rissjövägen in Risbäck. It is 7 kilometres hike one way to reach the cabin. From here you can also continue up to the fell area of Gitsfjället on onwards to Saxnäs, totally 27 kilometres of hike.
It is possible to overnight at the cabin.

Start/parking: After approximately 8 kilometres along Rissjövägen in Risbäck.
Length: 7 kilometres one way to the cabin
Difficulty: Medium due to elevation and length
Responsible for the trail: Länsstyrelsen Västerbotten