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Sarek National Park Expedition (Sweden)

A challenging hike with wild camping in the pathless mountain wilderness of Sarek National Park

  • Guided
  • Hard
  • From £768/person
  • Jul-Aug, 9 days/8 nights
  • Adults, Groups, Solo
  • Itinerary
  • Dates & Prices
  • Good to Know
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  • Description
  • Arrival
  • Following Days
  • Departure

Description

Visions of Sarek National Park - "Europe's Last Wilderness" - are the stuff of dreams for many a hiking enthusiast. Together with a guide and like-minded mountain adventurers, you will take a journey through the Sarek mountains and gain a unique insight into a magical area of northern Sweden. The attraction of Sarek is that it is wholly untamed - no marked paths exist to guide you through its breathtaking landscape of mountains and valleys.

The route taken through Sarek National Park has been specially chosen to showcase the diversity of this beautiful area, offering stunning views of moorland to the west, the dramatic high alpine peaks of the Sarek mountain chain with their glacial landscape, and the rainforest-like vegetation of the Rapa Valley (or "Rapadalen" in Swedish). The itinerary also includes time for day excursions and peak tours, allowing you to explore Sarek's wild beauty with lighter packs.

During the hike you will also have the opportunity to discuss mountain skills with your experienced local guide - including how to assess the weather and wind, the snow and the glaciers, and what to look for when choosing where to pitch camp for the night.

Sarek is a wild and challenging environment, but you do not need to be an expert adventurer to participate. Distances covered daily are manageable, but if you would like to take part in this experience, you should be fit, have some experience of mountain hikes with tent and be comfortable carrying a pack weight of around 18-20kg with tent over rough terrain. You should bear in mind that you will need to count on adding another 6-8kg to your personal pack weight to allow for food, tent, kitchen equipment and fuel.

As always in Sarek it is the weather that decides the itinerary. As with any mountain environment, conditions can be unpredictable and your guide may choose to alter the route depending on circumstances. But whatever route you take, you will find the space and freedom of Sarek an uplifting, some would say spiritual, experience, far from the trappings of the modern world.

Sarek National Park is a place to cleanse your soul and rediscover what it really means to be alive!

Arrival

Please note that the itinerary information is for guidance only and may be subject to change dependent on weather conditions, abilities of the group, etc.

Meet in Ritsem when the first bus arrives and lunch will be served. You are given information about your hike for the week and the food and equipment is distributed between you and your fellow hikers. This evening you will take the boat over Akkajaure and hike around 8km to a beautiful camp spot beneath the western peaks of Akkas. Bear in mind that it will be late into the evening before camp is pitched and dinner made.

Following Days

Day 2:

The hike continues towards the south-east. After some hours you will cross the National Park boundary into Sarek! The needs and wishes of group, as well as weather conditions, will determine the length of the route.

Days 3-6:

For the most part the hike continues through Ruohtesvagge towards the far end of Rapadalen and Pielaslätten. The terrain will vary from easy-going on heather moorland to high alpine stony ground, possibly through areas covered with snow and ice. The exact route taken will vary dependent on weather conditions, which can be very changeable in this high alpine area.

Day 7:

Towards Guhkesvagge and a bridge which leads over a mountain stream. On the other side you cross into Stora Sjöfallet ("Big Waterfalls") National Park.

Day 8:

Over Nienndo towards Slugga. You can make out the lake of Pietsaure in the pass between Gahppo and Slugga, where a boat will be waiting to take you over to the Pietsaure Sami camp (the indigenous people of Lapland). Here you will be welcomed with a meal - it is a real experience to sit at a table to eat after a week in the mountains!

Lunch will be served for you on arrival at the camp. After your meal you will hike around 4km down to Saltoluokta Mountain Station where you will set up camp. You can use the sauna at the Mounatin Station before dinner at the restaurant.

Departure

Day 9:

Breakfast in the station restaurant. After breakfast you will take the boat across Lake Langas for bus to Gällivare and the train south.

Additional information:

The midnight sun does not shine the whole summer, but it is daylight around the clock from approximately 15 May to 31 July. In August, bring a small torch or headtorch.

Mobile phones do not normally work on the mountains. The guide will carry a satellite phone for use only in emergencies.

Detailed information about times, guides, etc, will be sent out to all participants around 2-4 weeks before departure.

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Dates 2018

  • 25.07-02.08.18
  • 04.08-12.08.18

Prices 2018

Prices are in British Pounds and Euros. If you wish, you are also welcome to make your payment in Swedish Kronor (SEK) - please contact us for details.

Standard Prices  
Per adultGBP 768EUR 867

Included

Accommodation:

Wild camping in shared 2-3 person tents*.

*Tent allocation will vary depending on whether the group is an odd or even number and on the total number of males/females in the group. Guests will normally share tent with another tour participant of the same gender. Two-person tents are most common, but three-person tents may also be used. Guests booking as male/female couples may therefore be allocated a two-person tent or, if the logistical considerations of the tour require this, be split to share 2-3 person tent with other same gender participant(s).

Meals:

All meals during hike, meal in Ritsem, meal in Pietsaure Sami camp, meals at Saltoluokta Mountain Station.

Equipment:

Shared tent, kitchen equipment and fuel.

Transfers:

Boat transfers on Akkajaure, Pietsaure and Langas.

Guides:

Experienced and knowledgeable local guide.

Not Included

  • Travel: We do not arrange flights or domestic travel, but are happy to advise on suitable connections and assist you with any aspect of planning your journey. See under "Good to Know > Getting There" for general travel information.
  • Alcoholic drinks (available to purchase at Saltoluokta Mountain Station).
  • Required
  • Getting There
  • Groups
  • Eco Info

Required

Health requirements/experience:

You should have a good level of health and fitness and be used to hiking in alpine conditions - the tour is intended for medium/experienced level hikers with previous experience of hiking and camping. You should be comfortable hiking with pack weight of around 18-20kg over rough terrain.

The distance covered each day varies between 10-20 km. Note that 20km over rough, pathless terrain can be considerably more challenging than hiking in other environments.

Largest height difference in a single stretch around 300m, excluding peak tours and other exploration.

Recommended minimum age 18 years, max. recommended age 65 years.

What makes this "Hard"?

The tour takes place in a very remote mountain wilderness area with little or no infrastructure. There are no paths and hiking is on rough, uneven ground. River crossings may be required. You will be carrying a heavy pack and the element of camping also adds considerably to the level of challenge.

NB: Perception of difficulty is very subjective. What is hard to one person may be easy for another and vice versa, depending on factors including level of fitness, age and previous experience. Weather conditions/temperatures can also dramatically affect the actual level of challenge encountered.

NB: As a participant, it is your responsibility to ensure that you have a suitable level of fitness and experience and bring clothing and equipment appropriate for the tour. Participants judged by the guide to have an insufficient level of fitness/unsuitable equipment which hinders the operation of the tour may be excluded. In this case, or if a participant chooses to leave the tour of their own volition, no refund can be offered and any additional costs incurred by leaving the tour are the responsibility of the participant. If you have any questions regarding your suitability for the tour, please don't hesitate to ask and we will be happy to advise.

Equipment/clothes needed:

For information on any equipment and/or clothing included as standard for this experience, please see under "Dates and Prices > Included".

A detailed recommended packing list for personal items to bring will be sent with your booking documentation.

NB: We advise you not to buy equipment or clothes for your trip or to incur other non-refundable expenses such as flights until you have received confirmation of your booking from us in writing. Note of course that the most appropriate clothing to use as well as the level of challenge experienced during any outdoor activity may vary significantly depending on factors such as the time of year and the particular weather/temperature conditions during your trip.

Minimum number:

Minimum total 6 persons required for tours to be confirmed to run. You are of course welcome to book as a solo traveller.

Getting There

Detailed information on travel options to this experience will be provided in response to your enquiry. We are happy to advise on suitable connections and assist you with any aspect of planning your journey.

Please ensure that you make a booking with us first and wait for confirmation that your spaces are reserved before making any travel arrangements.

By Air:

Fly to Stockholm. Night train to Gällivare and bus to Ritsem (approx. 3 hours) on arrival, bus from Kebnats to Gällivare (approx. 2 hours) for night train on departure.

Without Flying:

Ferry Dover-Dunkirk or Newcastle-Amsterdam for onward train connections to Gällivare.

Groups

Maximum 14 participants. This experience is open to travellers from all over the world. Groups may be made up of participants from a number of countries, around 60% of whom are likely to be from Scandinavia.

Groups can book private tours on other dates by arrangement. Please contact us for details and prices.

Eco Info

This provider has received a prestigious Swedish Ecotourism award for its commitment to high standards to cultural and environmental sensitivity.

Sarek National Park:

Area: 197,000 hectares

Sarek is strikingly alpine for Sweden with magnificent mountain ranges and narrow valleys, glaciers and wild rapids. It is a splendid piece of unspoiled wilderness. The park contains over 200 mountains over 1,800 metres. Six of Sweden's 13 highest mountains are found here, as are about 100 glaciers. Rapadalen valley is the artery of Sarek. The Rapaätno river has an enormous flow and carries green glacial water from about thirty glaciers. Rapadalen contains dense thickets of mountain birch, osier and herbaceous plants. The flora is rather poor in most of the park, but the animal life in the great valleys is rich. If you are lucky you can see bear, wolverine, lynx or one of the unusually large moose.

Sarek is not recommended for beginners. Those wishing to visit the park must have considerable alpine experience and the correct equipment and should be used to spending time outdoors. Sarek is an extremely inaccessible wilderness with no facilities whatsoever for tourists. Here, you are on your own. The foremost sights of Sarek are the alpine landscape with its sharp peaks, glaciers and narrow valleys, the animal life and the delta areas in Rapaselet and Rapadeltat.

Hiking in Sarek requires familiarity with alpine conditions, difficult terrain and rapidly changing weather. There are no sleeping facilities for tourists. There are only a few bridges, and crossing the many rivers may be difficult: rain, or warm weather that accelerates glacial melting, may dramatically increase the flow of water.

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