- Hike in Sarek, Padjelanta and Stora Sjöfallet NPs
- Stay in mountain station and cabins en route
- Hut-to-hut tour with accessible challenge level
- Option to sleep in Sami tipi for one night
- Some of Sweden's best mountain landscapes
- All meals included
Discover three of Lapland's National Parks
Leave the stresses and strains of modern life behind in the city and join fellow like-minded explorers on a unique hiking experience in the far north of Swedish Lapland!
During your week of guided hiking, you will pass through the national parks of Stora Sjöfallet, Sarek and Padjelanta, all part of the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Laponia.
The tour takes you through some of Sweden's most beautiful mountain scenery. Photo: ST Bildarkiv.
This very special hike takes you through a variety of breathtaking landscapes and showcases some of Sweden's most beautiful natural areas.
You will be crossing the vast mountain plains of Padjelanta, hiking amidst the high alpine peaks of the legendary, pathless wilderness of Sarek, and learn something of the rich cultural heritage of the area through contact with the indigenous Sámi people.
"Stora Sjöfallet" means "Big Waterfall" in Swedish. Photo: Shanley McEntee.
An accessible level of challenge
The majesty and beauty of Lapland offers a world class hiking experience, yet this tour is quite accessible. Most of the daily legs of the hike are relatively short and moderately challenging.
You will be carrying food for max. 2-3 days at a time during the tour, meaning daily pack weight is typically no more than 10-12 kg. Sometimes you will have the opportunity to leave the trail to make exciting day tours with the freedom of lighter packs.
The adventure ends at the traditional mountain station of Saltoluokta, famous for its good food and rich in the history and culture of the Swedish mountains!
Day 1 - Arrival
You gather at the cabin in Ritsem when the first bus arrives (around 12:00) and you will have lunch together to get to know your companions for the next week and given a presentation of what's to come on your adventure. You take a boat that evening over Lake Akkajaure and after a short walk of around 2 km you arrive at your cabins, where you will spend your first night.
Today is your first day of "real" hiking. You hike a few kilometres to cross the bridge over the river Voujatätno, entering the national park of Stora Sjöfallet. You follow the Padjelanta trail winding under the magnificent peaks and glaciers of Mt Akka. Just before you reach your destination for this evening you will be in 3 national parks at the same time: Sarek, Stora Sjöfallet and Padjelanta! Before you reach the Kisuris cabins where you will stay overnight. Distance: 14 km. Height difference: +100m.
You will be guided by the weather today and the exact plan for the day will be determined by the conditions of the day, but you will normally take a day tour into Sarek National Park. You will then walk down to Lake Kutjaure, where you are collected by boat and taken over the lake to the west side, home to the Sámi settlement at Kutjaure Västända. Here you will have dinner and you spend the night at cabins close to the settlement. Distance 4 km + day tour.
NB: There is the opportunity for 6 participants from the group to overnight in a traditional Sami "kåta" (a traditional Laplander hut made of birch and peat) 10 minutes' walk from the main cabin. Reservation for this option is on a first-come, first-served basis. If you would like to overnight in the the hut instead of in cabin, please let us know at time of booking.
Today you explore the area around Kutjaure and pass an outstanding waterfall in Sieperjåkkå and walk to the very little-visited, north part of the Padjelanta National Park. You are rewarded with impressive views of Padjelanta and Sarek from Kåtotjåkkå mountain.
The trail today takes you high up into the mountains as you bid farewell to Padjelanta. You pass through Sweden's largest Sami settlement before you head towards Vaisaluokta mountain cabin. Distance: 18 km. Height difference: +300m, -350m.
This morning you will take the first first boat over to Ritsem and meet the bus to take you down to Lake Langas and Saltoluokta Mountain Station with its sauna and showers! In the evening you will be served a traditional Lappish 3-course dinner in the restaurant.
Day 7 - Departure
Your adventure is at an end. After breakfast the boat takes you over Lake Langas to Kebnats and the bus to Gällivare.
Please note that the programme is subject to change depending on weather conditions.
The midnight sun does not shine all summer long but it is daylight 24 hours a day from around mid-May to the end of July. In August, bring a small torch or headtorch.
There is no electricity at the Tourist Federation or Padjelanta cabins. Heating is by wood or gas fires. There are only emergency telephones in the cabins. The phone is directly connected to the police. Mobile phones generally do not work out in the mountains.
- Midnight Sun Tour: 05.07-11.07.20
- Late Summer Tour: 16.08-22.08.20
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.
|Per adult||GBP 833||EUR 923|
Important: Prices for this tour are based on membership of Hostelling International (or an affiliated organisation) and you should bring proof of membership with you on your tour. If you are not already an HI member, please join before travel or membership can also be purchased on arrival (295 SEK/person, about £28).
- Night in Sami hut Day 5: There is the opportunity for 6 participants from the group to overnight in a traditional Sami "kåta" (a traditional Laplander hut made of birch and peat) 10 minutes' walk from the main cabin. There is no additional charge for this, but reservation for this option is on a first-come, first-served basis. If you would like to overnight in the the hut instead of in cabin, please let us know at time of booking.
What's Included »
1 night at Saltoluokta Mountain Station and 5 nights in mountain cabins (except if choosing option to spend one night in traditional Sami hut - see Itinerary for details).
The cabins: The beds are fitted with mattresses, pillows and blankets. During the summer season you should bring a light sleeping bag or a set of sheets. The cabins are comfortable but of basic standard and there is no electricity or running water. You will all need to help each other with domestic duties, cleaning, cooking, doing the dishes etc. Wooden fires or gas heats the cabins. The cooking is done on gas stoves.
The cabins you will visit during this hike have 20-34 beds (rooms with 4-10 beds, male/female mixed). There are also extra mattresses and blankets in case the cabin gets full. Everyone will get shelter - in the event that all the beds are occupied you will get a space on the floor and a mattress. It is not possible to reserve beds in advance.
Typical mountain cabin accommodation during the tour
Lunch in Ritsem. 5 days in mountain cabins including provisions. 1 day with full board at Saltoluokta Mountain Station incl. 3 course dinner.
Food for sale: If you would like any additional snacks, etc, in Ritsem you will find a small shop where you can buy dried and canned food, drinks and snacks, etc. There is no food for sale in the mountain cabins.
Boat on Lake Akkajaure, Lake Kutjaure and Lake Langas.
Experienced and knowledgeable local guide.
- 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 "Getting There" for general travel information.
- Alcoholic drinks (available to purchase at Saltoluokta Mountain Station).
- Bus between Ritsem and Saltoluokta during tour (purchased locally by card, please note buses do not accept cash).
Good To Know »
To enjoy this hike you should have some previous experience of walking with a backpack of around 10-12kg (including 1-2kg of food provisions distributed among the group at the start of the tour) and be in good physical condition. Minimum age 16 years.
Distances between the mountain cabins vary from 5 to 18 km. Difference in altitude on a single leg is maximum 400m (not including day tours).
What makes this "Medium"?
The tour takes place in a remote mountain landscape and accommodation on most nights is simple. Daily hiking distances are moderate and the tour would normally be considered manageable by a wide range of participants.
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.
For information on any equipment and/or clothing included as standard for this experience, please see under "What's 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.
Preparing for your trip:
For further reading, we also have a number of general information articles to get you ready for your trip, covering a wide variety of topics from what to do on a city break before/after your tour, advice on packing, eyewear for winter and considerations for female travellers.
Minimum total 6 persons required for tours to be confirmed to run. You are of course welcome to book as a solo traveller.
Maximum 12 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.
This tour has received a prestigious Swedish Ecotourism award for its commitment to high standards to cultural and environmental sensitivity.
Designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1996, Laponia covers an area of 9,400 square kilometres. The landscape is extremely varied, from the dramatic mountainscapes of Sarek to the swamps of Muddus.
The majestic mountains of the Stora Sjöfallet and Sarek national parks are found in western Laponia. This is where you find Sweden's largest glacial area, with hundreds of glaciers. As hard, volcanic bedrock erodes slowly, the mountains are both high and steep. The tallest peaks reach 2000 metres above sea level.
In the Padjelanta National Park in the west the bedrock is softer and contains slate, limestone and sandstone from the seabed, which contribute to the characteristic soft and hilly landscape of this part of Lapland. This is where reindeer herds have grazed for hundreds of years and thus made the land exceptionally fertile.
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.
Fly to Stockholm. Night train to Gällivare and bus to Ritsem on arrival, bus from Kebnats to Gällivare for night train on departure.
Ferry Dover-Dunkirk or Newcastle-Amsterdam for onward train connections to Gällivare.
Gallery & Reviews »
"Thank you for this absolutely fantastic experience! All was as expected and expectations were pretty high but the guide and how he really tried to give us an authentic experience and share in his personal Laponia and Sami culture was amazing. And the food was fab. He even made an instant noodles soup into a feast, loved it all. The local guide really gave us a Laponia EXPERIENCE." Elin, August 2018
"We are back after a truly amazing experience. Everything was perfect and our guide was just wonderful. Thanks again for all your help and support. It really was a fabulous experience. I loved the service and quick response from the team. [The best parts were] quality time with people that I loved; drinking water from the rivers; learning about the Sami people; the absolute beauty of the area; experiencing the local food and tradition; the saunas." Liesl, private group tour, August 2017
"The guides were excellent. Well-paced, planned, organised. Nice group. Offered trip most suited to what I was looking for, timing, price, eco/environmental consideration." Joanne