Kungsleden autumn hike
Sparkling colors in Laponia
Every fall, the mountain turns into a spectacular show in different shades of red and yellow. Our hike along Kungsleden starts in a virgin birch forest where the leaves are shifting from green to yellow. We continue up above tree-line where the red colors of the bearberry leaves make to mountain glow. We stay in cozy mountain huts heated with firewood finishing in Saltoluokta mountain lodge with sauna and three-course dinner.
During the week we’ll hike up to Skierfe, a 700-meter cliff in Sarek national park and the UNESCO world heritage site Laponia. From Skierfe we can look out over the turquoise Rapa delta colored by water from the glaciers west of us. We’ll also meet a Sami family living in the area, listen to stories from their life as reindeer herders and learn about their culture.
The mountain turns into a spectacular show in different shades of red and yellow
This hike is for you who…
…wants to experience the fall colors and hike Kungsleden. You should be able to hike between 10-20 kilometer per day in terrain with moderate differences in altitude and with a backpack of around 10-12 kg. Please contact us if you have any questions regarding your physical ability or experience level.
Food and accommodations
Laponia Adventures values nutritious food made from real ingredients and put a lot of effort into preparing the menu for this hike. A typical day starts with a Swedish breakfast and in the evening, we cook dinner together. The dinners are inspired by both traditional Sami food an typical Swedish food. We use lokal ingredient and you will get to try both reindeer and fish from the lakes that we are passing. As long as weather permits we will have a longer break during the day to re-energize with a lighter lunch.
During our time in the mountains we stay in cozy mountain cabin without electricity or running water. We all help with the daily duties such as carrying water or chopping wood to the fire. Even if the cabins are simple, they provide the most essentials as heat, beds, blankets and everything we need for cooking and eating. Outhouses are often situated within 100 meters from the huts. The first and the last day of the tour we will stay in hostels where you will share room with other participants of the group. You will of course have access to both water-toilets and showers.
Guides and support
We work with local guides who have good knowledge of the culture and history in Laponia. They are all certified guides trained in wilderness first aid or live up to the same standard or higher. Our support team will drive us to Sitoälvsbron where we start the hike and also make sure your travel luggage ends up in Saltoluokta mountain lodge where we finish the hike.
Here you’ll find our Terms and conditions
Included meals marked each day with B=breakfast, L=lunch and D=dinner
DAY 1 ARRIVAL JOKKMOKK (D)
Jokkmokk is a small town just north of the Arctic Circle close to the mountains and untouched forest. The first night you will stay at Jokkmokk Hostel where you will share a room with other hikers from the group. We meet up for dinner (18.00) and enjoy our first meal together followed by an introduction to the week. If you arrive early we recommend you to visit Ájtte – the mountain and Sami museum.
We arrange transfer from the airports in Luleå. Pick-up latest 16.00.
DAY 2 JOKKMOKK – AKTSE (B,L,D)
We start the day with breakfast at the hostel before we pack the minibus and head west to Sitoälvsbron where our hike begins. As we travel west the trail gets more narrow and pointy peaks start rising in the horizon. Our walk ends in Aktse cabin where we have dinner and stay the first night.
Hiking distance: 15 km, elevation gain/loss: close to 0 m, estimated time hiking: 5h
DAY 3 DAY TOUR TO SKIERFE (B,L,D)
We climb the hill behind the hut towards Skierfe, a mountain from where you can overview the meandering river in the Rapa delta. We hope for good weather to be able to see far into Sarek national park.
Hiking distance: 18 km, elevation gain/loss: +600/-600 m, estimated time hiking: 9-10h
DAY 4 AKTE – SITOJAURE (B,L,D)
The trail leads us up through the birch forest to the open landscape above the three lines. We continue north along the King’s trail, taking time to enjoy the view before we roll down to lake Sitojaure. A boat will take us over to Sitojaure cabin on the other side of the lake.
Hiking distance: 9 km, elevation gain/loss: +400/-250, estimated time hiking: 4h
DAY 5 SAMI EXPERIENCE IN SITOJAURE (B,L,D)
We’ll meet up with a Sami family living part of the year by the lake. If weather permits we travel west, with boats along the lake, towards Sarek national park. Listen to their stories and learn about their life and culture.
DAY 6 SITOJAURE – SALTOLUOKTA (B,L,D)
Our last hiking day takes us north through a wide U-shaped valley that divides the high mountains in the west from the rolling hills of Ultevis in the east. We enjoy our last full day in the mountains before reaching Saltoluokta mountain lodge where we have shower and sauna followed by a three-course dinner in the restaurant.
Hiking distance: 20 km, elevation gain/loss: +100/-400, estimated time hiking: 8h
DAY 7 DEPARTURE SALTOLUOKTA (B)
After finishing the organic breakfast in the restaurant at Saltoluokta mountain lodge it is time to say good-bye and wish you safe travels home. A boat will take you across lake Langas and we recommend you to arrange your travel home from Kebnats bus stop on the other side.
We can arrange transfer to the airports in Luleå. Drop-off earliest 16.00
Start: Jokkmokk 18.00
End: Saltoluokta fjällstation 9.00
Group size: 6-12
The price includes:
- Local English and Swedish speaking guide
- Sami culture experience in Sitojaure
- Accommodation 4 nights in cabins
- Accommodation 2 nights in hostels including bed-linen
- All meals and snacks including 3-course dinner in Saltoluokta
- Transfer Jokkmokk-trailhead
- Safety equipment
- Storage of travel luggage and transport to Saltoluokta
- Pick-up and drop-off at the airport in Luleå: SEK 1500 round trip
- Upgrade to private room at Saltoluokta SEK 315-640
A normal day in September offers temperatures from 5 to 15 degrees. Temperature can drop down to 0 degrees and we could get strong winds, lots of rainfall or potentially snow. Normally there are no mosquitos this time of the year.
Please let us know if you have any dietary restrictions or food allergies.
Passport & Visa
Make sure you check the current regulations for passport and visa to travel to Sweden.
We recommend you to have valid travel insurance.
We may need to adjust the route and the itinerary according to the conditions for the local reindeer herders, as well as current weather conditions.
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