Crossing the higher land on skis
Discover the vast scenery of Padjelanta national park with the great lakes and the high peaks in the horizon. Without any winter trails to follow we navigate through the sometimes barren landscape. Padjelanta is the area where the reindeer calfs are born and in the summer the huts in the Sami settlement are full of life. In the winter though, you can ski for days without meeting anyone. If we are lucky we might see moose, wolverine and ptarmigan that all find a way to survive the winter on the arctic tundra.
Padjelanta national park is the largest national park in Sweden and part of the world heritage of Laponia. The almost 2000 square kilometers is positioned right west of Sarek national park and together Sarek and Padjelanta protect an impressive landscape and culture. On our planned route, we’ll pass close to the most remote point in Sweden, as far as possible from any roads.
The name Badjelánnda comes from Sami language meaning the higher land
This tour is for you who want to experience the pure winter landscape of Padjelanta but still have the comfort of staying in heated huts during the night. You’ll need to be a fairly strong skier, be able to carry a backpack of about 10-15 kg and take turns dragging a sledge with common food and equipment. The program includes some longer days with distances over 20 km off-trail.
Laponia Adventures values nutritious food made from real ingredients and put a lot of effort into preparing the menu for this tour. A typical day starts with a Swedish breakfast and in the evening, we cook dinner together in the hut. Our dinners are inspired by local food from the Sami culture as well as more general Swedish food. As long as weather permits we will have a longer break during the day to eat a lighter lunch and re-energize.
During our time in the mountains we stay in cozy cabin with no electricity or running water. We all help with the daily duties as carrying water or chopping vegetables for dinner. 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 last night of the tour we will stay in a hostel where you will share room with other participants of the group. This day you will have access to both water-toilets and showers.
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. This tour will start and end with a snowmobile transfer that brings us to and from Padjelanta national park. During our time in the mountain we will be on our own but have regular contact with our team back home to get updated information about weather forecast etc.
Included meals marked each day with B=breakfast, L=lunch and D=dinner
DAY 1 ARRIVAL RITSEM – KUTJAURE (L,D)
We will meet you in Ritsem for a late lunch when the bus arrives from Gällivare. We check our equipment before continuing across the lake Akkajaure by snowmobile (40 min). The last stretch to Lake Kutjaure you’ll get to test your ski equipment with just a light daypack. We’ll have dinner and stay overnight in cabins.
Distance on skis: about 10 km, elevation gain/loss: close to 0, estimated time out skiing: 4h
We arrange transfer from the airports in Luleå. Pick-up latest 18.00 the day before.
DAY 2 KUTJAURE – LÅDDEJÅKK (B,L,D)
We start the day with a generous “mountain breakfast” and pack our backpacks for a week in the mountain. We’ll have lunch on the way brought in thermoses and then cook a hearty dinner together in the evening. We start our ski tour in Padjelanta national park along the Voujatädno river and the big lake of Vastenjaure that reaches west towards the Norwegian border.
Distance on skis: 20 km, elevation gain/loss: close to 0, estimated time out skiing: 7h
DAY 3 LÅDDEJÅKK – ARASLUOKTA (B,L,D)
Our route to the next hut leads us up and over a pass almost 900 meters above sea level. From there we’ll be able to overview most of the national park and if weather allows we build our lunch couch in the south-facing slope overlooking surrounding landscape. We spend the night in a hut in Arasluokta, a summer settlement for the Sami people.
Distance on skis: 13 km, elevation gain/loss: +300/-250 m, estimated time out skiing: 4-5h
DAY 4 ARASLUOKTA – DUOTTAR (B,L,D)
We continue east climbing up the gentle slope toward the highest point of the tour. This wide-open landscape offers great opportunities for panoramic views, but we are also unprotected if hard weather approaches. However, Duottar cabin, almost 900 meters above sea level will give us the perfect protection.
Distance on skis: about 20 km, elevation gain/loss: +350/-50 m, estimated time out skiing: 8-9h
DAY 5 DUOTTAR – SÅMMARLAPPA (B,L,D)
We continue down on the other side of the watershed passing the hut in Tarraluoppal. The open landscape gradually changes into the sparse birch forest down in Tarra Valley. A rocky hill behind Såmmarlappa, our destination for the day, is a popular spot for families of lynxes and if we are lucky we might spot one of them.
Distance on skis: 24 km, elevation gain/loss: +0/-400, estimated time out skiing: 7h
DAY 6 EXTRA DAY (B,L,D)
We have a planned extra day to give us the flexibility to respond to weather and snow conditions.
DAY 7 SÅMMARLAPPA – JOKKMOKK (B,L,D)
On our last full day in the mountain we follow the winding river deep down in the U-shaped Tarra Valley. We will pass one of the oldest huts in the mountain that was used by adventurers during the late 19th century. After lunch, we continue down to Kvikkjokk mountain lodge by snowmobiles (1,5h) from where we continue by car down to Jokkmokk (1,5h) to finish the tour with showers and 2-course dinner in a restaurant.
Distance on skis: 13 km, elevation gain/loss: close to 0, estimated time out skiing: 4h
DAY 8 DEPARTURE JOKKMOKK (B)
After finishing the breakfast at the hostel lodge it is now time to say good-bye and wish you safe travels home. We recommend you to book your ticket home from Jokkmokk bus station or Åsgatan.
We can arrange transfer to the airports in Luleå. Drop-off earliest 11.00
Price: SEK 16 950
Date: Apr 6-13 2019
Start: Ritsem 12.00
End: Jokkmokk 9.00
Group size: 4-12
The price includes:
- Local English and Swedish speaking guides
- Accommodation 6 nights in cabins
- Accommodation 1 night in hostel including bed-linen
- All meals and snacks including 2-course dinner in Jokkmokk
- Transfer Kvikkjokk-Jokkmokk
- Safety equipment
- Transport sledges (1/pair)
- Snowmobile support to and from Padjelanta national park
- Storage of travel luggage and transport to Kvikkjokk
- Ski equipment (touring skis w/ metal edges, skins, boots and poles): SEK 1600
- Pick-up and drop-off at the airport in Luleå: SEK 2500 round trip
- Extra night in Jokkmokk from SEK 300
- Upgrade to private room in Jokkmokk SEK 115-300
A normal day offers temperatures from +5 to-15 degrees Celsius with wind speeds around 5-15 m/s. Temperature in April can drop down to below -20.
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 and snow conditions.
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