Discover the majestic Rapa valley
On this expedition, we hike through Sarek national park, one of the most remote part of Europe, without any marked trail or access by road. During six days, we travel through dense vegetation in the Rapa valley, across open tundra and through barren valleys with surrounding glaciers. Our hike begins by the Rapa delta where we climb Skierfe, a 700-meter cliff that dives down in the meandering Rapa river.
The Sami people and their reindeers have traveled through those valleys for thousands of years and still do. The Rapa river, is an impressive meandering river and the fertile vegetation is a is a popular grazing area for the great Sarek moose. We finish our hike along the famous King’s trail and end with a well-deserved sauna and three-course dinner in Saltoluokta mountain lodge.
On this expedition, we hike through Sarek national park, one of the most remote parts of Europe
This hike is for you who likes challenges and wants to experience the remoteness of Sarek national park. 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 15-20 kg. We will mostly follow game trails but also hike off-trail. Please contact us if you have any questions regarding your physical ability or experience level.
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. As long as weather permits we will have a longer break during the day to re-energize with a lighter lunch. As there are no huts or lodges in Sarek national park we will have to carry all the food for the expedition with us. The food will contain a mix of fresh and home dried food.
During our time in the mountains we sleep in high-quality Hilleberg tents made for heavy rainfall and strong winds. You’ll share a 2 or 3-person tent with another expedition member and together you’ll carry and set up the tent for the night. We provide you with 3-season sleeping bags for temperatures around zero and an inflatable insulated pads so you can sleep warm and comfortable all-night long. There are no outhouses in Sarek national park but nature offers cool toilet spots, often with scenic views.
Our last night in the mountains we stay in a cozy mountain cabin without electricity or running water. In the huts and we all help with the daily duties as carrying water or cleaning up after dinner. The first and last day of the tour we will stay in a hostel where you will share room with other participants of the group. Those days 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. Our support team send us updated weather forecast for our days in the mountains and transport your travel luggage to Saltoluokta where we finish the hike.
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 most famous for its yearly winter market in the beginning of February. The first night you will stay at Jokkmokk Hostel where you will share a room with other expedition members. We meet up for dinner (18.00) and enjoy our first meal together followed by an introduction to the week and organization of gear. 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 – SAREK NATIONAL PARK (B,L,D)
We start the day with breakfast at the hostel before we pack the minibus and head west to Stora sjöfallet from where a helicopter takes us to the border to Sarek national park. We start the hike by climbing Skierfe, a 700-meter cliff that dives down into the turquoise colored Rapa delta. The Rapa river, is an impressive meandering river that drains most of the glaciers in Sarek national park west of us. We continue a few kilometers along the ridge north of the Rapa valley and build our camp with a view over Rapa valley.
Hiking distance: 8 km, elevation gain/loss: +250/-250 m, estimated time hiking: 4-6h
DAY 3 SAREK NATIONAL PARK (B,L,D)
We continue northwest along the ridge for some kilometers before we drop down into the Rapa valley. We follow the meandering Rapa river crossing several small creeks draining glaciers and lakes in the mountains. We set camp down in the valley between the two impressive mountains Skoarkki and Bielloriehppe.
Hiking distance: 16 km, elevation gain/loss: +300/-800 m, estimated time hiking: 8h
DAY 4 SAREK NATIONAL PARK (B,L,D)
We leave the Rapa valley and gain elevation in hope to get a glimpse of the great Sarek moose hiding in the lush vegetation by the river. Our hike continues up to hill and through Snávvávágge, a short valley on 1000 meter above sea level. We set camp early with the plan to climb Låddebákte in the evening, from where you can overview most of the Rapa valley.
Hiking distance: 11 km, elevation gain/loss: +320/-50, estimated time hiking: 5-6h + optional evening tour
DAY 5 SAREK NATIONAL PARK (B,L,D)
We hike north across a rocky and technical passage continuing towards the Biela plateau from where we enter the narrow and alpine Bastavágge. High mountain surrounds the valley on both sides and in the bottom, runs the sometime powerful the river Alep Basstajåhkå. We set camp in middle of the valley, our last night in tents.
Hiking distance: 12 km, elevation gain/loss: +400/-250, estimated time hiking: 8h
DAY 6 SAREK NATIONAL PARK – SITOJAURE (B,L,D)
We continue through Basstavágge down to Rinim, a small Sami settlement down by lake Sitojaure. From here we continue across the lake by small boats, ending in Sitojaure mountain hut where we stay for the night.
Hiking distance: 10 km, elevation gain/loss: +0/-350, estimated time hiking: 4-6h
DAY 7 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 8 DEPARTURE SALTOLUOKTA (B)
After finishing the organic breakfast in the restaurant at Saltoluokta mountain lodge it is time to say goodbye 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
Price: SEK 15980
Date: Aug 25 – Sep 1 2018
Start: Jokkmokk 18.00
End: Saltoluokta fjällstation 9.00
Group size: 6-12
The price includes:
- Local English and Swedish speaking guide
- Accommodation 4 nights in tent
- Accommodation 1 night in mountain cabin
- Accommodation 2 nights in hostels including bed-linen
- All meals and snacks including 3-course dinner in Saltoluokta
- Transfer Jokkmokk-Stora sjöfallet
- Helicopter transfer Stora sjöfallet-Sarek national park
- Tents and stoves
- 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
- Sleeping bag and inflatable sleeping mat SEK 750
A normal day in the end of august offers temperatures from 5 to 20 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 and water levels.
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