Sulitelma and Padjelanta National Park
A hiking tour with accommodation in huts and tents
We start our hike in Padjelanta National Park with two days by Sulitelma, a high-alpine mountain area by the Norwegian border with several high peaks and large glaciers. The hike then continues along the Padjelanta trail which takes us north passing powerful mountain rivers and great mountain lakes. Along the trail we stay in huts or tents depending on the weather. To hike in Padjelanta National Park means that we travel through the summer grazing area for reindeers from several different Sami communities. In summertime, there is full activity in the Sami settlements and in July calf markings takes place in several different places in Padjelanta National Park.
Padjelanta national park is the largest National Park in Sweden and stretches from Sarek National Park in the east to the Norwegian border in the west. Padjelanta, or Badjelánnda as it is actually spelled in Sami, means “the high country”. The rolling hills consists of a calcareous high plateau with herb-rich mountain meadows and large mountain lakes where both trout and char have been fished for generations. People have lived here for thousands of years and if we look closely we find traces of old fireplaces and hunting pits. Padjelanta National Park is part of Laponia, an area with several National Parks and Nature Reserves that have been designated a World Heritage Site for their unique nature and cultural values.
Our idea is to get a glimpse of the Sulitelma mountains and hike in a unique and protected culture landscape in Padjelanta National Park
This hike is for you…
…want to experience the remote culture landscape in Padjelanta National Park but still have the convenience of staying in heated cabins some of the nights. To join our hike in Padjelanta National Park you must to be able to hike around 15 km per day in hilly terrain and carry a backpack of about 15 kg. Recommended age from 18 years old. Please contact us if you have any questions regarding your physical ability or experience level.
The plan is to:
- Experience Padjelanta National Park
- Get a glimpse of Sulitelma’s peaks and glaciers
- Learn about the Sami culture in the area
- Eat local and fresh fish from the lakes
- Visit Sårjåsjaure by the border to Norway
Hike in small groups and with a local guide
We want you to have the best experience possible on your hike in Padjelanta National Park. Therefore, we travel in small groups of maximum 10 guests in total. All our guides live in the area and 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.
Many of our guests travel on their own and don’t know anyone else in the group when arriving Jokkmokk. It is a great opportunity to find new outdoor friends. Solo travelers are of course welcome to book the tour, but we will need a minimum of three guests in total to run the tour.
The price includes:
- Local English and Swedish speaking guides
- Accommodation 4 nights in hostel/mountain cabin
- Accommodation 4 nights in tent
- Full board with all meals
- Camping and safety equipment
- Round trip transportation from Jokkmokk
- Pick-up in Luleå: SEK 1500/person
- Drop-off in Luleå: SEK 1500/person
- Single room supplement (first night): SEK 200/person
- Extra night in cabin SEK 500/person can be added during the hike
How to book and pay your tour online
Book your adventure by clicking the button above, and fill in a booking form online. We will manually review your booking to make sure that the tour will suite you and that we still have availability. If everything looks okay we will send you a confirmation by email within shortest possible time. You will be charged a 20% deposit at time of booking and the rest 30 days before your tour starts. You can choose to pay with credit card or bank transfer.
Our cancellation policy
We will refund you according to the conditions below.
- Cancellations from the time you receive your booking confirmation up to 31 days before arrival will be charged 20% of the total price for the tour.
- Cancellations from 30 days up to 15 days before arrival will be charged 50% of the total price for the tour.
- Cancellations within 14 days of arrival will be charged 100% of the total price for the tour.
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Book by filling in this booking form online. We will manually review your booking to make sure that the tour will suite you and that we still have availability. If everything looks okay we will send you a confirmation by email within shortest possible time. You will be charged a 20% deposit at time of booking and the rest 30 days before your tour starts. You can choose to pay with credit card or bank transfer.
Food and accommodations
The first night we stay in a guesthouse in the center of Jokkmokk where you’ll share a room with other participants from the team. The house, built almost 100 years ago, was owned by the state forestry company, being the home of the local forester. And still today it feels like coming home when entering the front door. Caisa, who runs the place will cook dinner for us in the evening and prepare the breakfast in the morning.
During our hike in Padjelanta National Park we stay three nights in mountain cabins and four nights in tents. The last two days we have booked cabins in Akka and Kutjaure, but the rest of the week the plan is to be flexible. We sleep in tents when the weather and mood are at their best and in a cabin if we need to dry up after a rainy day in the mountains. If we camp near a cabin, you can choose to pay for an extra night in a cabin.
In the mountains
In the cabins, you may need to share a cabin or room with other participants from the group. When we sleep in tents, you share a tent with another participant and together you are responsible for carrying and setting up the tent for the night. You can borrow sleeping bags and inflatable sleeping pads from us. In the cabins we have neither wifi nor running water and very limited access to electricity. We all help carry water and cook dinner in the evenings. Not far from the cabins there are outhouses and when we are hiking or camping between the cabins you choose a suitable place in nature, often with a panoramic view of the mountains.
During our week in the mountains, we cook breakfast and dinner together in one of the cabins or outside the tent. This is also where we meet in the evening and talk about the mountains, life and other adventures. Food is a big part of the experience and to be able to walk in Padjelanta we want to eat well and feel good. We use a mixture of dried and fresh food and make sure you get the chance to taste some local specialties. As long as the weather allows, we have a longer break in the middle of the day to eat a lighter lunch and rest our muscles for a while.
Get on the night train leaving from Stockholm in the evening and arrive Jokkmokk the next morning. This is not only the best option for the planet, it is also a cool experience. Book your own private cabin or just a single bed in a cabin with 3 or 6-beds. In the morning you get off the train in Murjek where you board bus 43 for a last hour of traveling before arriving Jokkmokk. There is a bus stop (named Åsgatan) only a few hundred meters from the guesthouse where you will be staying.
You can purchase both the train and the bus ticket online at sj.se. Simply enter Stockholm Central to Jokkmokk busstation and it will give you the options. If you prefer you can fly from Stockholm to Luleå and book a pickup from the airport or any hotel in central Luleå. Book your ticket home from Jokkmokk bus station or add transfer to Luleå on your reservation. However you choose to travel here, flexible tickets are recommended. Even if we have planned with an extra day during our week in the mountains, conditions can delay our return to Jokkmokk. We also recommend you to have a valid travel insurance and check passport and VISA rules for traveling to Sweden.
Arrival and departure day
We will meet you at Jokkmokk Guesthouse at 16.00 on day 1 or at 13.00 in Luleå if you book a pickup. We will be back in Jokkmokk around 15 on day 9. If you choose to add a transfer to Luleå you can book your flight from 19.00.
Stay warm and happy
During a week in Padjelanta National Park we see all kinds of weather. We can experience sunshine and +25 degrees during the day but also down to +5 degrees with heavy rain and strong winds. Night temperatures often drop down to +0. Our packing list helps you to decide what to bring to stay warm and happy on the tour.
How heavy will my backpack be?
Expect your backpack to weigh about 15 kg when leaving our basecamp in Sårjåsjaure. Aim for your personal equipment with clothes and other small things to weigh around 3-4kg plus the weight of the backpack of 2-3kg. In addition, there will be about 8 kg of food, common equipment and a water bottle with water that you get from us in Jokkmokk. The total weight ends up around 15kg. But we always have some extra things that we need to be happy and comfortable, such as an extra sweater, a camera or a book. We recommend that you take the time to think through your packing and what you really need. Hiking in Padjelanta National Park becomes much more comfortable with a lighter backpack.
What about mosquitoes?
There will be mosquitoes. How much depends on the temperature and how much rain we have had recently. But also how windy the weather is during the week that we are out hiking in Padjelanta National Park. We do our best to choose camping spots and have breaks where we have a breeze that keeps most of the mosquitoes away. If you are sensitive to bugs we recommend that you’ll bring a head net and mosquito repellent. Are you allergic you should consult a doctor about possible anti-histamine to reduce the reaction from the mosquito bites.
Included meals marked each day with B=breakfast, L=lunch and D=dinner
DAY 1 ARRIVAL JOKKMOKK (D)
We all gather in Jokkmokk, a small town just north of the Arctic Circle. The first night you will stay at Jokkmokk Hostel where you will share a room with other expedition members. We meet up at 16.00 to brief you on the coming hike in Padjelanta before we enjoy our first meal together. If you arrive early we recommend you to visit Ájtte – the mountain and Sami museum.
DAY 2. FLYING OUT TO PADJELANTA (B,L,D)
We start the day with breakfast at the hostel in Jokkmokk before we get ready to pack the minibus and head west towards Ritsem. Along the way we make a stop for lunch and to stretch our legs on a shorter day tour. Ritsem is a small village by the end of the road and from here we continue by helicopter to Sårjåsjaure. We spend the evening in the area and find a nice place for our base camp.
Hiking distance: about 3 km, elevation gain/loss: close to 0, estimated time out hiking: 2h
DAY 3 SULITJELMA MOUNTAINS (B,L,D)
We start the day with breakfast before we head out on a day trip in the area. If weather looks promising, we hike up one of the mountain peaks near our basecamp and hope for a view of the Sulitelma mountains and glaciers. Otherwise we stay in lower terrain and make a shorter day trip. In the evening we have dinner together and get ready for the Padjelanta trail tomorrow.
Hiking distance: about 5-20 km, elevation gain/loss: +600/-600m, estimated time out hiking: 6-8h
DAY 4-7 PADJELANTA NATIONAL TRAIL (B,L,D)
After breakfast we pack our backpacks and hike north along the Padjelanta trail. The trail is easy to walk and takes us along rivers, lakes and over mountains. In the evening we find a nice place to camp or stay in one in the cabins that we pass along the way. We have dinner together and sleep well after a day in the mountains.
The trail that we follow during our hike in Padjelanta has been used since long time by the Sami people in the area. They have traveled between the settlements to visit calf-markings taking place in the area. Hiking in Padjelanta means traveling right through the summer grazing land of several Sami villages. In the summer there is full activity in the settlements, but in the autumn most of the reindeer start their migration to the east and the reindeer herders followed in the same direction.
In the evening of day 7 we’ll arrive Kutjaure Sami settlement where we will stay in cabins and eat fish from the lake right next to the settlement.
Hiking distance: about 60 km (or 15km/day), elevation gain/loss: +840/-1050m in 4 days, estimated time out hiking: 6-8h/day
DAY 8 STORA SJÖFALLET NATIONAL PARK (B,L,D)
After breakfast we leave Kutjaure Sami settlement and travel across the lake in small boats. Arriving the shore on the other side we continue by foot to Akka cabins along a trail that leads us through a beautiful birch forest and along powerful mountain rivers in Stora Sjöfallet National Park. Arriving Akka hut we enjoy a hot sauna and dinner in the cabin.
Hiking distance: 14 km, elevation gain/loss: +150/-150m, estimated time out hiking: 6h
DAY 9 DEPARTURE DAY (B,L)
We have breakfast and walk the last 2 kilometers to the dock and take the boat to Ritsem. From Ritsem we start our drive back to Jokkmokk and stop at Naturum along the way to look at the exhibition about Laponia World Heritage Site and to enjoy a last lunch together in the restaurant.
Hiking distance: 2 km, elevation gain/loss: close to 0, estimated time out hiking: less than 1 h
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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