Sarek Adventure trek
Trek in the wildest National Park in Sweden
Hike in Sarek National Park and visit our favorite spots in the wildest area in Europe. We travel across rivers and open tundra but also through barren rocky valleys and among high mountain birch trees. The impressive meandering delta landscape in Rapa valley is a popular grazing area for the great Sarek moose and buzzards and other large birds of prey thrive in the surrounding cliffs. Sarek National Park is a high mountain area without any marked trails and together we navigate both off-trail and along game trails. Every night, we find a place to set up our tents and cook a proper dinner together. We start the hike along Kungsleden, the most famous trail in Sweden, and end at Skierfe, a 700-meter high cliff at the mouth of Rapa valley.
Sarek National Park is the largest high mountain area in Sweden and one of our oldest and largest National Parks. It is also part of the UNESCO world heritage site Laponia, protected for its unique combination of culture and nature. Within Sarek National Park you’ll find no less than six peaks over 2000-meters and over 200 glaciers. Since thousands of years, the Sami people have migrated with their reindeers through Sarek National Park creating winding trails along the valleys. The area has a unique history. Here lies a desolated chapel, built for the workers who struggled with silver mining during the 1700s. The researcher and geographer Axel Hamberg have spent years in in the area and during World War 2 a and a British bomber crashed in Sarek National Park.
Our idea is to gather a small group of adventurous hikers and together experience great fellowship, challenging terrain and fantastic mountain views in the heart of Sarek
This trek is for you who…
… have experience from trekking and wants to experience the remoteness of Sarek national park. To join this hike in Sarek you must be able to hike between 15-20 kilometer per day in terrain with moderate differences in altitude, and with a backpack of around 20 kg. We will mostly follow game trails but also hike off-trail. You should be prepared to do several river crossings but also pass rocky sections and smaller snow fields. Recommended age from 18 years old. Please contact us if you have any questions regarding your physical ability or experience level.
Come with us and experience:
- Dramatic mountain views over Rapa valley
- Great fellowship and team spirit
- A great chance to see the biggest moose in Europe
- The enjoyment of well prepared and tasty food after a long day’s hike
- How you feel challenging yourself physically and mentally c
Hike in small groups with a local guide
We want you to have the best experience possible on your hike in Sarek National Park. Therefore, we travel in small groups of maximum 10 guests in total. All our guides live in the area and can tell you stories about 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 team 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 two guests in total to go.
The price includes:
- Local English and Swedish speaking guides
- Accommodation 8 nights
- Full board with all meals
- All 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 and last night): SEK 750/person
- Beverage at restaurants
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 suit you and that we still have availability. If everything looks okay we will send you a confirmation by email within the 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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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 breakfast in the morning. On this tour you will get the chance to try local specialties such as reindeer, moose and fish from the mountains.
The following six nights when we hike in Sarek we’ll sleep comfortably in high-quality tents from Hilleberg. The tents are made for coping with heavy rainfall and strong winds and will keep you dry during the night. You’ll share a tent with another hiker from the group and together you’ll carry and set up the tent for the night. Sleeping bags and insulated sleeping pads can be borrowed from us. In Sarek National Park there are no toilets or outhouses but nature offers cool toilet spots, often with scenic views. This is also a great opportunity to look for moose, reindeer or other animals.
What do we eat on our hike in Sarek?
In the mountains, breakfast and dinner together and have lots of time to chat about mountains, life and other adventures. Food is a large part of the experience when we hike in Sarek National Park. We want to eat nice food and feel well. We have put together a menu based on local ingredients with a mix of fresh and home dried vegetables. During the trek you will also have access to snacks and fresh and cold water from the creeks. As there are no cabins nor mountain lodges in Sarek national park, we will carry all the food for the whole week. Please let us know when making your reservation if you prefer vegetarian or vegan food or if you have any allergies.
As long as weather permits we will have a longer break during the day to eat a lighter lunch and re-energize. We finish the week at the restaurant in Saltoluokta mountain lodge, well-known for its generous dinner. But before we have dinner, we take a well-needed shower and enjoy a hot sauna. This is also the place where we stay for the night in warm rooms with nice beds.
Get on the night train leaving from Stockholm in the evening and arrive in 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 in Jokkmokk. There is a bus stop (named Åsgatan) only a few hundred meters from the guest house 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 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 befor 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 13 on day 9. If you choose to add a transfer to Luleå you can book your flight from 17.00.
Stay warm and dry
During a hike in Sarek National Park we see all kinds of weather. We can experience sunshine and +30 degrees during the day but also +5 degrees with rain and strong winds. Night temperatures can 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 your backpack be?
Expect your backpack to weigh about 20 kg at the beginning of the trip depending on how well you pack it. Aim for your personal equipment with clothes and other small things to weigh around 5kg plus the weight of the backpack of 3kg. In addition, there will be about 12 kg of food, and common equipment and a water bottle with water that you get from us in Jokkmokk. The total weight ends up around 20kg. 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 Sarek 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 Sarek 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 bring a head net and mosquito repellent. If you are allergic you should consult a doctor about possible antihistamine 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)
Jokkmokk is a small town just north of the Arctic Circle and a cultural gem. If you arrive early you can walk around among old wooden houses, see local handicraft or visit Ájtte – the mountain and Sami museum. We’ll meet up at 16.00 at Jokkmokk Hostel. First er brief you on the coming hike in Sarek before we enjoy our first meal together. This is also where you will stay your first night sharing a room with another expedition member.
DAY 2 KUNGSLEDEN (B,L,D)
We start the day by enjoying breakfast at the hostel in Jokkmokk before we get ready to hike in Sarek. We pack the minibus and head west to Saltoluokta mountain lodge where we start hiking along the famous trail Kungsleden. It immediately leads us up above tree line and through a wide U-shaped valley that divides the high mountains in the west from the rolling hills of Ultevis in the east. In the evening we’ll set up our camp for the first time this week and cook dinner together outside.
Hiking distance: ca 15 km, elevation gain/loss: +400/0 m, estimated time hiking: ca 6h
DAY 3 HIKE IN SAREK NATIONAL PARK (B,L,D)
We continue along Kungsleden to the house of a Sami family that lives down by the oblong lake Sitojaure, surrounded by mountain walls. They will drive us in open boats to the west end of the lake where we enter the Sarek national park. Our hike in Sarek begins as we continue west to Basstavágge, a narrow and barren valley surrounded by steep hills.
Hiking distance: 10-15 km, elevation gain/loss: +200/-150 m, estimated time hiking: 4-6h + 1h boat ride
DAY 4 BASTAVÁGGE (B,L,D)
Our hike continues through Basstavágge through a moonlike landscape, crossing several glacial rivers. The summer here is short and we may walk on some patches of snow or even across snow bridges. Our goal for the day is Bielavallda, a plateau 1000-meters in elevation, and with a turquoise lake colored by the water from the glaciers in the mountains surrounding us.
Hiking distance: 15 km, elevation gain/loss: +250/-250, estimated time hiking: 8h
DAY 5 LÅDDEBÁKTE (B,L,D)
The next morning, we wake up in the heart of Sarek National Park by the spring of the Rapa river. Rapa valley is an impressive delta that drains most of the glaciers in Sarek national park. We continue south through a rocky passage entering Snávvávágge where we set camp for the day. Our plan for the evening is to hike up to Låddebákte from where you can look out over the whole upper Rapa valley.
Hiking distance: 10 km + day hike, elevation gain/loss: +200/-50, estimated time hiking: 4-6h + day hike
DAY 6 RAPA VALLEY (B,L,D)
Our hike in Sarek National Park continues through Snávvávágge leading us back to the Rapa Valley. We stop for lunch and try to get a glimpse of the great Sarek moose hiding in the lush vegetation by the Rapa river. A game trail takes us down into the Rapa valley and through the birch forest. We set camp down in the Rapa valley or on the hillside ready for the climb the following day.
Hiking distance: 15-20 km, elevation gain/loss: +100/-350, estimated time hiking: 8h
DAY 7 RAPAVALLEY (B,L,D)
The following morning, we leave the Rapa valley behind us and start climbing the hill of the northern side of the Rapa valley. As we climb we can see more and more of the magnificent Rapa valley below us. We set up our last camp above 1000 meters in elevation, with stunning view of the landscape.
Hiking distance: About 15 km, elevation gain/loss: +700/-350, estimated time hiking: 8-10h
DAY 8 SKIERFFE PEAK (B,L,D)
After a filling breakfast we pack down our tents and get ready for our last day in the mountains. Today our route takes up and over a rocky passage before we hike up to Skierffe, a 700-meter cliff that dives down into the turquoise colored Rapa delta. If we’re lucky we may see some birds of prey or raven circling above. We continue east to the National Park border where we will be picked up by a helicopter and transported back to Saltoluokta mountain lodge. We’ll have a well-deserved sauna before finishing the day with the well-thought-of dinner in the restaurant.
Hiking distance: About 10-15 km, elevation gain/loss: +300/-350, estimated time hiking: 6h
DAY 9 DEPARTURE SALTOLUOKTA (B)
After finishing the organic breakfast in the restaurant at Saltoluokta mountain lodge we take the first boat across the lake and continue in minibuses to Jokkmokk where we finish the tour.
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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