Sarek Adventure trek
A weeklong 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 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 an high mountain area without any marked trails and together we navigate along unmarked trails and off-trail. 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.
Our idea is to gather a small group of adventurous hikers and together experiencing great fellowship, challenging terrain and fantastic mountain views in the heart of Sarek
Sarek national 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 researcher Axel Hamberg have spent years in in the area and during World War 2 and a British bomber crashed in Sarek National Park.
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.
The plan is to:
- Enjoy dramatic mountain views over Rapa valley
- Experience fellowship and team spirit
- Look for the biggest moose in Europe
- Eat well and feel good
- Get physically and mentally challenged
Book and pay your tour online
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.
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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 the 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 comfortable in high-quality tents from Hilleberg. The tents are made for heavy rain fall 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 oss. 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 look for moose, reindeer or other cool 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 and when we hike in Sarek National Park we want to eat good 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 three-course 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 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.
When and where do we meet?
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 happy
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.
Small groups and authentic experience
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.
Included meals marked each day with B=breakfast, L=lunch and D=dinner
DAY 1 ARRIVAL JOKKMOKK (D)
We all gather in Jokkmokk is 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 Sarek before we enjoy our first meal together. If you arrive early we recommend you to visit Ájtte – the mountain and Sami museum.
DAY 2 KUNGSLEDEN (B,L,D)
We start the day with 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 ENTERING SAREK NATIONAL PARK (B,L,D)
We continue Kungsleden to the house of a Sami family that lives down by lake Sitojaure. 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 begin 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)
We continue 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 on 1000-meters in elevation, and with a turquoise lake colored by the water from the glaciers in the mountains around us.
Hiking distance: 15 km, elevation gain/loss: +250/-250, estimated time hiking: 8h
DAY 5 LÅDDEBÁKTE (B,L,D)
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)
We continue our hike in Sarek National Park 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 continue 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)
We leave the Rapa valley behind us and start climbing the hill following the northern side of the Rapa valley. As we climb the hill we can see more and more of the magnificent Rapa valley bellow us. We set camp our last camp up high, above 1000 meters in elevation.
Hiking distance: About 15 km, elevation gain/loss: +700/-350, estimated time hiking: 8-10h
DAY 8 SKIERFE PEAK (B,L,D)
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 before we hike up to Skierfe, a 700-meter cliff that dives down into the turquoise colored Rapa delta. 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 a three-course dinner in the restaurant.
Hiking distance: About 10-15 km, elevation gain/loss: +300/-350, estimated time hiking: 6h
DAY 9 DEPARTURE SALTOLUOKTA (B,L)
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.
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 1000/person
- Drop-off in Luleå: SEK 1000/person
- Single/double room supplement first and last night: SEK 950/person
- Beverage at restaurants
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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