Across Padjelanta on skis
A weeklong hut-to-hut tour in the Arctic
Discover Padjelanta on skis with vast scenery, great lakes and high peaks in the horizon. Without any winter trails to follow we choose our own way 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 travel across Padjelanta on ski for days without meeting anyone. If we are lucky we may 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. To travel across Padjelanta on skis you’ll need to be a fairly strong skier, be able to carry a backpack of about 10-15 kg and take turns pulling a sledge with common food and equipment. The program includes some longer days with distances over 20 km off-trail. Recommended age 18-65 years old. Please contact us if you have any questions regarding your physical ability or experience level.
Food and accommodation
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, after a full day in Padjelanta on skis, 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.
Guides and support
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.
Here you’ll find our Terms and conditions
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 Vandrarhem where you will share a room with other expedition members. We will all gather in the afternoon at 16.00 to to check our equipment, brief you on the upcoming week and have dinner together. If you travel here by bus book your ticket to Jokkmokk Åsgatan, a bus-stop just outside the hostel.
We arrange transfer from the airports in Luleå. Pick-up at 13.00.
DAY 2 RITSEM – SÅMMARLAPPA (B,L,D)
After breakfast we pack the bus and head west following a winding road far out in the mountains. Where the road ends we continue by snowmobile (1,5 h) to Tarra valley. The last stretch to Såmmarlappa you’ll get to test your ski equipment with just a light daypack. We’ll have dinner and stay overnight in the cabin.
Distance on skis: about 10 km, elevation gain/loss: close to 0, estimated time out skiing: 4h
DAY 3 SÅMMARLAPPA – TARRALUOPPAL (B,L,D)
After a generous “mountain breakfast” we pack our backpacks and sledges for a week in Padjelanta on skis. We follow the Tarra river north and take turns pulling the sledges with all the food for the week. During the day we eat a lunch brought in thermoses and then cook a hearty dinner together in the evening. Our destination for the day is Tarraluoppal by the border between Sarek and Padjelanta National parks.
Distance on skis: 11 km, elevation gain/loss: +160/-0, estimated time out skiing: 5-6h
DAY 4 TARRALUOPPAL – DUOTTAR (B,L,D)
We continue west climbing the 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 against strong winds.
Distance on skis: about 13 km, elevation gain/loss: +200/-0 m, estimated time out skiing: 5-6h
DAY 5 DUOTTAR – ARASLUOKTA (B,L,D)
We continue west towards Arasluokta by the lake Virihaure. Surrounded by a vast mountain landscape we pass close to the most remote place in Sweden. We are now as far as possible from roads and modern civilisation.
Distance on skis: 20 km, elevation gain/loss: +50/-300, estimated time out skiing: 8h
DAY 6 ARASLUOKTA – LÅDDEJOKK (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: +250/-300 m, estimated time out skiing: 5-6h
DAY 7 EXTRA DAY (B,L,D)
We have a planned extra day to give us the flexibility to respond to weather and snow conditions.
DAY 6 LÅDDEJOKK – KUTJAURE (B,L,D)
On our last day in Padjelanta on skis we follow the eastern shore of the great lake Vastenjaure and continue north-east to Kutjaure. We follow the impressive river Vuojatädno passing Sáluhávrre summer settlement. Vuojat means “to swim” and refer to that this is where the reindeer had to swim on their way from winter to summer grassing area. In Kutjaure we finish the week with sauna and dinner.
Distance on skis: 25 km, elevation gain/loss: close to 0, estimated time out skiing: 8h
DAY 8 DEPARTURE JOKKMOKK (B)
After breakfast a snowmobile will pick us up and drive us to Ritsem. We have fika together, and for those who wants there will be a chance to shower before it is time to say goodbye and start your journey home.
We can arrange transfer to the airports in Luleå. Drop-off 18.00
Price: SEK 19 850
Date: Mar 28-Apr 5 2020
Start: Jokkmokk 16.00
End: Ritsem 12.00
Group size: 4-10
The price includes:
- Local English and Swedish speaking guides
- Accommodation 7 nights in cabins
- Accommodation 1 night in hostel including bed-linen
- All meals and snacks including 2-course dinner in Jokkmokk
- Transfer Jokkmokk-Kvikkjokk
- Safety equipment
- Transport sledges (1/pair)
- Snowmobile support to and from Padjelanta national park
- Storage of travel luggage and transport to Ritsem
- Ski equipment (touring skis w/ metal edges, skins, boots and poles): SPECIAL PRICE SEK 980
- Pick-up and drop-off at the airport in Luleå: SEK 2400 round trip
- Upgrade to private room in Jokkmokk SEK 145
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.