Across Padjelanta National Park
A ski tour between cabins in our most remote National Park
Discover Padjelanta National Park on skis and visit the most remote area in Sweden. Together we travel from hut-hut enjoying the arctic spring during the days and sleep well in comfortable beds in the night. If we are lucky we may see moose, wolverine or ptarmigan, animals that all have found a way to survive the winter on the arctic tundra. Padjelanta, or the higher land as it is named in Sami, is where the reindeer calfs are born and in the summer the Sami settlement are full of life. During winter though, you can travel across Padjelanta on skis for days without seeing anyone.
Our idea is to visit the most remote and protected area in Sweden and still enjoy the convenience and safety of staying in temperate huts during the night
Padjelanta national park is the largest national park in Sweden and part of Laponia World Heritage Site. The almost 2000 square kilometers consists of an vast and open landscape with round mountain peaks and great mountain lakes. We will start our tour in Kutjaure, just north of the border to Padjelanta National park and travel across Padjelanta on skis to the Tarra valley in the south. On our route, we’ll pass close to the most remote point in Sweden where you are as far away as possible from any roads.
This tour is for you…
…want to experience the remote landscape in Padjelanta National Park but still have the convenience of staying in heated cabins during the night. To travel across Padjelanta on skis you’ll need to be a fairly strong skier and be able to carry a backpack of about 10-15 kg. You will also 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 from 18 years old. Please contact us if you have any questions regarding your physical ability or experience level.
The plan is to:
- Experience the vast and open mountain landscape
- Stay in cozy mountain cabins
- Get away from the crowd
- Eat well and feel good
- Enjoy the arctic spring
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.
Here you’ll find our complete Terms and conditions
NOTE: SPECIAL CANCELLATION POLICY DURING THE CORONA PANDEMIC
The Corona pandemic has forced us all to rethink and adapt. At Laponia Adventures we want you to feel safe when booking and traveling with us. If any rules, laws or recommendations prevent you from traveling to our destination, you can cancel your tour or activity up to two weeks before it starts and receive a full refund. In order to follow the recommendations from the Swedish Public Health Authorities allowing only a maximum of 8 people at gatherings, the maximum number of participants on our tours has currently been set to 8 persons, including guides. This may change to our usual maximum number of 10 guests if the situation improves and the recommendations ease.
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Food and accommodations
The first and the last night of the tour we’ll stay in a guesthouse in the center of Jokkmokk where you’ll share a room with other participants from the group. 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. Please let us know when making your reservation if you prefer vegetarian or vegan food or if you have any allergies.
In the mountain
The following six nights, when traveling across Padjelanta National Park on skis, we’ll stay in cabins with limited access to electricity, and without wifi or running water. You’ll share a room, or cabin, with other participants from the group and we all help to carry water and cook dinner in the evening. Not far away from each cabin there are several outhouses. During the days nature offers cool toilet spots, often with scenic mountain views.
In the mountains, breakfast and dinner will be prepared together in one of the cabins. This is also where we meet in the evening to eat and chat about mountains, life and other adventures. Food is a large part of the experience and we want to eat good and feel well. As long as weather permits we will have a longer break during the day to eat a lighter lunch and re-energize.
Stay warm and happy
During a week in Padjelanta National Park we see all kinds of weather. We can experience sunshine and +10 degrees during the day but also -5 degrees with snow and strong winds. Night temperatures often drop down to -20. 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 when traveling across Padjelanta National Park on skis. 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 four guests in total to run the tour.
Travel here by night train leaving from Stockholm in the evening and arriving 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. We will meet you at Jokkmokk Guesthouse at 15.00 on day 1. If you prefer you can fly from Stockholm to Luleå Airport from where we can organize a pick you up at 12.00 on day 1. The drive to Jokkmokk takes about 2,5 hours. We can also pick you up at any hotel in the center of Luleå if you prefer. See Add-ons for more info. We’ll stay the last night at the guesthouse in Jokkmokk. Book your ticket from Jokkmokk bus station or add transfer to Luleå when you book. You can book a flight from Luleå from 12.00 on day 9.
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.
Included meals marked each day with B=breakfast, L=lunch and D=dinner
DAY 1 ARRIVAL JOKKMOKK AND PREPARATIONS (D)
Arrive Jokkmokk during the day and have a walk around town during the day. If you have time we recommend a visit at Ájtte mountain and Sami museum. In the afternoon we all help checking and packing group equipment for a week in Padjelanta National Park on skis. There will also be time to pack your private bag and to get to know the other group members.
When everything is packed and ready we head back to Jokkmokk Guesthouse where you will have some time to check in to your rooms and have a shower before we enjoy dinner in the restaurant.
DAY 2 THE ADVENTURE BEGINS (B,L,D)
We have breakfast at the guesthouse before we head west to Padjelanta National Park and Laponia World Heritage Site. We travel in minibuses for two or three hours to Ritsem where the road ends. From here we’ll continue in sledges behind snowmobiles for another hour before we get dropped off by the foot of Akka mountain. The last stretch to Kutjaure you will be skiing with light backpacks while the rest of the equipment is transported to the hut. We’ll have dinner together 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 ENTERING PADJELANTA NATIONAL PARK ON SKIS (B,L,D)
After breakfast we pack our backpacks and sledges and start heading south. Our route follows the frozen river, named 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. During the day we take turns pulling the sledges with food and safety equipment and in the evening we arrive the huts in Låddejåkk. We have dinner together and sleep well after a full day in the mountains.
Distance on skis: about 25 km, elevation gain/loss: close to 0 m, estimated time out skiing: 8–10h
DAY 4 ARASLUOKTA (B,L,D)
Our route to the next hut leads us up and over a pass almost 900 meters above sea level. If weather allows we build our lunch couch in the south-facing slope overlooking the surrounding landscape. We spend the night in a hut in Arasluokta, a summer settlement for the Sami people.
Distance on skis: about 13 km, elevation gain/loss: +300/-250 m, estimated time out skiing: 5-6h
DAY 5 DUOTTAR CABINS (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: 20 km, elevation gain/loss: +300/-50, estimated time out skiing: 8h
DAY 6 EXTRA DAY (B,L,D)
We have a planned extra day to give us the flexibility to respond to weather and snow conditions.
DAY 7 TARRA VALLEY (B,L,D)
We continue east down the mountain to Tarra valley where we start seeing small trees again for the first time in a few days. The frozen Tarra river leads us down to Såmmarlappa mountain cabin where we stay for the night.
Distance on skis: about 24 km, elevation gain/loss: -360, estimated time out skiing: 8h
DAY 8 ARRIVING JOKKMOKK (B,L,D)
We leave the cabin in the morning continuing down the Tarra Valley passing one of the first tourist huts in the area. After lunch a snowmobile will pick us up and drive us to Kvikkjokk. We continue in minibuses to Jokkmokk where we enjoy a sauna and dinner at the guesthouse.
Distance on skis: about 8 km, elevation gain/loss: -50 m, estimated time out skiing 4h
DAY 9 DEPARTURE JOKKMOKK (B)
We have breakfast at the guesthouse before it is time to say good-bye. Spend a day in Jokkmokk or start your journey home in the morning.
The price includes:
- Local English and Swedish speaking guides
- Accommodation 8 nights
- Full board with all meals
- All safety and skiing 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 490/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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