Sarek historical trek
A Sarek hike with focus on the history
On this historical Sarek hike we follow the history of the colonization of the area. Sarek national park is part of the UNESCO world heritage site Laponia, protected for its unique combination of culture and nature. The Sami people and their reindeers have traveled through those valleys for thousands of years and still migrate through Sarek National park on there way from winter- to summer grassing area. Already during the 17th century there where silver mining in, and just outside where Sarek National park is today. Also, during this time the Sami people was forced into Christianity and in the end of the 18th century a chapel was build in Alkavare.
We start the week with two days at Axel Hamberg event in Boarek with a visit to the observation center. We continue our hike through Njoatsosvágge to the border with Padjelanta National park where we continue the the Priest trail to Alkavare chapel. Every night we find a home for the night where we set up our tent and cook dinner together.
On this historical Sarek hike we follow the history of the colonization of the area.
This trek is for you who…
… wants to experience the remoteness of Sarek national park and learn more about the history of the area. To join this Sarek hike you must be able to trek 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 for river crossings and rocky sections. Recommended age from 18 years old. Please contact us if you have any questions regarding your physical ability or experience level.
Food and accommodations
Laponia Adventures have put together a menu based on local ingredients with a mix of fresh and home dried food. A typical day starts with a Swedish breakfast and in the evening, we cook dinner together in camp. As long as weather permits we will have a longer break during the day to re-energize with a lighter lunch. While trekking you will have access to snacks and fresh water from the rivers that we pass. As there are no cabins nor mountain lodges in Sarek national park we will have to carry all the food for the expedition with us.
While trekking in Sarek we sleep in high-quality Hilleberg tents made for heavy rainfall and strong winds. You’ll share a 2 or 3-person tent with another expedition member and together you’ll carry and set up the tent for the night. We provide you with 3-season sleeping bags for temperatures around zero and an inflatable insulated pads so you can sleep warm and comfortable all-night long. There are no outhouses in Sarek national park but nature offers cool toilet spots, often with scenic views.
The first and last day of the tour we will stay in a hostel where you will share room with other participants of the group. Those days you will have access to both water-toilets and showers but also access to sauna!
Guides and support team
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. Our support team will drive us to Kvikkjokk and pick us up when we come back. They will also send us updated weather forecast while we are out on our Sarek hike.
Here you find our Terms and condition
Included meals marked each day with B=breakfast, L=lunch and D=dinner
DAY 1 ARRIVAL JOKKMOKK (D)
Jokkmokk is a small town at the Arctic Circle, most famous for its yearly winter market in the beginning of February. 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 with the bus we recommend you to get of at Åsgatan, just 100 meters from the hostel.
We arrange transfer from the airports in Luleå. Pick-up at 13.00.
DAY 2 KVIKKJOKK – BOAREK (B,L,D)
We start the day with breakfast at the hostel in Jokkmokk before we pack the minibus and head west to the old industrial community Kvikkjokk. Kungsleden, the most famous trail in Sweden, leads us through a forest that is changing from pine trees to mountain birch trees. After a couple of hours a path leads us away from Kungsleden and up to Boarek and the old observation center. In the evening we’ll set up our camp for the first time in Sarek National park.
Hiking distance: 18 km, elevation gain/loss: +400/0 m, estimated time hiking: 8h
DAY 3 HAMBERG’S DAYS (B,L,D)
We stay a full day in Boarek learning about Axel Hamberg and his research. There will be several events during the day where you can listen to stories about everything from local plants to mountain safety. In the evening we will move our camp to the foot Bårdetjåhkkå to be ready for a peak ascent tomorrow if weather allows.
Hiking distance: 5 km, elevation gain/loss: +200/0 m, estimated time hiking: 2-3h
DAY 4 BOAREK – SÄHKOK (B,L,D)
If weather allows we will make an attempt to hike up to the observatory on top of Bårdetjåhkkå. After coming down we pack up and move our camp a few kilometer west. If we wake up to weather that doesn’t allow a peak ascent we continue on our route to Njoatsosvagge.
Hiking distance: 12+3 km, elevation gain/loss: +900+200/-900, estimated time hiking: 8h
DAY 5 SÄHKOK – NJOATSOSVAGGE (B,L,D)
We continue down to Njoatsosvagge following the valley north-west. This part of Sarek National park is an hidden pearl that see few visitors. We pass a reindeers herders hut and continue up the valley.
Hiking distance: 15 km, elevation gain/loss: +200/-600, estimated time hiking: 8h
DAY 6 NJOATSOSVAGGE (B,L,D)
We continue through the narrow and majestic Njoatsosvagge along several mountain lakes. The steep walls around us dives almost right into the lakes leaving us a path to hike along. Our day finish by the border to Padjelanta National park where we join the Priest trail leading to Alkavaare chapel.
Hiking distance: 15 km, elevation gain/loss: +400/-200, estimated time hiking: 8h
DAY 7 EXTRA DAY (B,L,D)
This is an extra day to leave us some flexibility along the hike. If we already arrived to the Priest trail we join the trail down to Alkavaare chapel on a day hike. This trail was used by the Priest to get from Kvikkjokk to this remote chapel to conduct the service in the Chapel. The trail is somewhat overgrown but here and there you get a glimpse of the those really old cairns.
Hiking distance: Day hike 15 km, elevation gain/loss: +100/-100, estimated time hiking: 6h
DAY 8 DARRELUPPAL (B,L,D)
We pack down our tents and get ready for our last day in the mountains. Today our route takes us down the valley to Darreluppal from where a helicopter will pick us up and fly us back to Kvikkjokk. We return to Jokkmokk for a well deserved shower and sauna before we enjoy a nice dinner in a restaurant.
Hiking distance: About 12 km, elevation gain/loss: +150/-300, estimated time hiking: 5h
DAY 9 DEPARTURE JOKKMOKK (B)
After finishing the breakfast the hostel in Jokkmokk it is time to say goodbye and wish you safe travels home. If you have time before going home we recommend you to visit Ájtte – the mountain and Sami museum.
We can arrange transfer to the airports in Luleå. Drop-off at 12.00
Price: SEK 17450
Date: 8-16 aug 2020
Start: Jokkmokk 16.00
End: Jokkmokk 9.00
Group size: 6-12
The price includes:
- Local English and Swedish speaking guide
- Accommodation 6 nights in tent and 2 nights in hostels including bed-linen
- All meals and snacks including 3-course dinner in Jokkmokk
- Transfer Jokkmokk-Kvikkjokk-Jokkmokk
- Helicopter transfer Sarek national park-Kvikkjokk
- Camping equipment
- Safety equipment
- Storage of travel luggage in Jokkmokk
- Pick-up and drop-off at the airport in Luleå: SEK 1500 round trip
- Upgrade to private room in Jokkmokk from SEK 365/night
A normal day in August offers temperatures from 10 to 20 degrees. Temperature can drop down to 0 degrees and we could get strong winds, lots of rainfall or potentially (but unlikely) snow. Depending on the year there can be mosquitos.
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 conditions and water levels.