High alpine peaks and deep valleys
Sarek National Park is one of the most alpine areas in Sweden. Here you’ll find over 100 glaciers, turquoise glacial lakes and no-less than six peaks above 2000 meters. The untouched nature and the remoteness makes the place a dream for the adventurous who want to disconnect and experience the real mountain. You’ll find u-shaped valleys where globeflowers and Alpine blue sow-thistle grows and down in the lush Rapa valley you may be lucky to get a glimpse of the great Sarek moose. Sarek National Park is becoming a more and more popular hiking destination but you can still find less visited area where you won’t see anyone. During winter you can still ski for days without meeting any other skiers.
I like the contrast between beautiful mountains and challenging environment. Some days are like a walk in the park and other days can be challenging with hard weather and long distance to cover. /Mirja
Culture and history
For thousands of years the Sami people have lived and traveled through Sarek National Park on their migration from winter to summer grassing area and back again. It is an important grassing area for the reindeers during the migration and if you look carefully you may discover old hearths where people have stayed. Remember that we are visitors in the land of the reindeers and make sure to show respect both towards the reindeers and the Sami culture.
In Sarek National Park you’ll not only find beautiful nature and a living Sami culture, it also has a history of both research and mining. During the 17th century there was an active silver mine in Alkavare and north of Ähpar they were mining magnetite as late as during the 30s and 40s. The researcher Axel Hamberg was a frequent visitor of Sarek National Park from the end of 19th century and the following 35 years. He was studying glaciers and the bedrock but was also drawing maps and much more.
Facts about Sarek National Park
Access points: Ritsem, Saltoluokta, Kvikkjokk, Aktse
Hiking season: Jul-Sep
Skiing season: Mar-Apr
In Sarek National Park you find no marked trails or overnight cabins. To join a guided tour with Laponia Adventures you will need to be fairly fit. In summertime you will carry a backpack of around 20 kilos to start with and in wintertime pull a loaded sledge. It is an advantage if you have previous experience from camping but not necessary. We can also arrange easier tours to Sarek National Park for groups where we make a shorter visit. Please read more about our tours and expeditions at:
Sarek Ski expedition
To visit Sarek National Park on your own you’ll need previous experience from camping in the mountains and advanced navigation skills. The weather can be severe with cold temperatures, strong wind and heavy rain or snow fall. In summertime you’ll cross several rivers and the water level can rise fast due to heavy rainfall or high temperatures. There are a few bridges to help you across some of the most difficult river crossings. In the winter, you can be faced with were visibility and avalanches can run across the wide valleys. The avalanches have even breaken the ice on the lakes. Most peak ascents require alpine equipment and knowledge about alpine climbing.
How to get to Sarek National Park
Sarek National Park can be reached from the Padjelanta trail in the west, the Kungsleden trail in the east and from the road to Ritsem in the north. Popular access points are Ritsem, Saltoluokta and Kvikkjokk to where you can travel by car or bus. You can also get there by hiking/skiing in to Aktse cabin from Sitoälvsbron in the east or crossing the Suorva damm in the north.