Weekend in Muddus National park
A three-day long hike sleeping in huts
Hike in Muddus National Park and experience magical old forests, great wetlands and spectacular waterfalls. Muddus National Park was inaugurated in 1942 to protect the then almost extinct whooper swan. People have lived here for thousands of years side by side with the animals and nature, and if we look carefully we can still see traces of old hearths, forest fires and old-fashioned forestry. Even today, Muddus National Park is an important grassing area for reindeers and a popular place for wildlife such as moose, bear, grouse and capercaillie.
Muddus National Park is part of the UNESCO World Heritage Laponia and called one of the most silent place in Sweden. Even if it is only an hour outside Jokkmokk, you can often hike for hours without hearing any other sounds than the rustling of the trees and the rippling streams. In Muddus National Park, you’ll find some of the oldest pine threes in Sweden and they are full of hanging lichens that reindeer can eat if the winter becomes extra difficult. During our hike in Muddus National Park we spend the nights in huts along the trail and cook together over an open fire.
Our idea is to take a break from our everyday life and go on an active but relaxing weekend in the old forest of Muddus National Park
This hike is for you who…
…wants to get out of town for the weekend and would like to experience the old forest in Muddus national park. To hike in Muddus you must be able to hike 7-15 kilometers per day and carry a backpack of around 10 kg. Recommended age from 16 years old. Please contact us if you have any questions regarding your physical ability or experience level.
The plan is to:
- Walk in a forest with trees that are more than hundreds years old
- Cook tasty meals over the open fire
- Experience the midnight sun or the autumn colors
- Enjoy the silence and tranquility
- Log out and relax
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Food and accommodations
On our hike in Muddus National Park, we stay two nights in cozy forest huts without either electricity or running water. Here we all help to carry in water from the well and cook and wash dishes together in the light of the candles. The huts have only a few rooms and most likely we all sleep together in the large room which is also the kitchen and living room. If there are other guests who have also chosen to hike in Muddus National Park, we may need to share a room with them and possibly sleep on a mattress on the floor. Usually we are alone or together with a few other people. In the vicinity of the hut and also along the trail, there are outhouses available. If you feel warm after the hike we recommend a cold but refreshing dip in the lake.
Every day we start with a proper breakfast in the hut before we start hiking. In the middle of the day we stop for lunch and in the evening we cook at the next hut. The menu is composed with inspiration from the Sami and Northern cuisine and is cooked on a gas stove in the cottage or outdoors over an open fire.
After a three-day hike in Muddus National Park, we end with a night in a two-bed room at the guest house in Jokkmokk where you share a room with someone from the group. The last night we 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. The guest house has showers, a hot sauna and toilets in the same building as your room. Caisa, who runs the guest house, welcome us when we arrive and prepares breakfast for us the last morning.
Get on the night train in Stockholm in the evening and wake up in Murjek the next morning. Here you change to bus 43 for a last hour bus journey to Jokkmokk bus station. The night train is not only the best option for the planet, it is also an awesome experience. Book your own private compartment or just a single bed in a compartment with 3 or 6 beds.
You can buy both the train and bus ticket online at sj.se. Enter Stockholm Central to Jokkmokk bus station and you will have different options to choose from. If you prefer to fly, you can travel from Stockholm to Luleå Airport and book a pick-up from Luleå Airport or one of the hotels in central Luleå. Book your home ticket from Jokkmokk bus station or add a transfer to Luleå. However you choose to travel here, we recommend that you book flexible tickets. We also recommend having a valid home insurance that covers any costs in the event of an accident. Also make sure to check passport and VISA rules for traveling to Sweden.
Arrival and departure day
We pick you up at Jokkmokk bus station at 10.30 day 1 or 8.00 in Luleå if you choose to book for collection. Depending on the flight schedule, you may need to spend the night in Luleå if you choose the latter option.
The tour ends after breakfast on day 4 and you have time to explore Jokkmokk before taking the bus to Murjek or Boden train station. If you choose to add a transfer to Luleå Airport, you can book flights from 12.00 on day 4.
Stay warm and happy
When we hike in Muddus National Park we may have all kinds of weather. We can have sunshine and +25 degrees during the day but also +5 degrees and heavy rain. On the trip in June, the temperature is usually slightly milder than the autumn trip, but we can still be surprised by temperatures down to +5 degrees together with rain. Our packing list helps you choose which clothes you need to stay warm and happy on the trip.
How heavy will my backpack be?
Expect your backpack to weigh about 10-12 kg at the beginning of the trip depending on how well you pack it. Aim for your personal equipment with clothes and other small things to weigh around 3kg plus the weight of the backpack of 2kg. In addition, there will be about 5 kg of food, common equipment and a water bottle with water that you get from us in Jokkmokk. The total weight ends up around 10kg. But we always have some extra things that we need to be happy and comfortable, such as an extra sweater, a camera or a book. We recommend that you take the time to think through your packing and what you really need. Hiking in Muddus National Park becomes much more comfortable with a lighter backpack.
What about the mosquitoes?
In June we have a short period after the snow has melted and before the mosquitoes arrive. We have tried to hit that week but we do not always succeed. In September, the frost has taken the mosquitoes and it is more or less mosquito-free.
Hike in small groups with a local guide
We want you to have the best experience possible on your hike in Muddus National Park. Therefore, we travel in small groups of maximum 6 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 – MUTTOSAGGAHTJALDAK (L,D)
We’ll pick you up at Jokkmokk bus station and go to our base just outside Jokkmokk. We brief you on the upcoming tour and have lunch before we pack the minibuss and head towards Muddus National Park. The trail leads us through an old pine forest and passed several waterfall before arriving Muttosaggahtjaldak. We have dinner together and stay for the night.
Hiking distance: about 7 km, elevation gain/loss: +150/-50m, estimated time out hiking 3h
DAY 2 MUTTOSAGGAHTJALDAK – MUTTOSLUOPPAL (B,L,D)
We start the day with a Swedish breakfast. In the morning we explore the hunting pit system not far away from the hut before continuing to Muttosluoppal where we spend the second night in Muddus national park. The trail takes us through an open forest and across Luobbalaáhpe, a wetland with a rich birdlife during the summer. Close to Muttosluoppas there is a bird observation tower from where you can look out over the wetland and forest around us.
Hiking distance: 9km + optional day hike, elevation gain/loss: +50/-20 m, estimated time out hiking: 4h + day hike
DAY 3 MUTTOSLUOPPAL – JOKKMOKK (B,L,D)
For those you want we wake up early in the morning and climb the bird watching tower to see how the forest and the mire slowly wake up around us. The trail leads us along to another small hut in the forest where we have lunch around the fire before continuing to Nammavárre. We cook dinner over the fire and enjoy our last evening in Muddus National park before making the last kilometer to the pickup. We drive back to Jokkmokk, have a shower and a sauna and sleep well in at the guest house.
Hiking distance 15 km, elevation gain/loss: +100/-75 m, estimated time out hiking: 6h
DAY 4 DEPARTURE JOKKMOKK (B)
We finish the tour with breakfast at the guesthouse. Take your time to discover Jokkmokk before boarding the bus to Murjek och book a transfer to Luleå.
The price includes:
- Local English and Swedish speaking guides
- Accommodation 3 nights
- Full board with all meals
- Safety equipment
- Round trip transportation from Jokkmokk
- Pick-up in Luleå: SEK 1000/person
- Drop-off in Luleå: SEK 1000/person
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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