Kvikkjokk has always been a Mecca for hikers. The village serves as an appropriate starting point for many well-known hiking paths and there are various lower mountain tops on a closer range, suitable for shorter day trips.
The magnificent landscape in these parts of Lapland is also known as the world and culture heritage site “Laponia” and the area certainly hosts a unique floral life.Padjelanta Trail – Nordkalotte TrailIf one wishes to hike along the Padjelanta trail in the summer time, you start with a short boat ride across the Kamajåkk and Tarra River delta. In the winter time, one can ski across the river. 16 km down the trail one will reach the first mountain cabin, Njunjesstugan, which is beautifully situated hanging off the cliffs, high above the Tarra River. Below the left bridge abutment next to Njunjesstugan, one will be able to find a very rare flower, “Fjällbrud”, which is also the Norwegian national flower. Tarrekaise and GurávággeAnother mountain cabin, Tarrekaisestugan, is situated 6 km from Njunjesstugan. This might facilitate the first (or last) hiking stages a little, as one can choose to walk farther or shorter since the cabins are so close to each other. One must not forget to keep an eye open toward the steep mountain beneath Rungatjåhkkå, which is where Passeuksa, a Sami place of sacrifice, can be found. This place is also known as “the Holy Gate”. If one wishes to go West during the winter, towards Sulitelma, the best way is to follow the stone land markings, cross the ice on Tarraure and walk towards the Gurávágge valley. In the summer time, one will have to walk an additional 4 km after the Padjelanta trail to a bridge that crosses the river. In this case, one should take the opportunity to visit a mountain cabin named Tarraälvshyddan, which can be found along that trail.Vaimokstugan (The Vaimok cabin)The next mountain cabin, Vaimokstugan, is some 22 km away and although one will have to climb approximately 450 meters, the hike is definitely worthwhile. On the way there, one will pass the magnificent mountain Staika which looks a little like a tall sentinel on the south side of the valley. Eventually one will reach the mountain cabin, which is set 850 above sea level and just next to the steep hill Vájmokbákte. For the skiing enthusiast, Vájmokbákte hosts many tempting and challenging slopes during the winter season.From Vaimokstugan, there is a beautiful day trail that leads to the Sulitelma glacier. It Is also possible to climb the glacier, however one should start very early in the morning and be aware of that the hike is quite tough. If one goes North instead, the trail will converge with the Padjelanta trail by yet another group of cabins, Staddajåkkastugorna. This stretch is 30 km, so camping somewhere along the trail is recommended.Piskehaure and SulitelmaPiskehaure is a beautiful lake in the mountains with magnificent surroundings. Hiking there is fairly easy, apart from during the summer when a 200 meter climb past the steep hill Vájmokbákte is necessary. However, the rest of the hike is downhill and therefore quite pleasant. The lake itself is located approximately 250 meters below the mountain cabin Vaimokstugan.Padjelanta trail – towards PadjelantaIf the goal is to hike all the way to central Padjelanta or Ritsem, keep hiking from Tarrekaisestugan and do not turn off the main trail. In this case the next cabin area would be Såmmarlappa, which is the last STF-managed cabin before the Padjelanta national park border. The cabin is nicely set right next to the Tarra River, surrounded by Mountain Birch. One can cross the river in the summer by using an unattended cable boat. In doing so, the hike can be continued across the mountains toward Vaimok, although the trail is not marked. The mountain cabins in PadjelantaWhen Padjelanta became a national park in the 1960´s, the government overtook all the Lap cots in the area and converted them to cabins with electricity and gas. The trail and the cabins alongside go under the name “Gasolleden”. Thanks to the National Environmental Protection Agency, which is in charge of the park, the cabin area is now a Sami organization called Badjeláanda Laponia Turism. One of the reasons was that Padjelanta is the main pasture area for the Sami reindeer. Most cabins open in July, with the exception of a few that open in June. Most cabins close in September and the rate is 180 SEK /night. There is a small super market in Stáloluokta, however fish and fire supplies can be purchased in many of the other cabin areas. During the winter time, at least one cabin is open in each area although no food or supplies can be purchased.StálolouktaStáloloukta is the centre of Padjelanta, with the largest cabin area and the only place one is permitted to land with helicopter. However, during the summer there are scheduled services to both Kvikkjokk and Ritsem. Stáloloukta is one of the largest Sami areas and hosts a beautiful church cot. It is also known for its well-appreciated sauna. From Stáloloukta one can catch the boat to Àrasluokta, also known as Sweden’s most beautiful lake.ÁrasluoktaThe trail between Árasluokta and Stáloloukta is 12 km. Just like Stáloloukta, Árasluokta is an important part of the national park with a large Sami community and a church cot. To get the best view of Virihaure, one should take the old road East of Stuor Dijdder on a clear and sunny day. Otherwise the trail itself is nice. There is a cabin area in Árasluokta with a total of 32 beds, divided in cabins of 6 or 8 beds.Tarraluoppa/DarreluoppalFollowing the trail from Såmmarlapa and away from Padjelanta will lead to the next national park, Sarek. The closest cabin area after Árasluokta on this trail is 13 km away, Tarraluoppa. On the way, one will be able to see the border between the two national parks, Vássjájåhkå, which leads to the Darreluoppal River.The Kings Trail from KvikkjokkGoing South from Kvikkjokk, the least frequented part of the Kings Trail starts. There are accommodation alternatives there as well, although they are a mix of privately run cabins. During the summer, the hike starts with a boat trip across the Sakkat River.Sarek National ParkThe cabin system in Kvikkjokk basically surrounds Sarek National Park. The starting- and finishing points are all connected to one or more mountain stations and cabins. The three main starting points for hiking are Ritsem to the North, Saltolukta to the North East and Kvikkjokk to the South.Beginning and finishing the Sarek hikeTake the boat from Ritsem, across the Akkajure River and continue towards the cabin group Akkastugorna. Either, get off the Padjelanta trail after crossing the bridge over Sjnjuvtjudisjåhkå, or a little earlier and hike between Sjnjuvtjudis and the Áhkká massive. Many mountain hikers choose the latter.From SaltoluktaFrom, one can go straight towards Sarek via Slugga and then South towards the bridge that crosses Guhkesvákkjåhkå. One could also hike down to Sitojaure and aim for the long valley of Pastavagge. The second trail is not recommended during the winter, as it is quite narrow with very steep cliffs. The passage might also be quite avalanche prone in the winter time.From Kvikkjokk The best way from Kvikkjokk to Sarek is following the Kings Trail 6 km before taking straight to the North and aiming for Pårek Sami community and further up North of Njoatsovágge and the Pårte massive.Through the Rapa valleyDuring the winter, this trail is a good way into Sarek. However, in the summer time the mountain region is more suitable, partially due to the magnificent view from the mountain, partially to minimize damage to the sensitive valley environment. Also, if choosing the mountain hike, one can climb the great Skieffeklippan. The best descent route is over the ridge to the West from Lulep Vássjájågåsj. A very popular route, both from Saltoloukta and Kvikkjokk, is to hike to Aktse and then follow the Rapa valley all the way straight into the heart of Sarek.Other optionsAnother way to enter Sarek is to start in Stáloluokta and aim for Álggavágge. The mines by Alkavare chapel might be worth a visit if choosing this route. Also, one could choose to cross Suorvadammen and climb the mountains in order to continue to the bridge over Guhkesvákkjåhkå. The latter route is probably the least attractive, since it starts off with (or finishes off with) a 4 km long industrial area, with mainly a lot of gravel and crushed stone.Useful information about SarekAppropriate amount of timeWhen planning an excursion to Sarek, one should estimate approximately 1-2 extra days for each 5 planned days. In other words, anything less than 7 days is quite unrealistic. If the weather is on the hiker’s/skier’s side, the extra days can be used to climb a mountain or to just relax and enjoy the moment and the extraordinary environment.Bridges and wadingEven if the water is shallow and calm, wading demands concentration and caution. There are very few bridges in Sarek and these were built for the convenience of the reindeer keepers. Therefore, one can expect a lot of wading across water passages during the summer time. Even the smallest passages can overflow and one needs to be prepared and able to choose alternative routes or wait, should wading be impossible.GlaciersSarek has plenty of glaciers. It is strongly advised not to try any glacier hiking unless one has the proper experience and know the techniques used, since it can be extremely dangerous. The snow on the edges can be very unsafe, as it may hide cracks in the ice and the ground in front of the glaciers might be completely water damaged and have the same consistency and effect as quicksand.AvalanchesThe most avalanche prone areas are steep hills with little wind, where the snow accumulates and becomes heavy. There are also a few valleys in Sarek where the passages are so narrow, an avalanche can easily pass over the bottom. This is the case with Basstavágge and so, deciding on which is the right route to take is even more important in the winter time.DogsDogs are not permitted in Sarek, except for where the Kings trail passes through in the South East corner. Having the dog in a leash is a requirement.MapFor hikes in Sarek, the most appropriate mountain map is BD10. It covers the entire park and also, it contains useful tips, recommendations and suggested hiking routes.One of the few STF-managed mountain cabins with parking facilities and a bus stop is Vakkotavare. Before the road from Luspebryggan and up to Ritsem was built in the 1970’s, going by boat along Sjöfallsleden was the only way. Nowadays, one can go by bus or car between Kebnatsbryggan and Vakkotavarestugan, which is where the Kings trail continues North. The cabin area is located right next to the road, with a magnificent view of the Akkajaure and Sarek mountains to the South.Good luck and have a pleasant and exciting hike!
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