Hike in Sarek together with a guide

Trekking in Sarek National Park

Camping in Sarek

A week-long camping trek in the wildest National Park in Sweden

Hike in Sarek National Park and be surrounded by high peaks and magnificent nature. Winding paths leads us through dramatic mountain valleys, across rushing rivers and open tundra. In the evening we all help pitch the tents and enjoy a tasty dinner together.

Our idea is to gather a small group of adventurous hikers and together experience both challenges and dramatic mountain views in the heart of Sarek National Park

Together with an experienced guide from Laponia Adventures we travel the classic route through Ruohtesvágge to Rapa Valley. This is a popular grazing area for the great Sarek moose, and buzzards and other large birds of prey thrive in the surrounding cliffs. Maybe we are lucky to get a glimpse of one of them.

Join us and experience:
  • Dramatic mountain views over Rapa valley
  • Great fellowship and team spirit
  • A chance to see the biggest moose in Europe
  • The enjoyment of well prepared and tasty food after a long day’s hike
  • How you feel challenging yourself physically and mentally
Book your adventure online!

Or actually, our longer tours are not suitable for spontaneous online bookings. It can rather be something that you dreamed about for a while or had to prepare for. Let’s instead call it an application form to join our team!

Please start by filling out the form below and we take it from there.


Requirement to join the team

We want you to:

  • have the ability to hike full days in the mountains, partly off-trail, with a 20-kilo backpack.
  • have good balance to be able to manage rocky terrain and more advanced river crossings.
  • have earlier experience from at least one multi-day hiking tour during the last 10 years.
  • have experience from backcountry camping.
  • have the ability to deal with cold and wet environments 24/7.
  • like traveling in a group and work well in a team.

We also recommend you to:

  • like going active vacations with authentic nature experiences.
  • have earlier experience from at least one night in a tent in arctic mountain conditions.
  • be 18 years old or older.

Please contact us if you have any questions regarding your physical ability or experience level.

Booking with us should feel easy and safe!

When receiving your application, we will manually review it to make sure we think trekking in Sarek is the right tour for you. After that we’ll send you a payment link where we ask you to pay a 20% deposit to secure your reservation. The remaining balance is cleared 30 days prior to arrival by a new payment link.

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Quick info:

Location: Sarek National Park
Length: 9 days
Date 2024: Aug 3-11
Price: SEK 27950/person
Group size: Maximum 8 guests
Level: Very demanding

The price includes:

  • Experienced local and English speaking guide
  • Accommodation 8 nights
  • Full board with all meals
  • All camping and safety equipment
  • Round trip transportation from Jokkmokk

Not included

  • Travel to and from Jokkmokk
  • Travel insurance
  • Beverage at restaurants

Add-ons:

  • Single room the last night: SEK 460/person

Itinerary

Included meals marked each day with B=breakfast, L=lunch and D=dinner

DAY 1 ARRIVAL JOKKMOKK AND AKKA CABINS (L,D)

We’ll meet you at Jokkmokk bus station and drive you to our place just outside Jokkmokk where we’ll give you an introduction to our hike in Sarek. We check the equipment and distribute the food for everyone to carry their share. After having lunch together, we load the mini-vans and head west towards the mountains. The road gets both smaller and winding before we finally get to Ritsem where we park and board the M/s Storlule that takes us across Akkajaure. After the boat ride we’ll hike the last 2 kilometers to Akka cabin, our goal for the day. We have dinner together and sleep well in nice beds.

Hiking distance: 2 km, elevation gain/loss: +50/-50 m, estimated time hiking: about 40 min

DAY 2 ENTERING SAREK NATIONALPARK (B,L,D)

We start the day with a filling breakfast before we pack our backpacks. Now we start the real hike! The trail leads us down to Vuojatädno, across the rushing river and into Stora Sjöfallet National Park. We’ll continue around the majestic Ahkka mountain and at the end of the day we pass the border into Sarek National Park. We continue our hike in Sarek for a few kilometers before we pitch our tents with a view of Ahkka mountain.

Hiking distance: about 14 km, elevation gain/loss: +250/-100 m, estimated time hiking: ca 6-8h

DAY 3 RUOHTESVÁGGE (B,L,D)

We continue our hike in Sarek National Park deeper into Ruohtesvágge. The U-shaped valley will lead us uphill towards Skárja, the heart of Sarek.

Hiking distance: about 15 km, elevation gain/loss: +250/-0 m, estimated time hiking: 6-8h

DAY 4 THE HEART OF SAREK (B,L,D)

Our trip continues towards the east, across both smaller and bigger rivers. We pass the highest peaks and the slight downhill starts. In the afternoon we approach Skárja and, if the weather is clear, a view over upper Rapa Valley in front of us.

Hiking distance: about 15 km, elevation gain/loss: +100/-200, estimated time hiking: 8h

DAY 5 UPPER RAPA VALLEY (B,L,D)

We enjoy the upper Rapa Valley from above continuing our trek towards Pielaslätten. Today’s hike is a bit shorter to pitch our tents in a strategic spot for the peak ascent tomorrow.

Hiking distance: about 8 km, elevation gain/loss: +100/-100, estimated time hiking: 8h

DAY 6 PEAK ASCENT OR REST DAY (B,L,D)

We have a layover day and for those who want we do a peak ascent in the area or some other day tour. We adapt the day tour to the group and the weather that we have. Those who are tired after a several days long hike in Sarek, can rest in camp.

Hiking distance: about 0-20 km, elevation gain/loss: +700/-700, estimated time hiking: 10h

DAY 7 LEAVING SAREK NATIONAL PARK (B,L,D)

We’ll continue north along the turquoise water in Bierikjávrre lake and all the way to Guhkesvákkjåhkå where we set camp just by the border of Sarek National Park.

Hiking distance: about 14 km, elevation gain/loss: +150/-150, estimated time hiking: 6-8h

DAY 8 TO SALTOLUOKTA (B,L,D)

After breakfast we pack down our tents and get ready for our last hike to Guordesluoppal. We fly back to Saltoluokta mountain lodge where we take a well-deserved shower and sauna before we finish the day with dinner in the restaurang. 

Hiking distance: about 7 km, elevation gain/loss: +0/-50, estimated time hiking: 4h

DAY 9 DEPARTURE SALTOLUOKTA/JOKKMOKK (B)

After a good night’s sleep and an organic breakfast in the restaurant at Saltoluokta mountain lodge it is time to say goodbye and wish you a safe trip home. Travel home directly from Saltoluokta or join us back to Jokkmokk and continue from there.

Small groups and experienced guides

The team will be up to 8 guests and one-two guides and we’ll need a minimum of 3 guests in total to give it a go. At least one of the guides will have experience from leading several trekking tours in Sarek National Park. In the team there will also often be a second guide or trainee.

Accommodation and comfort

One night in a mountain cabin. Cozy, basic cabins often with scenic surroundings. 2-5 persons in each room/cabin sleeping in bunk-beds. Mattresses, pillows and duvets available, outhouses outside the cabins. No showers, running water, electricity or WIFI. Limited cell-phone coverage

Six nights camping in Sarek National Park. High-quality tents from Hillebergs. Two-three persons in each tent. No toilets, showers, running water, electricity, cell-phone coverage or WIFI available. Just pure nature and mountains!

One night at Saltoluokta mountain lodge. Cozy and rustic mountain lodge away from roads. Twin- or multi-bed rooms or single rooms for an extra fee. Shared bathroom located in the corridor. Sauna and showers in another building. Free WIFI, limited cell-phone coverage.

The food

Let’s be honest! We are not a “go-light” company, and we like good food! And we want you to try the best that the north of Sweden has to offer. At least the best that you can have in a tent far out in Sarek National Park. Actually, good food is also important to stay warm and happy all day and night. We start the day with a hearty breakfast in camp in the morning followed by a simpler lunch somewhere in the mountains during the day. In the evening is where the magic happens. BUT, for the backpacks not to be too heavy we may sneak in one or two freeze-dried meals.

In Saltoluokta we enjoy a 2-course dinner in the evening and breakfast buffets the following morning.

Meeting point and how to get here

We will meet you at Jokkmokk bus station. If you choose to arrive one day earlier we recommend you to stay at Jokkmokk Guesthouse. Pickup can also be organize from there.

Meeting time: At 10.00 on day 1

We’ll finish the tour after breakfast at Saltoluokta mountain lodge on day 9. You can choose to travel home directly from there or join us back to Jokkmokk. We expect to be back in Jokkmokk around 13.00 on day 9.

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Solo travelers

Most of our guests travel on their own and some travel as couples, family or friends. Traveling solo is a great way to experience new areas and to find new outdoor friends.

What to bring

We supply you with all camping and safety equipment. What you need to bring is your clothes and some small things.

>>Packing list Trekking in Sarek

We reserve the right to make changes

Nature is a dynamic place and we may need to adjust the route and the itinerary according to the current weather conditions. We are also in contact with representatives for the local reindeer herders’ communities and other local actors to collaborate in the best way possible.

Common asked questions and answers

How heavy will the backpack be?

As part of the team you’ll carry your own backpack  with your private gear and part of food and common equipment. In the beginning the pack will weigh about 20 kg but as we go it will weigh less and less.

Do I have to be super-fit?

Trekking in Sarek is one of our toughest summer tours and it requires a lot from the participants. But you don’t have to be running marathons or lifting heavy weights at the gym. Please read through the requirements listed further up and don’t hesitate to contact us if you have any questions or would like to discuss your experience level.

How cold will it be?

During a week-long hike in Sarek National Park we see all kinds of weather. We can experience sunshine and +35 C degrees during the day but also +5 C degrees with rain and strong winds. Night temperatures can drop down to around 0 C, but normally stays around +10 C. Sometimes we wake up to snow-covered peaks around us. But don’t worry too much about the cold. Pack according to the packing list and listen to good advice from the guide team about how to stay warm.

Will there be a lot of mosquitoes?

There will be mosquitoes. How much depends on the temperature and how much rain we get during the weeks before our trek. But also how windy it is during the week that we are out trekking in Sarek National Park. We do our best to choose a camping spot and have breaks where there is a light breeze that keeps most of the mosquitoes away. If you are sensitive to insects we recommend that you bring a mosquito hat and repellent. If you are allergic, please discuss with your doctor if you should bring some antihistamin.

I have high blood pressure; can I still go?

We don’t automatically say no just because you have a medical condition but it should not be a high risk factor for you or the group. We recommend that you talk to your doctor and make sure you have medication that you know works well for you. AND please let us know when filling out the application form and we can discuss this with you before we head out.

I am a vegetarian; can I join the team?

We are used to handling most food preferences and allergies, just let us know when filling out the application form. BUT with limited cooking space we can’t handle too advanced requests or guarantee that it will be totally free from gluten or lactose etc. If you have a severe allergy please contact us to discuss this with us.

Do you have any questions?

Please send us an email to info@laponiaadventures.com
We are happy to help and will answer you as soon as we can.

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