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Expedition Sarek

Join Outdoor Vagabond on an epic trekking expedition to Sarek National Park in northern Sweden. Sarek National Park is often described as Europe´s last wilderness. It is a mountainous area marked by deep valleys, wild rivers and massive glaciers. No other place in Sweden offer such awe-inspiring views as this wild and untouched land.

This is a tour for hikers looking for a challenge. The terrain is rough and the journey long. We hike for a total of nine days and spend 8 nights in tents. We cross rivers by foot and carry all of our equipment on our backs. The route we have planned takes you through the whole National Park and brings you to all the famous highlights, such as the breath-taking cliff of Skierffe, the jungle-like Rapa-valley, and the majestic glacier-covered Ákka summit. This is not the easiest Sarek expedition, but it´s definitely the most rewarding one!

Sarek National Park is part of the greater area of Laponia – an UNESCO World Heritage since 1996. The area holds a special importance for the world, due not only for its unspoilt natural beauty, but also for its cultural significance for the Sami-people. The Sami-people, an indigenous folk of northern Scandinavia, have had a presence in the area that dates back to prehistory. Sarek National Park has been grassing land for the Sami-reindeers for centuries, and it still is. The chances of seeing some of these spectacular creatures is basically guaranteed. The experience of meeting one of these massive hordes is truly a memory for life.

Wildlife in Sarek National Park is unique! Besides from the Sami-reindeers, Sarek is home to the famous Sarek moose, which grows massive in this protected environment. Close encounter with these magnificent creatures are very likely down in the jungle-like Rapa Valley. If you are lucky, you might even get a chance to spot one of Sarek´s fearsome predators, such as bear, lynx, wolverine, arctic fox or perhaps even wolf. And if you are a bird lover, Sarek won´t disappoint. The varied landscape of Sarek makes the area alive. In other words, don´t forget to bring your binoculars!

We trek in a small group for an exclusive experience. Our groups are of 6 to 12 participants led by two trained and certified Swedish mountain leaders. Expect to share laughter, joy and the sense of comradeship that always emerge within a group on an adventurous journey.

“Eat well hike well” is one of our mottos. On this journey you will enjoy delicious outdoor meals based on home-made and home-dried ingredients. We have a special menu prepared for you with a mix of vegetarian dishes and some dishes with fish and meet from the wild. Of course, we also try to cater for every special food request. We know that sharing a meal in camp with you fellow hikers can be the highlight of the day.

Safety is everything to us. Sarek offers many challenges that other wilderness areas do not. In Sarek there are no marked tracks, no cell phone coverage, no signs and most rivers don’t have bridges. To keep you safe you will be guided by two professional Swedish mountain leaders equipped with all the necessary safety-equipment. With the help of our guides, you won´t need much previous outdoor knowledge yourself. All you need is a pair of strong legs and an appreciation of the wild!

The adventure awaits!

In short…

Price
31 000 SEK

Language
Our guides speak Swedish and English

Group size
6-12 participants

Guides
2 Swedish mountain leaders

Departures
21 July
19 Aug

Total duration
11 days

Days trekking
9 days

Tour starts at
Town of Jokkmokk

Tour ends at
Town of Jokkmokk

Total distance
110 km trekking
35 km extra for non obligatory summits

Daily distance
7,5-16 km (5-8 hours)

Difficulty
difficult

Minimum age
16 years

Outdoor Vagabond´s words about the tour
“This is not the easiest Sarek expedition, but it´s definitely the most rewarding one!

Program

Day 1 – Welcome to Jokkmokk

The journey begins with your arrival in the tranquil town of Jokkmokk, a few kilometres north of the artic circle. Here you will meet your guides and the rest of the group at Åsgård guest house. Our group stays privately in the guest house annex where we spend the afternoon preparing for the adventure to come. Gear is handed out and your guides will give you all their best advice on packing. What you don’t need to bring on the trek you can leave here until we get back again. In the evening we celebrate with a three-course dinner at Åsgård´s own restaurant. Cheers!

Expedition Sarek STF Åsgård

Day 2 – To “The Gate of Sarek”

After a steady breakfast at the guest house restaurant, the adventure begins! Our private bus will take us to our starting point, around an hour and a half drive. From here, today´s hiking is fairly easy and a good warm up for what´s to come. Around lunchtime we will have our first views of “the gate of Sarek”. It is around this time the realization aught to come of what an epic journey we are in for. Today´s camp is just on the edge of Sarek National park.

We camp next to the off-grid mountain hut of Aktste. Together with your guides you will now practice the routine of setting your tent and operating your outdoor kitchen. Aktse is the last place on the trek where you can enjoy the convince of an outhouse and a cold shower. Here is also a small kiosk where you can buy some extra snack.

Today´s trek:
Distance: 16 km
Duration: 6 hours
Ascent: 60 m

Expedition Sarek

Day 3 – Summit of Skierfe

Today we march further in to Sarek and ascend the breath-taking summit of Skierfe. Skierfe is a 500 meter completely vertical cliff with a mind-blowing view of the Rapa-Valley and the river delta landscape it creates. There really aren´t words big enough to describe the greatness of this view. A similar view can also be enjoyed from today´s camp, which is just a bit beyond the Skierfe cliff on a plateau above the treeline.

Today´s trek:
Distance: 10 km
Duration: 6 h
Ascent: 620 m
Descent: 220 m

Day 4 – Down in the Rapa-valley

The Rapa-valley is a jungle-like valley and among the wildest nature that Sweden has to offer. It is famous for it´s majestic moose that grows massive in this protected environment. More hard to spot, is the much shyer brown bears that also roam down here. Today we trek down in this famous valley. We follow an unmarked trail used by trekkers and animals alike. We will cross rivers by foot and occasionally fight with the terrain.

Campsites are much harder to find down here but your guides will find you a suitable spot among the lush green Scandinavian jungle.

Today´s trek:
Distance: 15 km
Duration: 8 h
Descent: 440 m

Day 5 – Towards Snávvavágge

Today´s trek continue through the Rapa-valley and ends on a plateau above the treeline, where we will set camp looking down on a stunning view. Like yesterday, today´s trek involves river-crossings and some rough terrain.

Today´s trek:
Distance: 12 km
Duration: 7 h
Ascent: 340 m

Day 6 – Summit of Låddebákte

Today you get the chance to climb one of the non-obligatory summits – Låddebákte. It is our fifth day on the tour and some of you might be in need of a rest. Since we have two guides we can dived the group for the day, having one group taking the detour to Låddebákte, and the other heading straight to our next camp. For those of you heading for the summit, you are in for a treat.

The reward for the extra 3 ½ hour is a breath-taking view of the “predator square” – a crossing of valleys famous for being a common passage for predators. Today´s campsite is on a plateau above the treeline a few kilometres north Låddebákte.

Today´s trek:
Distance: 7,5 km (5 km extra for summit)
Duration: 5 h (3,5 h extra for summit)
Ascent: 140 m (560 m extra for summit)
Descent: 200 m (560 m extra for summit)

Day 7 – In to the Ruohtesvágge-valley

Today the trek continues into the Rouhtesvágge-valley. In contrast to the Rapa-valle, the terrain in Ruohtesvágge is a lot kinder. The whole valley is high above the treeline and we trek along an unmarked trail surrounded by heathland. We might have to cross some rivers but some we might be able to cross on bridges of snow. That´s right, on this altitude there can spots with snow left from last winter, even in summer temperatures. Today we set camp somewhere in the middle of the valley.

Today´s trek:
Distance: 15 km
Duration: 7-8 h
Ascent: 80 m

Day 8 – Towards the foot of Ákká

Today we continue through the whole Ruohtesvágge-valley and head for the foot of Ákká. Ákká is Sweden´s highest freestanding mountain with an impressive 1560 m from its base to its summit. The whole massif is spotted with massive blue glaciers that shines in direct sunlight. We set our camp at the foot of the mountain where we enjoy a stunning view in all directions.

Today´s trek:
Distance: 15 km
Duration: 7-8 h
Ascent: 80 m
Descent: 140 m

Day 9 – Summit of Ákká

Today you have the option of enjoying the surroundings of our camp, or to try to take on the queen of Swedish Lappland – another name for Ákká. If you are up for the challenge, the reward is like always breath-taking views. If the sight is clear you can enjoy views into Norway in the east, the Kebnekaise massif in the north and back into Sarek in the southwest.

The whole trek is about 30 km long and takes around 12 hours, so this is for trekkers looking for a mental and physical challenge. Today´s camp is the same as yesterday´s.

Today´s trek:
Distance: 30 km
Duration: 12 h
Ascent: 1200 m
Descent: 1200 m

Day 10 – Back to Jokkmokk and celebration

Today is the the day we head back to civilization. We rise early and start or 16 km long trek to the lake Akkajaure. Here, a private boat will take us over the lake that separates us from civilization. On the other side, a bus is waiting to take us back to Åsgård Guest House, where a hot shower and a three-course dinner is waiting for us.

Expect to sleep like a rock on the 3-hour long bus drive, because like we have said – “this is not the easiest Sarek Expedition, but it is definitely the most rewarding one”.

Today´s trek:
Distance: 16 km
Duration: 8 h
Descent: 360 m

Day 11 – Departure or continued exploration of Jokkmokk

After a steady breakfast at our guest house, it is time to say our goodbyes. The journey is finished and we say our thanks. However, we do wish that you continue to your journey in Swedish Lappland on your own, and extend your stay in Jokkmokk with at least a day. Because where would be a better to relax after an adventurous journey than in a tranquil arctic town?

Why Trekk Sarek with Outdoor Vagabond?

  • We offer a unique route that takes you through the whole national park and brings you to all the highlights.
  • Comfortable housing with three-course dinners in Jokkmokk before and after the trek.
  • Small groups of 6 – 12 participants.
  • Two certified Swedish mountain leaders, no matter group size.
  • Outdoor education for everyone who desires – our guides are happy to share their immense knowledge of life in the Scandinavian mountains.
  • Delicious outdoor meals based on home-made and home-dried foods.
  • Safety and professionalism from the beginning to the end.
  • Our sincere commitment to sustainability.

Tour summary

Price
31 000 SEK

Language
Our guides speak Swedish and English

Group size
6-12 participants

Guides
2 Swedish mountain leaders

Departures
21 July
19 Aug

Total duration
11 days

Trekking days
9 days

Tour starts at
The town of Jokkmokk

Tour ends at
The town of Jokkmokk

Total Distance
110 km trekking
35 km extra trekking for non obligatory summits
10 km boat

Daily treks
7,5-16 km (5-8 h)
(the non obligatory summit to Ákká entails a 30 km trek)

Difficulty
Difficult

Minimum age
16 years

Outdoor Vagabond´s words about the tour
“This is not the easiest Sarek expedition, but it´s definitely the most rewarding one!”

Price includes:

  • 2 certified Swedish mountain leaders
  • 2 nights at guesthouse in town of Jokkmokk
  • 2 three-course dinners in Jokkmokk
  • 2 hotel breakfasts in Jokkmokk
  • Luggage storage in Jokkmokk
  • Private bus between Sarek and guesthouse in Jokkmokk
  • Boat trip over lake Akkájaure
  • Delicious home-made outdoor meals (all meals)
  • Backpack, tent, inflatable sleeping mat, sleeping bag.
  • Outdoor cooking stove with utensils
  • Your guides bring first aid kit and essential safety equipment.

Price does not include:

  • Personal trekking equipment according to packing checklist
  • Personal snacks
  • Beverage to hotel meals
  • Transportation to and from the town of Jokkmokk, Sweden

Accommodation

STF Åsgård Guest House

Before and after our trek we will stay in locally owned Åsgård Guest House in Jokkmokk. Åsgård is located in the middle of the town with walking distance to shops, restaurants and other tourist attractions. Our group will live privately in the house´s annex where we have the perfect locale to prepare for the journey and celebrate it once we are back. The house is personal, cosy and the rooms in a hostel-like standard. The annex has 14 single beds dived among 6 bedrooms. In the evenings we enjoy three-course dinners based on local delicacies in Åsgård´s own restaurant.

Tents

During the 9-day long trek we spend 8 nights in tents. We use high quality tents made for mountain conditions. When you make your booking you can specify if you prefer your own one-person tent our if you wish to share a two- or three-person tent with someone in your company. To share a tent is always more weight-efficient and therefore recommended.