Staying at the log cabin of Såmmarlappa itself or put up your tent on their grounds, seems like the best option during this part of the hike.
If you are looking for alternative places, you might discover that your options are very limited. Because of the dense growth of trees and shrubs, there aren't that many open areas to accomodate your tent. The views from these places aren't the most breathtaking either (just trees and the hiking trail), and on top of that it might be hard to find a stream with fresh water. So we didn't see a better option then to stay here, on the grounds of the log cabin of Såmmarlappa. The clear advantage of course is that you can use their facilities for a minor fee. And at this place that was absolutely perfect! The Stugvärd was a busy bee, making sure that the mountain hut was in tip top condition and everyone received a warm welcome. We even were served fresh baked cake upon arrival! A luxury I never imagined possible in a remote area like this, with no power and no running water.
The Log Cabin is rather small with 18 beds. But as demands aren't that high, it doesn't really fill up, not even during high season. The inside is cosy and warm and as a real bonus they have a relatively big assortment of provisions. The camping spots are located on the side of the river, slightly removed from the log cabin. But I need to give a word of warning though: the ground isn't very level, making for a rather bumpy sleeping place.
The Mountain Hut is open: 16/2 - 1/5, 30/6 - 09/9 (2007). Costs per person per night: 195 SEK for members of the STF, 295 SEK for non-members (during normal season). During high season (19/3 - end of season) it will cost 240 SEK for member and 340 SEK for non-members.
Camping fee is 40 SEK per person per night, non-member 60 SEK.
The Mountain Hut of Tarrekaise is located on a nice spot at Lake Tarraure, surrounded by forest. There aren’t so much of alternative locations to put up your tent in the area, so we decided to stay here. You can either camp, like we did, or stay at one of the little Mountain cabins. There are 26 beds available at Tarrekaise: one bigger cabin, with 2 x 10 beds, and a smaller one with in total 6 beds. You can buy some supplies here, although very basic: canned food and food in packages, a limited selection of chocolate, candy, soft drinks, and even light beer. No fresh food though! There is a stugvärd around taking care of the properties and a phone available in case of emergencies. The mountain hut is open during winter and summer, but closed during spring and autumn. Open from 16/2 - 1/5, 30/6 - 09/9 (2007).
This Mountain Hut is owned by the STF (Swedish Tourist Society) and the quality of the mountain huts is often good and the stugvärd experienced. And unfortunately I have to say most of the time..... but not this time! I guess the mountain cabins were up to standard (I didn't take a look inside), but the stugvärd was inexperienced and couldn't give us any advice about the surrounding area. They regularly change the ones that are running the cabins though, so maybe you are more in luck then we were and are able to get some good advice about the surrounding area by the Stugvärd.
A stay at the mountain hut will cost you 195 SEK (for STF members) and 295 SEK for when you are not a member of the STF during low season. During high season (which is most of the time) it will cost 240 SEK for members, 340 SEK for non-members.
On our way towards Tarrekaise we passed the Mountain Hut of Njunjes. The Stugvärd here gave us a warm welcome and some good tips about the next leg of our hike. Outside the Mountain Hut is a camping table, making it a perfect spot to stay for lunch. The water supply comes from the mountains above, transported down by an easy accessible hose, making the process of collecting fresh water an easy task. They even have a luxury of an outdoor shower cabin! One warning though.... the water is probably freezing cold! But showers are very rare in this area, so this certainly can be a luxury item :-)
There are no provisions for sale at the Mountain Hut, but there is a phone available in case of emergencies. There is one log cabin available that sleeps 20. Like all the Mountain Huts in this area, the Mountain Hut is never "full". Maybe there are no more beds available, but you can always take shelter inside the mountain hut and stay for the night, although this might mean sleeping on the floor.
The Mountain Hut is open: 09/3 - 1/5, 30/6 - 09/9 (2007). Costs per person per night: 195 SEK for members of the STF, 295 SEK for non-members (during normal season). During high season (19/3 - end of season) it will cost 240 SEK for member and 340 SEK for non-members.
After 9 kilometres we called it a day and our stop of the night is "Bäcken". Just before you go over the bridge over the river Njunjesjåkhå, look to the right. Here, hidden in the trees, is a fairly nice camping spot. The terrain is quite flat, so perfect to put up a tent. Water supply is ideally located beside the tent by means of the lovely river/stream Njunjesjåhkå. There is even a little fireplace, which is perfect for early evening when the temperature start to drop a bit. And as the camping is in the middle of a forest, there is lots of firewood available. And.... it even had a little bench! Hahaha, luxury! :-)) Well, considering for the area you are in anyway :-) For us it was perfect and it only took a few minutes to set up the tent.
In the second photo you can see "The view from the tent" a tradition we started last year. On each and every location we visit we try to take a photo through the window, or when camping, the view from the tent. It often shows very well in what sort of landscape we are, and in this case it is clearly a wooded landscape with lots and lots of undergrowth. The third photo is of the little river, taken from the bridge.
The best place to camp when hiking from Såmmarlappa towards Tarraluoppalstugorna was for me here, in the middle of nowhere. Here at this little stream you'll have it all! A nice protected spot for your tent, with a nice level underground. Fresh delicious water at hand (and the water in the Fjällen is the best!) and views to die for!
The location is at the river that has no name (at least no name on the map), which is about 2 kilometres hiking from Tarraluoppalstugorna and about 1 kilometre after getting out of the woods, when walking from the direction of Såmmarlappa. The spot where we put up our tent is on the left side of the river, a little bit down the slope, a couple of metres removed from the river. It is far enough from the hiking trail not to be disturbed by any hikers passing by on the trail above. Although I have to say that we didn't see anyone passing by until later the next morning.
This camping spot is a perfect example how you can use, enjoy and respect the unique right we have in Sweden called "the right of public access" or "allemansrätten" (Swedish).
The rules for camping in the wild are simple: It is allowed to camp in the countryside for one or two nights in the same place. But there are some restrictions. It is only allowed if you are not disturbing the landowner, or the local people. You are not allowed to put up your tent near homes, farm building, a Sami village, or on farmland.
The main rule for the 'right of public access' in general is that you don't damage the landscape or animal life, and you must show consideration for both landowners and for everyone else that is out and about in the countryside. In short: Do not disturb, do not destroy. This is a privilege we have, don't destroy it, don’t abuse it. Respect nature; “take only pictures, leave only footprints”
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