I had to laugh so much when I heard the name of this place "LapDånalds", located in the middle of nowhere in Lapland along the hiking trail to Kebnekaise. And yes, of course, I was tempted and HAD to try their reindeer burger! I was partially surprised, as I didn't expect too much of this burger, but I wasn't disappointed at all. The reindeer burger tasted nothing less then excellent!
Fresh from the grill, served with a generous portion of dressing it was just what I needed after a long travelling day. It really hit the spot and gave me new energy for the hike we still had ahead of us. The price wasn't too chocking expensive either at 65 SEK. The sign says it is a reindeer burger, but for me I didn't taste the difference between a normal burger and a reindeer burger. But the taste was great, so who really cares.
But the reindeer burger is not the only thing on their menu: the fresh waffles with cloudberries and whipped cream sounded so good as well. And how about fresh salmon sandwich? Hahaha, I think I could have stayed here a few hours more to taste the rest of the menu! But unfortunately the last boat of the day was leaving in a few minutes, so I just had to hurry me down to the waters edge and just dream about waffles, cloudberries, salmon and more for the rest of the day :-)
The LapDånalds 9:00 to 18:00 when we were here, and I assume they adjust their opening times to the boat times.
This is a restaurant with tourist shop and with camping ground.
Nikkaluokta is a very small village. When you come here you immediately spot the restaurant because of its original and beautiful shape.
I have been here four years in sequence when going to Kebnekaijse. If I should choose one favorite restaurant in Sweden, this would be the one. What more can I say?
If you are camping here, you have free access to the restaurant building to relax.
The souvenir shop has many interesting things.
The food of course is very well prepared, there are several local Swedish dishes.
Very friendly and helpful staff, both in restaurant and reception.
Favorite Dish: Try the reindeer meat or something else typical dish. Note also that besides beer there is the red lemonade of lingonberry (lingon), a most tasteful lemonade with a special accent, good together with meat.
Nikkaluokta is a popular start and finish place for hiking in the Fjällen. This isn't so surprising as it is close to the highest mountain of Sweden Kebnekaise, a popular hiking area with connection to the famous hiking trail "Kungsleden", and Nikkaluokta is very easy to reach by bus.
The bus connection goes twice a day during the summer season, bus number 92, and runs between Nikkaluokta and Kiruna. It takes roughly an hour by bus (see time table below, summer 2009). From Kiruna you can travel further by train or even by air from Kiruna airport.
Bus times summer 2009:
From Kiruna Central Train Station to Nikkaluokta
depart 10:15, arrive 11:20
depart 14:45, arrive 15:50
From Nikkaluokta to Kiruna Central Train Station
depart 15:15, arrive 13:00
depart 16:00, arrive 17:05
A one way ticket costs 83 SEK (2009). Please check the website of the Norrbotten county traffic for current time schedule and prices.
The bus is used to hikers as it has plenty of luggage space for the backpacks. During high season the buses can get overfull and they try to add extra buses outside the normal time table to cope with the extra demand in passengers.
You can buy your bus ticket separately, but I always book my bus ticket in combination with the train ticket. Here are three of the website that I often check for best deals:
Although this boat trip is absolutely unnecessary for your hike from Nikkoluota to Kebnekaise it is a nice and comfortable way to shorten your total hike by 6 kilometres. The total stretch to Kebnekaise is 19 kilometres, so shortening it to a comfortable 13 is something that appeals to many.
The path between Nikkaluokta and Kebnekaise is one of the most used trails in the Mountain area which shows through wide trails and seeing lots of people when hiking this stretch. For me this part of the trail is more of a 'transportation section' to get into the wilder and quieter areas. So for me the boat was a lazy alternative to move through this area in a quick way. Don't get me wrong though, it is not only about getting from A to B. The views from the boat over lake Laddjujavri towards the Kebnekaise are are stunning and worth while in their own right and I enjoyed this little boat trip thoroughly.
The boat goes daily between the 19th of June and 20th of September (in 2009) and takes about 20 to 30 minutes.
Departure times from the lower boat landing (Nikkaluokta side in the direction of Kebnekaise) are at 09.30, 10.30, 12.00, 14.00 and 17.45. If you are munching on your reindeer burger at LapDånalds they will wait until your done eating before the boat leaves, so no need to stress too much. This is the Fjällen area where daily live goes in much more relaxed tempo :-)
Departure times from the upper boat landing (Kebnekaise side towards Nikkaluokta at 10.00, 11.15, 12.45, 15.30 and 18.15.
A one way ticket costs 160 SEK. For children up to 15 year and accompanied by their parents the boat trip costs 80 SEK.
Hiking to the boat landing
The hike towards the lower boat landing (from Nikkaluokta) is about 6 kilometres long on an very easy, flat and wide hiking trail. So you can walk on a relatively high speed on this part of the trial. The hike from the upper boat landing towards Kebnekaise is about 8 kilometres long, also an easy trail, but it requires a bit more energy as you have to conquer some height differences.
As alternative to the boat you can hike the trail that follows the lake side for 6 kilometres and ends up at the boat landing at the other end.
If you are planning a trip to this region it is good to have your map before you travel here. A good website to buy your detailed maps of Sweden and the Fjällen area is:http://www.lantmateriet.se/
I bought all my maps here. Not only for the Fjällen, but also for other regions and trips in Sweden. The map I used for this region is map BD6 Abisko-Kebnekaise and BD8 Kebnekaise - Saltokuokta and costs 99,50 SEK (excl. shipping). The scale is 1:100.000. (alternatively: choose English language, top left side, then in the menu NATIONAL MAP SERIES, Fjällkartan, Fjällkartan 1:100.000 - folded). The stretch between Nikkaluokta to Kebnekaise is visible on both maps BD6 and BD8.
You can get an overview of all the "Fjäll" maps they sell here: Maps of the Swedish Fjällen
Alternatively you can buy the maps at the Mountain Huts that have a shop (which is approx. every other Mountain Hut). There is a nice store at the Kebnekaise Fjällstation (Mountain Hut) where you can buy all maps of the area.