Padjelanta Nationalpark Things to Do
So what do you do after a long day of hiking to relax when you are camping in the middle of nowhere far far away from the civilized world? Well, walk a little bit more of course! ;-) No seriously, it really is great to stretch the legs a bit after dinner and explore the surroundings. As you won't have any backpack to carry with you, this will feel...more
Although the landscape opened dramatically in front of us when entering Padjelanta, we are not really 'out of the woods' yet. For once again we dive into the woods on a winding path that seems to go on forever. It does feel more like wilderness here as the trail isn't that easy to walk. I am manoeuvring left and right to avoid branches hanging over...more
Once again the trail leads through a forest of birches, leaving not that much chances for a nice place to stop along the way. But no worries, there is a perfect spot for a short break or picnic when you arrive at the river at Slihtavagge.It is only a short steep climb up from the river at Slihtavagge and then all of a sudden the landscape opens up....more
Sunday morning, the 23rd of JulyIt is early morning and I rub in my sleepy eyes. The night has been tough, but I think I did get some sleep. The location of our tent was far from perfect, located on a surface filled with bumps and holes, and like the 'The Princess on the Pea' I seem to feel each and every one of those ;-) But well, something to...more
Late morning, Saturday 22 July 2006, 11:00 o'clockLocation: At Tarrekaise, beside lake Tarraure / DarrávrreToday we have a relatively easy hike in front of us, only 13 kilometres and the terrain doesn't look too challenging. The perfect excuse to make a lazy start to the day, and leave our campground a bit later then usual. The sun is shining...more
The hiking trail from Kvikkjokk towards Njunjes is an easy hiking trail. The terrain is quite flat and the trail itself easy to hike. In some parts there are some rocks, but not so bad that it is too bothersome. The distance from Kvikkjokk towards Njunjes is 16 kilometres in total, but by taking the boat, this will be 3 kilometres less, so 13...more
After a long long travel to get to the North of Sweden, we finally arrive in Kvikkjokk. In total almost 24 hours in train, bus and car, but now we are here; at the start of our hiking trip! The Padjalanta dream is about to begin..... Thursday, 20st July 2006, KvikkjokkThe sun is shining brightly and I can hardly believe our luck with the weather....more
Friday, 21st July 2006, BäckenToday we have 4 kilometres to 'catch up with' as we stopped a bit earlier yesterday. But on the other hand: we have all the time in the world, so no need to keep to a tight schedule but can just relax and enjoy our hike. It's good to know there is no pressure and we can adjust our schedule on a daily basis, adjusting...more
After a nice long rest and lunch break at the Mountain Hut of Njunjes we get on our way again. The first little part of the trail makes us feel like being in a jungle of flowers. We cut our way through the plants while the trail slowly makes its way up out of the valley. But suddenly in front of us we see the 'big climb'; the dreaded climb that the...more
Padjelanta Nationalpark Nightlife
The midnight sun
Nightlife? Which nightlife???
Hahaha. there is no night here in this region during the summer, as it is light here 24/7!
Padejelanta National Park is located above the polar circle and that means the sun won't really set here during the summer months. The best places and times to view the midnight sun are:
Mount Njulla, Abisko: 27/5 - 18/7
Kebnekaise top: 29/5 - 15/7
Lulep Kierkau, Saltoluokta: 2/6 - 12/7
Vallespiken, Kvikkjokk: 4/6 - 9/7
I didn't go myself to a mountain top to see the sun almost go down and up again. But I have been awake during midnight.... and yes, it is true. The sun never sets and it is always light here. There is no real difference between midnight and afternoon, it is just light, light, light. This is rather practical when hiking, as you never need to be afraid that you won't make it to your planned campground before the sun goes down. There is no real difference in hiking during the day or night, except that the sun isn't so strong and warm. The clear disadvantage is that sleeping might be a nightmare, as it never gets dark, which makes sleeping for some almost impossible.
This photo is a beautiful view over Lake Virihaure and was taken very late in the evening on the 27th of July. It is too late in the season to see the 'real' midnight sun, for that you need to be closer to the 21st of June, which is the longest day. The sun will set at the end of July as you can see in the photo, but it never seems to get 'really' dark as the sunset and sunrise are so close together in time.
Note: As light it is here during the summer, as dark it is here during the winter. During a certain time of winter the sun doesn't rise, it is just dark 24/7.Related to:
- National/State Park
Padjelanta Nationalpark Transportation
For the ones that don't have the time or energy to walk the whole Padjalantaleden, there is an alternative. There are helicopter flights on a daily basis that fly from Kvikkjokk to Staloluokta in the middle of Padjelanta National Park on the edge of the beautiful lake Virihaure. They even make a stop at Tarraluoppal if you wish. The costs for a...more
Boat times from Kvikkjokk to the Padjelantaleden (2006):09:30 (1/7 - 15/9)13:30 (1/7 - 15/9)17:30 (10/7 - 20/8)Boat times from Padjelantaleden to Kvikkjokk (2006):10:00 (1/7 - 15/9)14:00 (1/7 - 15/9)18:00 (10/7 - 20/8)There is a sign at the waterside with the telephone number of the boatsman. The times are a bit flexible, it is only a small boat...more
In the photo I added a map of my hiking trip through the park, which is also the official route of the "Padjelantaleden / Padjalanta Hiking Trail". The total hike is about 160 kilometres long.In the second photo you can see a detailed map of the National Park (from the parks website). On the map you can see the hiking trails, roads how to get to...more
Padjelanta Nationalpark Local Customs
I’ve added a little list with some terrain words. As you know there are a several dialects in Sami and I've added the two most usual ones here, the Lule Sámi and the North Sámi:Blue = Lule Sámi, Green = North Sámi Red is the translation to Englisháhpe áhpi = large marsh, marshlandsbáktte bákti = steep cliffbuollda buolda = mountain slopeduottar...more
While looking at your hiking map you might learn a tiny bit of the Sami language. The places are often named after which type of landscape it is. Like tjåhkå, for example, which means mountain top or jávri/jávvre which means lake. By studying the map and knowing a few of these Sami words you get a good picture of what the landscape is going to be...more
In Sweden there are around 50 native communities where the families earn most of the income from herding reindeers. But they mostly don't live on reindeers alone; they often combine this with fishing, hunting and crafts. But like I said in the previous tip, only a small percentage of the Sami population has reindeer herding as their occupation. One...more
Padjelanta Nationalpark Warnings and Dangers
Mobile Phone reception
You won't be able to have contact with the outside world while you're on your trek. Mobile phones first worked on the final stretch of our trek.
There are emergency phones on route at most, if not all of the huts if you do run into problem.
Enjoy being away from the real world!
Padjelanta Nationalpark What to Pack
Buy your maps online!
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 BD10 Sareks Nationalpark and costs 99,50 SEK (excl. shipping). The scale is 1:100.000
You can get an overview of all the "Fjäll" maps they sell here: Maps of the Swedish Fjällen
The map BD10 doesn't cover the whole hiking trail of the Padjelantaleden, but does most of it. To see the last bit of the trail (the northern part from Gisuris to Akka and Ritsem) you also will need map BD7 Sitasjaure-Ritsem.Related to:
- Hiking and Walking
Padjelanta Nationalpark Favorites
The main question about this "right of public access" when hiking in and around Padjelanta National Park would probably for most of you be if you can camp where ever you like in this area. The rules for camping 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...more
The right of public access (allemansrätten) is a unique right that we have in Sweden (there is a similar system in Norway and Finland). It is alike for Swedes and for from visitors from abroad. In short it means that everyone has the right to be out in the countryside. You can use and enjoy all natural spaces in Sweden, whether it is privately...more
Explore Deeper into Padjelanta Nationalpark
- What are the "Fjällen"
- How the dream started.....
- Things to Do
- Where is Padjelanta National Park?