Sarek National Park – basic information
Sarek National Park is located in Jokkmokk city, Lapland in the north of Sweden, the country in Northern Europe. The Park was created to protect the alpine landscape of the northern part of the Scandinavian Mountains. Then in 1996, it became part of the Laponia World Heritage Site. It is one of the oldest national parks in Europe and considered by Swedes to be one of the most beautiful landscapes of the country. The park combines different types of landscape: large valleys, plateaux, and massive mountains, often with several summits. There are about 200 peaks reaching over 1800 m and almost 100 glaciers, which make it a good place for hikers and mountaineers.
Tourism infrastructure is poor and weather conditions are variable, therefore Sarek National Park can be problematic and dangerous for inexperienced tourists. Nevertheless, it is still very popular. It is good to accompany a guide because there are almost no accommodations for tourists or marked trails. There are no roads leading up to the national park. Only a few hiking trails are marked there that pass around the park and only two bridges pass over the rivers. Also, beware of avalanches in mountains and turbulent streams that are very hard to cross without proper training.
Total area: 1 977 km²
Located: Jokkmokk, Norrbotten County, Sweden
Sarek National Park – map
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Sarek National Park – weather
Weather in Sarek National Park is dependent on seasons, but always keep yourself warm and dry.
In spring the streams start to rise and the ice abates, but it is fine to go on trips then.
The best time to visit the park is the end of the summer – from July to the end of August – when it is no longer so wet because the period of melting snow ends. July is the warmest month with on average 51.3°F. In August, the day is shorter and you may encounter frost or even snowfall, but the temperature is still high (about 48°F) and mosquitoes are less active. At night the temperature can drop to 23°F.
The average rainfall in July is at about 5-6 inches for a month and in August less than 5 inches.
In autumn the weather is fine, but nights are cold. During the day the temperature can raise up to 35,6°F in September, 24,8°F in October and 17,6°F in November. At night the average temperature is at the level of 6°F, but in November can drop even to -6°F.
During the winter daily temperatures vary from -0,4°F to 12,2°F. At night it can drop below -16°F.
If you want to see the weather forecast for Sarek National Park you can check it here.
Sarek National Park – attractions
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- Rapa Valley
- Skierfe mountain
- Hiking trails
Rapa Valley in Sarek National Park
The Rapa Valley is the largest one in Sarek National Park and is 35 km long. The valley is surrounded by steep mountains and covered with dense thickets. It is well known from the Rapa River that is powered by about 30 glaciers. The water from melting glaciers gives the river a green color.
It runs down the Rapa Valley as far as Lake Laitaure. At the mouth of Lake Laitaure, the Rapa River forms the Laitaure Delta. The Rapa delta is considered to be the most beautiful river delta in Scandinavia.
The best view of the river is from the air or Skierfe.
Skierfe in Sarek National Park
Skierfe is a 1,179 m high mountain in the south-eastern parts of Sarek National Park. The foot of the mountain lies in the Rapa River and the Laiture delta. It is known for its almost vertical western wall and the amazing view from the top, where it is quite easy to hike. It is also a popular tour for people hiking along the King’s Trail.
Hiking Trails in Sarek National Park
The King’s Trail (Kungsleden) is a hiking trail that starts at Abisko National Park, passes through Stora Sjofallets National Park and runs along the eastern end of the park Sarek National Park. It is around 440 km long and in winter serves as a ski trail. Because there are no roads, cabins or bridges within the park, King’s trail is for experienced hikers. Cabins are available only outside the park, which you can reach from Saltoluokta and Kvikkjokk.
Apart from King’s Trail, there is also the Padjelanta Trail (Padjelantaleden) that runs from Kvikkjokk to Akkajaure, along with western borders of the park at Tarraluoppal, where you can find some cabins. It is 140 km long and is appropriate for beginners on condition that at least one of the hikers has experience with hiking and camping.
Sarek National Park – Accommodation
Sarek National Park hotels
It is very hard to find a hotel near the Sarek Park, but the closest city is Kvikkjokk, where only two hostels are available. Except that there are not a lot of hotels near Sarek National Park. There are some hotels in Sweden but very far from the Park, closer cities are distant by up to 90 km and further, so wandering through the Park keep in mind that most of the night you will have to sleep in a tent.
Sarek National Park camping
Camping management for tourist in Sarek National Park does not actually exist.
So just take your tent and sleep wherever you want, provided you keep yourself dry in wet weather.
Sarek National Park cabins
Good news, there are some cabins in Sarek National Park accessible to tourists, however, located near the borders of the park. The Pårte, Tarraluoppal and Sitojaure cabins are outside the park. Aktse is a little farm that crosses the King’s Trail. It offers 26-50 beds, but with no restaurant or breakfast, opened for tourists in the summer and up to autumn. You can buy food or equipment in the shop.
Sarek National Park – parking
There is no dedicated parking space for drivers within the park, except the parking at the beginning of the entry to Kungsleden. Sarek is very inaccessible for anyone who cannot hike or ski because there are no roads leading straight up to the park. There are two long walking routes that go round. Each path starts on the south side of lakes in Sjøfallets national park at Akkastugorna cabin or Saltoluokta Fjällstation Lodge. You might also reach Kvikkjokk and start your journey to the Sarek National Park there.
Sarek National Park – airport
There are two airports near Sarek National Park – Kiruna (KRN) and Bodo (BOO). The closest one to Sarek is Kiruna. Kiruna airport lies in Kiruna, Sweden and is located around 120km from the Park. From the city of Kiruna, you can go to Saltoluokta by bus, but the further road to the park can be reached on foot.
There is also another way to get to the Sarek National Park – by a helicopter that transfers you to and from Sarek Park.
Restrictions in Sarek National Park
Entrance to National Park is free, but remember that once you enter the park, you will be isolated from the world because telecommunication or urban communication is not working.
Keep in mind, however, that while you can enjoy the benefits of nature, you must take care of it too.
As a visitor, you may gather berries and mushrooms, build a fire, arrange shelter for yourself, pitch a tent, fish and hunt (only in places where it is expressly permitted) or bring leashed dogs into the national park (allowed only from 1 January to 30 April in limited areas).
However, in Sarek National Park you cannot litter, damage or remove land, plants and rocks, kill wildlife, ride horses except in limited areas and at certain times, disturb grazing reindeer or interfere with the gathering and driving of reindeer, bicycle or operate boats and motorised all-terrain vehicles except in limited areas and at certain times.
If you wish to apply for a permit you can find out what is involved on the Laponia website.