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Sarek (Sweden)

Practical information about Sarek

  • Nature Reserve / Wildlife Observation / Safari
  • Fjord
  • Hiking / Trekking
  • Park and garden
  • Mountain
  • River
  • Lake
  • Unesco World Heritage
  • Off the beaten track
5 / 5 - 2 reviews
How to get there
10 hours by car from Stockholm
When to go
During summer
Minimum stay
3 to 5 days

Reviews of Sarek

Timothée D. Travel writer
285 travel articles

Neighbouring the Padjelanta national park, Sarek is an inaccessible paradise, removed from the rest of the world, with its high mountains and treacherous weather.

My suggestion:
Apart from its mountain peaks, Sarek national park is famous for its incredible deltas, which create incredible landscapes, like that of lake Laitaure.

The second largest national park in Sweden, Sarek contains some of the most breathtaking alpine scenery in the whole of the country, with its twenty or so summits above 2,000 metres. It's additionally one of those rare places where large carnivores such as bears, wolves and lynxes can be found. 

During my trip to Sweden, I headed there to spend several days trekking the Kungsleden (royal way) trail. I was absolutely bowled over by the beauty of the scenery: untamed rivers, awe-inspiring mountains, Amazon-like deltas and vast, arid plains. It was a sight to behold. Do bear in mind, however, that due to its position, at the meeting-point of various climates, the Sarek national park is particularly susceptible to changing weather conditions, which can make hiking rather difficult. For example, it's not rare to see snow flurries in summer!

The untamed scenery of the Sarek national park
Travel writer
26 travel articles

Considered as the last wild space in Europe, the Sarek National Park is very difficult to access. Only experienced trekkers stride across the valleys and hills of the park. No paths nor refuge is available.

My suggestion:
It's best to be very experienced before coming to Sarek. No matter what your itinerary is, at least 4 days of walking are necessary. You must therefore be well-equipped, be able to handle food and know how to navigate.

Like its neighbouring Padjelanta, the Sarek National Park is home to large valleys covered in tundra, boreal forests, wildlife and plant life left to the liberty of this wild nature. But the most impressive remains the deltas, including the famous Rapadalen which left me a strong memory after a difficult climb to reach the summit of Låddepakte.

At the mercy of the changeable weather and although the valleys had surprised me with swamps and sometimes high rivers, the pleasure of the walk was mostly up high on the hills, by defying the movement of the terrain like a new man who ends up merging into the wild nature.

The classic itinerary is to do, in 10 days, a hike from Ritsem to Kvikkjokk. An alternative is to stop at Saltoluokta. So, the Sarek, a destination off the beaten track ?

Rapadalen Delta