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Reindeer in Sarek

Must Visit in Sweden: Sarek National Park (Part 2 of 2)

part 1: About Sarek National Park, Getting there, Stay in Sarek
part 2: Hiking Trails, Other notes, Links


Hiking Trails in Sarek

There are plenty of trails available, however I only research small part (that I visited this summer). Kungsleden trail from Saltuokta to Kvikkjokk is well marked and can be followed easily. I divide area in Sarek into two categories: bottom area of the mountain, and the mountain side. In the bottom, it is full of trees. If you are walking Kungsleden, the mark will be on the tree. If you are not, it is still easy to see and follow the trails. On the mountain side, the trails get a bit tricky. It is mostly open with just stones, grass and small trees. Kungsleden is marked on the stones. But other trail will have no marks. Sometimes there are stack of stones as marks, but most of the times there are not. Bringing a compass and knowing which direction you should go is important.

As I mentioned before, Saltuokta and Kvikkjokk entrance requires you to take a boat to cross the trails if you are going towards Rapadalen. Make sure you know if the boat is available, as well as the cost and their schedule.

Badly drawn map (by me)

Badly drawn map (by me)

Steve and Ela from Indonesia, and Tuan from Vietnam

Steve and Ela from Indonesia, and Tuan from Vietnam

Laitaure river with Skierfe top as the background

Laitaure river with Skierfe top as the background

Kvikkjokk to Aktse cabin (STF cabin in Rapadalen) is almost 40km. Saltuokta to Aktse is also about the same distance. We came in through Sitoälvsbron and it is only 16km to Aktse. The foot of the mountain is mostly flat. Mountain side is a bit wavier. I think the difficulty of the trails are medium, due to the height of the mountain side. The famous top Skierfe is off Kungsleden 6 km away. Aktse cabin is 560 meters above sea level (masl) and Skierfe is 1179m tall, that could mean 3 hours of walking uphill non-stop. Even so, Skierfe is a must visit spot in Sarek. Grip yourself!

Other notes on hiking in Sarek

Last month we hike for 4 days with the near entrance (Sitoälvsbron), and walked about 52km in total. Most of other blog I read about trip to Sarek is more than 5 days. My point is, 4 days is the possible, and it is better if you can stay longer. I think it’s good to have spare days and more relaxed walk. Summer would be the perfect season, though mosquitos are on rampage at this time of the year.

As for the preparation, other than the usual camping gears, I would suggest dressing for colder temperature. In the mountain side, the temperature plus the wind can be bad combination. Warmer sleeping bag is good.

I also would like to remind everyone about rules of every national park in Sweden. That you can camp everywhere for free, but please keep things clean. Do not litter (especially on the water source), do not take anything from the park (not even stone or wood), and do not disturb wild life. Oh, speaking about wild life, you will be greeted by many reindeer in the mountain side. They are cute!

There will be bonus feature if you decide to rent a car. As our group experienced, we get to see cities on our way. And if we have time and the city is nice, we can stop to enjoy it for a bit. One city that we find really nice is Arvidsjaur.

Boat parking in Laitaure river

Boat parking in Laitaure river

A lake in Arvidsjaur

A lake in Arvidsjaur

Links

National park website: www.nationalparksofsweden.se/choose-park—list/sarek-national-park/
STF cabins website: www.svenskaturistforeningen.se
Resrobot (transportation finder) site: reseplanerare.resrobot.se/index.html

Trip to Hamburgsund

Weekend Getaway: Hamburgsund

As a student, sometimes the books and all the late nights at the library become a little too routine and you need to step away from it.

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Weekend getaway to Hamburgsund

My escape came in the form of my kind host family inviting me and two friends to join them for the weekend in Hamburgsund at their summer house. Oscar, their springer spaniel also joined us for the weekend. As soon as we arrived we decided to take him on a walk by the beach. He loves the water.

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After unpacking and settling in, we prepared dinner for the five of us. We had a traditional Swedish dinner that included a smorgasbord of seafood including prawns, shrimp, crab and crayfish.

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After seeing all the pictures of the crayfish parties. I think this one upped it. We ate to our fill and a delicacy that I hadn’t noticed was that the shrimp is not boiled as it is prepared before purchase meaning that you just defrost and enjoy. How easy! I had been warned back home by a Danish friend that the Swedes do like their cold food but to my surprise, I loved the cold seafood.

Fjällbacka

On Saturday, we woke up early and had breakfast and decided to head out for some sightseeing to Fjällbacka. This was the home of Ingrid Bergman, their love for her is embodied across the town that is filled with pictures and busts of her. One of my friends even noted that most of the books written by Camilla Läckberg take place in this town. After all that walking , we also found a really cool spot to have some lunch by the dock.

Fjallbacka board

Fjallbacka

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In the afternoon we decided to go on a boat trip to some islands surrounded by Skagerrak near the North Sea.

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We also had a picnic and enjoyed a hike through Valön.

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Sitting together although it was quite cold was a great memory with an even greater view. We even managed to get in a little swim as we dipped our feet in the water. To my surprise, I ended up submerging my body into the water which I later regretted as it took forever to dry my hair. It was quite a fun experience, however I think I’ll look forward to swimming in the sea during summer when the temperatures will be warmer.

So my tip is, whenever reading becomes a little to much to handle.

Find a town or a city nearby and explore! Discover a new part of Sweden you’ve never seen before. It will truly be worth it.

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From Sweden with love!