This gallery is dedicated to images from the Sarek national park in Swedish Lapland. The area is very mountainous, almost untouched by civilization and part of the UNESCO world heritage site Laponia. Sarek is only accessible on foot and has no marked trails, accommodations or other man-made infrastructure (except for a single emergency phone and two bridges). This means you have to carry a large amount of supplies in addition to tent and other gear. So far, I have spent four weeks in this beautiful place in two consecutive years.
From Akkajaure to Skárjá and Álgavágge
A hike in Sarek can begin at the Akkajaure lake following the long-distance trail Padjelantaleden. Very impressive is the bridge accross the stream Vuojatädno. From Padjelantaleden it is possible to reach Ruohtesvágge and from there Skárjá, the so-called “center” of Sarek, where three of the main valleys of Sarek meet. One of those valleys is Álgavágge that one can follow to the west.
Sarvesvágge is the second-longest valley in Sarek and not traveled very often. While the upper part is mostly consisting of meadows, the lower part of the valley is covered by brush and birch forest and strenuous to cross. I liked especially the place where Sarvesvágge meets Rapadalen. It is very beautiful seen from above and the valley floor is full of wildlife.
Rapadalen is the largest valley in Sarek. The middle and lower part of Rapadalen is famous for its beautiful river landscape. The Ráhpaädno river forms two large delta areas – Rapaselet and the Laitaure delta. The valley floor is in large parts covered by swamps, birch forests and dense vegetation. The small side valley Snávvávágge and mount Skierffe offer nice views of the river deltas.
Luohttoláhko and Pårte Mountain Range
Luohttoláhko a high plane in Sarek that features several small lakes and is framed by mountain ranges and the valleys Sarvesvágge and Njoatsosvágge. It can be a silent place due to the absence of larger streams. The Pårte mountains are located to the south-east of Luohttoláhko and feature several glaciers.
While the upper part of this valley is characterized by alpine conditions and its spectacular V-shape, the lower part less steep and covered by lush vegetation.
South of Sarek
Also the area betweek Kvikkjokk and Sarek is worth visiting as the landscape is not less impressive – however less alpine.