In the following I will add links to the individual parts of the travel report:
- Days 1-3: Saltoluokta – Pietsaure – Guhkesvágge
- Days 4-5: Guhkesvágge – Álggavágge
- Days 6-8: Álggavágge – Sarvesvágge – Rapadalen
- Days 8-9: Lower Rapadalen
- Days 10-11: Skierffe and Aktse
- Days 12-15: Aktse – Kvikkjokk
There’s also a German version of this report in the forum outdoorseiten.net.
Sarek – 4th Iteration
Several years ago I went on my first hike in Lapland, in Sarek national park. Since then I have come back to Swedish and Norwegian Lapland many times. For the Sarek area this is my fourth visit. While I revisit places, usually there are also some new vistas on my itinerary.
How I got there
I chose to travel by train (and bus) instead of flying. From Hamburg (Germany) where I live, there is a train connection to Copenhagen and from there to Stockholm. From Stockholm I took a night train to Gällivare and then went by bus to Kebnats (there is a boat service to the mountain station Saltoluokta).
My hiking route, which is depicted in the map above, was as follows:
Saltoluokta – Pietsaure – Bierikjávvre – Skárjá – Álggavágge – Sarvesvágge – Rapadalen – Aktse – Kvikkjokk
Equipment and Food
In the beginning my backpack was weighing about 25-27 kg. In the following a short summary of the gear I carried for those of you that are interested in such details.
- Tent: Hilleberg Akto
- Sleeping bag and pad: Western Mountaineering Apache, NeoAir All Season
- Backpack: Bergans Alpinist 110l
- Cooking: Trangia (small), 1l of alcohol
- Clothing: The usual layers, cheap rain gear
- Photography: Sony A7RII and lenses 21mm, 50mm and 135mm; carbon fibre tripod, filters, waterproof camera bag made by Ortlieb (this one failed me during the hike)
- Elektronics: inReach Mini satellite messenger, 2 powerbanks with 10Ah, camera batteries, headlamp
- Food: Dinner based on pasta in different self-made dressings (e.g, with Parmesan cheese and olive oil); breakfast: semolina and rice pudding (hot); lunch: salami, nuts, chocolate, etc.
- Other stuff: hiking poles and a lot of small things (such as map and compass, shoes for wading streams, drinking bottle, …)