Wildlife Expedition in Sarek National Park

This is the trip that I am looking forward to the most each year. The remote feeling, the vast landscape, the silent mountains and the impressive wildlife. It is like visiting another world. Be prepared to experience raw and pure nature. Expect to make friends with the guides and the other guests around the dinner camp in the evenings.
— Marcus Eldh, founder of WildSweden
 
 

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The plan

Be dropped by helicopter in Sarek National Park, to be picked up again 5 days later.

  • Sneak up on Moose and find fresh bear tracks along the river

  • Be part of a small group of likeminded nature lovers far out in the wild

  • Peek out from your and see the Northern Lights dance across the sky

Sarek is often called Europe´s last true wilderness. A dream adventure for any true nature enthusiast. The park has no road access and can therefore only be reached on foot or by helicopter. On this trip we choose to take a short helicopter ride that will save us several days of hiking and give us more time inside the most dramatic parts of the park.

There will be no marked trails, no access to cabins and no mobile phone coverage. You are disconnected from the outside world. We have to rely on that the helicopter will pick us up at the end of the trip. Until then it will be just you, nature, some fellow adventurers and the wild animals.

This is a hiking trip for active people who are not afraid to spend some nights in a tent. Be prepared to carry your own backpack with just the most essential equipment such as camping gear, clothing and foods. All in all your backpack may weigh 18-20kg depending on your personal equipment. Good news is that water is available in the streams along the way so there is no need to carry water.

The Kungsleden trail is one of the most popular hiking trails in Sweden. However, it sees an increasing flow of hikers from all over the world. Kungsleden is a fantasic trail, and although is touches Sarek it does not take you all the way into Sarek. This expedition does.

August and September is the ultimate season for wildlife in Sarek. The valley of Rapadalen is home to Brown Bears, Lynx, Wolverines, Golden Eagles and other large carnivores. But most of all it is known to be home to the largest Moose in Europe. And with just a bit of luck you can get really close to these majestic animals.

SAREK NATIONAL PARK - THE MOST REMOTE PART OF SWEDISH LAPLAND

Sarek is part of Laponia, a huge mountainous wilderness area in northern Sweden that became a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1996. With a total area of 9400 km² it is the world's largest wilderness area that is still cultured by natives, the reindeer herding Sami people.

Sarek is impressive with its deep cut valleys between high, jagged peaks. There are hundreds of mountains over 1,800 metres. The contrast between rocky mountain sides, fractured glaciers and lush valleys makes for adventurous hiking.

SÁPMI - THE LAND OF THE SÁMI

Known as Lapland, the native name of this area is actually Sápmi. The Sami people are the indigenous people inhabiting the Arctic area of Sápmi, which today encompasses parts of northern Sweden, Norway, Finland and the Kola Peninsula of Russia. During this tour you will have the chance to visit the Ajtte museum where you can learn about the Sami culture and traditions. 

SAFETY & COMFORT

Our local guides are experienced and trained. They will take good care of you, also in case of an accident. They will provide necessary equipment like waterproof tents, warm sleeping bags and even a portable satellite phone so that, in the case of a serious accident, any injured person can get evacuated by a helicopter.

How heavy will this be? The amount of walking each day is adapted to the groups abilities as well as the current weather conditions. We will mainly hike on animal trails along a river in a lush valley.

You need to be fit and in a generally good condition. Still, this is not a survival expedition, after all, we are here to enjoy nature and with just a bit of luck with the weather it can be very easy and enjoyable!

We will treat ourselves with several coffee breaks each day, pick berries, take time for photography and spend lazy evenings at the tents. On some of the days we will just do day trips and leave our backpacks at the camp. In this way we will be able to experience Sarek in a relatively easy way.

Day 1: Arrival & introduction

Meet our guide at Luleå airport or arrive directly to Jokkmokk by night train and a connecting shuttle bus.

We all meet up at Jokkmokk guesthouse in the late afternoon, a one hundred year old guesthouse in the small town of Jokkmokk. This will our base for this expedition. We enjoy a welcome dinner where you will also have the chance to get to know us guides and the other participants. We will then need a few hours of equipment check to make sure we are all ready for some days out in the wild.

Night at Jokkmokk guesthouse. Enjoy your bed, adventure starts tomorrow ;)

Day 2: Helicopter drop - into the wild

Early breakfast, backpacks in the boot of the van and off we go! 1,5 hours later we arrive at Stuor Muorkke in Stora Sjöfallet National Park where a smiling helicopter pilot says hello. Sit back on the wooden bench, turn off your phone and have a coffee while the pilot prepares the helicopter for takeoff.

The short helicopter flight (20 minutes) will take us to the Rapadalen valley at the border of Sarek. It saves us at least 20km of hiking and gives us more time to explore the actual park.

Once we are all on the ground we begin our hike to enter the park on foot. On this first day we only walk for a few kilometers carrying our own backpacks.

We pitch our tents by the river and enjoy our first outdoor dinner surrounded by majestic snow capped mountains.

We are in! First night in tents.

Day 3: Along the river Rapaätno

After breakfast we pack our tents and continue our hike along the river Rapaätno, which will take us deeper into the valley. Hiking here is easy with flat terrain but with an ever-changing view over the surrounding mountains.

We continue our hike on animal trails along the river through the lush birch forest. We are not in a hurry and we take many breaks to watch for wildlife. 

This is where Moose gather up at this time of the year for the rut. We search for tracks and move in silence to increase our chances to encounter any wild animals. Chances are good that we will have some exciting up-close encounters with Moose.

We may also see Reindeer, eagles, Rough Legged Buzzard and for the lucky few even Wolverines and Brown Bears through binoculars.

We enjoy an outdoor lunch and treat ourselves with several coffee and photo breaks. It is a fantastic feeling just being here.

In the afternoon we settle down at some scenic spot with good viewing possibilities and pitch our tents. We cook a dinner under the stars and share our stories.

Our second night in tents. If the sky is clear, remember to open your tent and watch for Northern Lights every once in a while.

Day 4, 5, 6: It just gets wilder for each day

We spend three days of hiking, tracking, watching, photographing and having fun.

Each morning you will be reminded how privileged you are to be here. But moist boots and cold temperatures could also remind you that you are far from home.

Breathe slowly and taste the fresh air. Matti can always boil som more coffee. We have time.

If everything is going according to plan we may leave the camp behind for one or two days and go for hikes without having to carry our backpacks.

If weather permits we may hike up the famous Nammatj mountain on one of the days. On clear days we will have amazing views across the river delta. From up there you can usually spot moose grazing along the river.

Day 7: Return to civilisation

Who wants to leave? Anyone? Perhaps we are all wet and tired and can't wait to have a hot shower.

We use this day to enjoy the park as much as we can before its time to go. Listen for the roaring of the helicopter to come and pick us up for our return.

We then drive to Jokkmokk guesthouse where we stayed on our first night.

Take off your hiking boots and enjoy a well deserved shower. Then dinner and some wine or beer.

Night at Jokkmokk guesthouse. Soft beds, oh heaven!

DAY 8: DEPARTURE DAY

Breakfast and goodbyes. We then drive you to the train station in Boden or Murjek, or Luleå airport.

WHAT'S INCLUDED?

  • Experienced naturalist guides with trained eyes for spotting wildlife

  • Two nights at guesthouse + five nights in tent, with all meals

  • Helicopter transfer to Sarek National Park with return

  • Outdoor equipment: tent, sleeping bag, sleeping mat, outdoor kitchen utilities

WHEN CAN I DO THIS?

This tour has only one departure since this is the best time to do be in Sarek for wildlife, see calendar. However you can request this tour at other dates if you are a group of at least 4 persons.

ACCOMMODATION

  • We stay our first and last nights at Jokkmokk guesthouse, with standard single/double/twin room with shared bathroom.

  • Five nights in tents, single or double. To reduce weight you may choose to share tent with other participants of your own gender, if you like. We provide the following top-quality outdoor sleeping equipment: Lightweight tent, sleeping bag (3-season Nordic climate) and sleeping-mat.

FOR WHO?

Recommended minimum age is 18 years, or 15 years in company of parent. Participants should be able to walk in uneven terrain without difficulties. Walking level is medium but remember that you have to be able to carry a backpack of at least 18 kg. Walks include many stops along the way.

SMALL GROUPS FOR A MORE GENUINE EXPERIENCE

There will be max 7 persons with one guide. With two guides there may be up to 12 participants on the same tour.

LOCATION & HOW TO GET HERE

We all meet up at Jokkmokk guesthouse in Jokkmokk at 5pm.

TRAIN/BUS: I can highly recommend the night train departing from Stockholm the night before the tour starts at 22:40 arriving in Jokkmokk on the next day at 13:55. Note that the train ticket is not included in the rate for this tour, but we are happy to help you out. The rate depends on which comfort at the train you choose, i.e. budget reclining seat, standard bunk beds in shared room or comfortable beds in private room. The rate for a standard bed is about 2500 SEK for a two-way ticket all the way from Stockholm to Jokkmokk with return. You actually need to switch to bus in Murjek for the last bit to Jokkmokk, but this is included in the train ticket. From Jokkmokk station it is just a short walk to the guesthouse. This overnight train may sound like a long way to travel, but it is a great trip and part of your adventure! You usually meet other nice travelers on the train. You can buy your train/bus tickets up to 3 months in advance at the state railway's website www.sj.se.

AIR: Fly via Stockholm (ARN) to Luleå Airport (LLA) with SAS or Norwegian.

If you choose to fly we can arrange to meet you at Luleå airport at a surcharge. The fee is 1500 SEK per person for the transfer from Luleå with return. We will then meet you at Luleå airport at 2:30 pm for the two hours drive to Jokkmokk. You will be back at Luleå airport at around 11am on departure day, so don't plan for any return flight earlier than 1pm. You can also choose to stay an extra night in Luleå town before you return home. In that case we will take you to your hotel.

Starting point of the tour:

Jokkmokk Guesthouse, also called Villa Åsgård Address: Åsgatan 20, 962 31 Jokkmokk WGS 84: 66°36’13.8″N 19°50’3.1″E WGS 84 decimal: 66.60382, 19.834206

BOOKINGS & CANCELLATIONS

Our booking procedure is simple. Just pick a date, fill in the form and off you go. You pay 20% at the time of booking and the rest 45 days before you arrive.

We manually review your booking to make sure that we still have availability. If everything is okay we will send you a confirmation by email within 24 hours. Until your booking is confirmed no payment or charges will be applied, and credit card details are held for security purposes only.

  • You may cancel your tour at no cost up to 7 days from the time of booking. We will provide a 100% refund.

  • Cancellations between 8 days from the time of booking and 46 days before arrival will be charged at 25% of the booking’s total amount.

  • Cancellations between 45 days and 15 days before arrival will be charged at 75% of the booking’s total amount.

  • Cancellations within 14 days of arrival will be charged at 100% of the booking’s total amount.