THE TRIP

This time we set off from Ritsem. We skied over the lake and slept near Akka. The next morning it was really windy and the group decided to stay a little and see if it got any better. Later on it was still windy but we were ready to leave as a group and we did. We skied over the pass and pitched our tent near Kisuriskåtan. The weather was much better and you could see more of the surroundings. When we woke up we started our stove and made porridge. I was sitting in the tent and suddenly I saw a red fox go walking by us really close. Routesvagge was a struggle for me and it felt like a transport stretch. We had a break and Gustav and I started to fight with our poles and make lightsabre sounds from Star Wars… We were in a galaxy far far way… We kept at a good height for a long time and probably took the worst hill to ski down on. One of us made it, one had to unhook the sledge and slide it down the hill, one of us did a front flip and damaged the sledge. I though it was the end of the trip but it was okay, duck tape can make a difference when you have damaged gear. Rapadalen was magical from beginning to the end. I had the pleasure to have the key to Axel Hamberg’s hut near Låddebakte and we had some coffee there before passing by it. Overall we had a great trip and when we ended in Saltoluokta I felt that I had really experienced something great..

ABOUT SAREK

Sarek National Park is a national park in the Lapland province, northern Sweden. It borders two other national parks: Stora Sjöfallet and Padjelanta. Sarek is popular with hikers and mountaineers but is not appropriate for beginners.

The national park is roughly circular with an average diameter of about 50 kilometres (31.07 mi). It has no marked trails, no accommodations, and only two bridges aside from those in the vicinity of its borders.

The delta of the Rapa River is considered one of Europe’s prettiest, and the summit of mount Skierffe (sv) offers an overlook of this ice-covered glacial trough valley.

Camp

There is only a handful of shelters between Ritsem and Saloluokta Mountain Station. You can ski over the lake to Áhkká and pitch you’re tent here or stay for a night in the small cabin there (there is a fee). From here depending on your route there is only a small emergency shelter before Aktse. In Aktse you can buy some basic food and sleep inside if there open. If it’s closed there is always a safety room to be in.

Alex Hamberg

If you want to now more about Axel Hamberg and are interested in his work you can visit his old cabin in Rapadalen. It’s locked but it’s a really nice place.
Information on Wikipedia and if you can read Swedish axelhamberg.se is a good source for information.

Maps

A map is one of the most important item which should be in your backpack on every trip. A proper map which is durable and water resistant should be you’re choice for any hiking trip in the Swedish mountains. Calazo have really good maps.

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