Combining two lovely things! A walk through a place called Europe’s last wilderness and wrap it up with a wedding. For us a true Cinderella story! We asked some friends if they wanted to join us on this, for us very special, adventure and five wonderful friends were able to. We started the trip in Gothenburg with a long train ride to Gällivare. Then bus and helicopter before the “real” adventure. Nine days of autumn leaves, being above the tree line, navigating through forests, following windy creeks and one lake that we rowed across before arriving Saltoloukta. Emelie had never been here before and only seen the place on googled images and heard stories from my trips in the past, and I hoped that she would be satisfied. We had friends coming in prior to the wedding by boat and despite the long journey they showed up for our wedding and had a small adventure doing so. Our wedding day was a sunny autumn day with colourful mountains in every direction. The evening greeted us with northern lights and our guests where leaving for home with a smile on the face. Emelie and I couldn’t be happier and the next adventure is already around the corner. In februari we have our first child.
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 Skierffeoffers an overlook of this ice-covered glacial trough valley.
There is only a handful of shelters between Ritsem and Saltoluokta 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 it’s open. If it’s closed there is always a safety room to be in.
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.
A map is one of the most important items 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. You can buy them at naturkompaniet.se.