National park in 🇸🇪Sweden

Sarek National Park

Europe's last true wilderness with six thousand reindeer.

A wild Arctic area in Sweden with high peaks, glaciers, and strong Sami culture.

Located above the Arctic Circle in Swedish Lapland, Sarek National Park is the last unspoiled wilderness in Europe. It has six of Sweden's thirteen tallest peaks and close to 100 glaciers. Known for its range of species and unique landscapes, it is part of the Laponian area, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Sarek National Park offers no marked trails or accommodations, making it a true destination for experienced hikers seeking adventure and solitude. Its terrain is demanding, with quick weather changes that challenge even seasoned outdoor enthusiasts. The park is notable for deep valleys such as Rapa Valley with its winding river, and tall peaks like Mount Sarektjåkkå, at 2,089 meters (6,854 feet).

The Sami culture has deep roots in the land. The indigenous people have used the area for reindeer herding for generations, and their presence is noticeable in the landscape. Visitors may see reindeer and learn about the Sami way of life, though it's important to respect their livelihood and traditions.

When visiting Sarek, preparation is essential. Travelers should be self-sufficient, carry a compass, map, and maybe a GPS device due to the absence of trails. It’s recommended to be ready for various weather conditions; even in summer, temperatures can swing from freezing to 20°C (68°F). Furthermore, crossing rivers can be risky and requires careful judgment.

With over 200 species of animals, wildlife watchers might see Arctic foxes or the impressive moose. The plant life is equally varied, with some species unique to the area. Activities such as photography, bird-watching, and studying plants are well accommodated here.

For those looking to explore Sarek, the best starting points are Kvikkjokk to the east or Ritsem to the west. Helicopter services are available, but many choose the more environmentally friendly and rewarding approach by foot from nearby areas.

Average temperatures during the day in Sarek National Park.

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