- Nature Reserve / Wildlife Observation / Safari
- Hiking / Trekking
- Park and garden
- Unesco World Heritage
- Off the beaten track
The second largest national park in Sweden, Sarek contains some of the most breathtaking alpine scenery in the whole of the country, with its twenty or so summits above 2,000 metres. It's additionally one of those rare places where large carnivores such as bears, wolves and lynxes can be found.
During my trip to Sweden, I headed there to spend several days trekking the Kungsleden (royal way) trail. I was absolutely bowled over by the beauty of the scenery: untamed rivers, awe-inspiring mountains, Amazon-like deltas and vast, arid plains. It was a sight to behold. Do bear in mind, however, that due to its position, at the meeting-point of various climates, the Sarek national park is particularly susceptible to changing weather conditions, which can make hiking rather difficult. For example, it's not rare to see snow flurries in summer!
Like its neighbouring Padjelanta, the Sarek National Park is home to large valleys covered in tundra, boreal forests, wildlife and plant life left to the liberty of this wild nature. But the most impressive remains the deltas, including the famous Rapadalen which left me a strong memory after a difficult climb to reach the summit of Låddepakte.
At the mercy of the changeable weather and although the valleys had surprised me with swamps and sometimes high rivers, the pleasure of the walk was mostly up high on the hills, by defying the movement of the terrain like a new man who ends up merging into the wild nature.
The classic itinerary is to do, in 10 days, a hike from Ritsem to Kvikkjokk. An alternative is to stop at Saltoluokta. So, the Sarek, a destination off the beaten track ?