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Tarra Valley and Padjelanta National Park

• June 29 - July 8
• 10 days
• Places left: 4
• 35000 SEK / person

What's included?

Itinerary Overview

http://www.slowlife.se/eng/destinations/tarravalley_padjelanta/booking.html


Although this package is geared toward the ones botanically interested, this trip also has other values for those not primarily interested in arctic flora. The silence, sense of space, clean air, and the natural beauty that surround us have soothing qualities for a stressed mind.

From Kvikkjokk to Staloluokta
We will hike along a well beaten path from the small settlement of Kvikkjokk to the Saami summer camp Staloluokta, and there will be many possibilities along the trail to observe typical flowers of the area. The vegetation will change little by little the further we advance. From a humid coniferous forest type in the beginning, to an arctic, more barren landscape up on the Padjelanta tableland.

Carl von Linné
Carl von Linné was in the area during his Lapland excursion 1732, and he was taken aback by the variety and amount of plants he found. But Linné wasn't the first nor last to consider this area botanically interesting, and in the 1800`s this was The place to visit for botanists.
But let`s return shortly to the master himself.
Let`s read a few thoughts by Linné when he ascended Vallespiken, a mountain close to the recent day Kvikkjokk Mountain Lodge.
My translation.

"When I reached the side of it, I seemed to have been taken to an other world, and when I reached the top of it, I did not know, if I was in Asia or Africa, because both the soil, situation and all the plants were unknown to me. I had come to the mountains. Snow covered mountains stood around me, I walked on snow as if in the middle of winter. All the sweet plants I had seen before and engaged myself in, came here as miniatures"

What to bring
Comfortable shoes to hike with. This can`t be stressed enough. Do not buy new shoes right before you come. That would more likely than not result in chafed feet and a very painful holiday experience.
I hike with high legged rubber boots and two layers of socks. Others use special hiking boots, sneakers or whatever they feel comfortable with. I choose rubber boots because there are numerous small streams to be crossed, and wet bogs with duckboards sometimes under water.
See a more detailed list of what to bring.

Accommodation
We will spend every night in cabins along the trail. We have to share the cabins with other people and it is not possible to book beds in advance. In worst case we may have to split the group into different rooms, and if all of the beds are already occupied when we arrive, we have to sleep on the floor. But when we hike this trail the cabins have just opened their doors for the summer and the high season is still weeks away, so the chances are good we might get a whole cabin for ourselves. Because we stay in cabins every night there is no need to carry tents, sleeping bags, cooking utensils, etc, and we can enjoy walking with small and light back packs. Outside privies can be found at all cabins but there are no saunas or showers until we reach Staloluokta day eight. Personal hygiene can be taken care of in the lakes and rivers.

Flowers and mosquitoes
The early flowers are at their prime this time of the year, and so are the mosquitoes. The mosquitoes can be a major source of irritation but there are ways to lessen their impact. For more information on these matters have a look at Slowlife`s introduction to mosquitoes.


Hiking distances each day
Day 1: Arrival
Day 2: 13 km (Kvikkjokk - Njunjes)
Day 3: 6 km (Njunjes - Tarrekaise)
Day 4: 13 km (Tarrekaise - Såmmarlappa)
Day 5: 15 km (Såmmarlappa - Tarraluoppal)
Day 6: 11 km (Tarraluoppal - Tuoddar)
Day 7: day trips (Tuoddar)
Day 8: 19 km (Tuoddar - Staloluokta)
Day 9: day trips (Staloluokta)
Day 10: Departure


Arrival
You can choose to fly to Kiruna, Gällivare or Luleå. Someone from Slowlife.se will meet you at the airport and take you by car to Kvikkjokk, the last point of civilization. You can look forward a dinner in the restaurant and a good nights sleep before the hike start next morning.
The length of the car transfer depends on your choice of airport. Gällivare (3 hours), Kiruna or Luleå (4 hours).

Departure
A helicopter transfer from Staloluokta to Kvikkjokk, and from there a car transfer back to the airport.

When
June 29th - July 8th

PRICE (10 days)
35000 SEK/person

This trip is calculated for 10 days but it is possible to add or take away days if you would wish to. Each day is 3500 SEK/person.

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• Transportation to and from Sweden is not included in the prices

INCLUDED IN THE PRICE

• Local transportation
• 1 helicopter transfer
• 3 meals a day cooked by your guide
• 8 nights in wooden cabins
• 1 night in Kvikkjokk Mountain Lodge
• English / Japanese speaking local guide available 24h/day.



Convenience, safety and knowledge

There is no need for you to spend time to...
• check and worry about local transportation
• check and book accommodation
• buy and prepare food

and...
• you don't have to worry about getting lost
• there is someone who talks the local language
• there is someone who can take you safely from place to place
• if something would happen, there is someone to take care of it

And there is someone who can tell you about the local nature, history, culture and religion.


Small groups

• No more than 4 participants
• All experiences will become more intimate and personal
• I can give plenty of attention to each participant
• Travelling is much more flexible
• The feeling of silence and solitude is not spoiled by entering the scene with a large group


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