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
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.
"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
See a more detailed
list of what to bring.
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
Hiking distances each day
Day 1: Arrival
Day 2: 13 km (Kvikkjokk
Day 3: 6 km (Njunjes
Day 4: 13 km (Tarrekaise
Day 5: 15 km (Såmmarlappa
Day 6: 11 km (Tarraluoppal
Day 7: day trips (Tuoddar)
Day 8: 19 km (Tuoddar
Day 9: day trips (Staloluokta)
Day 10: Departure
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).
A helicopter transfer from Staloluokta to Kvikkjokk, and from
there a car transfer back to the airport.
June 29th - July 8th
PRICE (10 days)
INCLUDED IN THE PRICE
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.
• Transportation to and from Sweden is not included
in the prices
• 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
• 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
• if something would happen, there is someone to take care
And there is someone who can tell you about the local nature,
history, culture and religion.
• 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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