Kvikkjokk

Kvikkjokk is a small place in North Swedish Lapland. He is starting or ending point for excursions to the national parks Sarek and Padjelanta and adjacent areas through its location on the eastern edge of the Swedish fells.

  • 6.1 walks nearby
  • 6.2 Paddling / Delta Tours

Geographical Location

Kvikkjokk is located about 120 km north- west of Jokkmokk at the delta of the Tarra River, which unites here with the Kamajokk.

Climate

Since only three months have an average temperature of about 10 ° C and the coldest month does not exceed -3 ° C, Kvikkjokk can subarctic climate zone ( Effective climate classification: Dfc ) are attributed. The climate is characterized by long, cold winters, often early start with the first snowfall in early October and usually end until mid-May with the disappearance of the last snow. In the cool and short summers, falls much more precipitation than in the still quite snowy winter. Protected by the surrounding mountains from the maritime influence, the climate in Kvikkjokk is far more continental than on the coast of Norway which, among other things, that often the lowest night-time temperatures are recorded in Sweden in winter, favored by the valley, in Kvikkjokk.

The coldest temperature ever measured in Kvikkjokk was registered on 1 January 1918, -43.0 ° C, while the highest temperature ever measured on 1 July 1945 was 32.0 ° C. More extreme values ​​you had a record snow depth of 159 cm recorded on 13 June 1972 with the highest daily precipitation ( 50.4 mm) and on 1 March 1906. The highest snow one winter averages 98 cm and the lowest temperature measured one year was in 1962 21.9 ° C, where it is usually between 25 ° C and 27 ° C.

History

As in the 17th century, silver was found in Sarek on Alkajaure near the present chapel, was built west of the present village center on the opposite bank of the Gamajåhka ( Kamajokk ) a first settlement. Parts of the plants for processing silver have survived to this day. From this period the older parts of the church of Kvikkjokk.

As part of his Lapland expedition in 1732, Carl Linnaeus was staying on site. He has described in his Lapland travel this journey.

Culture and sights

Worth seeing are the wooden church and the remains of the silver industry in the 17th century, as well as the waterfall of Kamajokk.

Church of Kvikkjokk

The village in winter 2005

The Kamajåkk just before its mouth at Kvikkjokk

Economy and infrastructure

Traffic

By land Kvikkjokk can be reached only through the more than 100 kilometer road 805 from Jokkmokk, which also ends there. The buses Länstrafiken i Norrbotten go Kvikkjokk of Jokkmokk from that (which also has airport) again has bus service to the railway stations Murjek, Älvsbyn, soil and Luleå.

Long-distance footpaths

Through the village leads to the King's Trail; the Padjelantaleden and an arm of the Nordkalottleden begin and end there.

Activities

Hiking nearby

There are trails to the peaks of the surrounding mountains: Prins Kullen, Nammatj, Sjnjerak and Vallespiken. Another trail leads to the old mill from the 18th century. Over the hill and Sjnjerak Kuossavare introduces about 20 km long hiking trail to Årrenjarka. From there bus service to Kvikkjokk.

Paddling / Delta Tours

At the mountain station you can rent canoes, with which you can paddle around, for example, in the Delta and can also reach the " lake " of Kvikkjokk whose water temperature can reach 18 ° C in appropriate weather. There are also guided motor boat tours.

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