Padjelanta National Park

The Padjelanta National Park is located in the far north of Sweden to the Norwegian border, far away from all roads. Padjelanta ( " Badjelánnda " in the language of Lule - seed means "The higher land "). With its 1984 km ² it is the largest National Park in Sweden and one of the largest in Europe. It was established in 1962 and since 1996 has been part of the UNESCO World Heritage Laponian. To the west it borders on Norway, which is followed by the Norwegian Rago National Park. For the most part consists Padjelanta ö.h. from a vast mountainous plateau of an average of 800-1000 m. Vastenjaure The two large lakes and Virihaure lie within the National Park. In the east, the national parks Sarek and Stora Sjöfallet adjoin.

The nearest towns are (from the park boundaries outgoing) Jokkmokk (approx. 210 km) ( kommun as the capital of Jokkmokks to the National Park is one ), Gällivare (about 190 km) and Fauske (approx. 55 km) in Norway. The nearest villages are Kvikkjokk (approx. 90 km), Ritsem (approx. 15 km) and Sulitjelma (approx. 25 km) in Norway.


Permanent settlements there is not in the national park. The area is, however, used as a primary summer grazing area of the Sami reindeer herder communities Tuorpon, Jåhkågasska and SIRGAS which here, inter alia, the two villages Staloluokta and Arasluokta occupy during the summer months. Here's are some of the traditional Sami turf and Zeltkohten.

Flora and Fauna

The flora of the park belongs mainly to the habitat of the low mountain tundra ( swedish Lågfjäll ) with alpine meadows and arctic dwarf shrub heath. It includes many unique styles for Sweden, such as the low- lying Chickweed ( Arenaria humifusa ), the Shaggy cinquefoil ( Potentilla crantzii ) and some sedges endemic.

Notable animals in the park are, inter alia, golden eagles, snowy owl, lemmings, wolverines and arctic fox. For the latter two types Padjelanta is a focus of the overall population in Sweden.


From Ritsem in the north and in the south Kvikkjokk the trail leads Padjelantaleden in the park. Ritsem is accessible from Gällivare and Jokkmokk Kvikkjokk from over roads by car or bus. Similarly, one can ( sealed borrow key in Sulitjelma ) Sulitjelma from Norway on the Sorjus hut the Norwegian Mountain Touring Association DNT into walking east in the Padjelanta. In the summer there are also regular flights by helicopter between Ritsem or Kvikkjokk and Staloluokta.


Through the park the Padjelantaleden, a 140 km hiking trail on the course there are some overnight cabins that are open during the summer months and managed to some extent. The seeds from Staloluokta and Arasluokta offer different attractions for tourists. So you can watch while the calves mark or get on different ways insight into the traditional life of a reindeer herder.


  • Lantmäteriets Fjällkarta, BD9 ( Padjelanta Sulitelma ), 1:100,000
  • Lantmäteriets Fjällkarta, BD10 ( Sarek National Park), 1:100,000


Suspension bridge over the Vuojatädno that comes from the Great Lakes

View of the valley of the Låddejåhkå, which comes from the Sarek National Park

Overlooking the Vastenjaure, a typical landscape in Padjelanta

Arasluokta, one of the seeds settlements in the National Park

Hikers high above the Virihaure, the largest lake in Padjelanta