hiking from kvikkjokk to ritsem
The Padjelantaleden – Padjelanta Trail – is a 140 km thru-hike in northern Sweden. Beginning in the south in the small mountain village of Kvikkjokk and finishing in the north at the lakeside village of Änonjalmme, the trail leads you through the forested Tarra valley before crossing into the spectacular mountain highlands of Padjelanta national park.
With 10 STF/BLT mountain huts along the trail or the option of wild camping anywhere along the route, the hike is well suited for beginner hikers looking for a first long distance hiking experience.
Somewhat overshadowed by the international popularity of the nearby Kungsleden trail or the more rugged and adventurous mountains of Sarek national park, the Padjelantaleden only receives a fraction of the visitors hiking among the mountains of Swedish Lapland. This results in a relaxing hiking experience on a trail which remains in good condition, not over-worn like the northern Kungsleden, peaceful huts, and more or less your choice of any camping spot to pitch a tent.
The scenery itself is equally spectacular and once you’ve climbed into the highlands, the views are almost overwhelming. Day after day is spent hiking across the rolling hills of the high mountain plateau in the heart of Padjelanta national park. Surrounded by wild flowing rivers and endless lakes, water is everywhere as the trail winds its way through the high mountain landscape.