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Rapadelta

Kungsleden Saltoluokta - Kvikkjokk

73 km, 4-5 Tage

(1995)

This part of the Kungsleden is short but passes several beautiful places. Carola and I hiked it in the last week of August 1995. Four days would be enough to hike the trail, but you should use at least one extra day for going up the Skierfe mountain to get a beautiful look across the Rapa delta. We used an extra day to see Skierfe from a different viewpoint.

Langas on the way to Saltoluokta

Kebnats is a bus stop near Stora Sjöfallet, where we changed to the boat that brought us to Saltoluokta Fjällstation, one of the bigger STF station at the beginning of this section of Kungsleden. The boat schedule is connected to the bus schedule. We stayed one night in Saltoluokta, and the other day we carried the backpacks up through a forest of birch trees. Looking back to Saltoluokta from the trail, we could see the morning boat coming from Kebnats.

Ausutjvagge

Now above the treeline the trail leads along the Ausutjvagge, a valley of about 12 km length. The path is easy, but it is said that the winds can be strong and chilly in the valley. At half-way to Sitojaure a shelter can protect you in bad weather. After 6 hours and 21 km we reached Sitojaure in the afternoon.

Boat transfer on Kaskajaure

The next morning was fresh, but sunny. From Sitojaure during the summer season a boat will bring you across the Kaskajaure and Kabtajaure lakes to the other side, where the trail continues. Only one more hiker shared the boat with us at this beautiful autumn morning.

View to Sitojaure

After crossing the lake the trail climbs to 970 m and gives a pretty view back. The u-shaped formation is the entrance to the Ausutjvagge that we had passed the day before. The Sitojaure cabin is situated at the other side of the lake. The distance between Sitojaure and Aktse excluding the boat ride is only 9 km. Shortly after noon the Rapa valley came into sight.

Rapa Valley and Skierfe

The Rapa delta is considered to be the most beautiful river delta in Scandinavia. Many rivers in Europe probably had similar deltas in ancient times. The best views are from the Skierfe (1179 m) at the right. Skierfe has a vertical wall at the side of the valley, but the top can be hiked from the back side on an easy path. The smaller mountain in the valley at the right side of the picture is called Nammatj. Coming from Sitojaure, it is possible to go up to Skierfe and continue to Aktse on one day.

Rapa Valley from Skierfe

But when you stay an extra day in Aktse, you will have more time to enjoy the beautiful view from Skierfe down to the river delta and the Laitaure lake . We spent about two hours on the top. I should mention that there was no water on the trail to Skierfe, so that we had to carry it to the top.

Rapa Valley from Skierfe

Sitting on top of Skierfe one can feel like a bird. No path leads through this maze of river arms and ponds, but a boat goes to the Nammatj each morning and brings hikers to the trail through Rapa valley. In that week the boat trip had to be stopped because of the low water level of the Rapa river.

Laitaure and Skierfe

In the evening we sat at the banks of the Laitaure feeding some hungry mosquitos. The wall of Skierfe at the right was impressive in the last daylight. The next day we crossed the Laitaure with the boat, and the trail continued to the south. We did not go all the way down to Pårte, but left the trail 4 km before Pårte, stayed on the 1000 m line, and camped in the wilderness. From this campsite we made a day trip to the Vaikantjåkkå at the next morning. It is described in the Sarek chapter of our homepage. In the evening we returned to our tent east of Pårte.

Between Pårtestugan and Kvikkjokk

At the last day the trail leads through the forests between Pårte and Kvikkjokk. It took some effort because it is washed out and very stony. From Kvikjokk a bus goes back to Jokkmokk. We were out of season and had to get up at 5.30 a.m. to get the only bus at six a.m. Why did it leave so early ? We understood, when we passed the villages around Jokkmokk: it was both the tourist and the school bus. We arrived in Jokkmokk at 8 p.m., and three quarters of the passengers were school childrens.

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