Rapa River - Sarek National Park
The Rapa River winds for only 75 km through the stunning landscapes of the Sarek National Park in Northern Sweden, close to the Norwegian border.
Due to the unspoiled nature and wild landscapes, the area sometimes is referred to as the “Alaska of Europe”. There is indeed an impressive wildlife to discover - bears, wolves, elk, lynx and wolverines to name just some of the fauna from this region. The river flows through the Rapa Valley, which is surrounded by high mountains and also provides some incredible views.
Sarek national park is home to six of Sweden’s thirteen highest mountains and almost 100 glaciers. It is a high alpine area where the Sami people (an indigenous ethnic group) have lived for thousands of years.
On the barren mountains and the rocky grounds at higher altitudes, many types of vegetation find the conditions too difficult to prosper. Lichens, mosses, dwarf willows and a small amount of grass do however get along well in the high alpine parts of the Sarek mountains.
In the sections of the Rapa Valley that have run wild, it is hard for a hiker to make headway. Within the mountain birch forests lie beautiful meadows with with abundant flora - tall globeflowers, wolf's-bane, crane's-bill and red campion to name but a few.
Inspired to make a summer trip to Northern Sweden? Difficult not to be from these photos! Sarek National Park is however one of the most inaccessible places in all of Sweden... There is no road access to the park, so you can only get to it by hiking or skiing! For the intrepid adventurers among you, a trip to Sarek National Park can be combined with a visit to the fascinating city of Kiruna - which you can read more about here!