Padjelanta/Badjelánnda National Park

The high country

Badjelánnda –the high country –is the Sámi name for the area between the high mountains of Sarek and the Norwegian fjords. Reindeer have migrated here for thousands of years to give birth to calves and to forage. They are attracted by the verdant pastures and friendly mountains of Badjelánnda. The lime rich bedrock, the high precipitation and late melting snow have created vegetation that is not found in many other places in the mountains. It was this special flora that led to Padjelanta/Badjelánnda being declared a national park in 1962.

It is also an area where people have lived for millennia. Everywhere there are traces of their lives, such as goahte tent sites, hearths and trapping pits. Today Badjelánnda is home to three Sámi communities. The biggest settlements lie beside the vast mountain lakes Virihávrre, Vásstenjávrre and Sáluhávrre. On the lakeside plains the cows give birth at the end of May.

The popular and easy-to-hike Badjelánnda Trail passes the settlements. Hikers can often buy both smoked fish and fresh baked bread there. In places the trail follows dry ridges and plateaux created by the inland ice cap. On your route you will be looking out over a landscape that has welcomed us for generation after generation. In 1996 Badjelánnda became part of the Laponian World Heritage Area.

Map: Lisa Wallin


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