This time last year, in the beginning of July 2016, me and my cousin hiked up to Skierfe. Skierfe is an iconic cliff and a mountain famous for the magnificent view over Rapaätno and Sarek from the summit. The mountain is situated in the south-eastern part of Sarek National Park, but reachable in a three day hike.
We went here on a weekend, Friday to Sunday and it was absolutely stunning – a great way to spend a weekend. If you haven’t been there yet, it should definitely be on your “go-to” list. There is many ways to get to Skierfe. A lot of people make the hike up to the summit of Skierfe as a day trip, while hiking the King’s Trail between Kvikkjokk and Saltoluokta.
Here’s a hiking guide to Skierfe – the shorter, 3-day version.
How to get to Skierfe and Aktse
The easiest way to get to Aktse and Skierfe is to drive. You follow the road towoards Kvikkjokk. In Tjåmotis you turn right onto a smaller road (we almost missed the sign – keep your eyes open!) that lead to the bridge over Sitoälven. You pass a water power station on the road, and it feels like you’re on the wrong road. You’re not – just stay put.
You have to park your car before the bridge, there’s a large parking space available. From the parking lot you can either walk the 10 km to the lake, Laitaure, or you can bring bicycles. We chose to bike which was great! It took about 90 minutes for us to bike. The road is rather big and in good shape so you can bike easily.
Once you reach the lake, you have to leave your bikes. There is boat transportation available over the lake, but as with all boat transportations in the mountains it’s rather expensive. We chose to walk the last 6 km to Aktse. It was a nice path through the forest, not so much to see but plenty of good places to stop if you want to. The walk took another 2,5 hours.
The road from Tjåmotis and passing Sitoälven.
Where to stay – tent or cabin
In Aktse you can stay in the Aktse mountain cabin hosted by the Swedish Tourist Association if you want to. The cabin is rather big and looks like it’s been partly renovated not so long ago. If you are a member of STF, I think the rate is somewhere around 300 SEK per night. We put up our tent close to the cabin and payed the service fee to use the kitchen. Perfect combination since it was raining when we got here, and also when we came down from Skierfe on Saturday.
Sitting inside a warm cabin, in the mountains, after a long days hike, drinking wine (yes, we brought wine), while the rain is pouring down outside – is one of the most satisfying feelings ever.
The cabin was rather quiet when we were here, only a handfull of people who stopped to sleep for the night, but if you go later in the season it’s probably more busy (after all, it is right on the King’s Trail).
If you want to get away from the trail and the people, there was plenty of beautiful places to camp up on the mountain. I didn’t see so many jokks higher up on the mountain though, so it might be a good idea to bring some extra water if you’re planning on camping there.
View from the mountain cabin at Aktse.
Hiking to the summit of Skierfe
We arrived to Aktse in the afternoon on Friday and slept for a good 10 hours. We woke up around 8 and had breakfast while reading the weather reports for the day. It was supposed to rain all day but we put our rain clothes on, packed a little food, our kitchen and some extra clothes in our daypack and headed up the mountain.
The start of the hike is steep and goes through birch forest. Once you reach the top and get above tree level, you take a left onto a trail into Sarek and to Skierfe, off the King’s Trail. It was easy too find and easy to walk this far. We’re talking maybe 20-30 minutes through the forest. The trail then goes along the ridge of the mountain for a couple of kilometers until you reach Sarek National Park. This is where it get’s steeper and you begin the climb towards the summit.
If you are experienced hiker, this is an easy hike with only some steeper parts at the end before you reach the summit. There’s a lot of rocks at the end when you get closer to the summit, so be careful you don’t hurt your wrists. I thought the hike over the rocks felt the longest, but it was all forgotten when we reached the top.
View into Sarek National Park.
View from the summit over Rapaätno.
The view from the top was truly amazing and we stayed here for about an hour, even though the wind was strong. We made lunch right below before we returned back down to Aktse.
Happy hiking! ♡
The road as you can see is broad. To the right is the trail from the lake to Aktse.
Sign towards Skierfe.
Our camping spot close to Aktse mountain cabin. To the right the bridge over Sitoälven.
Happy dogs. Here they’re taking a swim and drinking some water on our way to Aktse on Friday.
Hope you enjoyed this hiking guide to Skierfe – Sarek National Park. If you have some good advice and tips to share – please comment below and I will keep this post updated! 🙂 You can also read about the trail running we’re heading out on next week!