The low mountain of Vittjåkk in Vittjåkk-Akkanålke nature reserve has several hiking paths easy accessible by car and near the town of Arvidsjaur. Hike through an old and unexploited spruce- and pine forest and admire the variation of the landscape, from mountain to forest and wetlands. The path is easy to see and can be used by families and exercisers. Many shelters, picnic sites and traditional kåtor are found along the path were you can eat lunch or stay overnight.
Who should go: the whole family, everyone with an interest for beautiful nature or exercisers looking for a moderate run. The path is easy to follow and wet parties are planked.
Directions: start at the parking lot at Vittjåkks ski resort. Arrive here by car from road E45 for Bodö/Arjeplog. Turn left after 2km at the sign for Vittjåkk and continue all the way up to the mountain and the parking lot.
Follow signs for Vittjåkk 5km with leads you on this hike taking you around the Vittjåkk summit, down through the old spruce forest and over wetlands back to the parking lot.
To do: enjoy the view over Arvidsjaur and the mountains Vittjåkk, Akkanålke and Guorbbabuovda. Hike through an old unexploited spruce- and pine forest with many rare plants and enjoy the silence of Swedish Lapland. Bring lunch and have a picnic by one of the many tarns or in one of the shelters along the path.
Accommodation and cafés: there are shelters and a traditional kåta along the path were you can sleep but we recommend bringing a tent.
Map: map of the trail to the right on this link
http://www.arvidsjaur.se/Documents/Vandringsleder/Vittjokk-Akkanalke.pdf. A printed much larger map is available at the Tourist information in Arvidsjaur.
How to behave when you’re hiking in nature:
Littering, leave no trace: it’s forbidden to leave garbage in nature. Bring it home with you. A tip is to bring an extra plastic bag for garbage in you backpack.
Lighting a fire: it’s forbidden to light a fire directly on cliffs and note that there might be special rules in nature reserves. It’s recommended that only existing fire places are used and note that if you light a fire no traces of the fires is to be left when you leave the spot. Check that there’s not a fire ban at the time (link here).
Dogs: are to be held on leash in nature reserves and national parks. During march 1th to august 20th all dogs has to be held on leash not only in nature reserves but in all kinds of nature including parks. This is to protect the wild animals.
Berries, mushrooms, fish and protected plants: it’s permitted to pick berries and mushrooms but some plants and mushrooms are protected (more information here). It’s also forbidden to pick plants and branches etc. of trees. Bring your own wood or use wood that is placed by the fire places. Note that in nature reserve also dead trees are an important part of the forest. Do not harm these trees. If you want to fish you have to buy a fishing card. They are sold at Intersport in Arvidsjaur.
Reindeer industry: many sami villages have their pastures were the trails are. If you meet a flock of reindeers or a stray reindeer you have to stay calm so that the reindeers are not frighten by our presence.
You’ll find more information about the Swedish Right of Public Access here.
Koordinater (Vittjåkks parkering):
N65° 34,706 E19° 3,110
Turistbyrån Arvidsjaur, Storgatan 14B
Tel. 0960-175 00