Rapa Valley, Sarek National Park, Sweden (with Map & Photos)

The Rapa River (also called Rapaätno) flows through the Sarek National Park, winding through magnificent mountains and narrow valleys, in North Norrland, in Norrbotten County, Sweden. Being a tributary of the Lesser Lule River, Rapa stretches 75 km from its source in the Sarektjåkkå glaciers to the mouth of Lake Laitaure, which flows through the 35 km long Rapa Valley or Rapadalen.

Rapa Valley Sweden
Rapa Valley Sweden

The Rapa valley is the artery of Sarek. It is a splendid piece of unspoiled nature with dense thickets of birch, wicker and herbaceous plants. The flora is sparse in most of the park, but the animal life in the valleys is rich. If you are lucky, you may see bears, cubs, lynx, or one of the rare large elk.

Rapa Valley Sweden
Rapa Valley Sweden

The Sarek National Park is ideal territory for hikers, although its difficulty is high. There are marked trails that allow you to reach the summit of Mount Skierfe, from where you get fantastic views of the Rapa Valley. The region also contains some of the highest peaks in Sweden, averaging 2,000 meters above sea level, and more than 100 glaciers. In fact, it is one of the highest elevations in the Swedish territory, making it one of the best collections of mountain landscapes with incredible views.

Rapa Valley Map