Ammarnäs – Hemavan
The Vindelfjäll Nature Reserve is like an overview of the Lappland mountains. Here, you will find high mountain massifs, such as Norra Storfjället, u-shaped valleys, mountain moors and waterfalls. At lower altitudes, there are mountain birch forests, wetlands with an abundance of birds, lakes teeming with fish and Sami camps. You will even find arctic foxes. The whole area is scheduled to become a national park.
Kungsleden (the King's Trail) cuts diagonally through the most exciting part, between Ammarnäs and Hemavan. An STF hut is at the end of each day’s stage. The first day’s climb to STF Aigert is rather demanding. An easier way is to the boat to the hut at Serve, over Tjulträsket west of Ammarnäs.
You will pass the next highest mountain pass along the entire King’s Trail and get magnificent views towards the Ammarfjället mountains. Lake Tärnasjön attracts bird-watchers and fishing enthusiasts. Located at the southern end is a small archipelago named Tärnasjö, which you pass on footbridge. The route continues through birch forest that often open up to wonderful scenery.
The u-shaped Viterskalet is locally known as Södra Lapporten, the southern door to the land of the Sami people. Not far from Viterskalet is the highest peak in Vindelfjäll, Norra Sytertoppen peak with its 1,766 metres. The route finishes with a long downhill to Hemavan, the southern end of Kungsleden. Here, like Ammarnäs, the STF hostel offers good advice, tasty food and comfortable accommodation.
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