How to pack a backpack with a 9 month old baby, a tipi tent, diapers and food for a trek in the wild of Swedish Lapland.

Yesterday is gone. Tomorrow has not yet come. We have only today. Let us begin.” M. Theresa

Boooo! That’s long time, no see! But once in a while we throw a log onto the blog fire. We welcomed our son Bosse into the family in the summer of 2018. Whoop whoop!

Today we flashback you into Lotta’s adventure she took in july/august of 2016. At 9 months old she was big and strong enough a baby to sit up straight in a Thule Sapling. We backpacked between Kvikkjokk and Abisko, in, around, up, above the Kungsleden for about 280kms, including all side trips and side explorations into Sarek NP. Most of the time we made a bivaouc in the sturdy, spacious and light Nigor WickiUp4 tipi, other nights we stayed over at the comfortable STF huts, where we could resupply and wash up. We had organised a poste restante with diapers and extra food at SALTOLUOKTA fjallstation.

As explained before, we layered the baby up during the night with as many merino wool layers as necessary and a merino wool sleeping bag, as we did in Patagonia.

We are happy with the merino wool products from Danish Joha and German Reiff.

The baby did not sleep on an inflated sleeping mattres, because of suffocation danger. Her sleeping mat was the Thermarest Z-lite Sol closed-cell mattress. We buttoned a hooded hat to keep her head and body warm during the night. Breast feeding kept her nourished and healthy.

We choosed to use washable diapers with a biodisposable inlay like the G diaper system. It worked very well because on a maximum of 3-4 days in between, we crossed into an STF hut with pit toilets in which we could dump the used inlays and wash the outer protection panties.

We leave you with a video impression and some snapshots:



A bivaouc spot in the woods near Abiskojaure.

A bivaouc spot in the woods near Abiskojaure. Abisko National Park. Swedish Lapland.


Another bivaouc spot in the Abisko National Park. Swedish Lapland.

Another bivaouc spot in the Abisko National Park. Swedish Lapland.


Investigating a reindeer antler on an exploration high above the Torneträsk lake. Abisko. Swedish Lapland.

Investigating a reindeer antler on an exploration high above the Torneträsk lake. Abisko. Swedish Lapland.


Minutes before the thunder storm came in. Kungsleden. Alesjaure. Swedish Lapland.

Minutes before the thunder storm came in. Kungsleden. Alesjaure. Swedish Lapland.


A hot day in the north. Kungsleden. Alesjaure. Swedish Lapland.

A hot day in the north. Kungsleden. Alesjaure. Swedish Lapland.


After a good night's sleep. Kungsleden. Alesjaure. Swedish Lapland.

After a good night’s sleep. Kungsleden. Alesjaure. Swedish Lapland.


Vistasvagge . Swedish Lapland.

Backpacking through the Vistasvagge. Kebnekaise. Swedish Lapland.


Enjoying baby supper, high above the Stuor Reaiddavaggi dalen. Swedish Lapland.

Enjoying baby supper, high above the Stuor Reaiddavaggi dalen. Swedish Lapland.


Enjoying baby supper, but from a higher view angle. Notice the Nigor WickiUp4 tipi high above the Stuor Reaiddavaggi dalen. Swedish Lapland.

Enjoying baby supper, but from a higher view angle. Notice our Nigor WickiUp4 tipi high above the Stuor Reaiddavaggi dalen? Swedish Lapland.


We just left the Nallostugan and Lotta is already on a nap. Kebnekaise. Swedish Lapland.

We just left the Nallostugan and Lotta is already on a nap. Kebnekaise. Swedish Lapland.


Dusk at Nallostugan. Kebnekaisefjell. Swedish Lapland.

Dusk at Nallostugan . Kebnekaisefjell. Swedish Lapland.


Food fight at Nallostugan. Kebnekaisefjell. Swedish Lapland.

Food fight at Nallostugan . Kebnekaisefjell. Swedish Lapland.




Windy at Singi! Kebnekaisefjell. Swedish Lapland.

Windy at Singi! Kebnekaisefjell. Swedish Lapland.


Somewhere on the Kungsleden south of Singi! Kebnekaisefjell. Swedish Lapland.

Somewhere on the Kungsleden south of Singi! Kebnekaisefjell. Swedish Lapland.


Crossing a high plateau! Stora Sjöfallet National Park. Swedish Lapland.

Crossing a high plateau. Stora Sjöfallet National Park. Swedish Lapland.


Oral hygiene. Check! Stora Sjöfallet National Park. Swedish Lapland.

Oral hygiene. Check! Stora Sjöfallet National Park. Swedish Lapland.


Da! Da! Daaaaaa! (transl. Gimme that camera now)! Stora Sjöfallet National Park. Swedish Lapland.

Da! Da! Daaaaaa! (transl. Gimme that camera now)! Stora Sjöfallet National Park. Swedish Lapland.


No words. Stora Sjöfallet National Park. Swedish Lapland.

No words. Stora Sjöfallet National Park. Swedish Lapland.


Watch the weather change. Dusk at Sitojaure. Swedish Lapland.

Watch the weather change. Dusk at Sitojaure. Swedish Lapland.


While you we're sleeping. Kungsleden through Laponia. Swedish Lapland.

While you we’re sleeping. Kungsleden through Laponia. Swedish Lapland.


 Breast feeding is the healthy baby snack. Kungsleden through Laponia. Swedish Lapland.

Breast feeding is the healthy baby snack. Laponia. Swedish Lapland.


Early morningunder the canvas. Laponia. Swedish Lapland.

Early morningunder the canvas. Laponia. Swedish Lapland.


Laitaure lake with Skierfe towering above. Sarek NP. Laponia. Swedish Lapland.

Laitaure lake with Skierfe towering above. Sarek NP. Laponia. Swedish Lapland.


I hate sunscreen. Sarek NP. Laponia. Swedish Lapland.

I hate sunscreen. Sarek NP. Laponia. Swedish Lapland.


A girl and her balloon. Sarek NP. Laponia. Swedish Lapland.

A girl and her balloon. Sarek NP. Laponia. Swedish Lapland.


 In Rapavalley there is a mountain called Nammásj.  Sarek NP. Laponia. Swedish Lapland.

In Rapavalley there is a mountain called Nammásj. Sarek NP. Laponia. Swedish Lapland.


 It's not the beach, but hey, it's sunny and the view is nice! Sarek NP. Laponia. Swedish Lapland.

It’s not the beach, but hey, it’s sunny and the view is nice! Sarek NP. Laponia. Swedish Lapland.


 It's quite quiet, so let's shout! Sarek NP. Laponia. Swedish Lapland.

It’s quite quiet, so let’s shout! Sarek NP. Laponia. Swedish Lapland.


 Keekaboo! Sarek NP. Laponia. Swedish Lapland.

Keekaboo! Sarek NP. Laponia. Swedish Lapland.


 Rainy smiles! Sarek NP. Laponia. Swedish Lapland.

Rainy smiles! Sarek NP. Laponia. Swedish Lapland.


 This is what they call a washed out trail! Sarek NP. Laponia. Swedish Lapland.

This is what they call a washed out trail! Sarek NP. Laponia. Swedish Lapland.


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Packrafthike Gap Year – Part 1/The Subarctic

[Update Tuesdag 11 July 2012 – MAJOR UPDATE on the first Sarek part, where we choose to cut through in western direction in direction of the Norwegian coast, right through Padjalenta National Park, packrafting the anciant glacial lakes of Virihaure, Vastenhaure, Sallahaure. 2 more days added on Lofoten. 2weeks till kick-off. First we’ll have a 10-day family retreat on Tenerife (Canary Islands). Download the full google earth map below]

Seamsealing the MLD eVent rain mitts, a monastic work.

Seamsealing the MLD eVent rain mitts, a monastic work.

We would like to present Part 1 of the Gap Year. A 1102 km packrafthike in Norhern Sweden and Norway. All above the Arctic Circle, wider known as Lapland or Sápmi . 745km hiking. 357km packrafting. 55 days. Kick-off 25th July. Finale 17th September.

The first part includes passing through known and less known areas like Tromsdalen, the Lyngen Alps, Kitdalen, Breiddalen, packrafting Kummaeno, Taavaeno and Lainio in remote Northern Sweden, smashed in between Finland and Norway. A second part will bring us to the famous Kebnekaisefjällen in the Swedish fjells along the Kungsleden, packrafting south, passing a first time through Sarek, westwards through Padjalenta. There we will ferry towards Versteralen and Lofoten. Those islands sparked us with so much eager last year, that we had to come back for some packraft-floating in between the needle-like granite peaks emerging from the sea. We will ferry back towards mainland, from where we will traverse the Svartissen and Salfjellet National Parks in coastal Norway. We will cross back to Sweden in eastwards direction towards wildlife-cladden Taradalen, from where the ruska (autumn) coulours will daze us. From here we will enter a second time into Sarek with an intention on packrafting Rapadalen.

We expect subarctic, summer-autumn climate conditions : ****-loads of misty rain, snow, cold, low clouds on the windswept tundra, arctic mountains and a mosquito-laden taiga. Hopefully some sun too. Would be nice. Thank you.

Please click here for a google earth download file from the 55-day plan. We embed the map in google maps below, but google maps crops everything in 3 different pages, so you don’t have the full picture here.

We would appreciate it a lot, if people known to and from the area, and especially on packrafting some of the rivers, fjords or seas, if they could give us some feedback through the comments. Maybe we overexagerate on some (packrafting) parts of the plan. Or maybe we should reconsider alternatives, on which we did not set our eyes on. A gear list will appear here soon too.

Packrafthike Planning Lapland 2012

Packrafthike Planning Lapland 2012

50 Days Food Rations Preperation

50 Days Food Rations Preperation

We known the area only from winter trips. We were on the Lofoten last year. Loads of pics will follow. We hope.

Utakleiv Beach - Lofoten Islands (from our april 2011 visit)

Utakleiv Beach – Lofoten Islands (from our april 2011 visit)

Reine, probably the world's most photoscenic village. Southern Lofoten Islands (from our april 2011 visit)

Reine, probably the world’s most photoscenic village. Southern Lofoten Islands (from our april 2011 visit)