More about STF Ritsem
The queen of Lapland – Áhkká – is located at the other end of Lake Akkajaure. At 2,105 m.a.s.l., her peaks and glaciers reflect in the lake and leave their mark on the entire region. From the peak down to the lake, you get one of the country’s highest skiing elevations – a classic 1,500 metres of altitude.
If you would like to get a little closer to her, take the boat M/S Storlule over Lake Akkajaure to the Sámi camp in Änonjálmme. Here, you can take a coffee at the little restaurant and purchase smoked fish. Continue two kilometres along the Padjelanta Trail to STF Akka mountain hut. If the weather is good, there is a nice place to swim with cliffs near to a stream 300 metres from the hut. If fishing is your interest, continue towards the rapids in the Vuojatätno River and try your luck (fishing permit only applies from the western shore)
An alternative tour on the same side of the lake is to hike the trail to Vaisaluokta Bay and board the boat back to Ritsem. The church tent at the Sámi camp in Vaisaluokta should definitely be visited. A popular church weekend is held here each year at the beginning of July.
Those searching for a real challenge can climb Mount Kallatjåkka on the Ritsem side of Lake Akkajaure – expect a very long and hard day that is rewarded during the winter with a long, pleasant ski run back down. A much easier tour is to climb up towards Stuor Sievgok north-west of the hut.
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