The Arctic Trail (Nordkalottruta) is an 800 km long marked hiking trail, leading through the border from Sulitjelma in Nordland county through the border areas of Norway, Sweden and Finland to Kautokeino in Finnmark county. This route enables you to experience northern nature at its best. The terrain varies between high mountains, deep valleys and high plateau landscape. The Arctic Trail passes through Reisa National Park and the surrounding areas.
The section of the Arctic Trail through Reisa goes between lake Ráisjávri/Reisavannet and Sieimma. The most common option is to walk from lake Ráisjávri/Reisavannet to the end of the road at Saraelv. The total distance is 61 km, which people generally spend two or three days to walk. Here is a brief description of the section of the Arctic Trail through Reisa and the surrounding areas.
Saraelv, 9151 Storslett
The Sarafossen waterfall is one of the highest waterfalls in Nordreisa and is a majestic sight. It’s easily accessible on foot. It’s a 3 km hike from Ovi Raishiin – Visitor Point. Alternatively, you can park at the car park on route 865, approx. 500 m before Saraelv, and walk from there. A signposted path from the car park leads around 900 m up to the waterfall.
Sieimma, Reisa National Park
Sieimma is one of the most beautiful places in the Reisa valley and marks the start of Reisa National Park. You will find a fireplace, benches and tables here. An alternative route that does not follow the river makes it possible to visit Sieimma as a loop walk, walking there and back on different paths.
Start your hike from Ovi Raishiin.
Ráisduottarháldi (1,361 m above sea level) is the highest mountain in Nordreisa municipality and no mountain further east on the Northern Cap (Nordkalotten) is higher. If you climb to the top, you will be rewarded with spectacular views in all directions, including much of the national park. From the summit, it’s around 2 km to Finland’s highest peak, Halti (1,331 m above sea level).
The summit is situated in the Ráisduottarháldi Protected Landscape Area, which borders Reisa National Park to the west. The best place to start your hike up Ráisduottarháldi is at Guolasjávri, the western gateway to Reisa. The hike is approx. 5 km each way and includes a lot of scree.