The Wilderness Road

The Wilderness Road is one of Sweden’s highest roads and connects Jämtland with Swedish Lapland. The naturally beautiful and wild road passes through the Village of Stora Blåsjön and over the mighty high plateau of Stekenjokk as it winds into Southern Lapland.

The first part of the Wilderness Road, through the Valley of Ströms Vattudal and further towards Gäddede is a beautiful stretch of road dotted with waterways the attract anglers from across the globe. Just a few hours’ drive up the mountain you will find the mighty waterfall of Hällingsåfallet, Swedens Grand Canyon. Hällingsåfallet plunges down a 45 meter high abyss and continues down Sweden’s longest canyon. Close by Hällingsåfallet you will find the unique the underwater river of  Bjurälven, Sweden’s longest underwater cave and the cave Korallgrottan.  Here you can get a guided tour inside the cave and the nearby nature reserve and karst formation, the largest in Scandinavia.

The most spectacular part of the Wilderness Road is over the high plateau of Stekenjokk and opens in the beginning of June to the middle of October. During the rest of the year, the snow cover is too deep for the road to be open. Up here you can normally ski until midsummer. When the road opens in June, the depth of the snow can be up to 6 meters. The Wilderness road is one of the few places where you have direct access to the higher mountainous areas from the road and gives you the possibility to go mountain hiking on four wheels.

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The wilderness Road passes through Reindeer herding area and the Sami culture and nomadic lifestyle together with the reindeer have exist in harmony with the nature here for thousands of years. The Sami still follow the reindeer and their seven seasons of the year, moving the reindeer between the lower forests and the mountain areas throughout the seasons. During the summer season in the mountains, the Sami culture and thousands of reindeer mark their presence as they feed along the Wilderness Road. There are two ancient Sami church towns along the Wilderness Road, Fatmomakke and Ankarrede. These towns are ancient meeting places for the Sami and are open for visits during summer. 

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Best guided tours along the Wilderness Road
Best guided tours along the Wilderness Road

Best guided tours along the Wilderness Road

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Fatmomakke and Ankarrede are two ancient Sami church settlement in the mountains along the Wilderness Road. These are must -see stops offering Fika and accomodation in the summertime. Read more about Ankarrede and Fatmomakke here

Enjoy the forces of nature with some of the magestic natural sights along the Wilderness Road. Hälsingsåfallet is a wonderful waterfall that crashes down Sweden's larges canyon. A comfortable walking path takes you right next to the action. 

 Every year, a great effort is put into clearing the Wilderness Road from snow before the opening in June. It is not uncommon for the depth of the snow to be six meters. In 2017, the Wilderness Road over Stekenjokk will open on 3rd of June.