Tourist facilities of various kinds can be found in many places in the fjelds, ranging from simple peat huts in the middle of nowhere to hotel-like establishments reachable by car. Most of these are made up of cottages and stations operated by the Swedish Tourist Association (STF), but there are also other kinds of places that merit inclusion under this heading, such as the cottages in Padjelanta National Park and the many shelters along the marked trails. In this section a selection of all of these has been collected into a searchable database with a number of data points for each entry.
Primarily the database consists of places I myself have visited (and photographed), with first-hand information, but for completeness I have also included a large number of other facilities, focusing on locations along the trails included in the Map section, in which case the information comes from public sources. A few Norwegian locations close to the border have been included as well. Note, however, that this is still not a full collection of sites one might expect to find in a list of this type, since there are regions I have yet to visit or do research on. Specifically, there are currently no entries south of Ramundberget in Härjedalen.
Should you spot any mistakes or erroneous data, or want to add something, please contact me!
The coronavirus pandemic has had a drastic impact on tourism worldwide, and the fjelds are no exception. The 2020 summer season and the 2021 winter season saw a multitude of restrictions and went by fairly smoothly by most accounts, but due to the developing situation worldwide many if not all of these restrictions are likely to be maintained also for the 2021 summer season. The information presented below is the latest available at the time of writing.
NOTE: In all cases, the general rule not to embark on a trip when experiencing any symptoms of a respiratory disease applies! Also make sure to refer to the actual facility owner(s) for the latest updates, as the situation keeps changing.
- STF fjeld stations and cottages
The stations will be open as usual, but will take protective measures in accordance with official recommendations, including augmented cleaning and hygiene routines and crowd suppression. Guests need to book their stay in advance, with reduced availability in dormatories, and bring their own bed linen, even if they have a travel sheet or sleeping bag (in which case a sheet and pillow case will suffice). Restaurants will have fewer seats and staggered meal times when necessary, self-service kitchens will have scheduled time slots (including tenters), and common areas will only be available to overnight guests, with reduced seating arrangements. Guided tours and arrangements will be offered, with restrictions on participant numbers and gatherings, and cash payments will not be accepted to reduce contact, with a visitor limit in shops. Common saunas will be closed to start with, but might open in some places for one group at a time during times of low guest pressure.
The cottages, having much simpler facilities, have a longer list of changes to prevent the spread of Covid-19:
- Only guests who have pre-paid their bed online will be allowed to stay overnight. A number of beds on each site will not be available for booking, to facilitate distancing. In case of weather-related emergencies, some adjustments will be accepted on a case-by-case basis.
- Shops are open at 08–10 and 16–20, with only a single visitor allowed in at a time.
- The maximum number of people allowed into the kitchens at once will be capped depending on size, with a general prohibition against using the area for other activities than cooking/eating.
- As long as there is ample room, day visitors are allowed inside between 11 and 15 o'clock. This cannot be booked in advance.
- Paying tenters are allowed to use the cottages' facilities as usual, but only at 15–21 and 07–10 the following day to reduce crowding.
- Separation of guests belonging to different travel groups as far as possible, with consistent choice of accommodation fellows when not.
- Increased cleaning and hygiene routines for both guests and wardens.
- Guests are recommended to bring their own vessels for drinking water and personal hygiene, as well as their own hand sanitizer.
- All guests must bring their own bed linen, even if they have a travel sheet or sleeping bag (in which case a sheet and pillow case will suffice).
- Saunas are closed to start with, but might open at a later date in case the official recommendations change.
- BLT cottages
No available information except a general request for visitors to bring their own hand sanitizer, bed linen and vessel for drinking water.
- DNT staffed lodges and cottages
Like on the Swedish side (in fact, the Norwegians were first to implement it), all visitors must book their stay in advance. Therefore, only facilities where pre-booking is available will be open, and cleaning and hygiene routines will be tightened for everyone. In the cottages no drop-in guests will be accepted, neither for overnight stays nor during the day, excepting short, temporary visits to provision stores and privies.
Staffed lodges will operate under reduced accommodation capacity to ensure that only people from the same travel group share a room, but here day visits are allowed. Unmanned cottages will impose a maximum number of simultaneous guests so that everyone who does not belong to the same travel group can keep at least one meter's distance to everyone else. This number varies between cottage sites depending on size, and for some of the smaller ones it will only be possible to book the whole house at once to uphold the limit. Guests must also bring their own hand sanitizer, soap, wipes and garbage bags, plus clean bed linen to self-service and no-service cottages, as well as to many (but not all) of the staffed lodges.
- County administration cabins
Locked cabins in Norrbotten County are available for pre-booking and open compartments will remain open, but guests are advised to bring a tent in case the space is occupied.
All cabins in Västerbotten County will remain available, but due to limited possibilities of maintaining proper distance and hygiene, visitors are encouraged bring a tent in case their intended target is already occupied.
In Dalarna the open cabins and shelters will also remain open, but only for emergencies and with increased hygiene awareness. The bookable ones are available for reservation as of early June.
- Should only be used when really needed, and if possible only by one group at a time.
Last update: 2021-06-12
Use this form to search the database (see below for more information about what the various fields mean). The text fields perform a case-insensitive phrase match, so multiple keywords do not work. If you're unfamiliar with multi-select lists, Ctrl-click (or Cmd-click) allows you to choose more than one option, as well as to deselect an already selected option. Leaving a field or list empty – or cleared – will remove it as a search criterion, which as far as the lists are concerned is equal to selecting all options. In other words, to display all facilities in the database just click the List entries button.
Terms and functions
Here follow some general notes about the terms and functions employed in the search form and entries:
- This is, obviously, the name of the facility. Most of these are not subject to change, but in some cases new management or updated map versions introduce alternatives, and it may also be that the same place is known under several different names. In such cases one of the alternatives has been chosen as the primary name, while the others will also match the entry even if they are not displayed. For example, Sårjåsjaure is also known as Konsul Perssons stuga, and will show up in searches for ”stuga” in the name field. Tip: Try clicking the picture under the name on the entry page – in many cases this will switch to a photo from a season other than the current.
The type of the facility in question. Places belonging to the same type share certain basic characteristics,
which are often not written out in the individual entries, but exceptions are noted. The classes used are:
- STF fjeld station
- Typically larger structures with a high level of service. All fjeld stations sell provisions to some extent and most have at least one sauna and a restaurant. It is a good idea to bring linen or sleeping bags, but sheets can usually be rented if required. They are typically staffed from the end of February to early May in winter, and from the end of June to the middle of September in summer, but some are open around the year. Those that are situated ”in the middle of nowhere” also include an open compartment with an assistance phone during the off-season months, for visitors travelling at unusual times or people in distress.
- STF cottage site
- Cottages without electricity or modern comforts, usually situated far from the nearest road. Visitors fetch their own water and cut their own firewood, but there are gas-powered stoves. Linen or sleeping bags must be brought. Nearly all cottage sites are manned by one or more wardens in both summer and winter; the opening periods are about the same as for the fjeld stations, but they are typically shorter for cottages off the larger trails (refer to the STF website link in the entries for details). At other times the cottages are closed, but there is an open compartment in most of them, usually containing an assistance phone – should any of these be missing it is noted. Many sites have extra service of some kind when manned (see below). Payment with credit card is not possible at all places due to connectivity issues, so it is best to bring cash or pay in advance via STF's website – the latter will also yield a better price.
- BLT cottage site
- The cottages in Padjelanta are nowadays run by Badjelánnda Laponia Turism, which is an association formed by the three Sámi villages that are active in the area. The standard and operation are akin to those of the STF cottage sites, but the BLT ones are heated with gas rather than firewood, and in winter they are only staffed around Easter. At all sites there is one cottage which is open around the year, and all have an assistance phone. The Sámi at or near some of the sites sell fish, bread and dried reindeer meat when available and all sites have some provisions for sale, but only in summer and both the selection and time of availability vary greatly, so be sure to check the individual entries (and the external links!) before making any plans involving mid-tour restocking.
- County administration cabin
- The county administrations maintain cabins and huts in various places, intended for both their monitoring personnel, reindeer herders and the general public. Some are always open, while others are locked with a key one can request at select establishments, but there is typically an open compartment for those lacking said key as well. The overnight fee, which is significantly lower compared to those of the above, is either paid as rent for the key, or afterwards using bank forms available in the cabins.
- DNT staffed lodge
- This is the rough Norwegian equivalent of the Swedish fjeld stations, operated by the Norwegian Trekking Association (DNT). The main difference is that during the manned periods – which are more or less the same as those of the Padjelanta cottages – visitors do not have the option of cooking their own food inside, so one has to either make use of the full service of the facility or use a camping stove at a designated place. During the rest of the year there is usually a smaller accommodation building available – with stoves – which is locked with the standard DNT key that members of both STF and DNT can acquire.
- DNT cottage site
- Similarly, this corresponds to the Swedish cottages, but there is seldom a warden in place. Another key(!) difference is that nearly all of the DNT cottages are locked with their standard key as per above, making them available around the year. Do note, however, that some of the cottages have periods when they are completely closed, key or no key, so verify the opening periods on DNT's website before going. Like in STF's cottages, heating is done with firewood and cooking with gas stoves. There are two subcategories, self-service and no-service, where the former offers a range of provisions to visitors, whose responsibility it is to pay for what they consume. Here, this distinction is handled by way of the Provisions tag (see below). As for payment, it is done either by putting cash into a locked box, filling out an authorization form for credit card withdrawal placed in the same box, or by giro/bank payment later on.
- Along many of the larger trails – especially in Jämtland – there are small buildings meant to offer temporary shelter to tired travellers. There is often a heater and a scant supply of firewood in case of emergency, but people are explicitly forbidden to make use of this at other times, and discouraged to spend the night unless in dire need – simply because doing so might very well drastically reduce the chances of survival for others when it actually is a matter of life and death for them. A few of these buildings are, however, intended for overnight stays, in which case a bed count other than zero is given.
- At a good many places in the fjelds there are old huts of traditional Sámi make, and even though the majority of these are now deteriorated, some have been the subject of restoration projects and now offer shelter or even residence to anyone who finds them. Be sure to bring camping gear.
- Apart from the general types of places above, there are also a number of private facilities here and there – some offering accommodation or other services, some not.
- Since the Swedish fjelds constitute a very large area, the entries have been further classified according to geographical position. The Region field marks the general part of the country (when clicked it performs a new search for all facilities in that region), and the Location field defines a specific area within that region. The labels employed are completely arbitrary on my part and subject to change (your mileage may vary).
- The coordinates to the place in question, given in WGS-84 (latitude/longitude) format with second precision. Positioning data have been extracted directly from the applicable maps where available (accuracy limited by map precision), or from satellite photos where not (accuracy limited by satellite mapping precision). This line is also a clickable link that locates the facility in question on the map.
Quite a few facilities offer some kind of service beside simple accommodation, such as provisions or a sauna.
Regarding the former the range of products varies greatly from place to place, and in the entries where I know the state of affairs
I use the following notation:
1 Limited range of basic products.Also note that some items are liable to get sold out towards the end of the season, especially in summer.
2 Extended range, including different product lines and more "non-essential" things.
Approximate distances to other facilities and in some cases townships or other natural roadside starting points,
which are italicized. Included are stations, cottages etc. reachable by the marked summer trails
(and in a few cases by unmarked but frequently utilized routes), as well as any shelters and the like along the way.
If another major facility can be reached via an intermediate trail branch it has also been included,
as long as taking that route is shorter than it would be to pass some other major facility.
This system has been followed as consistently as possible, but total adherence is not guaranteed.
Shelters and similar places have been separated from the other facilities in the list. Distance figures have been taken straight from overview maps in most cases, even though some which are obviously faulty have been altered, and the rest have been calculated from detailed maps. The accuracy may not be top-notch, so these numbers are only meant as a general guide and should not be trusted in full without question. The distances given are the shortest ones available if one follows the marked summer trails only, which means that in winter – or if one finds one's own way, or utilizes other paths – other figures apply.
- Links to specific parts of reports in the Tours section where the facility in question is visited or passed, plus links to external websites where available.