Kiruna Lappland
Kiruna Lappland
Kiruna Lappland

An enchanting hike

A perfect day trip is the enchanting walk through the valley Kärkevagge to Rissájávri (Trollsjön). The Sámi name means roughly "the lake that shines like fire".

The trail is easy, but it is a steady climb. You start with a nice walk through birch forest. Then a somewhat steep climb awaits, but once you get past that bit you are rewarded with a truly wonderful view. Stay for a while at the big stone and enjoy the surroundings, drink some water and recover your breath. Now the trek continues into the valley, a true fairy tale landscape. The valley is filled with magnificent rock formations that are scattered all over the valley and this is what separates Kärkevagge from other valleys. The large rocky blocks are the result of the recent inland ice. You will pass lush meadows with lots of mountain flowers and in the middle of the valley is a large delta area. On the way you will encounter small streams where you can refill your water bottle with cold, tasty mountain water.

Rissájávri, more famously known as Trollsjön, is located at the end of the 6 km long valley. The beautiful turquoise lake consists of melting water from surrounding glaciers and it is the clearest lake in Sweden with a visibility depth of 36 meters. Stay here for a while and enjoy your backpack lunch, maybe you also want to take a refreshing dip in the water? This day trip is also perfect for bringing kids.

Getting here
By car you drive on road E10 towards Narvik. 20 km after Björkliden, but before Vassijaure, there will be a sign that says “Låktajokk”. You will then see some parking spaces on both sides of the road where you will park your car. On the left side there are two wooden signs that says “Kärke­vagge” and “Trollsjön”. This is where your hike will begin. The first place you will encounter is Låktatjåkko way sta­tion, this is where you get off the train. The path continues behind the train station. A hundred meters after you’ve passed the sign “Trollsjön 4,5 km” you will reach a crossroad. Just continue forward towards the valley. Now it is approximately an hour left until you reach the beautiful Trollsjön!

Guided tours
If you don't want to do this hike on your own, there are guided tours arranged by Björkliden och STF Abisko Fjällstation.