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Padjelanta National Park

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[edit] Overview

Between the Norwegian border and Sarek, this is the largest national park in Sweden and a vast area of wilderness, mainly a large open plain with mountains, glaciers, lakes and forests.

Much of the land consists of alpine meadows, dwarf willow scrub and grassy heath. Padjelanta adjoins both Sarek National Park and Stora Sjofallets National Park.

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[edit] Notable Species

Birds are similar to Sarek with Golden Eagle, Rough-legged Buzzard, Peregrine Falcon and Gyr Falcon in the uplands with nesting Long-tailed Skua and Snow Bunting.

On lower ground and in the marshy areas there are Taiga Bean Goose and Lesser White-fronted Goose, Golden Plover and Ring Ouzel and the woodlands have Siberian Jay and Pine Grosbeak.

Snowy Owl may be present in good lemming years.

[edit] Check-list

Birds you can see here include:

Black-throated Diver, Taiga Bean Goose, Lesser White-fronted Goose, Common Teal, Long-tailed Duck, Velvet Scoter, White-tailed Eagle, Rough-legged Buzzard, Golden Eagle, Merlin, Gyr Falcon, Peregrine Falcon, Ringed Plover, Eurasian Golden Plover, Purple Sandpiper, Wood Sandpiper, Common Sandpiper, Red-necked Phalarope, Long-tailed Skua, Snowy Owl, Meadow Pipit, Bluethroat, Northern Wheatear, Ring Ouzel, Arctic Warbler, Willow Warbler, Siberian Jay, Siberian Tit, Brambling, Northern Redpoll, Pine Grosbeak, Lapland Bunting, Snow Bunting, Reed Bunting

[edit] Other Wildlife

Larger mammals include Reindeer, Brown Bear, Lynx, Arctic Fox and Wolverine.

[edit] Site Information

The area is best visited between June and August.

[edit] History and Use

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[edit] Areas of Interest

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[edit] Access and Facilities

There are marked hiking trails and cabins within the park but walking here should only be undertaken by those experienced in these conditions. There is also a small landing field for aircraft.

Access is from Kvikkjokk via Sammarlappa and Tarreluoppal to Staloluokta.

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