Padjelanta / Badjelánnda national park
Badjelannda Padjelanta Laponia

Safety and rules

There are special regulations here so that visitors have as little impact as possible on nature.

In the park it is okay to:

  • Gather berries and mushrooms.
  • Build a fire with dry branches and twigs.
  • Arrange shelter for yourself when you are hiking.
  • Pitch a tent for one night in keeping with the Right of Public Access.
  • Bring leashed dogs into the entire national park during the first months of the year (January 1–April 30)
  • Fish in waters where fishing is permitted, provided you have a valid fishing licence. You can purchase a fishing licence along the Padjelantaleden trail, among other places.

But you are not allowed to:

  • Intentionally disturb grazing reindeer or interfere with the gathering and driving of reindeer.
  • Litter.
  • Damage or remove land, rocks and plants, aside from berries and edible mushrooms.
  • Gather eggs and trap, damage or kill wildlife.
  • Hunt and fish if this is not expressly permitted by the regulations.
  • Bicycle or operate boats and motorised all-terrain vehicles except in limited areas and at certain times.
  • Ride horses and bring a dog with you except in limited areas and at certain times.

On the Laponia website you can find out what is involved if you wish to apply for an exemption or permit. Reindeer husbandry rights, which allow the Sami people to make use of land and water for themselves and their animals, apply throughout the Laponia World Heritage Site – that is, the Sarek, Muddus/Muttos, Padjelanta/Badjelánnda and Stora Sjöfallet/Stuor Muorkke national parks and the Stubbá and Sjávnja nature reserves.

The Laponia website