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Muddus national park

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Recommended for novice hikers, Muddus national park is a 500-square-kilometre pine-forested and marshland park between Jokkmokk and Gällivare, hemmed in by the Inlandsbanan on one side and the train line from Luleå to Gällivare on the other. Muddus is home to bears, lynx, martens, weasels, hares, elk and (in summer), also reindeer; among birds, the whooper swan is one of the most common sights. The terrain here is gently undulating, consisting of bog and forest, though there are clefts and gorges in the southern stretches. The park’s western edges are skirted by Route 45; the easiest approach is to leave the highway at Liggadammen (there are also buses here from Gällivare) and then follow the small road to Skaite, where an easy hiking trail begins; two suggested routes are Skaite–Muddusfallet–Måskoskårså–Skaite (24km) or Skaite–Muddueluobbal–Manson–Skaite (44km). There are cabins along the trail (April–Sept; at other times the keys can be obtained from Jokkmokk and Gällivare tourist offices), and a campsite at Muddus Falls. There are no outlets for buying food or provisions en route.

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