Sarek Sjöfallet

Sarek Sjöfallet

 

a protected territory in the mountains of Scandinavia; located in northern Sweden, in Norrbotten County. Area, 533,000 hectares (1974).

Sarek Sjöfallet includes the following national parks: Sarek (established 1909; area, 194,000 hectares [ha]), Stora Sjöfallet (1909; 138,000 ha), and Padjelanta (1962; 201,000 ha). In the territory, mountain landscapes with glaciers, lakes, and waterfalls are preserved in their natural state. There are small-leaved and coniferous forests. Mammals include the Eurasian brown bear, wolverine, wolf, lynx, and arctic fox; birds include the golden eagle. There are many waterfowl in the Sjaunja wildlife sanctuary (290,000 ha), which borders on Sarek Sjöfallet in the north and east.