Nikkaluokta

Nikkaluokta (Swedish pronunciation: [ˈnɪ̌kːalʉɔkta])[1] is a Swedish Sami village in Norrbotten County. The village belongs to Gällivare Municipality, bordering Kiruna Municipality, the closest urban area some 60 kilometers away. In its vicinity lie the areas of two Sami communities, Laevas and Girjas, who still herd semi-domesticated reindeer in the region.

Nikkaluokta
Nikkaluokta mountain lodge
Nikkaluokta
Nikkaluokta
Coordinates: 67°51′4″N 19°01′30″E
CountrySweden
MunicipalityGällivare Municipality
CountyNorrbotten County
ProvinceLappland
Time zoneUTC+1 (CET)
  Summer (DST)UTC+2 (CEST)

Nikkaluokta has a mountain lodge, complete with a small grocery store and restaurant, a chapel, and, during the summer months, a commercial helicopter base. It is a popular starting point for several hiking and skiing trails in the Kebnekaise area, including the notable Kungsleden. On foot, it takes around five hours to travel the 19 kilometer distance between the two mountain lodges in Nikkaluokta and Kebnekaise.

Nikkaluokta is sited in the centre of three valleys, where the tarmac road from Kiruna Municipality ends. To travel farther, trails and mountain paths of varying size and condition must be used. Nikkaluokta Bay in Lake Ladtjojaure is also the starting point for the water route into scenic Vistas Valley.