Kaisepakte is a mountain and railway station in the historical province of Lappland in the far north of Sweden. This area lies within Kiruna Municipality with Road E10 and the railway passing between Lake Torneträsk and the mountain of Kaisepakte. Here you will find a rest area as well as a possibility to enjoy a great view of the lake and surrounding mountains.
Kaisepakte is also known by its Sámi names , Gáisevárri and Gáisebákti.
A Short History of Kaisepakte
The iron mines in Gällivare were connected to the railway network in 1887. The areas further north had to wait a bit longer before getting their own railway. The construction of the route between Gällivare via Kiruna to the Norwegian border began in 1898. The part of the line that goes just to the south of Lake Torneträsk was completed in 1902. This was an area of the arctics consisting of almost only wilderness, with no roads or other modern communications. It would take a few more decades before the local road was built between Kiruna and Narvik, this road is now known as the E10.
Things to Do and See
This part of Sweden is famous for its many hiking paths and amazing views. With Lake Torneträsk nearby and the many mountains to climb there is a lot to do for the more adventurous of us. The easy access at Kaisepakte to the shores of Lake Torneträsk makes it easy for most people to enjoy some great views.
Kaisepakte (1206 m)
Kaisepakte is a mountain that reaches 1206 meters above the sea. It has steep cliffs towards Lake Torneträsk, but its peak should be reachable when hiking in the area. The photos others have been posing from the top are indeed inspiring and make it tempting to want to return for a hike.
Lake Torneträsk is the sixth largest lake in Sweden and the second deepest. The lake is popular for the locals from Kiruna who head here for recreational fishing during the time of the year when the lake is frozen. The many huts along its shores do tell more of this as the locals connect them to their snow scooters and head out on the ice. If you visit during the summer this might not be a lake you want to swim in. The water temperature in the lake usually reaches its highest peak in August with a temperature of around 9 degrees Celcius.
How to Get to Kaisepakte
- Flights: The closest airport is Kiruna Airport (KRN) which is 78 kilometers to the southeast.
- Car: Kaisepakte is along Road E10 north of Kiruna.
- Bus: Buses from Länstrafiken Norrbotten connect Kaisepakte with the surrounding region.
- Train: The local train station has trains along the line between Kiruna and Narvik in Norway.
The driving distance from 5 major Swedish cities, according to Google Maps:
- Stockholm – 1304 kilometers (14 h 7 min)
- Gothenburg – 1652 kilometers (18 h 39 min)
- Malmö – 1912 kilometers (20 h 32 min)
- Linköping – 1501 kilometers (16 h 24 min)
- Kiruna – 72 kilometers (49 min)
Find out more about other destinations in Sweden by visiting our page Exploring Sweden