Hence the name Stora Sjöfallet, which means great waterfall in Swedish, or Stuor Muorkke,
the Sami name given to the park when it was formed in 1909. That name refers to a large “mårka”, that is land between two lakes.
The national park was formed to protect the waterfall and its source lakes. Shortly after the park’s formation, its map was redrawn to generate hydroelectric power.
The waterfall known as Stuormuorkkegårttje in the Sami language remains.
Stora Sjöfallet National Park stretches right across the high mountains, from the pine-forests in the south to the Norwegian border in the west. Sjaunja bird reserve, which borders the park, is the largest in Sweden and the largest marshland in Europe.
Stora Sjöfallet Mountain Lodge is situated in alpine surroundings in the centre of Stora Sjöfallet National Park and the Laponia world heritage site.
It is 140 kilometres from Gällivare along the beautiful Laponia Road (BD827).
It provides a breathtakingly beautiful journey that is unlike any other. You can get here by coach or car.
During certain times of the years there are even daily coaches to and from Gällivare.
Gällivare is situated 60 miles north of the arctic circle, in the middle of Lapland. It is not far to Gällivare, just two hours by plane from Stockholm.
You can also get here in the same time by train or car from the coast.