Introducing Sorsele & Ammarnäs
Railway enthusiasts should pull up at Sorsele for the entertaining Inlandsbanemuseet at the train station, covering the history of the railway. The adjoining tourist office can arrange activities such as fly-fishing; the two nearby rivers are particularly good for trout and grayling, while nearby lakes are the place to fish for Arctic char.
From Sorsele, Route 363 leads to tiny Ammarnäs, nestled in a bowl by the Ammarfjället mountains and used by Sami herders for centuries. Even now, a third of the population makes their living from reindeer husbandry. Ammarnäs is a great destination for hikers, who can tackle the wildest part of the Kungsleden from here or else embark on easier day hikes, such as the 8km jaunt to the top of Mt Kaissats (984m) that runs from the Stora Tjulträsk at the western end of the village.
The only accommodation in the village is Ammarnäsgården, a modern hotel with adjoining youth hostel in a superbly picturesque location. There is a sauna and pool in the basement, and the hotel’s restaurant serves a mix of northern Swedish and international dishes (two-course dinner Skr185).
The tourist office on the main road can help organise Icelandic-pony rides in summer and dogsledding and snowmobiling in winter.
Sorsele is served daily by bus 45 along the Gällivare–Östersund route, while bus 341 runs from Sorsele to Ammarnäs (Skr115, 1¼-1¾ hours, one to three daily).