The weather in the region where the park is situated is dominated by forceful winds and bitterly cold winter. This has affected the tree life in the park. The Mountain Birch is the only tree that seems to have the fortitude and resilience to survive in this environment in any sufficient numbers to be significant. In the northeast of the park is a minor forest of Mountain Birch trees. Various plant species can be found and the Potentilla robbinsianais plant has only been found to exist in Padjelanta National Park. The high density chalk bedrock does support the plant life.
There are not that many mammals in the park, with limited species and population numbers. Lemmings and reindeer are in the majority as well as the wolverine and the arctic fox. The wolverine and arctic fox are predators of the lemmings and reindeer. The bird life is thriving, with various species including of ducks and sometimes on rare occasions the Snowy White Owl may be seen. Fish populations are also high in the lakes.
The Padjelanta Trail is about 160km long and is a summer trail as the winter snows cover all markings. There are sleeping cabins every ten to twenty kilometres along the trail. The tourist buildings in the park are managed by the Sámi villages, under the name Badjelánnda Laponia Turism (BLT). Some of the other cottages on the trail are conserved by the Swedish Tourist Association (STF). A sauna can be found in one section of the park, called Stáloluokta and during the tourist season visitors can also buy provisions there. There is also a major research station at Stáloluokta, which can be reached by plane from Ritsem or Vietas during the summer months. Helicopter tours are also available sometimes during the summer season.
The park can be reached via the Padjelanta hiking trail, from Ritsem in Stora Sjöfallet National Park to the north;from Ritsem there is boat transport across Lake Akkajaure to Änonjalme and Vaisaluokta.
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