• Trip duration
    9 days
  • Trip level
    Intermediate
  • Max people per guide
    6 people
  • Mountain range
    Scandinavian Mountains
  • Best period
    Apr, May

Description

This is a great ski adventure that few people have heard about and done. For 9 days, we’ll be skiing in Kebnekaise (2106 m), the highest mountain in Sweden.

This peak lays in the Swedish Lapland, also known as ‘the land of the midnight sun’ and one of the last wild areas in Europe. Lapland is the northernmost province of the country, with mountains that don’t even have a name on the maps today.

Its wonderful arctic landscape reminds alpine areas, with glaciers, long and steep slopes and sharp ridges. All this provides a great variety of options for a fantastic skiing.

There are more than a hundred peaks, all covered in snow. Because of this, it’s a perfect place for a ski touring week, where we can discover unknown, wild and remote valleys that only locals know about.

During this trip, we’ll spend the night in traditional Swedish mountain huts, where we’ll cook our own evening food. We’ll also go to continental mountain lodges, offering simple meals.

Our main objective is to enjoy both skiing and the arctic landscape. Because of that, we’ll travel light, with only a small pack.

In addition, we will use an alpine ski touring setup, binding and skins that will let you to hike with a free-heel upwards.

Each day will start very early. Actually, we’ll be hiking up and skiing down for 6-10 hours. It will be intense, so you should have a good level of fitness. Nevertheless, there’ll be free time in the afternoon to enjoy the scenery, put your clothes to dry and have a little rest.

Below, you will find a typical program for a week. You should be aware there might be changes due to weather or snow conditions. Because of this we may take alternative routes or spend the night in different huts.

Please contact me if you want to come here and discover this amazing region while skiing. I will be glad to guide you and let you spend a unique time with unforgettable memories!

Itinerary

Day 1

Arrival day in Kiruna – Meeting

Arrival day in Kiruna. The hotel will be available for check in the afternoon and in the evening we’ll gather to discuss the plan for the week. If you want to spend additional days before or after the tour please let me know.

Day 2

Kiruna – Nikkaluokta – Fjällstuga Sälka

We’ll set off in the morning by taxi or bus towards Nikkaluokta (1.5 h), until the roads ends.

From that point, we’ll continue by snowmobile to the Sälka Fjällstation (835 m) where we will spend the first night (3 h).

This will give us the opportunity to repeat the usage of the climbing skins, “kick-turns”, avalanche transceiver and we try to do some practical exercises in the afternoon.

We might even do a shorter ski ascent or just enjoy the untouched wildnerness and endless land round us.

Day 3

Fjällstuga Sälka

Today we’ll have our first longer ski tour on one of the mountains surrounding the cabin.

We can choose from Sälka (1865 m), a beautiful peak with a breath-taking view of large parts of both the Swedish and Norwegian mountains, Gaskkasnjunni (1721 m) or Ceakcahjälmen (1906 m) that offers some more technical ski descents.

If this is your first time here you will be stunned to find a stillness that can be very hard to find in other places and we finish the day with a run back down to the Sälka Fjällstation for a rewarding sauna.

Day 4

Fjällstuga Sälka – Fjällstuga Nallo

The goal for today is Fjällstugan Nallo (915 m) that lies in the valley Stuor Räitavagge, connecting the impressive valleys Tjäktjavagge and Vistasvagge.

This mountain cabin has always appealed to those searching for challenges and demanding climbing, still it is a paradise for skiers because of its regular noticeable snow amount.

However, we’ll first skin up to one of the nameless peaks searching for the best snow at the moment and then we’ll get some great skiing down to the cabin.

Day 5

Fjällstuga Nallo

Around the mountain cabin there are several peaks that hosts excellent skiing and most of them are only referred to as 1706 m, 1773 m and 1997 m.

As we make a day tour around the hut we can travel light and enjoy the arctic landscape to its fullest.

We’ll finish the day with a run back down to the Nallo Fjällstuga to share the days adventure among us.

Day 6

Fjällstuga Nallo – Fjällstuga Tarfala

Today we have a long day ahead where we will climb and ski for 7-8 h.

We’ll start early in the morning south towards the massif of Kebnekaise. We’ll follow the classical Jojoleden to get there; passing first the col between Pyramiden (1900 m) and Knivkammen (1878 m); skiing its south aspect before we again put the skins on and head up towards the col of Kaskasavagge; a short ski descent takes us below Drakryggen (1821 m) and the final slopes up to Kuopervagge.

The last thing on the schedule for the day is skiing down to Tarfala Fjällstation (1170 m).

Day 7

Fjällstuga Tarfala – Fjällstation Kebnekaise

With our last reserves we head for the Kebnekaise Fjällstation (690 m) using one of the four glaciers located in the Tarfala valley. Storglaciären is the most well known and one of the best studied glaciers in the world, and there are different routes to choose from.

If the weather is on our side we will climb the south peak of Kebnekaise (2106 m). In good weather and snow conditions it can for sure be one of the weeks many highlights. After having enjoyed the stunning views we head down again and a nice ski run takes us down to Kebnekaise Fjällstation.

A week of hard physical work with stunning views, new experiences and excellent skiing comes to an end. We find ourselves back in civilization and can enjoy a well-deserved shower, sauna and an excellent dinner in the restaurant.

Day 8

Saturday : Fjällstation Kebnekaise – Kiruna

After a good night sleep and a well-deserved breakfast we get transportation back to the road in Nikkaloukta by snowmobile and on to Kiruna with taxi and bus. We might even have time for a short ski tour for those who still have not had enough.

Day 9

Kiruna

Day of departure back home.

Price per person

Price includes

  • Guiding fee
  • Accommodation
  • Half-board meals during trip
  • Transport during the trip

Other details

Meeting point

Kiruna

Accommodation

-Hotel in twin double rooms including breakfast before and after the week (it can also be a single room, we can arrange it at additional cost).
-Mountain huts including breakfast and dinner (lunch at the non-staffed huts).

More info

Skills:

You need to have a good level of cardiovascular fitness since it is an intense week with many meters up and down to cover every day. It is suitable for skiers who have previous experience of backcountry and multi-day ski touring skiing, in order to be able to cope with variable off-piste snow conditions. Of course if you feel you lack some of those experiences or uncertain of your own level, please feel free to contact us. I'll do my best to give you the best experience possible.

Season:

This ski tour is suitable for the later part of the season due to longer days and milder temperatures. From the beginning of April until the beginning of May is the best time of the year. This is a wonderful time in the Scandinavian mountains where the very cold and dark winter has left and the Sun slowly returns. It is not uncommon that we often enjoy powder skiing the whole April and as we come into May it starts to transform to spring snow on south facing aspects together with the arrival of the Midnight Sun.

Disclaimer

There might be changes in the program due to weather or snow conditions. Because of this we may take alternative routes or spend the night in different huts.