Kebnekaise ski touring traverse

9-day guided ski touring trip in Mount Kebnekaise (2106 m), the highest mountain in Sweden, traversing the artic landscapes of the Swedish Lapland.

 
 
 

Details

 

Trip Duration

9 days

Mountain Range

Scandinavian Mountains

People per Guide

6 people

Trip Level

Intermediate

Offer Period

Apr, May

Type of Trip

Not specified


 

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.

 

Price includes

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

 

What happens if I need to cancel the trip?
If you decide to cancel, you’ll get a 100% refund (minus fees) if the cancellation is notified up to 60 days before the start of the tour, a 75% refund (minus fees) if you cancel between 59 and 30 days before the start of the tour, and a 50% refund if you cancel between 29 and 21 days before the start of the tour. If you cancel less than 21 days before the first day of the tour, you won’t receive a refund.Take into account, however, that if accommodation, flights or transfers were included in the trip you booked, then a different policy may apply as the guide will be bound by the provider’s cancellation policy.

What happens if the guide cancels the trip because of bad weather/unsuitable conditions?
If bad weather or unsuitable conditions force the guide to cancel the trip, he or she will: a) propose a similar activity at a different place where conditions are better, or b) propose to postpone the activity until a later date, or c) cancel. If you refuse option a), our cancellation policy will apply. Please note, however, that the call to cancel a trip due to bad weather can only be made by the guide (not the client).

What happens if the guide doesn’t show up or cancels for personal reasons?
If the guide cancels for reason of injury or other, you will get a 100% refund on your trip.

 

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.

 
 

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.
 

About the Guide

 
 

I was born in Sweden 1978 where I had my first skiing experience some six years later. My passion for theoretical physics brought me to Turin/Italy in the early 00’s and when not working I have spent endless hours skiing and climbing in the surroundings of Turin. I have now changed my physics and mathematic research to high-tech garments, climbing equipment and fat skis and I'm a full time working UIAGM/IFMGA/IVBV/SBO mountain guide. I would be more then happy to share my passion for the mountains with you or why not combining it with a deeper discussion about the origin of the Universe.
I hold the UIAGM/IFMGA/IVBV/SBO Mountain Guide qualification. I climbed extensively throughout the French, Swiss and Italian Alps such as the North Faces of The Eiger, Matterhorn, Droites, Courtes, Italian Face of Mont Blanc, Aiguille du Midi, Ailefroide, Piz Morteratsch, etc. Having spent several winter seasons climbing on ice falls throughout the European Alps I have a background of hard ice climbing including numerous ascents of grade 5 and higher.
An apprenticeship of traveling and visiting climbing venues outside the Western Alps such as Patagonia, Yosemite, Ben Nevis, High Tatra, Lofoten Islands. Ski Touring experience throughout the European Alps and the Scandinavian mountains. I completed the Patrouille de Glacier (PDG) in 2014. I hold a Ph.D in theoretical physics and M.Sc in engineering physics.

 
 

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