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If you have some previous experience of cross-country skiing on prepared trails* but are yet to discover the adventure and challenge of a mountain ski touring expedition, Discover Mountain Ski Touring in Lapland is the tour for you!
*Guests without cross country but with downhill experience may also be suitable for this tour (note that the techniques and equipment have much more in common with cross country skiing than with downhill skiing).
Under the supervision of experienced local guides, you will spend a week ski touring in the majestic mountain scenery of Lapland in the far north of Sweden, developing your skiing abilities and knowledge of the mountain world and gaining the confidence you need for your own tours.
Starting from an award-winning traditional mountain station along the King's Trail in Swedish Lapland, Discover Mountain Ski Touring in Lapland features a combination of circular day tours and hut-to-hut sections to take you deep into the wilds of this remote region, giving you the ideal opportunity to improve your skills and technique in a challenging but accessible and enjoyable way.
The experience begins with a morning tour from the station before heading out to spend the next days in the mountain plains above the tree line, with overnight accommodation in a simple but comfortable mountain cabin. If you are feeling confident enough on your skis, there may be the possibility for a day's ski touring in the mighty pathless wilderness of Sarek National Park.
By the end of the tour, when you return to the welcoming hospitality of the mountain station for your final night to enjoy a well-earned sauna! You should be justly proud of your achievements, with improved skiing skills and a new-found confidence in your abilities to move safely and enjoyably through the winter mountains.
Ski touring or ski mountaineering?
Please note that this is not a ski mountaineering tour. When skiing on this tour you are travelling in a hilly landscape in between the peaks (that is, not normally doing peak tours), on mountain plateaus and the borderline between woods and mountains. The skis ideal for ski touring in this region are a little thicker than cross country skis and have boots which are warmer and more substantial, while still being comfortable for use over long periods on flattish terrain. Like cross country skis, they have a camber and always have a loose heel. Ski equipment intended for ski mountaineering/alpine skiing in off-piste conditions will normally not be suitable, as the additional width of the skis, heavier boots, etc, would make for very heavy going on a tour of this type.
Please note that the programme is subject to change depending on weather and snow conditions.
Note that start/end times for the tour will meet the earliest night train + bus connection from Stockholm on the start day and the latest bus + night train connection back to Stockholm on the end day.
On arrival at Kebnats you will be transferred by snowscooter 5km across the lake to Saltoluokta Mountain Station. You will meet at the station approx. 30 minutes after the bus arrives at Kebnats. You will have an instruction meeting and collect your equipment before dinner in the mountain station's award-winning restaurant. After dinner you will go through the week's programme and have a chance to test your equipment.
A morning tour in the area around the mountain station, where you will have a chance to improve your ski technique and practise with windsacks, snow shovels and climbing skins. You eat lunch outdoors before returning to the mountain station to make the final adjustments to your packing in preparation for your tour. Personal items not needed during your ski tour can be left at the mountain station for a small storage fee.
In the afternoon you will be transferred by snowscooter with sled to the Sitojaure cabins, where you will spend the coming days. Scooters used are operated by local residents using environmentally-friendly 4-stroke motors and driven only on marked trails outside the protected areas. Provisions for your tour will be transported at the same time. Distance to Sitojaure is 19km. Participants who wish to can ski the last section while your packing is transported to the cabins.
Day-tour in the area around Sitojaure. Exact route dictated by preferences, ability and weather conditions - perhaps a tour towards Rinim and the impressive mountain plains.
Weather permitting, a daytour in more hilly terrain with the opportunity to try climbing with the skins for an exciting ski back down in untouched snow!
A new day-tour from Sitojaure. If you are feeling confident enough and if weather conditions permit, this day may be used for a tour into the mighty pathless wilderness of Sarek National Park.
After a week improving your skills, you should be feeling more confident. Today you will head back towards Saltoluokta, where a shower and sauna awaits, this time skiing the whole distance through a landscape of mountain slopes and deeply sculpted, meandering valleys. You will ski with all your packing on this day - a wonderful chance to show yourself how much you have developed! In the evening you will have dinner together and reflect on all that you have experienced and learned during the week.
Distance: approx. 19km.
Important information for Discover Mountain Ski Touring in Lapland 2nd-8th April 2017
Due to rail works in northern Sweden during the period 7th-9th April, departure arrangements for the Discover Mountain Ski Touring in Lapland tour on the departure day, 8th April, are as follows:
Guests will not take the public bus as normal from Kebnats to Gällivare on 8th April. A special transfer will be arranged from Saltoluokta to Gällivare to meet the only night train departure that day, which leaves Gällivare at 15.20.
The general itinerary for the tour is not affected.
Cost for this special transfer will be 300 SEK (approx. the same price as the normal public bus fare). This transfer must be booked in connection with your tour booking and as far in advance as possible and payment for the transfer must be made in cash to your guide locally.
After breakfast, you will be transferred across Langas to Kebnats for bus to Gällivare (will connect with the latest available night train departure to Stockholm).
- Not Included
19.03-25.03.17, 26.03-01.04.17, 02.04-08.04.17*
*The Northern Lights can be seen anytime from around September to early/mid April. While the "spring winter" in March and April has longer hours of daylight and shorter nights than the deep midwinter, on the other hand these months can also have a greater incidence of clear skies.
Prices are in British Pounds and Euros. If you wish, you are also welcome to make your payment in Swedish Kronor (SEK) - please contact us for details.
|Per person||GBP 765||EUR 876|
NB: Please note that ski and other equipment is available to borrow free of charge for this tour but must be booked in advance - please see under "Included > Equipment" for details.
- Items not needed during the tour can be left at Saltoluokta Mountain Station for a small storage fee. Bring a small bag to pack your things in.
- If you would like to extend your stay before or after the tour, please contact us and we will be happy to discuss the alternatives with you.
Shared rooms in mountain station and mountain cabin as per itinerary. Saltoluokta mountain station has sauna facilities.
Cabins: The beds are fitted with mattresses, pillows and blankets. During the winter season you should bring a light sleeping bag (the interior of the cabins is warm once heated - a dedicated winter bag is not required). The cabins are comfortable but of basic standard and there is no electricity or running water. You will all need to help each other with domestic duties, cleaning, cooking, doing the dishes etc. Wooden fires or gas heats the cabins. The cooking is done on gas stoves. Sitojaure has 22 beds. There are also extra mattresses and blankets in case the cabin gets full. Everyone will get shelter - in the event that all the beds are occupied you will get a space on the floor and a mattress. It is not possible to reserve beds in advance.
Mountain station and mountain cabin accommodation during the tour.
All meals at Saltoluokta Mountain Station and during the tour.
Food for sale (for additional snacks): There is a shop at Saltoluokta if you wish to purchase snacks, etc.
The following items are available to borrow at no additional charge if you do not have your own. Please advise in advance which items you require:
- Ski boots, skis (+ climbing skins) and poles* (please advise height and shoe size in advance)
- Rucksack (around 60-65 litres, intended as the main pack for your tour)
- Sleeping bag
- Sleeping mat
Typical ski equipment available to borrow/suitable for the tour. Photos: ST Bildarkiv
Map and compass are also available to borrow on request (advance booking not required).
Experienced and knowledgeable local guide.
Local transfers between the mountain station and Kebnats and during your tour.
- Travel: We do not arrange flights or domestic travel, but are happy to advise on suitable connections and assist you with any aspect of planning your journey. See under "Good to Know > Getting There" for general travel information.
- Alcoholic drinks.
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For this tour you should be in good general health, have a good level of fitness and some previous cross-country skiing and/or downhill skiing experience.
The distance covered each day will depend on the route chosen, likely to be maximum approx. 20km. The max. height difference on a particular day during the tour is around 400m (not including possible summit tours).
Recommended minimum age 16 years. Persons under 16 years accompanied by an adult may also be able to participate - please contact us to discuss your requirements. Recommended maximum age 65 years.
For information on any equipment and/or clothing included as standard for this experience, please see under "Dates and Prices > Included".
A detailed recommended packing list for personal items to bring will be sent with your booking documentation.
NB: We advise you not to buy equipment or clothes for your trip or to incur other non-refundable expenses such as flights until you have received confirmation of your booking from us in writing. Note of course that the most appropriate clothing to use as well as the level of challenge experienced during any outdoor activity may vary significantly depending on factors such as the time of year and the particular weather/temperature conditions during your trip.
Minimum total 5 persons required for tours to be confirmed to run. You are of course welcome to book as a solo traveller.
NB: As a participant, it is your responsibility to ensure that you have a suitable level of fitness and experience and bring clothing and equipment appropriate for the tour. Participants judged by the guide to have an insufficient level of fitness/unsuitable equipment which hinders the operation of the tour may be excluded. In this case, or if a participant chooses to leave the tour of their own volition, no refund can be offered and any additional costs incurred by leaving the tour are the responsibility of the participant. If you have any questions regarding your suitability for the tour, please don't hesitate to ask and we will be happy to advise.
Detailed information on travel options to this experience will be provided in response to your enquiry. We are happy to advise on suitable connections and assist you with any aspect of planning your journey.
Please ensure that you make a booking with us first and wait for confirmation that your spaces are reserved before making any travel arrangements.
Fly to Stockholm then onward by night train to Gällivare. From Gällivare, travel by bus to Kebnats (approx. 2 hours) from where transfers are included.
Ferry Dover-Dunkirk or Newcastle-Amsterdam for onward train connections to Gällivare and bus to Kebnats.
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This experience makes a good combination with the following:
Maximum 10 participants. This experience is open to travellers from all over the world. Groups may be made up of participants from a number of countries, around 60% of whom are likely to be from Scandinavia.
Private groups of minimum 6 persons can book this experience at standard prices on other dates by arrangement. Smaller groups are also possible at an additional rate - please contact us to discuss your requirements.
This provider has received a prestigious Swedish Ecotourism award for its commitment to high standards to cultural and environmental sensitivity.
Designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1996, Laponia covers an area of 9,400 square kilometres. The landscape is extremely varied, from the dramatic mountainscapes of Sarek to the swamps of Muddus.
The majestic mountains of the Stora Sjöfallet and Sarek national parks are found in western Laponia. This is where you find Sweden's largest glacial area, with hundreds of glaciers. As hard, volcanic bedrock erodes slowly, the mountains are both high and steep. The tallest peaks reach 2000 metres above sea level.
Will I see the Northern Lights?
This experience is located in the far north of Sweden, one of the world's best locations for seeing the Northern Lights, and offers good chances to see a display during your tour for dates up to around early/mid-April. Wonderful displays are regularly seen on the tours. However, it is important to bear in mind that the Aurora is a natural phenomenon and sightings can never be guaranteed in any location - it is not possible to search for a display. The skies may be cloudy, there may be no activity, or you may be fast asleep after a hard day's skiing!
"The whole trip was very good value for money. I hired all the equipment and it was of excellent quality. As were the facilities at both the mountain huts. The leader was really good at his job and made sure that I skied within my limits. I was slow !! compared with the others; he skied with me and made sure I was safe at all times. Everyone had a good experience. The travel support Nature Travels gave was excellent. The trip was not technically difficult but you do need good basic fitness. The mix of the group was excellent and I learnt a lot. Of course the scenery is outstanding and the 30 min trip across the frozen lake on the reindeer skins in the wooden sleighs is magical. I was surprised how late it stayed light so far north, we never ran out of daylight. It was a great experience and I would use Nature Travels again, thank you." Joanna
"[I loved] the first night standing on the frozen lake with the group looking at millions of stars. The activity was attractive and the dates worked for me. Nothing in the way you presented yourselves put me off. Not over hyped." Neil
"[The best part was] at the end of the last (20km) day skiing downhill off track through open forest in 6 inches of fresh powder with the sun setting. My heart almost broke!" Karl