Skiing in Laponia

Arctic spring in the world heritage

The arctic spring offers day temperatures above freezing and colder nights that keep the snow from melting. We ski with light backpacks from hut to hut and discover the world heritage around the majestic Ahkka Mountain. From the huts we do daytrips, depending on the group we might climb a smaller peak or relax in a sunny wind protected snow couch. In April the days are long with only a few hours of darkness but if you stay awake you could get awarded with a northern light show crossing the sky.

Together we travel where the jagged peaks of Sarek national park meet the high plains of Padjelanta. During centuries the Sami People have lived and worked in the area and followed the reindeers during their migration from summer to winter grassing area. Since 1996 it is protected by UNESCO as a part of Laponia World heritage for its unique combination of nature and culture.

In April the days are long with only a few hours of darkness

This tour is for you want to visit the three biggest national parks in Sweden and the World Heritage of Laponia, enjoy the long days of April and sleep in cozy mountain cabins. As most of the food is already delivered to the cabins it allows us to travel with a backpack of only about 8-10kg. The tour requires some skiing skills but no earlier mountain experience.

Laponia Adventures values nutritious food made from real ingredients and put a lot of effort into preparing the menu for this tour. A typical day starts with a Swedish breakfast and in the evening we cook dinner together in the hut. Our dinners are inspired by local food from the Sami culture as well as more general Swedish food. As long as weather permits we will have a longer break during the day to eat a lighter lunch and re-energize.

During our time in the mountains we stay in cozy cabin with no electricity or running water. We all help with the daily duties as carrying water or chopping wood to the fire. Even if the cabins are simple they provide the most essentials as heat, beds, blankets and everything we need for cooking and eating. Outhouses are often situated within 100 meters from the huts. The first and last day of the tour we will stay in hostels where you will share room with other participants of the group. Those days you will have access to both water-toilets and showers.

We work with local guides who have good knowledge of the culture and history in Laponia. They are all certified guides trained in wilderness first aid or live up to the same standard or higher. On this tour our support team will deliver food to the huts beforehand. During the days you will be skiing with your guide carrying only lunch, personal clothing and safety equipment.

Itinerary

Included meals marked each day with B=breakfast, L=lunch and D=dinner

DAY 1 ARRIVAL RITSEM – VAISALUOKTA  (L,D)
We will meet you in Ritsem, a small community by the end of a winding mountain road. We have lunch together and check our equipment before continuing across the lake Akkajaure by snowmobile (40 min). We’ll have dinner and stay overnight in cabins.

We arrange transfer from the airports in Luleå. Pick-up latest 18.00 the day before. Add one night extra in Jokkmokk from SEK 300

DAY 2 VAISALUOKTA – KUTJAURE (B,L,D)
We start the day with a generous “mountain breakfast” and continue on skis across the mountain toward the mountain cabin. We cross the highest pass of the trip and we can see far into Padjelantas high plains. The day finishes with an exciting downhill of 250 meters of elevation loss before arriving the hut.

Distance on skis: 18 km, elevation gain/loss: +350/-250, estimated time out skiing: 8h

DAY 3 DAYTRIP AROUND KUTJAURE (B,L,D)
In Kutjaure we have a day to explore the northern parts of Padjelanta national park. The area is still an undiscovered place for most skiers and we often get the mountain for our self.

DAY 4 KUTJAURE – KISURIS (B,L,D)
We slide down the mountain side to lake Kutjaure continuing across the lake that connects to all three national parks Sarek, Padjelanta and Stora sjöfallet. On the other side of lake Kutjaure we continue up the hill to the mountain cabin where we will stay the following two nights.

Distance on skis: 9 km, elevation gain/loss: +50/-50, estimated time out skiing: 3-4h

DAY 5 DAYTRIP AROUND KISURIS (B,L,D)
We explore Sarek national park on a day trip. Maybe we get the chance to see tracks from foxes and wolverines living in the area. If the weather and the condition of the group allow us to we can climb one of the easier peaks in the area.

DAY 6 KISURIS – RITSEM (B,L,D)
Surrounded by open white landscape with some scattered mountain birch trees we leave Sarek national park behind us. Our last full day in the mountain takes us through a sparse mountain birch forest contouring the majestic Akka Mountain. We finish the day with at snowmobile transport over the lake to Ritsem where we have showers and a final dinner together.

Distance on skis: 16 km, elevation gain/loss: +0/-150 m, estimated time out skiing: 6h

DAY 7 DEPARTURE RITSEM (B)
After finishing the breakfast in Ritsem it is time to say good-bye and wish you safe travels home. We recommend you to arrange your travel home from Ritsem bus stop.

We can arrange transfer to the airports in Luleå. Drop-off earliest 13.00

Expedition info:

Price: SEK 11 950
Date: APR 15-21 2018
Start: Ritsem 12.00
End: Ritsem 9.00
Group size: 6-12 st
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The price includes:

  • Local English and Swedish speaking guides
  • Accommodation 5 nights in cabins
  • Accommodation 1 nights in hostels including bed-linen
  • All meals and snacks including 2-course dinner in Ritsem
  • Safety equipment
  • Food delivery to the huts
  • Snowmobile support across Ahkkajaure
  • Storage of travel luggage in Ritsem

Options:

  • Ski equipment (touring skis w/ metal edges, skins, boots and poles): SEK 1400
  • Pick-up and drop-off at the airport in Luleå: SEK 3000 round trip
  • Extra day in Jokkmokk (if choosing transfer option)

Weather
A normal day offers temperatures from +5 to -10 degrees Celsius with wind speeds around 5-15. Temperature in April can drop down to below -20.

Special diet
Please let us know if you have any dietary restrictions or food allergies.

Passport & Visa
Make sure you check the current regulations for passport and visa to travel to Sweden.

Insurance
We recommend you to have valid travel insurance.

Reservations:
Due to current weather and ski conditions we might have to make adjustment to planed routes and itinerary.

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