Laponia ski tour
The perfect first ski adventure
Experience the arctic spring on a ski tour in the UNESCO World heritage site Laponia. In April the days are long and warmer but the cold nights that keep the snow from melting. We ski with light backpacks and stay in cozy mountain huts. During the day we discover the outskirt of Sarek and Padjelanta on skis. Depending on what the group wants we may climb a smaller peak or just relax in a sunny wind protected snow couch. In April, there is 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.
Our idea is to enjoy the arctic spring in Laponia World Heritage Site. We ski with light backpacks and stay in cozy mountain cabins.
This ski 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 5-10kg. To join this ski tour, you’ll need to know how to ski and be in good physical shape so that you can be active all day. No earlier mountain experience required. Recommended age from 16 years old. Please contact us if you have any questions regarding your physical ability or experience level.
The plan is to:
- Visit Laponia World Heritage Site
- Experience the arctic spring
- Enjoy spectacular mountain views
- Relax and disconnect
- Eat well and enjoy local specialties
Book and pay your tour online
Book by filling in this booking form online. We will manually review your booking to make sure that the tour will suite you and that we still have availability. If everything looks okay we will send you a confirmation by email within shortest possible time. You will be charged a 20% deposit at time of booking and the rest 30 days before your tour starts. You can choose to pay with credit card or bank transfer.
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Food and accommodations
During the ski tour we’ll stay six nights in cozy cabins surrounded by high peaks and great lakes. In the cabins we’ll all help to chop wood to the fire and to carry in water or melt snow. You’ll share a room, or cabin of 6-10 beds with other participants from the group. The cabins are heated with wood or gas and keep a comfortable indoor temperature. They may be a bit cold when we arrive before we get the heat going and a bit chilly when we wake up in the morning. Access to electricity and cellphone coverage will be very limited and outhouses will be found not far away from the cabins. During the days the nature around us offers cool toilet spots, often with scenic mountain views.
In the mountains, breakfast and dinner will be prepared together in the cabins. This is also where we meet in the evening to eat and chat about mountains, life and other adventures. Food is a large part of the experience and we want to eat good and feel well. On this ski tour you will get the chance to try local specialties such as reindeer, moose and fish from the mountains. As long as weather permits we will have a longer break during the day to eat a lighter lunch and re-energize. Please let us know when making your reservation if you prefer vegetarian or vegan food or if you have any allergies.
Get on the night train in Stockholm in the evening and arrive Jokkmokk the next morning. This is not only the best option for the planet, it is also a cool experience. Book your own private cabin or just a single bed in a cabin with 3 or 6-beds. In the morning you get off the train in Murjek where you board bus 43 for a last hour of traveling before arriving Jokkmokk bus station. You can purchase both the train and the bus ticket online at sj.se. Simply enter Stockholm Central to Jokkmokk bus station and it will give you the options.
If you prefer you can fly directly from Stockholm to Luleå Airport from where we can organize a pick-up. Depending on the flight schedule you may have to fly in the day before and stay a night in Luleå. We can pick you up directly at the airport or at any of the hotels in central Luleå.
We will finish the tour at Jokkmokk guest house. If you choose to travel by bus and train you can book your bus ticket to Murjek or Boden and continue with the night train to Stockholm. For you who choose to fly we can organize a transfer to Luleå Airport.
However you choose to travel here, flexible tickets are recommended. Even if we have planned with an extra day during our week in the mountains, conditions can delay our return to Jokkmokk. We also recommend you to have a valid travel insurance and check passport and VISA rules for traveling to Sweden.
Arrival and departure
We will meet you at Jokkmokk Guesthouse at 10.30 on day 1 or pick you up at 8.00 in Luleå if you add a pickup to your booking. After the tour you may book your bus and train ticket from Jokkmokk after 14.00 or book a drop-off at the airport in Luleå. We will be there in time for any flights after 18.00.
Stay warm and happy
During this ski tour in Laponia World Heritage Site we see all kinds of weather. We can experience sunshine and +10 degrees during the day but also -5 degrees with snow and strong winds. Night temperatures often drop down to -20. Our packing list helps you to decide what to bring to stay warm and happy on the tour.
Small groups local guides
We want you to have the best experience possible on this ski tour in Laponia. Therefore, we travel in small groups of maximum 12 guests in total. All our guides live in the area and 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.
Many of our guests travel on their own and don’t know anyone else in the group when arriving Jokkmokk. It is a great opportunity to find new outdoor friends. Solo travelers are of course welcome to book the tour, but we will need a minimum of four guests in total to run the tour.
Included meals marked each day with B=breakfast, L=lunch and D=dinner
DAY 1 ARRIVAL JOKKMOKK – AKKA (L,D)
We will pick you up at the bus station in Jokkmokk and drive you to our place just outside Jokkmokk. We give you an introduction to the tour and check the equipment before we head west towards Laponia world heritage site. By the end of a winding mountain road we arrive Ritsem from where we travel across the lake Akkajaure by snowmobile. We’ll have dinner and stay overnight in cabins.
DAY 2 AKKA – KUTJAURE (B,L,D)
We start the day with a generous “mountain breakfast” before we start skiing along the frozen river Vuojatädno. The river leads us up to Kutjaure lake where we ski across the ice to Kutjaure mountain cabin on the other side. We have dinner and sleep well in the cabin after a full day in the mountains.
Distance on skis: 17 km, elevation gain/loss: +100/-50, estimated time out skiing: 6-8h
DAY 3 PADJELANTA NATIONAL PARK (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: 10 km, elevation gain/loss: +100/-100, estimated time out skiing: 4h
DAY 5 SAREK NATIONAL PARK (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 STORA SJÖFALLET NATIONAL PARK (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 Ahkka Mountain. We finish the day with sauna in Ahkka cabin and a final dinner together.
Distance on skis: 16 km, elevation gain/loss: +50/-150 m, estimated time out skiing: 6-8h
DAY 7 DEPARTURE AHKKA (B,L)
After finishing the breakfast, we’ll get a snowmobile transport across the lake to Ritsem where we continue in minibuses back to Jokkmokk. We enjoy a hot shower and lunch in Jokkmokk before starting your travel home.
The price includes:
- Local English and Swedish speaking guides
- Accommodation 6 nights
- Full board with all meals
- All safety and skiing equipment
- Round trip transportation from Jokkmokk
- Pick-up in Luleå: SEK 1000/person
- Drop-off in Luleå: SEK 1000/person
We may need to adjust the route and the itinerary according to the conditions for the local reindeer herders, as well as current weather and snow conditions.
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