Sarek Ski Expedition
Travel through Sarek on skis
On this expedition, you will be a part of a team exploring the deep valleys of Sarek on skis. Surrounded by nothing but pure nature you will experience the wild and overwhelming silence from an area untouched by modern society. During seven days and six nights we follow the rhythm of the mountain and look for tracks from big predators and deer living here side-by-side. In Sarek national park there are no huts available and each night we build our own snow camp together.
This is one of the most impressive alpine areas in Sweden. The whole country has twelve mountains that reach above 2000 meters and you will find six of them here. The Rapa River, the artery of Sarek, is born in Skarja and supplies the lush Rapa delta with water from melting snow and glaciers. The Sami people have migrated their reindeer through the impressive U-shaped valleys for hundreds of years and they still do.
On this expedition, you will be a part of a team exploring the deep valleys of Sarek on skis.
This expedition is for you…
…who are adventurous and who are looking for the perfect winter challenge. The Sarek ski expedition is our toughest tour and it requires a lot from you as a participant. To experience Sarek on skis you must be a strong touring skier and be familiar with winter camping. We look for expedition members that work well in a team and that have the ability to deal with uncomfortable conditions. Recommended age 20-60 years old. Please contact us if you have any questions regarding your physical ability or experience level.
Extra Introduction tour SEK 980 (approx. 10.00 – 15.00 March 14)
Join an introduction day in Jokkmokk where we warm up for the expedition. You will get the chance to set up the tents that we are using and try the skis and sledge. This is a perfect opportunity for those who feel like they need to refresh or improve their camping skills but everyone is welcome to come. The introduction tour includes lunch outside.
Food and accommodations
Laponia Adventures values nutritious food made from real ingredients and put a lot of effort into preparing the menu for this expedition. A typical day starts with a Swedish breakfast heated up on backcountry stows and in the evening, we cook dinner together in the tent. 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.
We start our days in the mountains with one night in a cozy mountain cabin without electricity or running water. In the huts and we all help with the daily duties as carrying water or cleaning up after dinner. The following five nights we stay in high-quality Hilleberg tents made for heavy snow and strong winds. You’ll share a 3-person tent with another expedition member and together you’ll carry and set up the tent for the night. We provide you with sleeping bags for winter temperature and double insulated pads so you can sleep warm all-night long.
There are no outhouses in Sarek national park but nature offers cool toilet spots, often with scenic views and a great opportunity to look for northern lights. The first and last day of the tour we will stay in a hostel where you will share room with other participants of the group. Those days you will have access to both water-toilets and showers.
Guides and support
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. This course will start and end with a snowmobile transfer that brings us to and from Sarek national park. During our time in the mountain we will be on our own but have regular contact with our team back home to get updated information about weather forecast etc.
Routes and stories
The route for the expedition varies from year to year. In the itinerary, you find more information about where we plan to go next. Read Rosemary’s story from the Classic route in 2017
Here you’ll find our Terms and conditions
– The classic route
Included meals marked each day with B=breakfast, L=lunch and D=dinner
DAY 1 ARRIVAL JOKKMOKK (D)
Jokkmokk is a small town just north of the Arctic Circle most famous for its yearly winter market in the beginning of February. The first night you will stay at Jokkmokk Vandrarhem where you will share a room with other expedition members. We will all gather in the afternoon at 16.00 to to check our equipment, brief you on the upcoming week and have dinner together. If you travel here by bus book your ticket to Jokkmokk Åsgatan, a bus-stop just outside the hostel.
We arrange transfer from the airports in Luleå. Pick-up at 13.00.
DAY 2 JOKKMOKK – SAREK NATIONAL PARK (B,L,D)
After breakfast we pack the bus and head west to the world heritage of Laponia (3h). We follow a winding road deep into the mountain area until it ends in a small village called Ritsem. From here we’ll continue by snowmobile (40 min) across the big Lake Akkajaure. The last stretch to Lake Kutjaure you’ll get to test your ski equipment before we enter Sarek on skis with just a light daypack. We’ll have dinner and stay overnight in cabins.
Distance on skis: about 10 km, elevation gain/loss: close to 0, estimated time out skiing: 4h
DAY 3 SAREK NATIONAL PARK (B,L,D)
We start the day with a generous “mountain breakfast” and pack our sledges with equipment and food for six days and five nights. Leaving the sparse birch forest behind us we aim for the high peaks in the east, where we enter Sarek on skis through the northwestern entrance. After about 15 km of steady but gently uphill we find a nice spot to call home and set camp for the night. We’ll have lunch on the way brought in thermoses and then cook a hearty dinner at camp in the evening. During the next five nights, you will sleep in pairs in roomy high-quality tents from Hilleberg.
Distance on skis: about 15 km, elevation gain/loss: +300 m, estimated time out skiing: 7h
DAY 4 SAREK NATIONAL PARK (B,L,D)
After our first breakfast in the tent we continue in Sarek on skis through the wide valley of Ruohtesvagge passing the highest point of the expedition. The snow and weather conditions will decide our exact route and distance for the day. Before we enter the deep valleys of Sarek we discuss safety considerations for traveling in avalanche terrain and introduce you to your safety equipment.
Distance on skis: about 15 km, elevation gain/loss: +50/-100 m, estimated time out skiing: 7h
DAY 5 SAREK NATIONAL PARK (B,L,D)
All our winter expeditions in Sarek national park have a planned extra day to give us the flexibility to respond to weather and snow conditions.
DAY 6 SAREK NATIONAL PARK (B,L,D)
We wake up in the heart of Sarek, surrounded by high peaks and miles away from civilization. We are now where the Rapa River is born and will follow the river east for a few kilometers before we turn north to Bielavallda, a plateau on 800 meters above sea level.
Distance on skis: about 15 km, elevation gain/loss: close to 0, estimated time out skiing: 7h
DAY 7 SAREK NATIONAL PARK (B,L,D)
We ski around Ähpar with its frosty peaks and continue through a narrow passage to a chain of lakes. Our last camp will be by the border between Sarek and Stora sjöfallet National parks.
Distance on skis: about 15 km, elevation gain/loss: close to 0, estimated time out skiing: 7h
DAY 8 SAREK NATIONAL PARK – SALTOLUOKTA MOUNTAIN LODGE (B,L,D)
We ski out of the national park circling the volcano shaped peak Sluggá. A snowmobile (1h) will take us the last stretch to Saltoluokta mountain lodge where we finish the expedition with a well-deserved sauna and a three-course dinner in the restaurant.
Distance on skis: about 8 km, elevation gain/loss: +50/-150 m, estimated time out skiing 4h
DAY 9 DEPARTURE SALTOLUOKTA (B)
After finishing the organic breakfast in the restaurant at Saltoluokta mountain lodge it is time to say good-bye and wish you safe travels home. We recommend you to book your ticket home from Kebnats bus stop 4 kilometers from Saltoluokta mountain lodge.
Saltoluokta mountain lodge offers snowmobile transfer to Kebnats.
We can arrange transfer to the airports in Luleå. Drop-off at 13.00
Price: SEK 21950
Date: Mar 14-22 2020
Start: Jokkmokk 16.00
End: Saltoluokta fjällstation 9.00
Group size: 4-10
The price includes:
- Local English and Swedish speaking guides
- Shared room at hostel/mountain lodge – 2 nights
- Shared 2-person tent – 5 nights
- Bunk beds in mountain cabin – 1 night
- All meals and snacks according to itinerary
- Transfer Jokkmokk-Ritsem
- Snowmobile support to and from Sarek national park
- Safety equipment
- Ski equipment and transport sledge
- Camping gear and eating kit
- Storage of travel luggage and transport to Saltoluokta
- Pick-up and drop-off at the airport in Luleå: SEK 1900 round trip
- Single room in Jokkmokk: SEK 145
- Single room at Saltoluokta mountain room: SEK 720
- Extra Introduction day in Jokkmokk on arrival day SEK 980
A normal day offers temperatures from -5 to -15 degrees Celsius with wind speeds around 5-15 m/s. Night temperatures can drop down to -30 but normally stays above -20. You should be prepared to travel in some hard and uncomfortable dry or wet weather.
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.
We recommend you to have valid travel insurance.
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.