Sarek national park on skis - Laponia Adventures Sweden AB

Sarek Ski Expedition

  • Windwall in Sarek
  • sunny afternoon in Sarek
  • winter camping
  • Ähpar in centre of Sarek
  • Lunch break
The ultimate challenge for the adventurous 

On this expedition you’ll be part of a team exploring the remote valleys of Sarek National Park on skis. There are few who visit Sarek National Park during the winter, and often we ski for days without seeing more than a handful of people. Surrounded by dramatic mountains peaks in all directions, we follow the rhythm of the nature. There are no trails to follow and we choose our own way through the untouched snow. Some days we enjoy spectacular view and relax in snow couches during lunch and other days we plod through deep snow and snowstorms. Every evening we set up our tents and build our own camp in the snow. We cook tasty dinners made from local specialties and glance out through the tent to get a glimpse of the northern light.

Our idea is to gather a small team of enthusiastic outdoor people to experience the beauty and the challenge of Sarek National Park together

Sarek National Park 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. We start skiing west of Sarek and follow Ruohtesvágge into Skarja to get a glimpse of the upper Rapa valley before we continue north. For hundreds of years the Sami people have migrated their reindeers through Sarek National Park and they still do today. However, the landscape is well preserved and you see few signs of people actually living in the area for thousand of years.

This expedition is for you…

…who are adventurous and who are looking for the perfect winter challenge. Sarek ski expedition is our toughest tour and to visit Sarek on skis it requires you to be in good shape and a fairly strong touring skier. We look for expedition members that work well in a team and that have the ability to deal with uncomfortable conditions. Recommended age from 20 years old. Please contact us if you have any questions regarding your physical ability or experience level.

The plan is to:
  • Enjoy dramatic mountain views
  • Experience fellowship and team spirit
  • Get away from the crowd
  • Eat well and feel good
  • Get physically and mentally challenged
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.

NOTE: SPECIAL BOOKING ROUTINES DURING THE CORONA PANDEMIC 2021
You will be charged a 20% deposit at time of booking and the rest 14 days before your tour starts.

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Food and accommodations

The first night we stay in a guesthouse in the center of Jokkmokk where you’ll share a room with other participants from the team. The house, built almost 100 years ago, was owned by the state forestry company, being the home of the local forester. And still today it feels like coming home when entering the front door. Caisa, who runs the place will cook dinner for us in the evening and prepare the breakfast in the morning. On this tour you will get the chance to try local specialties such as reindeer, moose and fish from the mountains. Please let us know when making your reservation if you prefer vegetarian or vegan food or if you have any allergies.

In the mountains

The following six nights when traveling through Sarek on skis we’ll 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. In Sarek national park there are no toilets or outhouses but nature offers cool toilet spots, often with scenic views. This is also a great opportunity to look for northern lights.

In the mountains, breakfast and dinner will be prepared together in our group tent. 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 experiencing Sarek on skis and we want to eat good and feel well. As long as weather permits we will have a longer break during the day to eat a lighter lunch and recover. We finish the week at the restaurant in Saltoluokta mountain lodge, well-known for its generous dinner. But before we have dinner, we take a well-needed shower and enjoy a hot sauna. This is also the place where we stay for the night in warm rooms with nice beds.

Travel here

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. There is a bus stop (named Åsgatan) only a few hundred meters from the guesthouse where you will be staying. You can purchase both the train and the bus ticket online at sj.se. Simply enter Stockholm Central to Jokkmokk busstation and it will give you the options.

If you prefer you can also fly directly from Stockholm to Luleå Airport from where we can organize a pick up. Depending on your flight schedule you may have to fly in the day prior to the expedition starts and stay a night in Luleå. We can pick you up directly from Luleå Airport or at any of the hotels in central Luleå.

We will finish the expedition at Saltoluokta mountain lodge. If you choose to travel by bus and train you can book your bus ticket on bus 93 from Kebnats bus station and change to the night train to Stockholm in Gällivare. 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 arrival to Saltoluokta mountain lodge. 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 11.30 on day 1 or pick you up at 8.30 in Luleå if you add a pickup to your booking. Book your bus and train ticket at any time of the day or book a drop-off at the airport in Luleå. We will be there in time for any flights after 15.00.

Stay warm and happy

During a week in Sarek National Park we see all kinds of weather. We can experience sunshine and -15 degrees during the day but also +5 degrees with rain and strong winds. Night temperatures can drop down to -30. Our packing list helps you to decide what to bring to stay warm and happy on the tour.

Packing list – Sarek Ski Expedition >>

Ski in small groups with local guides

We want you to have the best experience possible in Sarek National Park. Therefore, we travel in small groups of maximum 10 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.

Solo travelers

Many of our guests travel on their own and don’t know anyone else in the team 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 three guests in total to run the expedition.

Itinerary

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

DAY 1 ARRIVAL JOKKMOKK AND PREPARATIONS (L, D)

We’ll pick you up at Jokkmokk guest house and drive you to our place just outside Jokkmokk. We have lunch together and give you an introduction to the expedition. In the afternoon you will get a chance to practice setting up the tent and try out the skis and boots before the adventure starts for real. We also all help checking and packing group equipment and food for a week in Sarek National Park. There will also be time to pack your private bag and to get to know the other expedition members.

When everything is packed and ready we head back to Jokkmokk Guesthouse where you will have some time to check in to your rooms and have a shower before we enjoy dinner in the restaurant.

DAY 2 GOING TO SAREK ON SKIS (B,L,D)

After breakfast we pack the bus and head west to the world heritage of Laponia. We follow a winding road for about three hours deep into the mountain area until it ends in a small village called Ritsem. From here we’ll continue by snowmobile to the National Park border where we enter Sarek on skis. We ski for an hour or two and find a nice place to build our camp for the night. We’ll have dinner and sleep well after a long day of traveling.

Distance on skis: about 4 km, elevation gain/loss: +50m, estimated time out skiing: 1-2h

DAY 3 SAREK NATIONAL PARK  (B,L,D)

We wake up to the sound of the mountain and have breakfast together in the restaurant tent. Leaving the sparse birch forest behind us we aim for the high peaks in the east entering 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.

Distance on skis: about 15 km, elevation gain/loss: +250 m, estimated time out skiing: 7h

DAY 4 RUOHTESVÁGGE (B,L,D)

We continue in Sarek on skis through the valley Ruohtesvágge 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: -100 m, estimated time out skiing: 7h

DAY 5 EXTRA DAY (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 THE HEART OF SAREK NATIONAL PARK (B,L,D)

We wake up in middle of Sarek National Park, surrounded by high peaks and miles away from civilization. We are now in Skarja, where the Rapa River is born and will continue north across Bielavallda, a plateau on 800 meters above sea level.

Distance on skis: about 12 km, elevation gain/loss: +50/-50 m, estimated time out skiing: 7h

DAY 7 SKIING OUT OF SAREK NATIONAL PARK (B,L,D)

We’ll ski around Äphar with its dramatic 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 ARRIVING SALTOLUOKTA MOUNTAIN LODGE (B,L,D)

We ski out of the National Park circling the volcano shaped peak Sluggá. A snowmobile will take us the last stretch to Saltoluokta mountain lodge where we finish the expedition in Sarek on skis with a well-deserved sauna followed by 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)

We have breakfast in the restaurant before it is time to say good-bye and get ready for your journey home. Saltoluokta mountain lodge organize snow-mobile transfers to the bus stop on the other side of lake Langas.

Tour info:

Location: Sarek National Park
Date: Mar 12-20 2022
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Price: SEK 23950
Pickup: Jokkmokk, Swedish Lapland
Finish: Saltoluokta, Swedish Lapland
Group size: Maximum 10 guests

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The price includes:
  • Local English and Swedish speaking guides
  • Accommodation 8 nights
  • Full board with all meals
  • All camping and skiing equipment
  • All transportation in the program
Add-ons:
  • Pick-up in Luleå: SEK 1000/person
  • Drop-off in Luleå: SEK 1000/person
  • Single/double room supplement first and last night: SEK 750/person
  • Beverage at restaurants
Reservations:

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.

Do you have any question?

Send us an email to info@laponiaadventures.com
We will answer you as soon as we can.

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