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Sweden Kebnekaise haute route
Course overview
We are delighted to offer this trip to ski in the Kebnekaise area of Lapland. The region is very Alpine in character, and this ski tour offers many itineraries of different levels, in absolute wilderness. You will be guided by an IFMGA mountain and ski guide.
The Kebnekaise area is in northern Sweden, very close to the border with Norway. For flights to the region, the local airport is called Kiruna, which is well served from flights from Stockholm and UK.
During the week you ski tour across many glaciers and high passes, taking in many of the key summits of the region. A key ascent is of Kebnekaise 2111m itself, which is the highest mountain in Sweden. The best time of year for skiing the Kebnekaise is in April.
Previous touring experience is required, but this is of a similar level to the Silvretta ski tour, and in the bigger lodges a good sauna (bastu) is there to help you relax after a great day of touring in Lapland.
Any mountaineering skills or knowledge of ropes are an advantage, but not essential as all necessary techniques are taught. As with all arctic travel, it is important for the guide to keep the itinerary very flexible to take account of the weather and avalanche conditions.
The accommodation in the mountains is in local lodges / huts. These are different from in the Alps, in that cooking duties are shared, and the lodges are warmed with wood stoves. Blankets are provided in the lodges, but a sleeping bag liner is recommended for comfort.
Dates: these are listed in the column on the right, and they show the live availability from our secure online booking system. When you book online, you receive immediate confirmation, your Alpine Information Booklet, course specific kit list and invoice.

Map of the Kebnekaise
Below is a beautiful hand drawn map of the Kebnekaise region of Lapland, with some of the best touring routes marked on it in red. Don't worry, more modern maps do exist! We thought you'd like this map, as it really gets the point across that this is exploratory ski touring in genuine wilderness. The variety of where to ski is fairly limitless, and so the week can really be tailored to your previous experience, the snow conditions, and fitness levels.


Brief Course Itinerary
The itineraries are for guidance, but should give an idea of what you can achieve during the week. Each week this course runs slightly differently to cater for your preferences, the conditions, and where the best weather and snow is to be found. This flexibility allows you to have the course tailored to your needs. This trip is normally lead by Pascal, who is an IFMGA mountain and ski guide. He has worked with Icicle for over a decade, and spends most of the year in the Alps, though lives in Sweden for a few months each spring. Pascal is a keen telemark skier, so this ski tour will appeal to those either on classic touring kit, or on telemark ski touring equipment.
Saturday - Flight to Kiruna, with the night spent in a hotel / lodge in Kiruna.
Sunday - Transfer to Nikkaluokta, then to the Kebnekaise Fjallstation lodge. Ski tour to get your ski legs back, and avalanche training. Night in the lodge.
Monday - Ski tour up the Kittelbacken to ascend Tuolpagoni 1660m, called the volcano of Lapland, due to its steep crater. Night spent in Tarfalla lodge.
Tuesday - Ski tour up Drakryggen 1680m before skiing into the long linear Gaskkasjohka valley. The night is spent in the Salka refuge at 810m.
Wednesday - Ski tour up to take in the summit of Salka Sealgga 1865m, before skiing onwards to reach the Singi Lapland lodge camp at 640m.
Thursday - Today is the main ascent of Kebnekaise 2111m, via the Sinnivaggi valley. This is the highest point in Sweden. Ski down the Kebnekaise lodge.
Friday - On the final day of skiing, to reach the Tarfala glacier, before making a loop to the refuge, followed by a transfer to Nikkaluokta, with night in a lodge.
Saturday - Breakfast, then transfer back to Kiruna for the return flights home.

ITINERARY NOTES: Where possible we follow itineraries. Mountain adventures are weather and conditions dependant, so occasionaly we are forced to alter the plans. If this is the case, suitable alternatives are offered. Please use this outline itinerary as a guide to the types of route / activity that you will attempt.

Course Prices
Standard course
6 full days IFMGA guiding, 1:6 max ratio
8 days holiday in total, Saturday-Saturday
£1799
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Standard Course Inclusions: 1) IFMGA Mountain Guides for six days of ski touring, 2) Pre course information booklet, 3) Equipment discount voucher for UK shops, 4) Seven nights accommodation in Sweden in hotels / lodges / huts on a full board basis, from the evening meal on the Saturday you arrive, to breakfast on the Saturday that you depart, 5) Free 36 page technical Course Instruction Booklet, 6) Transfers in Sweden from Kiruna to and from the Kebnekaise where you start and end your ski tour.
Exclusions: 1) Travel to and from Kiruna, 2) Ski hire, 3) Personal laundry, telephone calls, lunches, & any extra purchases in mountain huts / hotels / restaurants, 4) Activities insurance, excess baggage charges.
Notes: The trip is for between 4 to 6 people in a group, so is a minimum numbers trip, and real adventure travel.
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Client feedback


An amazing region for skiers, with a level of wilderness you'll never get in the Alps

Carl T , Kebnekaise Ski Tour


Brilliant trip. Thank you so much

Justin C , Kebnekaise Ski Tour


We were the only Brits we met during the week! I've never experienced that anywhere around the world, in over 25 years of skiing. That's a selling point by the way. Great week

Jamie R , Kebnekaise Ski Tour

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Location data for this trip
The trips all start Kiruna airport in Sweden, where you will meet the guide.
Time Difference
GMT +1hr
Local Currency
Krone
Travel from UK
1hr flight
Suitable for split-boarders
The majority of our ski tours are only suitable for those on skis, due to the nature of the terrain. However, this region is also suitable for those touring on split boards, as it is more rolling Nordic style, without many steeper icy traverses, where it is easier on skis. We accept mixed groups on this tour, so the scheduled dates are open to either ski tourers or split board tourers. Ensure that you take a rusksack that can carry either your skis or board.
Skis & equipment advice
Because we know it is so important to you to have the most suitable equipment and clothing for off piste skiing and touring, we have devoted a page especially to it, which you can access by clicking on the image, or by clicking here. This page outlines the key equipment you should bring, and gives examples of skis that are suitable for the course. If you have any queries, please do not hesitate to get in touch with us.
Suggested reading and kit
View full course equipment list, with examples of kit, click here
So why choose us?
We are true specialists in ski touring. See our blog, by clicking on the logo (on the right).
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Itinerary flexibility to allow you to take full advantage of the weather and conditions each day, so that you maximise the amount of time spent skiiing each day.
Our prices are fixed in £ pounds sterling, to protect you from euro currency fluctuations, so that you can budget accurately.
We have a team of over 30 IFMGA guides, and a Alpine resort support team, who all want you to have the best skiing possible! For more details on the guiding team and qualifications, please click here.
Any further questions?
A key part of choosing a company is being able to come and talk about your plans with an experienced course advisor face to face. In an increasingly virtual world, we know our clients value speaking to real people, getting open and honest advice. The vast majority of our clients are British, and our office and outdoor store is based in Windermere in the English Lake District.



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