Kings Trail Arctic snowshoe trip in Sweden: Lapland snowshoeing

Experience true wilderness on the Kings Trail Arctic snowshoe trip in Sweden. Witness the majestic Northern lights during a Kungsleden Lapland snowshoeing adventure

 
Activities
Snowshoeing
Duration
7 days
Price
£1,650 to 1,650
 
 
Kings Trail Arctic snowshoe trip in Sweden: Lapland snowshoeing

In the extreme north of Sweden, 180kms inside the Arctic Circle, hides the last remote wilderness of Lapland. Arriving here you will experience the unique home of the Sámi people and the Kungsleden (Kings Trail), an expansive landscape of incredible glaciers, birch forests, powerful rivers and the highest mountains in Sweden. Your winter snowshoe expedition starts in Abisko, home to one of Sweden’s oldest National Parks, and is one of the best places on earth to view the Aurora (Northern Lights).

During this Kings Trail Arctic snowshoe trip in Sweden you will average 14kms per day trekking through the spectacular and everchanging landscapes. Each night will be spent in remote Arctic mountain huts where you can enjoy a sauna to cap off a perfect day of snowshoeing.

This is an amazing Lapland snowshoeing opportunity to feel like an Arctic explorer. This includes carrying your own kit of around 12 – 14kgs, chopping wood, lighting fire stoves for warmth in the mountain huts, cooking food and fetching water from remote ice wells.

It’s an incredible week in such pristine frozen wilderness. No previous snowshoeing experience is required as training and practice sessions are all provided. Join us for this unique expedition which has been designed by Chief Ewe Jim and our local crew and is exclusive to Adventurous Ewe.

Price Includes

  • Qualified UK Mountain Leader with groups of 7+
  • Qualified Swedish Arctic Mountain Guide
  • 2 night’s high mountain station accommodation
  • 4 night’s mountain hut accommodation
  • All meals as outlined in your itinerary
  • Snowshoe, trekking pole, group shelter and snow shovel hire
  • Snowmobile transfers
  • Expedition management and hygienic cleaning procedures of equipment before, during and post trek.
  • Personalised trip support from your Adventurous Ewe team
  • Free Adventurous Ewe Water-to-Go Bottle

Price Excludes

  1. Flights
  2. Travel Insurance
  3. Any expenses incurred with leaving the trip early ie. hotel accommodation or change of flight costs.
  4. Other items not listed on your itinerary

What to expect

Kings Trail Arctic snowshoe trip in Sweden: Itinerary

Day 1

Meet the team and trek briefing

On your arrival into Kiruna on the recommended Adventurous Ewe flight time, you will be met with a transfer to take you from Kiruna Airport to Abisko, taking approximately 1.5 hours. Arriving at Abisko Mountain Station, almost Sweden’s most northern point, it’s a great starting place for the northern section of the King’s Trail expedition.

The scenery is spectacular with views of the impressive u-shaped mountain formation ‘Lapporten’ and the grand lakes Torneträsk and Sjumilasjön. Here you will meet your Swedish Arctic Guide who will provide you with a full briefing of your adventure that lies ahead. Later in the evening dinner will be served in the restaurant with your chance to sample some Swedish cuisine. Your lodging for this evening is in freshly renovated 4-bedded hostel rooms with shared bathroom. Time permitting, you may have the opportunity for an optional trip to the Abisko Sky station to view the Aurora.

Included
Transfer: For those members of the team who are on Adventurous Ewe’s recommended flight from the UK to Kiruna, you will be met at the airport and transferred to your hostel in Abisko. For those of you who are not on or near this flight, you will need to catch a taxi to the hostel.
Accommodation: Mountain station (4-bed dorm basis)
Meals: Dinner

Day 2
Abisko Snowshoe (6km trek / 3 hours)
Snowshoe fitting, training and warm up trek

After breakfast you will be issued with your snowshoes and the team will head out to explore Abisko National Park directly from the Mountain Station. This is a perfect time to try out your equipment and learn the technique of snowshoeing. Plus you will have the chance to see the striking profile of Lapporten, a ‘gate’ formed by neighbouring hills that serves as the legendary gate to Lapland.

Your Lapland snowshoeing trek will also take you through a reconstructed Sámi village where you will learn about the Sámi culture. Sweden’s indigenous people, the Sámis, have a deep-rooted tradition of reindeer herding as their way of life and the way they have adapted to living in such extreme conditions is remarkable.

After 2 – 3 hours of snowshoeing you will return to the Mountain Station for lunch before your exciting 35km transfer by snowmobiles to the high mountains and your cabins at Lake Alesjaure. This will take approximately 2 hours. That evening, your lodging will be in mountain huts with either gas or wooden fire heating and there’s the welcomed opportunity to enjoy a sauna in the Swedish highlands. Any kit not needed for the snowshoe hike can be sent to the finish at the trailhead in Nikkaluokta.

Included:
Transfer: Snowmobile transfer from Abisko to Lake Alesjaure
Accommodation: Mountain hut (dorm rooms)
Meals: Breakfast, lunch & dinner

Day 3
Lake Alesjaure to Tjakja Mountain Hut (14kms / 6 hours)

This is the start of your Kings Trail Arctic snowshoe trip in Sweden! The first part of today’s leg takes you along the frozen Alesätno River with steep mountain walls rising more than 1000 meters. The valley will narrow as you start the climb up towards the Tjäktja mountain-cabin.

You will cover approximately 13km in distance through the awe-inspiring landscape gaining 200 metres in ascent. Lodging will be in mountain huts with either gas or wooden fire heating. On reaching the mountain huts each evening, in small teams you will adopt the expedition style roles of wood chopping for the fire stoves, fetching water from remote ice wells and cooking dinner. Your crew will assist you together with the amazing Swedish folks who volunteer at the mountain huts. This gives you a real sense of remote living and community spirit.

Included
Accommodation: Mountain hut (dorm rooms)
Meals: Breakfast, lunch & dinner

Day 4
Tjakja Mountain Hut to Sälka Hut (14kms / 5 hours)

Following breakfast, you will set out on your second day of snowshoeing through this everchanging frozen landscape. This morning your track continues upwards to the awe-inspiring Tjäktjapass at 1140 metres. On reaching this high point the remarkable Tjäktjavagge Valley opens up below you with incredible panoramic views stretching over 40 kilometres across the Arctic terrain below. This is one of the greatest views on the Kings Trail. You will then slowly descend winding your way to your mountain cabins at Sälka. Waiting for you here is another chance to have a sauna in this pristine frozen environment!

Included
Accommodation: Mountain hut (dorm rooms)
Meals: Breakfast, lunch & dinner

Day 5
Sälka Hut to Singi Hut (13kms / 5 hours)

The Lapland snowshoeing hike between the cabins at Sälka and Singi is among the most beautiful and magnificent that the Swedish mountain realm can offer. Imposing summits, steep slopes and huge glaciers surround you as you walk across the vast frozen landscape. The route takes you through the vast valley of Tjäktjavagge.

The magnificent surroundings will keep you mesmerised as you leave snowshoe tracks in the fresh snow. You will be graced with incredible views across the powerful Drakryggen and the northern summit of Kebnekaise, and the peaks just keep on appearing one after the other. This will be your final night of lodging in mountain huts and undertaking the rewarding jobs of wood chopping and fetching water.

Included
Accommodation: Mountain hut (dorm rooms)
Meals: Breakfast, lunch & dinner

Day 6
Singi Hut to Kebnekaise (15kms / 6 hours)

Your final day in snowshoes will see you leave the Kungsleden long-distance trail. The hike between the Singi cabins and the STF Kebnekaise mountain station passes through the narrow part of Laddjuvagge with truly spectacular scenery. The route continues eastwards towards the imposing passage between the steep rugged slopes of Singitjåkka and Skárttoaivi.

After passing the narrow part of the Laddjuvagge valley, you arrive where the landscape opens. The final few kilometres to the will see you wind your way to the finish at Kebnekaise Mountain station, which is at the base of the highest mountain in Sweden and the heart of Swedish alpinism. It’s the perfect way to complete your arctic adventure. A final chance for another well-deserved sauna and shower before a celebration dinner at the restaurant that evening!

Included
Accommodation: Mountain station
Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner

Day 7
Kebnekaise to Kiruna Airport

Following a delicious Swedish breakfast in Kebnekaise you will have a snowmobile transfer through the frozen Valley of Ladtjovagge to Nikkaluokta. (19kms / 1 hour). This will be followed by a vehicle transfer to Kiruna Airport (1 hour 15 minutes). Full of an immense sense of pride, new skills, new friends and endless stories of a week spent in the pristine frozen wilderness of the Arctic, it’s time to return home.

Included
Transfers: Snowmobile transfer and vehicle transfer
Meals: Breakfast

 

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