Sarek ski expedition
Sarek is among the oldest national parks in Sweden, and the first of its kind in Europe. Sarek is a high alpine area with mountain tops ricing up to 2000 meters above sea level. Long, deep, narrow valleys offer endless opportunities for ski expeditions. During this tour we will ski into the heart of the national park, far away from the civilization. There might be some local reindeer herders passing us with snowmobiles, but otherwise the park is closed from any motorized traffic. There are no marked routes or huts in the area, so we can enjoy a week of true Arctic wilderness.
In early April the days are getting longer and warmer. However, the temperatures are dropping when the sun is disappearing behind the mountains. We can expect anything from sunny and calm weather to winter blizzards.
This is a challenging ski tour, and you should have experience of cross country skiing and staying outside all day. The total length of the tour from Ritsem to Saltoluokta will be around 105 km. You will be pulling a pulka with all your personal gear and food for 8 days. Daily distances will vary from 15-20 km. The nights are spent in tents.
We meet in Ritsem STF Fjällstation in the morning. We will pack, go through the plans of the following week and after everything is ready we will start skiing towards the wilderness.
Full days of skiing. We will ski daily 15-20 km and camp in different location according to our progression and weather conditions. We will prepare breakfast and dinner in the camp. During the day we will enjoy lunch outside. All the food and equipment is carried by ourselves in our pulkas. Day by day our pulkas will get lighter, and we get used to skiing and the expedition-life.
We are getting closer to the road. We can stay overnight in the Saltoluokta mountain station or alternatively camp the last night nearby the road.
We will ski remaining kilometers to the road. Our expedition is ending to the Kebnats bus stop. From here you can head towards Gällivare or to Ritsem if your car is standing there.
If we decide to book a room or camp by Saltoluokta mountain station you need to pay for the night. This is something we can agree before the tour with all the participants.
If you are not sure what kind of food you should bring, we will make it easy for you. We are offering food package for additional cost. It will be 200 nok per day including breakfast, lunch and dinner. You only need to take care to bring enough snacks and sweets with you.
How to get there
The nearest airports are in Gällivare and Kiruna. You can also reach Gällivare by train from Stockholm/Gothenburg and Narvik. There are daily bus connections from Gällivare to Ritsem/Saltoluokta.
Bus route and rates:
You will find equipment list for the winter tours from info folder.
Price: 8500 NOK
Dates: March - April
Group size: 2-8
Languages spoken: Finnish, English, Norwegian
Certified Arctic Nature Guide
7 nights in tents
Tent and camping stove
Safety and communication equipment
Sleeping bag and sleeping mat
Transport to Ritsem and from Saltoluokta
Accommodation in Ritsem or Saltoluokta
For additional cost
Food package: 200 NOK/day