Exclusive Arctic Snowshoe Expedition
Please note, this expedition is an invitation only trip.
- Snowshoe trek the Kungsleden Trail in the wild Abisko National Park surrounded by the Abisko Alps
- Guided snowshoe expedition which is suitable for beginners
- Travel gently through untouched snow, past Kebnekaise (Sweden’s highest mountain) and track some of the park’s wildlife
- Learn about the Sámi culture, reindeer herding and see a Sámi village
- Overnight in Swedish mountain huts and reward yourself with well deserved sauna
- Allow yourself the best chance of witnessing the Northern lights in Sweden
- Experience the back to basics and pristine lifestyle in the Arctic wild
In the extreme north of Sweden, 180kms inside the Arctic Circle, hides the last remote wilderness in Lapland. Arriving here you will experience the unique home of the Sami people and Kungsleden, the “Kings Trail,” an expansive landscape of birch forests, stunning glaciers, powerful rivers and the highest mountains in Sweden.
Your winter snowshoe expedition begins in Abisko, home to one of Sweden’s oldest National Parks. Abisko is also famous for being one of the best places on earth to view the Aurora (Northern Lights). You will average 14kms per day trekking through a spectacular and ever changing landscapes. Each night will be spent in remote arctic mountain huts, were you can enjoy a sauna at the end of an incredible day of snowshoeing in the Arctic Circle.
This is the perfect opportunity to be an Arctic explorer. You will be fully supported throughout your trek, with support snowmobiles transferring your luggage from hut to hut, a local cook who will serve you a well earned hot meal at the end of the day and accompanied by an experienced Local Arctic Guide and UK Leader. As part of your challenge you are very welcome to volunteer to assist with collecting wood, setting up the fire stoves in the mountain huts, assist the cook in the kitchen and fetching water from remote wells.
This is an invitation only expedition and no previous snowshoeing experience is required. You will receive training and time to practice your new found snowshoeing skills prior to setting off on this expedition of a lifetime. For your comfort and enjoyment of this unique expedition we would recommend a good level of fitness and a training guide will be provided.
Before your snowshoe expedition
- Access to your personalised account area to download expedition info
- Pre-trip support materials – kit list, travel advice, responsible tourism tips
- Training guide
- Discount code for ashmei merino clothing, Cotswolds Outdoor and Snow & Rock retail stores
- All risk assessments and safety management
- Public Liability insurance
- International Passenger Protection Cover
During your snowshoe expedition
- 1 x night’s high standard hostel accommodation (twin rooms)
- 5 x night’s mountain hut accommodation
- 2 x nights Ice Hotel
- Qualified UK Mountain Leader
- Qualified Swedish Arctic Mountain Guide
- Full support team and snowmobile transfers
- Cook team
- All meals whilst on expedition
- Luggage transfer by snowmobile
- Satellite telephone, VHF radio back up
- Snowshoe and trekking pole hire
- Sauna in Alesjaure and Sälka
- Safety equipment and first aid provisions
- Helicopter transfer from Kebnekaise to Nikkaluokta if there is not sufficient snow for a snowmobile transfer
- All transfers in country
- Donation to climate change charity, Cool Earth
Currently not included but can be organised at an additional cost
- Return flights from the UK (LHR or LGW) to Stockholm and on to Kiruna Sweden. Flights operated by SAS or Norwegian Air and cost approximately £350pp return. Please note, the group will be meet in Stockholm to then fly together to Kiruna Sweden
- Any overnight accommodation required during flight times / stopovers / extensions
- Luggage transfer between Abisko to Nikkaluokta, cost £15 per bag, which can shared between two people
At the participants expense
- Travel insurance (mandatory)
- Clothing and equipment as detailed on the Kit List
- Abisko Sky Station optional excursion (time permitting)
- 2 nights dinner at the Ice Hotel
- Any other items not listed in the Trip Notes
- Any expenses incurred from retiring from the expedition early, ie. transfers, hotels
- Any drinks or snacks purchased in the mountain huts
- Personal spending money.
UK to Kiruna – Abisko National Park
Flight from UK to Stockholm-Arlanda (ARN) and Stockholm-Arlanda (ARN) to Kiruna (KRN)
The team will all meet in Stockholm Airport to take the same flight to Kiruna. On arrival at Kiruna Airport a private transfer will then take you to Abisko, approximately 1.5 hour transer. After checking in to your room you will meet your Swedish Arctic Mountain Guide who will provide you with a full briefing of your adventure that lies ahead. Later in the evening a 3–course dinner will be served in the restaurant.
Lodging in twin share ensuite hotel rooms. Time permitting, you may have the opportunity for an optional trip to the Abisko Sky Station to view the Aurora (at an additional cost to the participant).
Abisko – Lake Alesjaure
After breakfast you will be issued with your snowshoes and trekking poles and together we will head out to explore the Abisko National Park directly from the Mountain Station. With snowshoe training provided it is then the perfect time to get accustomed with your personal equipment and the technique of snowshoeing. After 2-3 hours of walking and snowshoe practicing you will return to the Mountain Station for lunch. Following lunch there will be an exciting 35km transfer by snowmobiles to the high mountains and your cabins at Lake Alesjaure which will take around 2 hours. That evening your lodging will be in mountain dorms with either gas or wooden fire heating plus there’s the chance to enjoy a sauna in the Swedish highlands. Any kit not needed for the snowshoe expedition can be sent to the trailhead in Nikkaluokta.
3hrs trekking approx. 6km
Lake Alesjaure – Tjakja Mountain Hut.
This is the start of your King’s Trail challenge! The first part of today’s leg takes you along the frozen Alesätno River with steep mountain walls rising more than 1000 meters either side of you. The valley will narrow as you start the climb up towards the Tjäktja mountain-cabin. You will cover a distance of 14kms through the awe-inspiring landscape gaining 200 metres in altitude. Lodging will be in mountain hut in dorm rooms with either gas or wooden fire heating. Tjakja is the smallest of all the mountain huts and can only take 20 people as additional space needs to be allowed for cross country skiers.
6hrs trekking approx 14km
Tjakja Mountain Hut – Salka Hut
This morning your climb continues before you cross over the Tjäktjapass at 1140 metres. The Tjäktjavagge valley opens up below with incredible views across the dramatic Arctic landscape. You will then slowly descend to the STF cabins at Sälka, with another chance to have a mountain sauna in the evening! Lodging will again be in dorms with either gas or wooden fire heating.
5hrs trekking approx. 14km
Day 5– Salka Hut – Singi Hut
Today the trail takes you to the cabins at Singi which are surrounded by very steep mountain sides escalating more than 1000 meters around you. You will trek through the ore of the arctic landscapes covering 13 kms of mountain valleys which lead up to incredible glaciers. This will be your final night of lodging in mountain dorms with either gas or wooden fire heating.
5hrs trekking approx. 13km
Day 6 – Singi Hut – Kebnekaise
Your final day in snowshoes will take you to Kebnekaise Mountain station which is the base of the highest mountain in Sweden. This is the heart of Swedish alpinism with astounding arctic views throughout your 14km trek with an altitude difference of + 150 metres, – 150 metres. It is the perfect way to complete your arctic adventure. Arriving at your accommodation you can take a well-deserved sauna and shower before a celebration dinner at the restaurant that evening! Your lodging will in 4-10 bedded rooms.
6hrs walking approx. 15km
Kebnekaise – Ice Hotel – Cold room
After breakfast at Kebnekaise, we have a 1-hour snowmobile transfer through 19km of the frozen Valley of Ladtjovagge to the trailhead at Nikkaluokta. You will then be transferred to the Ice Hotel, which will take approximately 1 hour 45 minutes.
On arrival at the Ice Hotel you will given loan of a snowsuit, boots, mittens and balaclava for the duration of your stay. You will also be given a tour of the Ice Hotel before checking into your Ice Hotel cold room for the evening.
Ice Hotel – Art Suites Twin Room
The art suites, are our individually designed and sculpted thematic suites. The room holds a temperature of -5 to -8 degrees Celsius. The bed you sleep on has a thick mattress that rests on a wooden base. The bed is covered with reindeer hides and you sleep in a thermal sleeping bag. Instead of doors the hotel rooms have curtains that you draw to give you privacy. Your luggage is stored in the luggage storage room prior to your overnight stay. There are communal changing rooms, toilets and saunas for women and men in the warm section of the Ice Hotel. A complimentary private changing booth is included when you book a winter suite. Thermal sleeping bags are provided and guests are asked to bring personal thermal underwear to sleep in.
It is also possible to upgrade your stay at the Ice Hotel to the deluxe suite subject to availability. For further details on these varying suites, please visit: Ice Hotel
Please note, dinner is not included on this night.
Ice Hotel – Warm Room
After breakfast you will check out of the Ice Hotel. There is 6 – 7 hours between checking out and getting access to your new warm room. Your luggage will be stored in a secure location while you have a free day to choose many of the optional activities such as Dog Sledding, Arctic Wildlife Safari, or meet reindeer and further experience the Sami way of life. A full list of the available activities will be sent to you at the time of booking or on request.
In the evening escape from the sub-zero degrees, but still letting the ice and surroundings take centre stage in the restaurant. It’s a great chance to try some local delicacies like reindeer, moose, Arctic char and bramble berries, prepared by Michelin-trained head chef Alexander Meier and his team. Choose from the a la carte menu or pre- book one of our specially crafted dining experiences – chef’s table, ice dining or wilderness dinner. Please note, this meal is not included.
Ice Hotel – Kiruna Airport – UK
After breakfast at the Ice Hotel, you will have a short 30-minute transfer Kiruna Airport.
Return flights from Kiruna (KRN) to Stockholm-Arlanda (ARN) and Stockholm-Arlanda (ARN) to UK.
Weather & Safety
The weather in Lapland from March to April is generally stable. Because of its continental, dry climate, the Lappish cold is more bearable than in Western Europe. You can expect temperatures from -5 to -15 degrees during the evening and from -3 to -10 during the days with clear skies. The Mountain Leader reserves the right to change the itinerary at any time should the conditions require it. This may be for a variety of reasons – climatic, political, physical or other. In these circumstances we will make the best alternative arrangements possible that maintain the integrity of the original itinerary.
During your Arctic Adventure there will be a full support team accompanying you. Each day they will load your luggage onto snowmobiles which will be transported to the next hut. There will also be a local Swedish cook to provide your meals however you are welcome to help with meal preparations in the mountain huts.
All our Adventurous Ewe Guides are qualified Mountain Leaders and experienced winter expedition guides who have been carefully selected to ensure you have the best experience on your expedition with a bit of humour thrown in for good measure. All Guides are first aid trained as well. Your local Swedish Mountain Guide has also been carefully selected based on their Arctic Guiding experience and knowledge of the expedition together with their knowledge of the area and Sami culture. Your local guide will also be fluent in English and Swedish.
During the expedition meals will be prepared by the local cook. Participants will have the option of helping the Swedish cook to prepare meals for the group and/or collect wood for the fire stoves for cooking. Our first night in the mountain hut will be fresh local produce typically reindeer meat stew, with a vegetarian option. All other meals will be pasta, bean stew and mainly vegetarian meals.
Breakfast: Porridge or cereal with dried fruit
Lunch: Hot soup with bread and cheese or reindeer meat.
Dinner: A hot meal is cooked every night for example meatballs and rice with fruit salad for dessert. We will also have the opportunity to eat traditional Sami cuisine, reindeer meat with butter. Please let us know in advance if you have any specific dietary requirements or allergies.
Accommodation will be at the STF Abisko Mountain Station. All rooms are based on twin share with en-suite bathrooms.
Whilst snowshoeing on the King Trail you will be staying comfortable Swedish mountain huts. Tjakja Mountain Hut will be the smallest hut which has 35 beds split into 4 dormitory rooms. All the other mountain huts are a series of cabins. With each cabin having 4 rooms per cabin each with 4 – 8 beds per room.
Both Alesjaure and Singi Hut have traditional sauna facilities where is this is hot water available for washing. All the huts also have a small shop where you buy food snacks, drinks, even beer!
During your two-night stay in the Ice Hotel, your first night will be in the Art Room cold suite whereby a thermal sleeping bag is provided and guests are to bring personal thermal underwear to sleep in. Each suite is individually themed and hand carved by artists commissioned from around the world and a wide range of disciplines. Spending a night in Ice Hotel is a surreal experience and a memory for life. You are awakened in the morning with a cup of hot lingonberry juice at your bedside and a sauna session and hot shower awaits before breakfast.
Your second night will be spent in a warm room. In keeping with the traditional Lapland look, the rooms are housed six or eight rooms in wooden single floor houses and green roof where wild Arctic flowers blossom in summer. Each room has two floor-to-ceiling corner windows that lets in plenty of light and overlooks spruce and birch growing wild.
This trek does not involve any significant ascent to altitude and we would not expect any altitude issues with this trip.
Passport and Visa
A passport with 6 months remaining validity is required. Visas are not required by UK or EC passport holders. Other nationalities should check with the Consulate in their own country.
It is a condition of joining this expedition that you are insured against medical and personal accident and it covers the winter activity of snowshoeing. We will require documentary evidence of your insurance prior to departure. We also recommend that you enrol with Global Rescue prior to embarking on your trip (optional). Global Rescue is the world’s premier provider of medical & security advisory and evacuation services.
All our Mountain Guides are first aid trained and carry fully equipped medical kits for medical emergencies.
Our wish for you is to thoroughly enjoy this unique expedition experience in the remote Arctic environment, therefore suitable preparation is ideal. A training guide will be provided on booking this trip. To help with taking part in this expedition it is preferable that you have previous experience of long walks in varied and irregular terrain carrying a 25 litre day-pack. During the expedition you will be required to carry your packed lunch & snacks, drinking water, wet weather gear, additional warm layers, head torch and personal items. You will also be given a snow shovel and emergency shelter which will be split between two people.
Due to the unpredictability of the climate in the Arctic Circle, you will need to be prepared for walking in all conditions, as the weather can change rapidly, making clothing and footwear choices important. The regions we visit on the expedition are very remote and you should be prepared to spend time in areas where facilities and services are limited, however, it’s the perfect opportunity to disconnect from the digital world and connect with the amazing natural environment surrounding you.
How to book
Please register for this expedition online via this website. You will need to pay a non-refundable deposit of £395 per person at the time of booking.
The full balance is required to be paid no less than 4 weeks prior to departure. You will be sent an invoice and can pay by card or bank transfer.
If you have any questions, please feel free to get in touch with us at firstname.lastname@example.org.