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The King´s Trail

On this 6-day long winter tour you get to experience the true essence of skiing in the Swedish mountains. You will be traveling through deep valleys, over awe-inspiring plateaus, passed deep frozen waters and through mysterious Scandinavian mountain forests. You will be skiing from hut to hut and enjoy the connivance of not having to carry a tent or a sleeping bag. After a long day of skiing you will get to relax in a fire heated sauna and cool down in with a cold dip in the snow. Together with your experienced guide and our small group of maximum 10 you get to prepare delicious dinners over the gas stove in off-grid mountain huts. This is the perfect tour for skiers wishing to experience the true essence of the Swedish mountains while enjoying the convince of living indoors in traditional Swedish off-grid mountain huts.

The King´s Trail is one of Sweden´s most popular mountain trails and have been visited by hikers and skiers from all over the world since the early 1900s. We will ski along the trail´s most southern part from the small mountain village of Ammarnäs to the village of Hemavan. This part of the track is a hidden pearl that summarizes the whole Scandinavian mountain range. The trail offers breath-taking scenery of steep U-shaped valleys, high snow-caped peaks, deep frozen mountain waters, endless plateaus of white open landscape and mysterious Scandinavian mountain forests. Wildlife benefit immensely from this wild and varied landscape.

You will ski with a professional Outdoor Vagabond guide that will share his or hers immense knowledge of the Scandinavian mountains. Your guide will not only keep you safe in rough weathers, but also teach you everything there is to know about the area´s unique nature, history and wildlife.

We believe in smaller groups for greater community. On this tour we have groups of minimum 5 and maximum 10 participants. We all share a common mission and we all help out and do our part in the daily shores at our off-grid mountain huts. Expect laughter, joy and a sense of comradeship to be a highlight of this great journey.

We stay in traditional Swedish off-grid mountain huts. These huts, which are managed by the Swedish Tourism Association, are primitive and cosy. Here we all take part in the duties of gathering water from the nearby mountain stream, chopping firewood and cooking our meals from our delicious menu on gas stoves. After a long day hike you get to sleep comfortably in a nice big bunkbed. In some of these mountain huts you even get enjoy relaxing in a hot fire heated sauna as well as dips in the deep powdery snow. For many participants, experiencing life in these off-grid mountain huts is a highlight in itself.

Enjoy comfortable hotels and three-course dinners before and after the tour. While staying in off-grid mountain huts surely can be an experience, we also do wish to spoil our guests by beginning and ending our tours with nice hotels and delicious hotel meals. All of this included of course.

This tour is suitable for both novice and more experienced skiers. What you need is a fairly good physique and a set of good skiing gear. You do not have to have experience with touring skiis, but some previous experience with cross-country skiing is required. We will ski between 8 to 19 kilometers a day in hilly terrain. Depending on your own personal equipment you will have to carry a backpack weighing between 7-12 kg when we start (see our packing check-list below). At the same time, since you will be traveling with a professional guide you do not need any extensive outdoor knowledge. Our guide will keep you safe and sound even in rough weathers.

We want you to be prepared. Included in the tour is a one-on-one online meeting with one of our Outdoor Vagabond guides. Here you can ask anything you like to help you get prepared for this great journey. Also, read our packing-checklist below and contact our booking department for any further questions.

Hope to see you in the Scandinavian mountains!

In short…

Price
SEK 21 000

Language
Our guide speak Swedish and English

Group size
4-8 participants

Guides
1 Swedish mountain leader

Departures
New dates to be announced for 2023. Please contact us for more information.

Total duration
8 days

Days skiing
6 days

Tour starts at
Town of Hemavan

Tour ends at
Town of Hemavan

Total distance
78 km

Daily distance
8-19 km (4-8 hours)

Difficulty
Medium

Minimum age
16 years

Outdoor Vagabond´s words about the trip
”Ski from hut to hut along Swedens most famous hiking trail and experience the essence of the Scandinavian mountains”

Program

Day 1 – Welcome to Hemavan

This winter expedition on the King’s trail starts in the small village of Hemavan, where your guide will meet you and the rest of the group at the locally owned hotel – Trolltunet. The afternoon is spent planning and preparing and the evening for celebrating the beginning of our adventure. Enjoy a delicious three-course dinner at our hotel based on local delicacies.

Expedition Sarek STF Åsgård

Day 2 – Via Ammarnäs to Aigert

After a steady breakfast at our hotel it´s time to organize our things and start our 6-day long expedition. A private bus will take us to our starting position in the cozy little village of Ammarnäs. The bus ride is about 3 hours. Once we have arrived we prepare the last things before leaving for our winter expedition along the King´s Trail.
Today´s ski is not long but at times with a challening climb. Enjoy spectacular views of the Ammarnäs valley as we ascend above the tree line. Our destination, the off-grid cabin of Aigert, is placed in a spectacular setting. Before preparing our dinner we can enjoy a dip in the snow and relax in a fire-heated sauna.

Today’s skiing:
Distance: 8 km
Time: 3-4 hours

Expedition Sarek

Day 3 – Ski to Serve

Today is the longest ski of the tour. We start by ascending to a beautiful plateau high above the tree-line. Here, vegetation is sparse and the endless withe landscape spread out infront of us. On the highest point of today´s ski we can take rest at a small shelter at Juovvatjåkka. From here the view is breathtaking! Shortly after Jouvvatjåkka we follow the trail downwards and ascend into a crispy Scandinavian mountain forest. Hidden in the forest next to a fresh mountain stream we find today´s destination – the off-grid cabin of Serve.

Today’s skiing:
Distance: 19 km
Time: 7-8 hours

Day 4 – Ski to Tärnsjön

Today´s ski continue mainly through the forest. The Scandinavian mountain forests are truly special with their small crooked birch trees and sparkly snowcrystal-cover branches. The area is during summer home to more than 120 species of bird, different types of small rodents, massive moose and of course the Sami reindeers. We travel over frozen waters and through the powdery landscape as the spectacular mountain views lure in distance ahead of us. Our goal for the day is the mountain hut Tärnsjö where we can enjoy a sweaty sauna and a cold dip in the snow.

Today’s skiing:
Distance: 14 km
Time: 5-6 hours

Day 5 – Ski to Syter

Today we ski along the lake Tärnsjön. Beautiful mountain scenery is all around us and the nearest sign of civilization is a few days march. We enjoy the convince of a marked trail, but here in the outback there is no cell-phone coverage, no roads and no electricity.
Today´s destination is the beautifully placed off-grid cabin of Syter. The cabin lies just above the tree-line next to a wild river.

Today’s skiing:
Distance: 14 km
Time: 5-6 hours

Day 6 – Ski to Viterskalet

Today, on our winter expedition along the King’s Trail, we will continue our ascent above the tree-line and into the huge U-shaped valley Viterskalet. We ski along the frozen water of the Syter-creek and feel completely safe surrounded my the massive steep rock walls. Enjoy listening to your guide explaining how this impressive landscape came to be over a hot cup of tea or coffee. Today´s destination is the off-grid cabin of Viterskalet palced right in the middle of this great valley.

Today’s skiing:
Distance: 12 km
Time: 4-5 hours

Day 7 – Final ski to Hemavan and celebrate at hotel

Today is our last day of this winter expedition along the King’s Trail. We leave the Valley of Viterskalet behind us and start descending to the village of Hemavan. In Hemavan you can enjoy a well-deserved shower and the hot sauna. In the evening we all celebrate at our hotel Trolltunet with a delicious three-course dinner based on local delicacies.

Today’s skiing:
Distance: 11 km
Time: 4 hours

Day 8 – Departure

Today is the day you depart or continue your next adventure on your own.

Highlights

  • Breath-taking scenery
  • Wildlife and culture
  • Off-grid mountain huts
  • Fire-heated sauna and refreshing dips in the snow
  • Professional Swedish mountain leader
  • Nice hotels and delicious food!

Tour summary

Price
SEK 21 000

Language
Our guide speak Swedish and English

Group size
4-8 participants

Guides
1 Swedish mountain leader

Departures
New dates to be announced for 2023. Please contact us for more information.

Total duration
8 days

Days skiing
6 days

Tour starts at
Town of Hemavan

Tour ends at
Town of Hemavan

Total distance
78 km

Daily distance
8-19 km (4-8 hours)

Difficulty
Medium

Minimum age
16 years

Outdoor Vagabond´s words about the trip
”Ski from hut to hut along Swedens most famous hiking trail and experience the essence of the Scandinavian mountains”

Price includes

  • Certified Swedish mountain leader
  • All meals:
    • 2 x Breakfasts at hotel
    • 2 x Three-course dinners at hotel
    • 5 x Breakfasts on tour
    • 6 x Lunches on tour
    • 5 x Dinners on tour
  • Accommodation from beginning to end:
    • 2 x Nights in hotel
    • 5 x nights in off-grid mountains huts
  • Backpack for skiing
  • Essential safety equipment

Price does not include

  • Personal outdoor clothes and general skiing gear (please see our packing-checklist)
  • Personal snacks and treats for the trip
  • Drinks to hotel meals
  • Transport to our starting destination – Hemavan
  • Transport from our end destination – Hemavan

Accommodation

Trolltunet

Trolltunet is a very nice and beautifully located hotel in central Hemavan with walking distance to the airport. Here we enjoy delicious three-course meals and have an opportunity to celebrate our tour in the hotel lounge. Also enjoy a last day of Scandinavian fire-heated sauna!

Swedish off-grid mountain lodges

Life in these traditional Swedish off-grid mountain huts are managed by the Swedish Tourist Association and are a highlight in itself. Here you get to experience true communal living in the Scandinavian mountains. We share a kitchen other hikers and we all help out with the daily shores such as chopping firewood and getting fresh water straight from the nearby mountain stream. The rooms are in a dormitory style and we sleep in bunkbeds with a thick comfortable mattress. We bring our own bedlinen.