Join Outdoor Vagabond on an epic skiing expedition to Sarek National Park in northern Sweden. Sarek National Park is often described as Europe´s last wilderness. It is a mountainous area marked by deep valleys, steep rocky walls and massive glaciers. No other place in Sweden offer such awe-inspiring views as this wild and untouched land.
This winter expedition in Sarek is for anyone looking for a challenge
Sarek Nationalpark always offers challenges, and this winter tour is no exception. The winter season in the mounatains demands good decision-making and the weather might change fast and drastically. We ski approximatley 15-20 km a day and the terrain varies. Some days we conquer hilly climbs and long downhill slopes while other days we enjoy flatter landscapes. Our original thought is that everyone pulls a sled and have a smaller day-pack on their back. You don’t have to be an experinced expedition skier, but some cross-country skiing experience and a overall good fitness is necessary. The expedition does not require previous winter camping experience – that’s what our excellent guides are for! This winter expedition is suitable for someone who wants to experience Sarek by winter and is ready for a real adventure.
Sarek National Park is part of the greater area of Laponia – an UNESCO World Heritage since 1996
The area holds a special importance for the world, due not only for its unspoilt natural beauty, but also for its cultural significance for the Sami-people. The Sami-people, an indigenous folk of northern Scandinavia, have had a presence in the area that dates back to prehistory. Sarek National Park has been grassing land for the Sami-reindeers for centuries, and it still is. During the summer the chances of seeing some of these spectacular creatures are basically guaranteed, but during the winter season they have made their way to the forest land of the east.
The spectacular nature of Sarek
As you ski through Sarek Nationalpark you will be welcomed by an alpine mountain area filled with high peaks and dramatic valleys. In Sarek you will find more than 100 glaciers that hide among the snow covered peaks and from here the waters of Sarek’s countless rivers and streams. A big perk of a winter expedition is the possibility to travel above all these frozen waters and choose a route the summer hikers cannot.
The Nothern Lights are dancing on the dark skies of Sarek
A winter expedition in Sarek also means Aurora season in Sarek. During clear, crispy nights the likelihood to expereince this magical light play above our camp and mountain peaks is strong. The northern lights is best experienced with your own eyes in the quiet wilderness but for the photo nerd is it definetly possible to collect some spectacular photos to bring home as a memory.
We ski in a small group for an exclusive experience
Our groups are of 6 to 10 participants led by two trained and certified Swedish mountain leaders. Expect to share laughter, joy and the sense of comradeship that always emerge within a group on an adventurous journey.
“Eat well ski well” is one of our mottos
On this journey you will enjoy delicious outdoor meals based on home-made and home-dried ingredients. We have a special menu prepared for you with a mix of vegetarian dishes and some dishes with fish and meet from the wild. Of course, we also try to cater for every special food request. We know that sharing a meal in camp with you fellow skiers can be the highlight of the day.
Safety is everything to us
Sarek offers many challenges that other wilderness areas do not. In Sarek there are no marked tracks, no cell phone coverage, no signs and most rivers don’t have bridges. To keep you safe you will be guided by two professional Swedish mountain leaders equipped with all the necessary safety-equipment. With the help of our guides, you won´t need much previous outdoor knowledge yourself. All you need is a pair of strong legs and an appreciation of the wild!
The adventure awaits!