Skiing under Sweden's Northern Lights

Credit: Tim Nordstroem

Skiing under Sweden's Northern Lights

Come along on NOLS' first ever Nordic Ski expedition in Sweden!

The Kings Trail (Kungsleden) is a popular hiking route during the warmer months and is transformed to a groomed backcountry oasis for nordic skiers during the winter. Rustic backcountry huts along the trail allow us to stay in warmth and minimize the amount of gear we have to bring along. The huts are minimalist acomodations with group bunk rooms, but they are warm and provide kitchens to prepare our meals and enjoy time together when off skis.

Skiing is a large part of Nordic Culture and our ski setups will be the standard layout that is used in Sweden. The skis have metal edges for easier turning and heels that can be free or locked in depending on the terrain. In US terms, they are a true hybrid between a classic cross-country ski and an Alpine touring ski. In addition to skis we will pull sleds (2-3 people/sled) to make hauling our gear a bit easier and add another skill to your repertoire. This trip is great for all levels of skiers as your NOLS Instructors will be there to help you learn.

With a bit of luck, this trip will set you up to spend time fawning under the Northern Lights. With half of the day in total darkness and no lights from a city getting in your way, the chances of seeing this natural spectacle increase dramatically.

This is a pilot trip for NOLS, we haven't run it before and are excited to have some experiential learning. Our Scandinavian staff will be organizing the trip and know the areas well, but participants will need to bring their best tolerance for uncertainly as we work through the inevitable quirks of running a new trip.

Activity Rating*:

*Skiing with sleds can be challenging!

Dates

Dates

2020 Dates

March 21 – March 28, 2020

Tuition: $2,795
Details: Pre and post trip lodging in Kiruna included

Specifics

All course information at a glance

Tuition

$2,795

Duration

8 days

Minimum Age

18 yrs.

Downloads

Course Description

Start/End

Kiruna, Sweden

Fly in/out

Kiruna, Sweden

Skills learned

Skiing