Inside the Arctic Circle - Skiing the Kings Trail

Sweden, Ski Touring, 9 days - from $2,465 (land only)

Ski Touring

The following checklist should help you with your packing. As a general rule, you should always try to keep the weight of your equipment to a minimum.

You must bring the following items:

Ski touring boots - see Ski Equipment

Lightweight shoes or slippers (for use in the huts)

Socks

Technical walking socks (2 pairs)

Spare laces

Trekking trousers/pants (for travel)

Ski or mountaineering trousers/pants or salopettes

Waterproof overtrousers / rainpants

Long johns (thermal underwear)

Thermal baselayer shirts (2 short sleeve, 2 long sleeve)

T-shirt or casual shirt to travel in

Fleece jacket

Warm jacket (synthetic or down filled)

Windproof/waterproof jacket with hood

Sunhat

Warm hat

Lightweight balaclava or facemask

Eyewear- ski goggles and glacier sunglasses (Category 4)

Lightweight thermal gloves

Windproof and waterproof over-mittens

Spare pair of warm mittens

Backpack (c 60 litres) with hip belt (see notes)

Small bag (to pack travel clothes in)

Full-Length /Foam Mat (for sitting on at lunch stops/emergency use – see notes)

1 litre Thermos Flask/Bottle

Camping mug

Spoon

Water bottle 1 Litre

Lightweight sleeping bag (rated to 0°C for emergency use)

Headtorch/headlamp and spare batteries

Basic First Aid Kit including: antiseptic cream, throat lozenges, diarrhoea treatment (Imodium), painkillers, plasters and blister treatment, Insect repellent, and re-hydration salts (Dioralite)

Sun protection (including total bloc for lips, nose etc.)

Scarf/Neck Warmer

Sleeping bag liner or sheet sleeping bag

Pillow case

Washbag and toiletries

Small Towel

Antibacterial hand wash

Ski Equipment

Ski-touring skis* - see below

Ski-touring boots *

Ski poles*

Gaiters *

Skins*

Windshelter (provided) One for every 2 persons

Snow shovel (provided) One for every 2 persons

The following items are optional:

Binoculars

Camera, film, batteries

Pen-knife (remember to put all sharp objects in hold baggage)

Reading and music

Ski Equipment:

The ideal skis to use for this trip are 'no-wax' cross-country skis with scales, together with appropriate ski boots. Skis should have steel edges. If we encounter icy snow, crust or deep powder - the scales will not always provide sufficient traction and skins can be useful in such conditions. For inexperienced cross-country skiers, skins are also useful on long descents, slowing the rate of descent and providing a degree of control.

* Ski Hire Available:

Ski Touring Equipment, which includes skis (Asnes – Norwegian), boots (Crispi – Italian – leather, all sizes available), poles, climbing skins and gaiters can be hired through KE, from the Abisko Mountain Station, at a cost of approx GBP180. Please note that equipment should be reserved and paid for through the KE office with at least 5-weeks advance notice, along with your boot size (please specify European size) and your height.

Notes:

Before setting out from Abisko, your travel clothes will be packed into a small bag (which you should bring with you for the purpose). These will be transported around to Nikkaluokta to meet the group on the completion of the tour.

Everyone needs to carry certain back-up items - see above - including a lightweight sleeping bag.

We ask you to bring a foam mat rather than a self-inflating thermarest because thermarests are not so easy to handle in very cold weather as they do not self-inflate.

At Abisko the group will be paired up and each couple will be asked to carry a snow shovel and emergency wind shelter, which will be provided.

A sleeping bag is not required in the huts, which provide bedding, but a sleeping bag liner or sheet sleeping bag is essential.

We recommend a 60 litre backpack as many of the safety items that you have to carry are bulky (not heavy). A larger backpack is easier to pack, and also you do not want to have items hanging on the outside of the backpack.

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