Sweden – Polar Heliski Camp
Towards the end of April, when spring has already arrived in the Alps, winter still has a hold on the highest mountains in Sweden, some 300 km north of the polar circle. The serenity and good conditions in this secluded area are just two of the great reasons to visit this exclusive heliskiing destination.
Price: 6500 EUR
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9 Good Reasons to Join our Polar Heliskiing Camp
- 3000 km² of heliskiing terrain
- Easy to reach from central Europe
- Straightforward logistics and organisation – only a short distance away from Kiruna airport
- Cosy accommodation in a picturesque setting
- Candlelight dinners with delicious nordic cuisine
- Great value for money
- Four guests per mountain guide and max. 12 guests per week
- Incredible landscape and runs
- Private helicopter directly in front of our door
Itinerary of your Heliski / Heliboard Trip in Sweden
We will take a three hour flight from central Europa to Kiruna via Stockholm. A minibus will then take us an hour further to the village of Nikkaluokta. Here, we will load our luggage onto snowmobiles and follow a 45 minute trail until we reach our accommodation for the next week, Kebnekaise Fjällstation. Our helicopter will be parked right in front of our door. Over a candlelight dinner by an open fire we will give you a briefing of the heliskiing program and protocol to ensure that you are all set for the next seven days. The next morning we will head to our first mountain top with our piolet, Mats, where we can survey the vast dimensions of our heliskiing terrain and its many peaks. This massive area gives us the advantage of being able to tailor our days to the prevailing conditions.
The next six days will be all yours to check out some amazing runs. Many runs will take you over large glaciers. We particularly love the decent over ‘Jökelbakken’ at low sun, which leads us down over 1000 metres, back to the Fjällstation. Back at the lodge, coffee and delicious pastries will already be laid out and the spacious sauna will already be steaming. After our last day of skiing, it will be time to leave. We will head back to Nikkaluokta, enjoying the scenery along the way, and spend a night in the mining city of Kiruna. The next morning we will fly back to central Europe via Stockholm.
Our heliskiing area is set on the highest peak in Sweden, the 2108m high Kebnekaise, 300 km north of the polar circle. Our heliskiing area spreads over 3000km² and allows us to find everything from shallow to steep slopes. Heliskiing is nothing new in this region, but operators have mostly been based 90km away in Riksgränsen and Abisko, which has limited their accessibility of the area.
The Kebnekaise Fjällstation is a perfect base for our heliskiing camp. Here we will feel welcomed and be able to enjoy the culinary delights that are on offer. We will be spoilt with northern Swedish cuisine and a hearty breakfast buffet – just what we need to prepare us for a long day of skiing. While we’re out and about during the day, we’ll get to enjoy a snack, too. To relax in the evenings, we’ll be able to sink into the comfy sofas by the fireplace or spend time in the sauna. We will have double rooms with a shared shower and toilet on each floor. Alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages are available to be purchased on site, and our accommodation even boasts its own wine cellar. More information.
Safety and Quality
Safety and quality are our absolute priority. Although we always aim to provide the best experience for our guests, we will never do so by compromising their safety. Any risks that we can have an influence on will be kept thoroughly within our control and played safe. As with any activity in high alpine regions, including heliskiing, there are also risks that are beyond our control. You should be aware that we are not exempt from these risks when skiing in the remote places of our planet. Given that we are far away from any rescue services, we have developed our own rescue protocol. A group consists of a maximum of four guests and one guide. We will generally be out with three groups at a time. The groups will follow a rotating system, meaning that the other groups with their guides are never far off in an emergency. We additionally equip ourselves with first-aid material and rescue equipment, and possess the necessary expertise and practice for its use. We also always keep a satellite phone by our side.
Runs and Terrain
The Kebnekaise area is characterised by glaciers and huge trough valleys. We will be able to decide the course of the day based on the conditions of that day. The runs have an average height difference of around 800 metres, with our highest landing point being around 2000 metres. We have the choice of a variety of terrains, from narrow couloirs to wide, open slopes.
Helicopter and Pilot
Here, we normally use a Bell Longranger. This has proven to be one of the best helicopters for heliskiing operations such as these. Its powerful engine will be able to get us to our goal smoothly and quickly. It offers space for four guests, one guide, and one piolet per flight. Each morning we will set off punctually from our base. Mats Widgren, from Sweden, is one of the most experienced pilots that we have met. He spends more than half his year flying in this area and knows the area like the back of his hand. We have been flying with Mats for several years now and has proven his reliability and flying skills again and again. We feel extremely lucky to have him – as both our pilot and friend.
Requirements for Guests
In order to get the most out of this week of heliskiing/heliboarding, you should have a very good skiing technique in all terrains and snow conditions. Good physical condition and endurance are especially required for long runs through the forests. This destination is for advanced skiers and snowboarders. Flory Kern – Ski Berge Abenteuer – can refuse individuals the right to participate if they hold up the group, pose a danger, or show conditional weaknesses.
Freeride skiing equipment (min. 95mm under the binding) and safety equipment (shovel, probe, avalanche beacon, and airbag backpack) are compulsory. A helmet is recommended. We are unfortunately unable to provide any safety equipment for this trip and ask that you bring your own. A detailed packing list will be provided approximately 30 days prior to departure. Each participant is responsible for his gear being in good and working order. Replacing or renting material in the local area will not be possible. However, we do carry a few extra pairs of ski in case of loss or damage. We recommend a skiing set with a compatible ski touring binding and skins so that we also have the possibility of ski touring on non-flying days.
We, of course, also love to cruise through the deepest powder with the sun shining – but this requires regular dumps of fresh snow and favourable weather conditions. As in all mountainous regions, both snowy and sunny days are part and parcel of winter. On average there are 2-3 days of snowfall each week.
Thanks to the northern location and its altitude, we usually find dry power on the northern slopes at the end of April, while the steeper southern sides offer good spring snow. In spite of generally favourable factors, heliskiing in Kebnekaise is dependent on weather, snow, and avalanche conditions. Uncontrollable and sometimes unpredictable forces of nature exist in the mountains and it is not always possible to perfectly predict the weather and conditions in advance.
Bad Weather Days / Down Days
As with all heliski destinations, there are also days that can have very heavy snowfall or thick cloud coverage. In some cases, this could lead to unsafe flying conditions. On such days we would have the possibility to go ski touring. A trip to the Tarfala Glacier Research Station also offers an enjoyable experience.
Flying Time and Vertical Meters
We want to provide ‘a destination for riders, from riders’. That’s why we’ve even adapted our whole philosophy of flying time and vertical metres to this line of thinking. We aim to offer you the best possible skiing experience that our package can provide. Our package includes 14 hours of flying per week (with 12 guests), which is approximately 30,000 vertical metres. If we exceed this limit, we can continue flying at the price of 1800 EUR per hour, which will be divided by the number of clients flying. In our package we are able to guarantee ten hours of flying. If we fly fewer than ten hours due to poor weather conditions, each guest will be reimbursed 160 EUR per hour for the unused hours (by 12 guests). If a guest is unable to fly due to a lack of physical fitness, sickness, late arrival, or early departure, we will unfortunately not be able to reimburse any costs.
Number of Guests and Exclusivity
We offer this trip to a maximum of 12 participants. As we don’t wish to cause an influx to this delicate area, we limit ourselves as organisers to running only one week per season here. Guests will be are divided into three groups and each group will be accompanied by a mountain guide.
Most heliski trips are lead by Flory personally. Two more moutain guides from our team, that are highly experienced in heliskiing, will assist him.
Included in the Price of 6500 EUR
- 6 nights in a double room at the Kebnekaise Fjällstation, all-inclusive
- 1 night in a double room at the Hotel Kebne in Kiruna, including breakfast
- Dinner at a Restaurant in Kiruna
- 7 days accompanied by a UIAGM certified mountain guide
- 6 days of skiing accompanied by a UIAGM certified mountain guide
- 14 hours of flight time or approximately 30,000 vertical metres (with 10 hours of guaranteed flight time)
- Bus transfers to and from Kiruna
- All necessary flight and border permits for the heliski operation
- Use of the sauna
- Journey to Kiruna
- Beverages at the Fjällstation
- 60 EUR surcharge for single room
- Travel or cancellation insurance
Meeting Requirements and Fitness Level
A realistic self-assessment and an appropriate fitness level is required to join our trips. In order to enjoy a long day of skiing and to reduce the risk of injury, it is important to get in shape and possess a good level of fitness.
EU citizens, as well as Swiss nationals, do not require a visa. A valid passport is sufficient.
Bürger mit EU Reisepässen sowie CH Bürger brauchen für Georgien nur einen gültigen Reisepass. Ein Visum ist nicht notwendig.
Current Country-Specific Information, Vaccines and Health
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Please note that there is a potential risk of injury on skiing trips. In addition to travel cancellation insurance, comprehensive medical and accident insurance that cover the costs of search and rescue, as well as transport costs, are imperative. It is your own responsibility to ensure that you are insured before departure.
Comprehensive medical and accident insurance that covers potential costs of search and rescue operations as well as any medical costs is mandatory for all of our trips abroad.
It is required that you state this information during registration in our registration form in order to ensure 24h emergency assistance.
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