International Mountain Leader (UIMLA)
Jonas is the founder of Terra Expeditions. Jonas is a qualified International Mountain Leader (UIMLA) and will be leading the expedition.
Jonas has well over 20 years of experience of expedition life and will teach you all the necessary tips and tricks to enjoying the winter mountains.
More info here.
Learn the skills needed to be self-sufficient in the winter mountains
Experience sub-arctic winter landscapes
Professional outdoor instructor - this means there will be a lot of time for group and 1-to-1 teaching.
Benefit from a proven outdoor curriculum to quickly advance your knowledge
Safely explore the outdoors with a qualified International Mountain Leader
Learn how to safely navigate in landscapes far away from the marked trails, about safe and comfortable camp life and much more
Experience a unique and wild landscapes
This course is planned as a long weekend adventure. It is timed to the arrival of the overnight train from Southern Sweden on a Thursday and to the departure of the overnight train to Southern Sweden on a Sunday - making sure that you can have an amazing adventure and be back to your workplace fresh and energized by Monday morning! The perfect weekend get away!
Arrival Information - Storulvån
The course starts officially on Friday morning at 09.30 at STF Storulvån Mountain Station. Unless you are arriving from someplace local, it is necessary that you arrive the day before. STF Storulvån Mountain Station offers very comfortable and affordable accommodation.
Getting to STF Storulvån Mountain Station is very easy. The comfortable overnight train from Stockholm (and from further afield with connections) arrives in Duved just before 10 and is met by transfer bus operated by Wänseth Buss that takes you straight to Storulvån Mountain Station. We recommend that you get settled in and enjoy the Mountain Staton and surrounding area. This night is not included in the price of the course.
Day 1 | Friday | Storulvån - Sylarna
You will be met by your guide at 09.30 for a short introduction and then we will get ready to get going! It is advisable that you collect any rental gear before the introduction session.
The first day will start with a short fun ski lesson on how to ski using cross country skis and then we will start our journey towards Sylarna. Our first day is a slightly uphill climb and easy ski of 16 km with the famous silhouette of the Sylarna mountain in front of us. The day's ski starts through pristine alpine birch forest until we start to ascent above the tree-line to make it to the area of the Sylarna hut with beautiful views. As it is our first day and we will all have to find our ski legs, we will take it easy with many breaks for snacks and some photographs. In the early afternoon, we will reach camp and discuss various ways of how to pitch a tent in both calm weather and a full-blown storm. After we have our tents up and snow walls built, we will get our kitchens out and start melting water to rehydrate ourselves and prepare for dinner.
Skiing: Approx. 5-7hrs | Distance 16km | Hight gain/loss +300m
Day 2 | Saturday | Sylarna - Blåhammaren
We wake up refreshed in that way that only sleeping in nature can do. After a morning watching the magnificent Sylarna, it is time for a good ski, we have 19km to ski to the area of the beautiful Blåhammaren hut along a breathtakingly beautiful trail. The day offers great opportunities for adventure. On arrival at the destination, we will continue to perfect our skills in winter camping.
Skiing: Approx. 6-8hrs | Distance 19km | Hight gain/loss +140m/-370m
Day 3 | Sunday | Blåhammaren - Storulvån
We continue from Blåhammaren area back to Storulvån. This is a short day of 12 km, meaning we can focus the day on making the most of every ski stroke. The short day allows for ample time to return any rental equipment and get freshened up before the night train that departs around 1900.
Skiing: Approx. 4-5hrs | Distance 12km | Hight gain/loss +100m/-90m
All Terra Expeditions follow a proven curriculum. As we move through nature we will go through an introduction to the skills and knowledge required to be safe in the great outdoors.
Outdoor Skills Covered on the Expedition
Introduction to cross country skiing
Introduction to safe snow camping
Planning for a week or more out on the hills in winter conditions
Winter gear techniques
Using safety equipment and emergency transponders
Navigation with map and compass
Relocation with map and compass
Using sighting for fast movement
Staying warm and comfortable at arctic temperatures
The Agenda, Weather and Daylight Hours
The weather in the Arctic Circle can change rapidly one hour to the next, so even though we have a planned agenda, this will be open to revision on the day. Each day we will study the weather forecast and the local maps over coffee to plan our day. Sunrise and sunset vary greatly throughout the year. Sunrise will be at approx. 7 AM and sunset at 6 PM.
Getting There and Back Out Again
The expedition starts at Storulvån. You reach it by train to Duved (from Stockholm), and then bus transfer. Disembark at Storulvån. On the return journey, we will finish at Storulvån, where you can take the same bus back to Duved, where you can catch the train. If you have extra luggage, we recommend that you leave this in Storulvån. The course is timed to the overnight train from Stockholm.
Food is not included in this course. We will provide a recommended meal plan with the packing list.
Buying a full kit of winter equipment can be very expensive. We recommend that you rent the equipment if this is your first time snow camping. You can rent skis and camping equipment at STF Storulvån, and from Rent a Plagg Åre (we can pick this up and drop it off for you). We will provide you with a full packing list.
Leave No Trace Policy
Terra Photography Expeditions has a strict leave no trace policy. This policy is also applied to how we share information about fragile ecosystems that we gently and respectfully visit. This means that we may have withheld exact locations from the itinerary. This is because we do not want to contribute to large scale tourism. You are welcome to get in touch if you'd like to discuss the itinerary before applying to join. Thank you for your understanding.
Full Return Policy During Covid-19
During the outbreak of Covid-19 we will offer a full refund (both deposit and balance payment) if Swedish governmental restrictions on travel make the expedition unfeasible. You are welcome to get in touch if you have any questions about this.
This expedition has a Medium Effort Rating. This is a serious trekking expedition where we can expect 6-10 hours of movement per day. Previous multi-day trekking experience is highly advisable. More info about effort levels here.
Price & Details
Guided cross country ski tours by qualified International Mountain Leader
Winter camping course
Use of storm shelter
Outdoor clothing and equipment
Transport (e.g. trains or flights to Duved), bus to/from Storulvån
Insurance. All participants are required to have their own insurance appropriate for hiking in the mountains, such as health, accident, mountain rescue, repatriation, cancellation, personal liability, etc.
Price: 3995 SEK
30% deposit due to secure your reservation, remaining 70% due 90 days before the start of the expedition. Single occupancy not possible. Incl. VAT.
Participants: Minimum 5 - Maximum 10
Start: STF Storulvån, 12 March 2021, 0930 (it is advised to arrive the night before in Storulvån).
End: Storulvån, 14 March 2021, approx. 3 PM
We reserve the right to change the itinerary without previous notice due to weather conditions, and unforeseeable circumstances.
This tour is governed by the Terms and Conditions