2 – 7 April 2024

Pure Tarfala

Earn your turns

Tarfala is a world-class alpine area, located in the middle of the Kebnekaise massif. Here there are large glaciers, steep ridges and narrow channels. Our mountain guides really come into their own here. Ropes, ice axes and crampons are the tools we use. The goal is Sweden’s largest off-piste skiing.

Pure Tarfala is an Out of Bounds trip with longer days and more demanding tours. It is often just a group with a mountain guide, which means that there are no different degrees of difficulty on the tours. However, this smaller format gives us greater mobility to explore more distant mountain peaks. We sometimes cook our own food and the accommodation is simpler. Given that the altitude meters are more, you need to have previous experience of ski touring tours and your backpack should only contain the bare essentials to minimize weight.

Mountain &
Guides

Sweden’s Alpine Eldorado

Tarfala is a ski tourer’s Mecca situated right in the middle of the Kebnekaise massif, around 25km west of Nikkaluokta, Lappland. The province itself adds up to about a quarter of Sweden’s total area, and is the home to seven national parks, bordering both Norway and Finland. From Nikkaluokta, the nearest town, Kiruna, is a 64km drive away. There are multiple glaciers to be found in the Tarfala Valley, and perhaps the most well-known, Storglaciären, is one of the most studied glaciers in the world.

The peaks top out at between 1,700 and 2,100 m asl in a typically sub-arctic, high alpine environment. Sweden’s highest peak, the north summit of Kebnekaise (2,099 m asl) is here, and it’s an obvious ski touring aspiration for our trip. We have 5.5 ski touring days at our disposal, and with the mountains right on our doorstep, we’re always close to the instep. Our days will be filled with high alpine climbing, steep passages, airy ridge walks and roped up glacier travel

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Christian Edelstam

Christian Edelstam is an IFMGA-certified mountain guide and Pure Ski Touring’s head guide. Christian lives in Abisko in the north of Sweden, and also teaches avalanche safety, a climbing instructor, member of the Abisko ski patrol, glaciologist and product tester for Tierra. After more than 10 years’ experience guiding at the Kebnekaise and Abisko mountain stations he now runs his own guiding company. Since a year back, Christian only guides in mountains reachable without flying.

He is driven by a genuine joy for adventure and discovery — everything from finding out what the snow’s like on the other side of the ridge, to opening new alpine climbing routes in high mountains. The best part of guiding is to get to share the joy with the guests! Christian has been working with Pure Ski Touring since 2010, and guided for us in Japan, Lyngen, Senja, Tarfala, Dolomites, Pyrenees, Iceland, Andermatt, Haute Route, Urner, Jotunheimen, Sunnmøre and on Svalbard.

Oscar Wahlund

Oscar Wahlund is an IFMGA-certified mountain guide who loves the great outdoors. He feels the most at home climbing or skiing in the mountains than working in an office. Drawn to nature, he spends many nights a year under the stars, but also appreciates a cosy mountain hut.

Oscar can guide you climbing a long route in the Alps, climbing an icefall in Norway or ski touring under the Aurora Borealis in Sweden or Norway. He really subscribes to the idea that the best experiences are shared experiences and enjoys spending time with guests regardless of activity. Oscar has worked with Pure Ski Touring since 2013 and has guided for us in Georgia, Lyngen, Senja, Abisko, Sea to Summit and on Iceland.

Mountain & guides
Accommodation & 
Resa

Tarfala, Lappland

Tarfala is a varied mountainous region amongst glaciers, steep ridges and high peaks, and with access to one of Europe’s largest wilderness areas, the Kebnekaise massif. An ideal ski touring location with a great variety of high alpine objectives at our disposal. The Tarfala Valley, or Tarfalavaggi, as it’s known locally, is subject to any weather going – expect strong winds occasionally.

Accommodation

We’re based at the Tarfala mountain hut, situated in the Tarfalavaggi, one of the most scenic valleys in the Kebnekaise massif. The number of peaks 1,500-2,000 m around us is staggering. Tarfala hut sleeps 22. You’ll bed down with your own bedding or sleeping bag in multiple occupancy rooms with bunk beds. Mattresses, duvets and pillows are provided. Together we keep this hut running: you’ll help chop firewood, fire the stove, cook food, gather water, wash up and clean the hut. We make our breakfasts and cook our dinners together. We’ll make lunch packs from the breakfast supplies every morning.

The Tarfala hut has no electricity and no running water. Don’t count on any mobile coverage, although we’ve had reports that Telia (Swedish mobile provider) occasionally works.

Resa

You can choose to travel either by train or by air. There is no difference in terms of ski days. You can also make your own travel arrangements and join up at an agreed location and time. We’ll reduce the costs accordingly, of course. 

By Train

If you choose to travel by train your journey starts from Stockholm Central Station in the evening. You’ll board the northbound sleeper and arrive in Kiruna the following morning. We’ll transfer jointly (train and air travellers) to Nikkaluokta Mountain Station by bus (about 1h). We’ll get a light lunch and coffee at Nikkaluokta and gear up: helmets, ski boots, goggles and skidoo overalls (which we borrow). We’ll transfer together up to Tarfala using skidoos. The return journey follows the same path, and you’ll take the night train south from Kiruna, arriving back at Stockholm Central Station the following morning.

Itinerary

Vy sleeper train, Apr 1st, Stockholm C – Kiruna, 18:11-09:15 (+1 day)
Vy sleeper train, Apr 7th, Kiruna – Stockholm C, 18:28-09:25 (+1 day)

By Air

If you choose to fly your journey starts Monday morning at Arlanda Airport in Stockholm. You fly to Kiruna, and we’ll meet and greet on arrival and transfer to Nikkaluokta.  We’ll transfer jointly (train and air travellers) to Nikkaluokta Mountain Station by bus (about 1h). We’ll get a light lunch and coffee at Nikkaluokta and gear up: helmets, ski boots, goggles and skidoo overalls (which we borrow). We’ll transfer together up to Kebnekaise mountain station using skidoos. Then ski touring over the massiv to Tarfala hut. The return journey follows the same path, but you have to stay at a hotel in Kiruna one night and then fly to Stockholm next morning (the night at a hotel in Kiruna is included) We can also arrange flights from Gothenburg and Malmö on request. Please contact us on info@pureskitouring.se for more details.

Itinerary

SAS Apr 2nd, Stockholm Arlanda – Kiruna, 08:30-10:00
SAS Apr 7th, Kiruna – Stockholm Arlanda, 18:45-20:15

Accommodation & Travel
Knowledge &
Equipment

This is our most technically demanding challenge. We’re focusing not just on skiing, but we’ll climb using axes, crampons and ropes in order to access certain peaks. Lots of travel in glaciated terrain. We’ll ascend around 600-1200 vertical meters per day. A maximum of 6 guests per guide.

  • Very good fitness is required, capable of sustaining an ascent rate of 400m/h
  • Off-piste skiing in all conditions, on slopes up to 35-40 degrees
  • Well practiced ski touring technique and equipment, how to walk and kick-turn with climbing skins
  • Experience in using axes, crampons and ropework a plus.
  • Age limit 18 years old (16 years old if accompanied by legal guardian)

Mandatory equipment.

  • Skis with touring bindings
  • Climbing skins, contour-cut to your skis
  • Ski boots
  • Ski poles with baskets of a diameter of at least 6cm
  • Avalanche transceiver (not analog), shovel, probe. Check batteries.
  • Helmet
  • Avalanche backpack with inflatable airbag, 30-45l capacity
  • Shell jacket and trousers. Wind-, and waterproof.
  • Mid-layer in wool or fleece
  • Insulated jacket. Synthetic or down. Alternatively an extra fleece.
  • Base layer, top and long-johns. Wool or synthetic
  • Ski socks, wool
  • Underwear, wool or synthetic
  • Gloves or mittens, one pair of thick, one pair of thin
  • Hat and balaclava or Buff to cover your face
  • Sunglasses and goggles
  • Sun cream
  • Water bottle
  • Head torch
  • Passport and money
  • Travel insurance
  • Hand sanitiser
  • Personal snacks (chocolate, nuts etc) for touring

Tarfala specifics


  • Crampons
  • Ice axe
  • Harness
  • 1 screwgate karabiner
  • Ski Crampons (Harscheisen)
  • Travel sheet or sleeping bag liner

Good to have.

  • Thin windproof/soft shell jacket
  • Soft shell trousers
  • Extra base layers
  • Extra underwear (wool/synthetics)
  • Extra ski socks (wool)
  • Day wear/civvies (to be left in Nikkaluokta)
  • Normal shoes (to be left in the Nikkaluokta)
  • Hut slippers
  • Thermos
  • Camera
  • Mobile phone and charger
  • Toiletries bag
  • Ear plugs
  • Blister tape

Always aim to minimise weight when packing.
If you’re missing some of the equipment listed above, we’ll be happy to help arrange equipment hire or purchase. Contact us on info@pureskitouring.se for details.

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Price &
Itinerary
  • Package

    • Bed in multi-occupancy room
    • 18 500 SEK
    • Excluding travel
      Estimated 1600€
    • Bed in multi-occupancy room
    • 21 500 SEK
    • Including train travel
      Estimated 1850€
    • Bed in multi-occupancy room
    • 22 000 SEK
    • Including flights
      Estimated 1900€

Included

  • 5.5 days’ ski touring with certified IFMGA mountain guide
  • Avalanche safety training with certified IFMGA mountain guide
  • Ski touring technique skills with certified IFMGA mountain guide
  • Equipment orientation with certified IFMGA mountain guide
  • Guest lecturers
  • Personal account access to Pure Ski Touring’s website
  • Accommodation for 1 night at a Kiruna hotel (air travellers only)
  • Accommodation at Tarfala hut, 5 nights
  • Breakfast, lunch and evening meal, 5 days
  • Sandwich and beverage at the Nikkaluokta Mountain Station, arrival day
  • Luggage storage,  Nikkaluokta Mountain Station
  • Shower and coffee, Nikkaluokta Mountain Station, departure day
  • Skidoo transfer, Nikkaluokta Mountain Station – Kebnekaise station
  • Skidoo transfer, Line stop – Nikkaluokta Mountain Station
  • Either:
  • Train travel, Stockholm – Kiruna, return
  • Bed in sleeping car compartment included
  • Transfer, Kiruna Train Station – Nikkaluokta Mountain Station, return
  • Or:
  • Flights, Stockholm Arlanda Airport – Kiruna Airport, return
  • Checked luggage, 23kg and carry-on 8kg
  • Sport equipment luggage, 23kg (skis, poles and boots)
  • Transfer, Kiruna Airport – Nikkaluokta Mountain Station, return

  • Monday, April 1st

    • 18:11 Train travellers depart Stockholm Central
  • Tuesday, April 2nd

    • 08:30 Air travellers depart Stockholm Arlanda
    • 09:15 Arrival, Kiruna Train Station
    • 10:00 Arrival, Kiruna Airport
    • 10:30 Private Pure Ski Touring transfer to Nikkaluokta
    • 11:30 Time for replacement and packing, then snowmobile transport to Kebnekaise mountain station
    • Ski touring to Kebnekaise massif to Tarfala hut
    • Arrival Tarfala, offered hot juice and check-in with Tarfala hut owners
    • 19:00 We set the table and cook dinner together and eat in the mountain cottage's kitchen
    • 19:00 Review of avalanche safety with mountain guide
    • Genomgång av lavinsäkerhet med bergsguide
    • Somnar och laddar energi inför nästa topptursdag!
  • Wednesday, April 3th

    • 07:00 Breakfast served in the hut and everyone makes their own packed lunch
    • We start early and it will be a full day with our beer guides out in the Kebnekaise massif
    • 09:12 We enjoy a Pure After Ski overlooking Tarfalavaggi - an unforgettable experience!
    • 18:30 Joint dinner, which we cook together
    • 11:00 Guest lecture from the hut guardian: Tarfala then and now
  • Thursday-Friday, April 4th - 5th

    • 07:00 Breakfast, and we make up our own lunch packs for the day
    • We kick off early for a full day in the mountains with our guides
    • 18:30 Joint dinner, which we cook together – one evening we invite the hut guardian to join us
  • Saturday, April 6th

    • 07:00 Breakfast, and we make up our own lunch packs for our homeward journey
    • We clean the hut and check out
    • 18:30 A day of ski touring in the Kebnekaise massif with our guides
    • Arrive at Kebnekaise mountain station late afternoon and check in
  • Sunday, april 7th

    • 07:00 Breakfast, and we make up our own lunch packs for our homeward journey
    • Check out and a day of ski touring in the Kebnekaise massif with our guides
    • We join the skidoo transfer line and get a tow down to Nikkaluokta Mountain Station
    • 19:00 We have time to shower and change in Nikkaluokta, followed by a hot (late) lunch & coffee
    • 16:30 We drive from Nikkaluokta to Kiruna train station (train travelers), and then to our hotel in Kiruna (air travelers)
    • 18:28 Departure, Kiruna Train Station (train travellers)
    • 18:45 Departure, Kiruna Airport (air travellers)
  • Monday, April 8th

    • 09:25 Arrival, Stockholm Central Station (train travellers)
    • Vi städar och checkar ut från fjällstugan
    • Heldag topptur med våra bergsguider
    • Vi ansluter med linjen (skotertransport) och tolkar ner till Nikkaluokta
    • 15:30 Vi har tid för dusch och ombyte i Nikkaluokta, följt av en kaffe
    • 16:30 Vi kör från Nikkaluokta till Kiruna tågstation (tågresenärer), och därefter till vårt hotell i Kiruna (flygresenärer)
    • 18:00 Lämnar flygresenärer på hotellet i Kiruna, sover där en natt och sedan egen transfer till flygplatsen nästa morgon
    • 18:30 Avresa Kiruna tågstation (tågresenärer)
    • Måndag 10 april - Ankomst Stockholm C (tågresenärer)
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