Summit to Sea Expedition

A once in a life time experience - Explore the Arctic wilderness from Sweden's highest mountain Kebnekaise to the Baltic sea. 

HIGHLIGHTS


  • Summit Mt. Kebnekaise
  • Kayak the Kalix river
  • Self-supported expediton
  • Remote Arctic wilderness
  • Challenges & Exploration
  • Exclusive Expedition


“It is time to search for experiences that has not yet been done, to be immersed in the wilderness and reconnect with the most fundamental part of adventure – EXPLORATION."





The expedition starts by trekking through the scenic landscape, aiming for Sweden’s highest mountain, Mt Kebnekaise (2 100 m).
The summit attempt requires both glacier crossings and alpine scramble to reach the top, a full day attempt, and we go together as a team.

 

Returning back from the snowcapped peak, we get a day's rest before we head to the river that drains off the same glacier you have crossed. The river journey start by Elsa’s Bridge with a section of creeking, which leads into the beautiful landscape of Paittasjärvi lake. We continue our self-supported river expedition on the Kalix river, one of the last remaining free flowing rivers in Sweden.

 

Experience the midnight sun and travel through land inhabited by the indigenous Sámi people. Everyone is part of the expedition, setting up camp, packing and cooking. Together we paddle through the remote wilderness and deep forest until the river meets the Gulf of Bothnia.


Join our founder Ram Silwal and long time partners Annki Nilsson, Fredrik Hermelin and expedition team, on this once in a lifetime opportunity to go from the Summit to the Sea, 200 km north of the Arctic Circle.

Duration:

16 days. 


Route: 

Kiruna - Nikkaloukta - Kebnekaise -

Kalix river - Karlsborg. 


Requirments: 

This expedition is for both novice and experienced adventurers.


Ability to walk for a full day with a pack and ability to swim is a requisite.

Minimum age 15 years.


Kayakers must have a solid roll.

If you haven't paddled in a while or not done white water before, we recommend joning us in Norway to get your skills to the right level. More info here. 


Non-kayakers are welcome to join us paddling in the rafts. 

Day 1.  Arrive to Kiruna we meet and transfer by bus together to Nikkaloukta. Here you will meet the team and do the final preparations.

 

Day 2. Early rise and big breakfast. Trek to Kebnekaise Mountain Station, ca. 5 hours. On the way we go by boat on the Laddjujavri glacier lake.

 

Day 3. Early rise and big breakfast. Summit attempt starts at 07.00 am and we trek via the Eastern route. Long day trekking and climbing to the summit. 

 

Day 4. Rest day. Back up in case of bad weather previous day.

 

Day 5. We take the beautiful hike back through the valley to Nikkaloukta, were we stay the night. Experienced kayakers can join Ram from Elsa's Bro, paddling class IV creek and then cross the stunning delta landscape.

 

Day 6. After en early rise we begin our river expedition paddling from Nikkaloukta to Kaalasluspa. A long day paddling through beautiful landscape on slow moving water - great place to learn how to kayak. 

 

Day 7. We are in the Arctic wilderness! Paddle 25 km of class II water and arrive early afternoon to set up camp at the Tjårkijaure confluence.


Day 8. We brake camp in the mrning and paddle roughly 30 km through wilderness and small Sámi villages. Arrive to the confluence with Kaitum river where we camp.

Day 9. We continue to cruise through the scenic landscape. Aiming to arrive at the top of Parakkakurkkio rapid. Once we have set up our camp, we take a walk and scout the rapid to find the best line for the next morning.

 

Day 10. Today we have some good section of class III+ white water ahead of us. Starting with the Parakkakurkkio rapid. We aim to arrive at Mäinnikkö village in the afternoon.

 

Day 11. A day with beautiful scenery and gentle class II water, passing the small village and confluence of Tärendö. Overnight close to Narken.

 

Day 12. We continue another 30 km down river to the top of Jockfall where we set up camp. We are now at the top of the biggest rapid on the river and we go scout in the evening.

 

Day 13. Early start to the day. Most likely we will portage the Jockfall and put in again below to paddle about 30 km to Nybyn.

 

Day 14. Passing the small town of Överkalix, we continue towards Kamlunge. While passing the small pininsula 3 km after Svartebyn bridge we must keep to the river right. We aim to arrive at Kamlunge in the afternoon.

 

Day 15. Our final day on the river. We paddle about 35 km to Karlsborg where the river meets the ocean. A hot shower and celebratory drink awaits!

 

Day 16. Breakfast and departure.

ITINERARY

20th JULY - 4th AUGUST 2021

Price: € 1750 / person 

            SEK 17 500 / person


Included:

  • Technical equipment on mountain & river.
  • Expedition leader, guides and support team.
  • Transportation Kiruna to Nikkaloukta.
  • Accommodation: camping in shared tent.
  • Meals on the river expedition included. 


Excluded:

  • Personal clothing.
  • Sleeping bag & mattress. 
  • 4 dinner, 4 breakfast, 4 lunch at the mountain station not included.
  • Personal travel insurance.
  • Travel to / from start and end point.

Expediton partners:

Expedition Host


Annki Nilsson has over 25 years of experience teaching and guiding youth to a career in the tourism industry and adventure activities.


Her passion in life is bringing people to the outdoors and for several years

she worked as a tour guide around

Europe. Furthermore, Annki has solid mountaineering, rock climbing and expedition skills acquired during adventures both in Sweden and abroad. She has lead groups to the summit of Kebnekaise more than twenty times.

 

Her knowledge about survival in the wilderness is extensive and she is a master of outdoor cooking and camping. An excellent inspirer she will bring joy and energy to this unique expedition.

Expedition Leader


Ram Silwal is a serial entrepreneur and educator, with three decades of experience running river and mountain expeditions around the world.


His resúme includes leading river expeditions for the British Army and

working on filming projects for the National Geographic and Outdoor Life Network.


Ram was among the first to explore and paddle many of the major rivers in the Himalayas, and the first to paddle from the source of Mt. Everest to the sea - a 1500 km expedition across Nepal, India and Bangladesh. This jounrey is the inspiration for our expedition. It aimed to highlight the opportunities with exploration and the need to protect these unique environments, just like we aim to do with the SUMMIT to SEA Expedition.  


Health & Safety

EXPEDITION

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SMALL GROUPS & SOCIAL DISTANCE 

Booking Details


Booking closes 90 days before departure.

Booking fee 20%. Final payment 60 days before departure. 


Cancelations: If you choose to cancel your participation you can either rebook to next year's expedition free of charge, or pay the cancellation fee of 10%. 

In cases where unforeseen circumstances arise, due to reasons beyond our control, including, but not limited to acts of providence, acts of war, civil commotion, suspension and/or natural disasters and/or closure of tour services such as transport and accommodation facilities, exercises and/or orders from government and other public agencies, and other such circumstances that affect the safe and smooth implementation of the expedition, we reserve the right to change or cancel at any time and without any refund.

If the expedition is cancelled prior to departure due to governmental restrictions directly related to the convid-19 pandemic, you have the option to rebook to next year's expedition free of charge, or cancel with the charge of 10%.