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Classic Swedish Ice

Looking for a more exotic venue? Then combine icefall climbing with the magic of the northern lights.

Level 2 Guiding & Coaching

5 days, 6 nights

Ratio: 2:1

Prerequisites: Ice Climbing Skills Or equivalent

Price: Call*

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Get away from the crowds and explore the wilderness and arctic mountains, experiencing a winter you'll never forget.

Abisko our base, is a tiny village located 250km north of the polar circle which has very reliable ice climbing conditions from November through until the end of March . At this latitude, and being the driest place in Sweden, Abisko is also one of the best places in the world to watch the magic that is the Aurora Borealis.

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Just out of town, extending from the southwestern shore of Lake Torneträsk, is the Abisko National Park. It's here amongst the mountains and great winter wilderness that the icefalls form. The climbing has an adventurous feel to it with most of the ice falls being above the tree line with fantastic arctic views where you´re more likely to meet reindeer or moose than other climbers. But you´re also exposed to the elements so a few shorter road side venues make for an exciting week of classic icefall climbing.

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All the icefalls are a short drive and within around an hour's walk, to where you can then access these wild places and climb some classic Swedish ice away from anyone. If conditions are very good it's well worth the extra 30min drive west to Spansdalen in Norway, to climb the longer and classic 7 and 8 pitch routes that form there. The approaches are usually on foot, but after heavy snowfall we may use snow shoes to get to these venues.

If you do want to stay longer, then why not also enjoy a night in the ice hotel, or go dog sledding or ice fishing!

Course Dates

Week Start Finish Price  
50 9 Dec 2018 15 Dec 2018 Call
8 17 Feb 2019 23 Feb 2019 Call