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Kebnekaise (Sweden)

Practical information on Kebnekaise

  • Viewpoint
  • Hiking / Trekking
  • Mountain
  • Off the beaten track
3 / 5 - One review
How to get there
12 hours by car from Stockholm
When to go
During the summer (mid-July to late August)
Minimum stay
2 to 3 days

Reviews of Kebnekaise

Emmanuel Maisonneuve Seasoned Traveller
21 written opinions

Located above the Arctic Circle and peaking at 2111 m, the Kebnekaise is the highest summit of Sweden, from which you get a broad view over the mountains of Swedish Lapland.

My suggestion:
Carefully check the weather forecast before starting out. Book the STF Kebnekaise refuge months in advance. The return trip along the trail that leaves the refuge takes one day. Otherwise you will have to camp.
My review

The Kebnekaise is a prestigious summit that many amateurs want to climb due to its far northern location. However, its reputation is marred by very unstable weather and also by its growing popularity. During the ascent, don't count on walking alone in the heart of the wilderness. You will be escorted by hordes of tourists who have come for the same reasons as you.

Depending on the years, you might have to cross névés, so crampons and ice axes are essential (this was not my case).

If the weather forces you to change your plans, you can still admire the mountains from the renowned but crowded STF Kebnekaise refuge. Although it is a nice challenge, I don't think that the ascension of the Kebnekaise is a must for any trip to Sweden.

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