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Visiting Sweden's Highest Mountain

Eighty kilometers (50 miles) away from the commercial center of town, the highest mountain in Sweden, Kebnekaise Mountain, rises 2,090m (6,857 ft.) above sea level. This is a trip best made from late June to September; otherwise, weather conditions can cause problems. To reach the mountain, take a bus to Aroksjokk village from the bus stop in Kiruna's center (no phone). Ask for schedules at the train station next door, where someone is usually on duty, or check with the Kiruna tourist office. From Aroksjokk village, a motorboat will take you to the Lapp village of Nikkaluokta. From here, it's a 21km (13-mile) hike (including another short boat trip) to the foot of the mountain. The trail is signposted at various points and runs along streams, and through meadows and pinewoods. Some of the Sami in the village of Nikkaluokta will offer you their services as guides on the hike; negotiate the fee depending on the time of the year and the number of your party. You do not have to seek them out; once you arrive at Nikkaluokta, they will come to you, eager to assist. The Samis can also arrange overnight stays and hikes or boating trips. The Swedish Touring Club has a mountain station at Kebnekaise, and the station guide here can arrange group hikes to the summit (requiring about 4 hr. for the ascent). It's a fairly easy climb for those in good physical shape; no mountaineering equipment is necessary. It also is possible to ski on Kebnekaise mountain in winter. Do so if you must, but you won't find us on this cold, dark mountain at that time.

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