Sweden’s perhaps most well-known mountain station has been attracting Swedish and international visitors to the mountains west of Kiruna for a hundred years. This is in spite of being relatively inaccessible, situated at a height of 700 meters in a remote territory at the foot of Sweden’s highest mountain, Kebnekaise. Simply getting there is an adventure in itself…
In the winter, the mountain station is reached on skis or snowmobile/track vehicle with Nikkaluokta Alltransport. In the summer, visitors have to walk all the way or take a boat trip to save a few kilometers. Kebnekaise Mountain Station lies in remote territory, nearly 20 km from the nearest road and on the lower slopes of Sweden’s highest mountain. This is the base for climbing the southern peak of Kebnekaise, walking in the surrounding mountain valleys, enjoying off-piste skiing or fantastic climbing adventures.
Construction of the mountain station began in 1907 and the station welcomed its first guests in 1911. The original building can still be seen as part of the modern main building.
Many people come here to scale the southern peak of Kebnekaise (2,103 m). In that case, it is best to make use of the Mountain Station’s guides, who are local experts with mountain leader qualifications. Many are also certified mountain guides and have extensive experience of the Kebnekaise area and the sometimes temperamental weather.
Kebnekaise’s Mountain Station offers basic accommodation with over 200 beds, either in the dormitories of the main building or smaller rooms for two or four people in the annex. The fully-licensed restaurant Elsa with its own bakery serves breakfast, a lunch buffet and a three-course dinner in the evenings, and many of the dishes are organic with the KRAV-label. Guests of the Mountain Station also have access to a leisure department and a sauna.
For a mountain station in remote territory, collaboration with other players in the district is crucial. Consequently, there is a well-established collaboration with accommodation and transport companies in Nikkaluokta, and Kebnekaise Mountain Station tries to recruit its staff from the local district.
Around Midsummer, the staff of the station tidies up Sweden’s highest mountain. The amount of waste usually fills around ten full rubbish bags, which are then transported down to the Mountain Station and sorted into fractions. The immediate surroundings of the Mountain Station are also tidied up a couple of times a year, clearing wrecked tents, forgotten shoes and other rubbish.
The labelling comittes statement
Labelling Committee´s motivation (16 June 2011)
A hundred years after the arrival of the first guests, it feels like the ultimate honor to welcome Sweden’s most famous mountain station to Nature’s Best. This is a mutual acknowledgment that long-term quality initiatives, practical measures to protect the environment, local collaboration, and enjoyable outdoor activities are rewarded and have a bright future.