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Arctic Circle Dog Sledding in Tornedalen

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Arctic Circle Dog Sledding in Tornedalen (Sweden)

A husky adventure in the heart of Swedish Lapland with good chances for Northern Lights

  • Guided
  • Medium
  • From £736/person
  • Jan-Apr, 4-8 days
  • Adults, Groups, Solo
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  • Arrival
  • Following Days
  • Departure

Located in the heart of Swedish Lapland close to the Arctic Circle and with good chances to see the Northern Lights during your tour, this experience puts you in charge of your own team of friendly Alaskan Huskies for an adventure into a surrounding winter landscape of frozen lakes and wetlands, forests and small hills.

Arriving by flight or night train to Luleå, you begin your Lapland dogsled experience with dinner with your guide at the kennels and introduction to the tour ahead. The next morning, you will have some instruction in how to harness and handle your teams. Then your mushing adventure begins, sledding into the surrounding wilderness for 2, 3 or 6 days' sledding depending on the chosen duration of your tour.

Accommodation for the first day's sledding is a simple but comfortable wilderness cabin by the river Kalix, where after taking care of the dogs (the dogs always come first!) a wood-fired sauna awaits as the perfect end to a day on the trail. From here, the route depends on the duration of your chosen tour and weather and snow conditions. For 4-day tours, your second day of dog sledding will take you back towards the kennels. For 5-day and 8-day tours, you continue with your husky team to new overnight location(s) at different wilderness cabins along the route.

Depending on weather and trail conditions, you will normally cover 25-50km per day. 8-day tours will also normally include one night sleeping in tipi with wood-burning stove and possibly two nights at the same location to allow you to run the sleds fast and light on a day tour in the surrounding area and really work on your mushing skills!

Your last day of sledding takes you back towards the kennels for a relaxing sauna, dinner with your guide and an evening to take stock of all you have experienced in the Lapland winter wilderness.

However uncertain you may have felt at the start, by the end of your tour you should be feeling very proud of your new skills and there are likely to be a few tears bidding farewell to your dogs!

This is a small-scale, personal experience (max. group size 6 persons + guide) in a little-visited region of Swedish Lapland, with shorter tours the ideal introduction to a multi-day dog sledding experience and longer tours offering an additional level of challenge for those seeking an extended dogsled adventure!

Arrival

Arrival at Luleå airport or train station for transfer north (approx. 2 hours) to the kennels.

Transfers are at fixed times. Transfer leaves from Luleå airport at 14.00, meeting flights arriving 13.30 or earlier. Guests arriving by train will be met at Luleå train station at 13.00 (the night train from Stockholm arrives earlier in the day). If overnighting in Luleå before your tour, pick-up will be at your accommodation around 12.30-13.30.

Dinner together with your guide at the husky camp and a chance to discuss the tour ahead. Accommodation for the night is in apartment 3km from the kennels.

Following Days

4-day tours will have two days' dog sledding, 5-day tours will have three days' dog sledding, and 8-day tours six day's dog sledding. Distance covered per day is typically around 25-50km. As with any outdoor experience, exact itinerary and distance covered can vary depending on weather and trail conditions.

Day 2:

You will be picked up from the lodge at around 09.00 for breakfast at the kennels. After breakfast, you will meet your team and be instructed in how to harness the dogs and handle the sleds. Each participant drives their own sled with 4-5 Alaskan Huskies. The dogs are friendly and love to work!

When the sleds are loaded, you set off into the Lapland wilderness for your first day of sledding. Your first day on the sleds takes you through across frozen lakes and wetlands, through a landscape of forests and small hills to reach a wilderness cabin next to the river Kalix, your accommodation for the night, sometime in the afternoon.

The first priority is to take care of your team - you stake them out on the lines and heat water for their food (a hot soup of meat and kibbles). In cold conditions, you may make beds or give blankets to the dogs to keep them comfortable.

The wilderness cabin is simple but comfortable, with no running water and with a lovely wood-fired sauna to soothe tired muscles after your first day on the trail! This cabin has electricity.

You light the wood-burning stove and prepare dinner together to enjoy your first evening in the wilderness.

Rest of the Tour:

For participants on 4-day tours, see Last Day of Sledding

Each morning, you will take care of the dogs first followed by breakast and preparation for the day's mushing ahead. You load the sleds, harness your dogsled teams, and take once more to the trail!

For the following days, you explore more of the Lapland winter landscape. You will normally sled to a new cabin each night, possibly staying two nights at the same location to drive a day-tour in the surrounding area, which gives you the opportunity for a faster start in the morning and the chance to run with lighter sleds during the day.

5-day Tours:

Depending on weather and trail conditions, you may move to a different wilderness cabin for your second night "out", or accommodation may be at the same cabin as for Day 2, doing a longer day tour with lighter sleds for the second day of sledding.

8-day Tours:

For 8-day tours (subject to weather conditions), the intention is to include one night in tipi, sleeping in warm winter sleeping bags on reindeer skins with wood-burning stove.

Depending on the particular route taken, accommodation on Day 6 (the last night "out") will normally be at the same cabin as for Day 2, with the opportunity to enjoy wood-fired sauna.

Other cabins during the tour are of simpler standard, with no electricity.

Last Day of Sledding: Day 3 (4-day tours), Day 4 (5-day tours) or Day 7 (8-day tour)

By now you will have become much more confident in handling your sled and learned to love the various members of your canine companions and their different characters! It's time to sled back towards the kennels, arriving sometime in the afternoon.

Here you will unharness your teams and return them to their kennels for a well-earned rest, before dinner and wood-fired sauna together with the group and time to reflect on your husky adventure!

Accommodation this night is as for Day 1, in apartment 3km from the kennels.

Departure

Breakfast and transfer to Luleå airport for departure. Transfers will meet flights departing 13.00 or later (you will be at the airport around 12.00).

Guests departing by train will be at Luleå by 13.00 (this is normally a few hours before the night train departs for Stockholm, so there is the opportunity to spend some time in Luleå in the afternoon).

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Dates 2017

  • 4 days/3 nights: 19.01-22.01.17
  • 5 days/4 nights: 11.01-15.01.17, 15.01-19.01.17, 22.01-26.01.17, 08.02-12.02.17, 19.02-23.02.17, 19.03-23.03.17
  • 8 days/7 nights: 12.02-19.02.17, 26.02-05.03.17, 26.03-02.04.17, 02.04-09.04.17*, 09.04-16.04.17*

*The Northern Lights are visible from around September to early/mid April. The deep midwinter period of November-January offers the longest hours of darkness, which is of course required for the Northern Lights to be visible, while the "spring winter" of March and April offers longer hours of daylight and typically milder temperatures. The Northern Lights can be visible at any time during this period, including during March to mid-April. While March and April have shorter nights, on the other hand these months can also have a greater incidence of clear skies.

Prices 2017

Prices are in British Pounds and Euros. If you wish, you are also welcome to make your payment in Swedish Kronor (SEK) - please contact us for details.

4 days/3 nights (per person)GBP 736EUR 843
5 days/4 nights (per person)GBP 1,030EUR 1,180
8 days/7 nights (per person)GBP 1,814EUR 2,079

Included

Accommodation:

Two nights' accommodation in apartment 3km from the kennels on first and last night of the tour. Apartment has two bedrooms with bunk or standard beds. Shared WC/shower and kitchen. Depending on group size, it may be possible to offer single room for this night or room for couples on request.

Sauna available at kennels after returning on last night.

Apartment near kennels

Apartment for first and last nights

Accommodation in wilderness cabins during the tour (shared sleeping accommodation, bunk beds, no running water, dry outside toilets). Cabin normally used for Day 2 (all tour durations, possibly also for Day 3 of 5-day tour and Day 6 of 8-day tour) has electricity and sauna.

Other cabins during the 5-day and 8-day tours are of simpler standard with no electricity.

8-day tours will normally also include one night in tipi (sleeping on reindeer skins, tipi has wood-burning stove).

Wilderness Cabin

Cabin normally used for Day 2 (and possibly one other night for 5-day and 8-day tours as per itinerary). Other cabins along the route are of simpler standard.

Meals:

All meals from dinner on arrival day to breakfast on departure day (breakfast, lunch, dinner + coffee/snacks, etc). Please let us know if you have any special dietary requirements.

Equipment and Clothing:

  • Sled and dog team with related equipment.
  • Warm outer winter clothing (snowmobile overall, winter boots, hat and gloves). Please specify shoe size (allowing room for thick socks) and overall size (S-XL) in advance.
  • Winter sleeping bag and liner for nights during tour.
  • Thermos.
  • Bed linen for apartment nights.
  • Towel.
Winter clothing for dog sledding in Lapland

Clothing provided as standard

Guide:

  • Instruction in harnessing and sled handling.
  • Services of local guide.

Transfers:

  • Return transfer between Luleå airport or train station and the kennels at fixed times on arrival/departure day. See under "Itinerary" for details.

Not Included

  • Travel: We do not arrange flights or domestic travel, but are happy to advise on suitable connections and assist you with any aspect of planning your journey. See under "Good to Know > Getting There" for general travel information.
  • Alcoholic drinks.
  • Required
  • Getting There
  • Groups
  • Eco Info

Required

Health requirements/experience:

You should have a general good level of fitness and enjoy the outdoors. You should also be comfortable living in close proximity with others. Minimum age 18.

No previous dog sledding experience is required. Dog sledding can be physically demanding. You must be able to brake the sled when going downhill and also assist the dogs during uphill sections by stepping off and running behind the sled for short distances (note, however, that this tour runs in a landscape of frozen lakes, rivers and forest so will be less demanding than sledding in mountain terrain). Tasks around the cabins (fetching water, chopping wood, etc) can also be physically demanding.

Equipment/clothes needed:

For information on any equipment and/or clothing included as standard for this experience, please see under "Dates and Prices > Included".

A detailed recommended packing list for personal items to bring will be sent with your booking documentation.

NB: We advise you not to buy equipment or clothes for your trip or to incur other non-refundable expenses such as flights until you have received confirmation of your booking from us in writing. Note of course that the most appropriate clothing to use as well as the level of challenge experienced during any outdoor activity may vary significantly depending on factors such as the time of year and the particular weather/temperature conditions during your trip.

Minimum number:

A total of minimum two persons is required for scheduled tours to run. You are of course welcome to book as a solo traveller.

Getting There

Detailed information on travel options to this experience will be provided in response to your enquiry. We are happy to advise on suitable connections and assist you with any aspect of planning your journey.

Please ensure that you make a booking with us first and wait for confirmation that your spaces are reserved before making any travel arrangements.

By Air:

Fly to Stockholm then onward to Luleå by night train or domestic flight connection. Transfer (approx. 2 hours) from Luleå airport or train station is included at fixed times.

Without Flying:

Ferry Dover-Dunkirk or Newcastle-Amsterdam for onward train connections to Luleå.

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Groups

Maximum group size 6 participants.

Eco Info

This provider has a written environmental policy and is a small, family-owned kennel.

Will I see the Northern Lights?

This experience is located in the far north of Sweden, one of the world's best locations for seeing the Northern Lights, and offers good chances to see a display during your tour. Wonderful displays are regularly seen on the tours. However, it is important to bear in mind that the Aurora is a natural phenomenon and sightings can never be guaranteed in any location - it is not possible to search for a display. The skies may be cloudy, there may be no activity, or you may be fast asleep after a day of adventure on the trail!

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