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Dog sledding is a wonderful winter holiday experience for adults and families alike. Discover Dog Sledding in Lapland is an enjoyable and flexible husky sledding tour suitable for a very wide range of participants, whether you are a solo adult traveller, couple, group of friends or family with children.
Discover Dog Sledding in Lapland is based in the far north of Sweden, 200km inside the Arctic Circle, and offers a real taste of the wilderness and of the excitement of an extended dog sledding tour - with the added bonus of good chances to see a display of the spectacular Northern Lights during your adventure.
You will be dog sledding through a magical winter landscape of snow-clad forests and frozen lakes. Accommodation each evening is in simple but comfortable cabin, and you will be able to relax with a traditional Swedish sauna on some evenings - if you dare, you may even brave a roll in the snow afterwards!
Accommodation during your tour will normally be at the kennels for first night and in one or two additional cabins during the tour, including at lakeside wilderness camp. You will head out each day to explore the surrounding landscape.
The cabins are warm and cosy and offer simple, traditional accommodation - you will be eating dinner by candlelight and fetching water from holes cut into the lake ice! Your guide will give you full instruction in handling your sled and caring for your husky team, and you should find that your mushing skills improve quickly.
Adults will enjoy the challenge and adventure of driving their own dogsled with their own team of 3-4 Alaskan or Siberian huskies. Depending on age, size and strength, children will either drive their own sled shared one per two persons or travel on a parent's sled. Adults who are unable or do not wish to drive their own sled may also choose to share a sled or travel with the guide.
Winter in Lapland arrives early and stays late. The season for Discover Dog Sledding in Lapland extends from mid-November to late April, with tours offered weekly Sunday-Wednesday and Thursday-Sunday, including Christmas and New Year. With snow cover for more than five months of the year, there is plenty of opportunity to enjoy the beauty of a Lapland winter in the company of your team of Huskies.
Dog sledding is a captivating and seductive adventure - after catching the husky sledding bug on a Discover Dog Sledding tour, you may well be back for an extended trip next year!
The kennels are located just 15 minutes from the world-famous Ice Hotel, making it a convenient option to visit the Ice Hotel on your arrival or departure day if you wish. Transfer from the Ice Hotel on arrival day or to the Ice Hotel on departure day can be offered as an alternative to transfers from/to Kiruna.
Snowmobiling and Ice Fishing
Snowmobile tours (daytime or evening) and/or ice fishing are available to add as optional extra activities on your arrival/departure days.
As with all our dogsled tours, you will be involved in all aspects of the trip, and this is very much part of the experience. You will assist with caring for your dog team, including harnessing, feeding (and, yes, picking up poo!), as well as tasks around camp such as fetching water, chopping wood, preparing food, washing up, etc.
If you would like additional nights in the area and/or extra activities on your arrival or departure days, our nearby Wilderness Cabin at the Reindeer Lodge and/or any of its optional winter activities (reindeer sledding, snowmobiling, Northern Lights) makes an ideal combination.
Snowmobile and ice fishing activities are also available to add as optional extras in connection with the start/end of your dogsled tour - see under "Dates and Prices" for details.
Arrival at Kiruna airport or Kiruna station for transfer to the kennels (approx. 20 mins). Arrival time is flexible - participants will arrive at various times throughout the day depending on travel plans. Kiruna lies in the far north of Sweden in Swedish Lapland, 150km inside the Arctic Circle and an excellent area for the Northern Lights. Transfer to your accommodation.
Dinner in the evening and a chance to relax after your journey for the experience ahead. Over the coming days of sledding you will be driving your own dogsled, typically covering around 20km-40km or more per day depending on terrain and trail conditions.
During the tour you will have the opportunity to enjoy a traditional Swedish sauna - the ideal way to relax after a day on the trail!
There are no specific activities for this day, but cross-country ski equipment and snowshoes are available to borrow free of charge from your local host for self-guided activities in the surrounding forest. Please ask your local hosts on arrival if you would like to borrow equipment for activities on this day.
Your first meeting with your team. If you have not received your winter clothing the day before, you will be issued with this now and also meet your guide. The dogs used are Alaskan or Siberian Huskies, ideally suited to dog sledding in this Arctic environment. You will be given full instruction in how to harness your dogs and handle the sled. Each participant will drive their own dogsled with team of 3-4 dogs (normally 3 dogs per team if using Alaskan huskies). The dogs are very friendly and affectionate, and you will soon find you form a close bond with your team.
Depending on the exact route followed, which will depend on factors such as weather, snow and trail conditions, the landscape varies greatly. Sometimes your dogsled team will be drawing you over a frozen river, at others through dense forests, over hills or across frozen lakes. Along the way you will stop at a suitable spot for outdoor lunch.
At the end of your first day's dog sledding through the Lapland forest wilderness, everyone participates in the care of the dogs, preparing them for the night and assisting with feeding, etc, before retiring for the evening, and with general tasks around the cabins such as chopping wood, fetching water, etc.
The day begins by taking care of the dogs followed by breakfast. It is then time to load the sleds and set off once more for a day's mushing through the silence and majesty of the Lapland winter. Accommodation in the evening in cabin and a chance to reflect on your experience - you will have become much more confident in handling your sled and made some new four-footed friends, and should be justly proud of your mushing skills by the end of the day's sledding!
Your last opportunity for sledding, with and early start and a short dogsled tour in the morning ending around 09.00-10.00.
At the end of the tour, you will take care of the sleds and equipment, say goodbye to your dogs and return your winter clothing.
You will then be transferred to Kiruna airport or train station for departure. Depending on timing of onward travel, there may be time to visit the world-famous Ice Hotel in Jukkasjärvi (see under "Transfers" below) or to spend some time in Kiruna.
You should plan departure time from Kiruna no earlier than lunchtime. If you are adding ice fishing or snowmobiling as an optional activity on your departure day, you should plan departure time no earlier than 14.00.
(Please note that the above is a preliminary itinerary and may vary due to factors such as weather conditions, access to trails and seasonal changes and local reindeer herding activities. In the event of very bad weather, a reserve day itinerary is also possible including sight-seeing in Kiruna and a visit to the Ice Hotel.)
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Dates 2017/18 and 2018/19
Twice weekly Thursday-Sunday and Sunday-Wednesday between mid-November and late April*, including Christmas and New Year.
February Half Term 2018: Special tour 13th-16th February (Tuesday-Friday) in addition to normal Sunday-Wednesday and Thursday-Sunday tour dates.
*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.
Groups of minimum 5-6 can also book private tours on other dates. Max. group size for standard tours is 6 persons, but for private tours larger groups can be accommodated. Please contact us to discuss your requirements. Private tours can also be extended with additional days.
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.
|Standard Prices winter 2017/18|
|Per adult||GBP 750||EUR 847|
|Per child under 16||GBP 375||EUR 424|
|Standard Prices winter 2018/19|
|Per adult||GBP 774||EUR 874|
|Per child under 16||GBP 387||EUR 437|
Dog sledding for families:
This experience is suitable for both adults and families. As standard, adult participants drive their own sled with 3-4 Siberian Huskies. However, participants who are unable or do not wish to drive their own sled for all or part of the tour may opt to share a sled or travel on guide's sled.
In general, children aged 12-15 will normally share a sled one per two persons (for example with parent or older sibling) and, depending on factors such as size and strength, will normally be able to take turns driving at times. Younger children will travel on a parent's sleds or on guide's sled depending on conditions and the ratio of parents/children in the group. Children aged 7-12 are often able to try driving for certain parts of the route where the terrain is level and easy-going and the guide is able to easily supervise the group. While age is a helpful guideline, a number of other factors such as physical strength and weather/trail conditions will also influence the suitability for children to drive a sled. Safety is of the highest priority and possibilities for children to drive will be at your guide's discretion.
Prices for optional extras below are for the 2017/18 winter season. Prices for 2018/19 can be confirmed on request.
|Optional Extras per person (see description below)|
|Keep Warm package||GBP 97||EUR 104|
|Snowmobile daytime tour 2.5 hours (shared one per two persons)|
|Adult||GBP 115||EUR 124|
|Child under 16||GBP 58||EUR 62|
|Snowmobile daytime tour 3.5-4 hours (shared one per two persons)|
|Adult||GBP 156||EUR 168|
|Child under 16||GBP 78||EUR 84|
|Snowmobile evening tour 2.5 hours (shared one per two persons)|
|Adult||GBP 125||EUR 135|
|Child under 16||GBP 63||EUR 68|
|Snowmobile evening tour 3.5-4 hours (shared one per two persons)|
|Adult||GBP 167||EUR 180|
|Child under 16||GBP 84||EUR 90|
|Supplement to drive own snowmobile (all snowmobile tours)|
|Adult||GBP 53||EUR 57|
|Ice fishing 2-3 hours|
|Adult||GBP 89||EUR 96|
|Child under 12||GBP 45||EUR 48|
- Keep Warm package: Winter clothing package including base layer, micro-fleece, balaclava and woollen socks (note that this clothing is purchased, not hired, and is yours to keep). NB: Please provide height, weight and shoe size information when booking this option. Details »
- Snowmobile tours: Can be added as an extra activity for your arrival or departure day in connection with the start/end of your dogsled tour. Daytime tours can be added on arrival or departure day. Evening tours can be added only on arrival day. Tour times are flexible subject to your travel arrangements and availability - please let us know your preference on booking. Solo travellers must choose drive own snowmobile option. Duration given is approx. total tour duration including initial instruction and breaks: 2.5 hour tours include snack/coffee, 3.5-4 hour tours include lunch (daytime) or dinner (evening). Evening tours give good possibilities to see Northern Lights if conditions are suitable. Min. age 10 years. Min. age to drive own snowmobile 18 years. Participants wishing to drive must hold full driving licence and be able to show licence locally.
- Ice fishing: Can be added as an extra activity for your arrival or departure day in connection with the start/end of your dogsled tour. Tour times are flexible subject to availability - please let us know your preference on booking. You will be taken by snowmobile to a suitable location for fishing on the river or nearby lake depending on ice conditions. Equipment is provided and you will have a short instruction meeting/coffee break with your guide. You will then be left to fish independently at the location and met again 2-3 hours later for return transfer. NB: This activity can be booked throughout the winter season, but may be most enjoyable if travelling during the later part of the winter (late February to April), when daylight hours are longer and temperatures typically milder.
Accommodation in simple wilderness cabins. Accommodation for the first night will normally be in cabin at the kennels. For the other two nights during the tour, accommodation will normally be in wilderness cabin at lakeside camp and sometimes one additional location.
You will have access to sauna on some nights.
There may also be other persons staying at the overnight accommodation used during the tour.
Example cabin accommodation at the kennels that may be used for arrival night
Example main cabin accommodation during tour (may also be used for arrival night), shows interior, grill cabin and sauna
The cabins are located in a fairly remote area, where standard of accommodation is simple (no running water or electricity) but cosy and comfortable. The cabins are heated by wood-burning stoves and lit by candles, and water is drawn from nearby rivers and lakes.
Everyone assists with camp duties such as chopping wood, fetching water and washing/tidying up.
Sleeping accommodation on all nights during the tour is shared. Cabins will typically have one or two sleeping rooms, each with bunk beds.
Further example of typical cabin accommodation used during the tour
All meals from lunch 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:
- All necessary equipment during dog sledding tour including sleds with own dogsled team. As standard, each adult participant drives their own sled with 3-4 Siberian Huskies. However, children or adults who are unable or do not wish to drive their own sled for all or part of the tour may opt to share a sled or travel on guide's sled.
- Warm winter clothing for all activities: snowscooter overalls, winter boots, hat, gloves, inner and outer socks.
- Sleeping bag, sleeping sheet and pillow case.
- Thermos for hot water (there is no need to bring a separate water bottle).
- Bag for personal items and clothing.
(additional items such as long-johns may be available on request - please ask if there is a particular item of clothing or equipment you require)
- Instruction in harnessing and sled handling.
- Services of local guide.
- Return transfer between Kiruna airport or Kiruna station (or from accommodation locally) and the cabins in connection with your tour. For guests, wishing to visit the Ice Hotel (entry charge payable locally) on arrival or departure day, pick-up from the Ice Hotel on arrival day or drop-off on departure can be offered as an alternative (guests will then travel independently between Kiruna and the Ice Hotel).
- 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.
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You should have a normal level of fitness and enjoy outdoor life in winter conditions. You should also be comfortable living in close proximity with others. This experience is suitable for both adults and families. There is no minimum age, but the tour will typically be suitable for children aged 6+.
No previous dog sledding experience is required. Dog sledding can be physically demanding and to drive your own sled 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.
If weight >95kg, please contact us to discuss suitability.
What makes this "Easy-Medium"?
As a relatively short tour (2 days' sledding + short sled in morning of Day 4), this tour will be less challenging than a longer tour in similar terrain and is suitable for both adults and families. Itinerary may be based at same accommodation for all nights, which removes the requirement of packing/unpacking each day, or may move between overnight accommodation for one night. The tour takes place in a lowland landscape, though assistance the sled on uphill sections or in deep snow will still be required.
NB: Perception of difficulty is very subjective. What is hard to one person may be easy for another and vice versa, depending on factors including level of fitness, age and previous experience. Weather conditions/temperatures can also dramatically affect the actual level of challenge encountered.
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.
A total of minimum 2 persons is required for scheduled tours to run. You are of course welcome to book as a solo traveller.
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.
Fly to Stockholm then onward to Kiruna by night train or domestic flight connection. Transfer from Kiruna airport or train station is included.
Ferry Dover-Dunkirk or Newcastle-Amsterdam for onward train connections to Kiruna.
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This experience makes a good combination with the following:
Maximum group size 6 persons.
This experience is also available as a private experience for groups. For private tours, larger groups can be accommodated. Please contact us to discuss your requirements.
This provider has a detailed environmental policy and has received Swedish Tour Quality certification.
The sleds are made in a local workshop just 100m from the kennels, while many of the dogs' harnesses are sewn by a local family.
Lapland (or Lappland in Swedish) is the northernmost province of Sweden, occupying an area of 109,000 square kilometres, around 25% of Sweden's total land area, yet with just 100,000 inhabitants. This is just over 1% of Sweden's total population, currently around 9 million.
Lapland borders Jämtland to the south, Norway to the west and Finland to the north-east. This huge area contains 8 of Sweden's National Parks: Abisko, Björnlandet, Muddus, Padjelanta, Sarek, Stora Sjöfallet and Vadvetjåkka,
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!
"We had the most fantastic holiday, both my daughter and myself consider that it was one of the best things we have ever done. The information given beforehand was comprehensive and most helpful and so we felt very well-prepared with equipment, etc. All the pickups and transfers worked very smoothly and on time and our hosts and guides both at the Reindeer Lodge and the kennels were very welcoming and a pleasure to be with. Our guide on the dog sledding tour was a lovely guy, very funny, knowledgeable, always puts the welfare of the dogs first and foremost and we were sorry to leave him, the beautiful, hardworking and friendly huskies and our fellow guests behind. Thanks a million to you and the team at Nature Travels for your wonderful organisation, there was nothing to fault at all." Liz, who combined Discover Dog Sledding in Lapland with a stay at Wilderness Cabin at the Reindeer Lodge, February 2018
"Brilliant trip. I thought Nature travels kept me informed with emails right up to the date and during and after. Catching -31 was brilliant, some northern lights , a sunny day and a snow day. Absolutely brilliant experience. Loved it and will highly recommend it." Tony, January 2018
"I just wanted to say a HUGE thank you to you and everyone at Nature Travels! We had he most incredible time - it was absolutely unbelievable and one of the most memorable holidays I think I’ve ever been on." Emily, who combined Discover Dog Sledding in Lapland with a stay at Wilderness Cabin at the Reindeer Lodge, January 2018.