Northern Lights Dog Sledding in Lapland

Northern Lights Dog Sledding in Lapland

Photos: M.Rullander

Northern Lights Dog Sledding in Lapland (Sweden)

An extended dog sledding expedition inside the Arctic Circle with your own team of Siberian Huskies

Dog sledding holidays in Sweden: Lapland

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Northern Lights in Sweden winter 2014/2015

Northern Lights activity is currently at a high, making it the ideal time for a winter holiday in Lapland! Bookings are also open for Northern Lights Dog Sledding in Lapland for the winter 2014/2015 season.

Overview

  • Required: General good health and level of fitness. Minimum age 18.
  • Duration: 8 days/7 nights.
  • Accommodation: 7 nights in cabins at base camp and along the route.
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Swedish Lapland is a unique wilderness region, occupying 25% of Sweden's land area but with just 1% of its inhabitants. Northern Lights Dog Sledding in Lapland is a challenging but accessible dog sledding tour taking you through silent ancient forests, across frozen lakes and river beds, in command of your own team of Siberian Huskies.

This experience is a 8-day dog sledding tour (arrival + departure + 6 days' sledding) in the wilds of Swedish Lapland, travelling from cabin to cabin and typically sledding between 25km and 50km per day. Along the route you will stay in simple but comfortable wilderness cabins, some with sauna facilities to soothe your muscles after a long day's mushing on the trail.

Swedish Lapland is also an ideal location to see the Northern Lights. The long, dark Arctic night provides good chances to see this spectacular natural phenomenon during your tour. Northern Lights Dog Sledding in Lapland runs between December and mid-April and the area in which the tour takes places offers very good conditions for viewing the Northern Lights far away from light pollution. Each part of the winter season offers its own special atmosphere - the period between December and February has the longest hours of darkness, a very special "midwinter" atmosphere with a lovely quality to the light, and generally lower temperatures, while the "spring winter" of March and April has longer daylight hours, a spring feeling in the air and typically milder temperatures. The Northern Lights can be seen until around early April.

The excitement and adventure of working closely together with your dogsled team of Siberian Huskies as you journey through the Lapland winter landscape makes Northern Lights Dog Sledding in Lapland an ideal tour both for novice mushers and those who have already discovered the joys of dog sledding. The tour is suitable for adults with general good health and level of fitness and all specialist winter clothing is supplied as standard.

The Lapland wilderness is waiting and the dogs are eager to be off!

Northern Lights in Lapland

Lapland is an excellent location to see the Northern Lights. The Northern Lights are spectacular curtains of colour in the night sky caused by the interaction of solar particles with the Earth's atmosphere. Dark winter nights with clear skies and a New Moon offer the best conditions for the most spectacular Northern Lights displays.

Itinerary

Day 1

Arrival at Kiruna airport or Kiruna station. 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. Transfer to your cabin accommodation for the night and outfitting with winter clothing for the tour. Dinner and a chance to discuss the tour ahead. Arrangements and timings for dinner and issue of equipment this day may vary according to guests' arrival times. There are no specific activities for this arrival day, but snowshoes are available to borrow for self-guided tours in the surrounding forests.

Days 2-6

After breakfast you will meet your dog team and receive basic instruction in how to harness your team and handle the sleds. You will then load the sleds with the items you will need for your extended tour. In addition to personal packing, you will be taking sleeping bags, food (for humans and dogs!) and materials for the sleds and dog teams. After a final check it's time to head off to begin your dogsled tour, following your guide, who will lead the group.

Each participant will drive their own dogsled with own dog team of four Siberian Huskies. The dogs used are Siberian Huskies, ideally suited to dog sledding in this Arctic environment. Along the way you will stop at a suitable spot for lunch. At the cabins, everyone assists with tending to the dogs, chopping wood and fetching water. The day ends with dinner and a chance to reflect on your day on the trail mushing in the Lapland wilderness.

The days during your husky tour begin by taking care of the dogs followed by breakfast - but here the similarity ends, as each day is characterised by the route taken. You will be travelling through the wide expanses of Swedish Lapland, often called "Europe's Last Wilderness", with very good chances to see the Northern Lights during the long polar night, glittering white snow during the day, pure air and a unique silence.

There are a number of possible locations for overnight accommodation along the route - the choice of cabins used and route followed will vary depending on factors such as weather conditions and movement of reindeer herds in the area. You will normally sled from cabin to cabin each day, possibly spending two consecutive nights at the same cabin to run fast and light with your team without packing for a day. The majority of the cabins are located in remote wilderness areas. 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. Toilet facilities are dry outside toilet houses.

Some of the overnight locations have sauna facilities and you will have the possibility to have sauna on at least one night of your tour. Weather and snow conditions will influence the level of challenge. The trail may be hard-packed and icy, or heavy and soft following freshly-fallen snow. Typical distance covered is between 25km-50km per day. After feeding and harnessing your dogs in the morning and making preparations to leave the cabins, you will typically be on the trail by around 10.30-11.00, reaching your destination sometime in the afternoon.

Day 7

Your final day of dog sledding in the Lapland wilderness. A shorter day's sledding brings you to the kennels in the afternoon, where you will unload the sleds, say farewell to your dogsled team and return your equipment before spending your final night together in cabin accommodation to reflect on the week's husky sledding adventure.

Day 8

After breakfast, you will be transferred to Kiruna train station or airport for departure. Transfers are timed according to your onward travel arrangements. If you are departing later in the day, you may wish to take some hours to explore Kiruna.

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. During periods of extreme cold weather, for comfort and safety sledding duration each day can be shortened.

Dates & Prices

Dates

2014/2015 winter season

With the exception of Christmas and New Year tours, majority of tour dates run Tuesday-Tuesday and/or Wednesday-Wednesday

09.12-16.12.14, 10.12-17.12.14, 19.12-26.12.14 (Christmas tour), 20.12-27.12.14 (Christmas tour), 27.12.14-03.01.15 (New Year tour), 03.01-10.01.15, 06.01.15-13.01.15, 07.01-14.01.15, 13.01-20.01.15, 14.01-21.01.15, 20.01-27.01.15, 21.01-28.01.15, 27.01-03.02.15, 28.01-04.02.15, 03.02-10.02.15, 04.02-11.02.15, 10.02-17.02.15, 11.02-18.02.15, 17.02-24.02.15, 18.02-25.02.15, 24.02-03.03.15, 03.03-10.03.15, 10.03-17.03.15, 17.03-24.03.15, 24.03-31.03.15, 31.03.15-07.04.15, 07.04-14.04.15*

*The Northern Lights can normally be seen until around early April.

Groups of minimum 6 can also book private tours on other dates at standard prices. Max. group size for standard tours is 6 persons, but for private tours larger groups can be accommodated.

The Price

Prices are in British Pounds. If you wish, you are also welcome to make your payment by bank transfer in Euros or Swedish Kronor. If this would be of interest, please let us know and we will be happy to provide prices.

2014/2015 winter season

  • 09.12-16.12.14, 10.12-17.12.14: £1400/person
  • Christmas and New Year tours: £1650/person
  • 10.02-17.02.15, 11.02-18.02.15, 17.02-24.02.15, 18.02-25.02.15, 24.02-03.03.15: £1550/person
  • All other dates: £1500/person

What The Price Includes

Accommodation

Seven nights in cabin accommodation as per itinerary. Some overnight stops along the route have sauna facilities. The cabins along the route are located in remote areas, 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.

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

  • All necessary equipment during dog sledding tour including sleds with own dogsled team. Each participant drives their own sled with four Siberian Huskies.
  • Warm winter clothing for all activities: snowscooter overalls, winter boots, hat, gloves, inner and outer socks.
  • Sleeping bag, sleeping sheet and pillow case.
  • Towel.
  • 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)

Winter clothing for dog sledding in Lapland

Guide

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

Transfers

  • Return transfer between Kiruna airport or Kiruna station and the cabins.
  • Local transfers for activities during the experience.

What The Price Does Not Include

Alcoholic drinks.

Optional Extras

"Keep Warm" winter clothing package including base layer, micro-fleece, balaclava, woollen socks and backpack: £93/person (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 »

Practical Info

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

A detailed recommended equipment list will be sent with your booking confirmation.

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.

Groups

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

Maximum group size 6 persons for scheduled tours.

There may also be other persons staying at the overnight accommodation used during the tour.

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.

Additional Notes

This provider has a detailed environmental policy and has received Swedish Tour Quality certification.

Location

Detailed information on travel options will be sent with your booking documentation. We are happy to advise on suitable connections and assist you with any aspect of planning your journey.

By Air

Fly to Stockholm then onward to Kiruna by night train or domestic flight connection. Transfer from Kiruna airport or train station is included.

Without Flying

Ferry from Harwich to Esbjerg (Denmark) for onward train connections to Kiruna.

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