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Dog sledding in the wilderness of Jämtland in north-west Sweden is a wonderful experience. Siberian Husky Dogsled Adventure is a 5-day dog sledding tour (6 days for special New Year tour) ideal for solo travellers, couples or small groups of friends. The tour offers a mix of both comfort and adventure, combining nights at the Husky Lodge at the start and end of your tour with 3 days' dog sledding in the mountains/forest from accommodation base in simple but cosy wilderness cabin.
The dogs used during the tour are Siberian Huskies - sturdy, dependable, powerful dogs ideally suited to dog sledding. Siberian Huskies are born to pull, and they love it! You can see the expectancy and anticipation in their eyes as the team is organised, the wild excitement in their powerful muscles as they strain at the harness ready for the off, and their sheer joy as the brake is released and the team surges forward as one.
You will be driving your own dogsled with your own team of four dogs. Under the tutelage of your expert guide, you will find that you quickly gain confidence in handling your dogsled team and by the end of your experience should be justly proud of your mushing skills. As you become more adept at handling the sled you will earn the trust and the friendship of your sled dogs. On your journeys through the wilderness you will become part of a dog sledding team, but a team with a difference: for you will be the only member on two legs!
Each day you will take a different route, exploring the beauty of the Jämtland winter landscape. Groups are very small - maximum group size is just four persons - so you will have a very personal relationship both with your guide and your dog team. You will be working closely with your dogs and tending to their needs each day, and you should find you make some very special friends during your dog sledding tour in the Swedish wilderness. Lunch will usually be made over open fire out on the trail, with dinner in the evenings in the warmth of the cabins.
Dog sledding can be demanding, but it is not necessary to be exceptionally fit. Some strength is required when mushing, particularly when braking the sled and assisting the dogs on uphill stretches, but on the whole a willingness to participate fully in the experience, to work with the dogs, to learn their ways and the ways of the sled are more important than brute force. This dog sledding adventure is accessible to most people in good health and of average fitness/strength.
Siberian Husky Dogsled Adventure is an enjoyable dogsled experience ideal as a multi-day tour for novice mushers or for those who have done some day-tours but would like to experience the adventure and challenge of a longer dog sledding adventure.
Your team of Siberian Huskies is waiting - it's time to answer the Call of the Wild!
Read a trip report from this tour on the Nature Travels Wild Sweden blog.
Following itinerary is for standard tours. For variations for special New Year tour, please see below.
You arrive and check in at your accommodation, the Husky Lodge, next to the sled dogs kennels. After settling in you will have your first meeting with the dogs who will be your friends, companions and mode of transport for the coming days. The dogs used are Siberian Huskies, active, energetic, resilient and friendly dogs ideal for dog sledding. You will go through the sleds, harnesses and other equipment you will be using during your tour before going in out of the cold for dinner, a chance to get to know your guide and talk over the week ahead. Accommodation is at the Husky Lodge in 2-person rooms. There are two rooms at the lodge, both comfortable standard with private TV room and WC.
You make an early start for transfer up to the mountains. Your accommodation base for the next two nights will be in simple cabin at the base of the mountains, from where you will head out for day tours each day. Having a fixed base gives you the chance to run fast and light with your sleds and to cover greater distances than when sledding with heavy packing, and you should soon find that you gain confidence running your team and become justly proud of your mushing skills. The cabin is well-placed to offer a range of tour possibilities depending on weather conditions, from climbing up towards the mountain areas to dog sledding in the landscape of forest and moorland at the base of the hills.
Each morning you begin the day with breakfast (4-footed team members first!) before harnessing your team and taking to the trail for a day of dog sledding. Siberian Huskies love to pull, and they make their excitement and anticipation very audible as you get ready for the off. When sledding in uphill areas you will need to assist your dogsled team by running and kicking for short stretches.
After sledding on Day 4 you return to the kennels for night at the Husky Lodge.
After breakfast you will say farewell to the dogs and guide, who you will have come to know closely over the last few days. You may only have spent a few days in the Jämtland mountains, but the memories should last a lifetime!
Please note the standard itinerary may be subject to change depending on weather and snow conditions.
The New Year tour is a 6-day/5-night tour, with additional night at the Husky Lodge on Day 2. On Day 2 you will do a day tour in the surrounding area before returning to the Husky Lodge. Days 3-5 are as Days 2-4 above. On New Year's Eve a special New Year dinner will be prepared at the cabin.
06.01-10.01.14, 13.01-17.01.14, 20.01-24.01.14, 27.01-31.01.14, 03.02-07.02.14, 10.02-14.02.14, 17.02.-21.02.14
Private tours are also possible on request from min. 2 persons. For private tours, there is a supplement of £246/person to standard prices.
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.
All meals from dinner on Day 1 to breakfast on Day 5 (Day 6 for New Year tour). Please let us know if you have any special dietary requirements.
You should have a normal level of fitness and enjoy the outdoors. You should also be comfortable living in close proximity with others.
No previous dog sledding experience is required. Dog sledding can be physically demanding. You must be able to brake the sled when going downhill, which can be hard when you are working against gravity and the pull of four Siberian Huskies and also assist the dogs during uphill sections by stepping off and running behind the sled for short distances.
Minimum age 18.
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.
A total of minimum two persons is required for scheduled tours to run. You are of course welcome to book as a solo traveller. Groups of min. 2 persons can also book private tours by arrangement.
Maximum group size 4 persons.
Siberian Huskies are a working breed originating from eastern Siberia and are related to the Spitz family. They are characterised by dense fur, triangular ears and a sickle-shaped tail.
Siberian Huskies are energetic, active and resilient and are ideally suited for cold environments, making them excellent sled dogs.
This provider is a member of the Swedish Ecotourism Society.
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.
Fly to Stockholm then onward by train to Östersund (travel time around 5 hours). You can also travel from Stockholm to Åre Östersund airport by domestic flight connection. Transfer from Östersund airport or train station is included.
Ferry from Harwich to Esbjerg (Denmark) for onward train connections to Östersund.
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