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Northern Lights Dogsled Adventure in Lapland (Sweden)

Four days of mushing with your own husky team through the Arctic wilderness of Swedish Lapland

  • Guided
  • Medium
  • From £/adult, £/child 16-17
  • Nov-Apr, 4 days/3 nights
  • Adults (min. age 16), Groups, Solo

Highlights:

  • Drive your own team of huskies
  • Sledding on all four days of the tour
  • Regular dates from November to April
  • Ideal location for Northern Lights
  • Just 15 minutes from Kiruna
  • Two-night expedition to wilderness cabin and/or heated tipi

Description »

A husky experience making full use of your time in the wilderness

Winter 2024/25: We strongly recommend booking immediately if you wish to travel next winter, as tours are typically fully booked very far in advance.

Located in the far north of Swedish Lapland and offered on regular dates from late November to late April, Northern Lights Dogsled Adventure in Lapland gives you the chance to experience the various moods of winter in the Arctic, from the Polar Night during the deep Midwinter period, when the sun does not rise above the horizon, to the long spring days of March and April.

The experience features husky sledding on all four days of the itinerary, with half-day tours on Day 1 and Day 4 and full-length, more challenging days of sledding on Day 2 and Day 3 .

Dog sledding in Swedish Lapland

Drive your own dogsled team on the tour. Tandem sleds are also available if appropriate. Photo: KST.

You will arrive in the morning of Day 1 to do an introductory tour that day, usually covering around 15-20km as you get to know your dog team and gain confidence handling the sled. Accommodation this night is in comfortable rooms at the kennels.

On Day 2 and Day 3, you will do longer and more challenging tours, typically around 40-50km per day, as you sled to overnight location by the Rautas River for accommodation in heated tent and/or wilderness cabin. Sauna is available at the camp/cabin on Day 3 for a wonderful relaxing end to a day on the trail! Day 4 brings you back to the kennels with some very scenic sledding of around 15-20km in time for departure in the early afternoon.

Winter camping during your dogsled tour

1-2 nights are spent winter camping in heated tents, adding an extra dimension to your husky experience. Photo: KST.

During your tour, you'll be sledding in a remote and varied Arctic landscape, at times travelling on twisting trails through the pine forest where you need to pay close attention to navigate the turns and avoid obstacles, at others crossing more open areas of frozen lakes and wetland with the wide horizons of Swedish Lapland spread out before you.

Wilderness cabin during your dogsled tour

Day 3 may be spent in wilderness cabin or winter camping. Sauna is available for either option! Photo: KST.

Option to drive tandem sled if preferred

As an alternative to the standard arrangement of adult participants driving own sled, usually with 4-5 huskies per team, this tour also has the flexibility to use tandem sleds, where both persons are standing and assisting in driving and controlling the sled.

This allows guests who drive a sled together if they wish - for greater confidence/control, or just to be sociable!.

Lunch outdoors during dogsled tour

Lunch prepared over open fire out on the trail. Photo: KST.

Watch the night sky for signs of the Aurora

With no light pollution, the evenings offer very good chances for a spectacular display of the Northern Lights in the night sky - don't fall asleep too early!

Northern Lights in Swedish Lapland

You'll be far away from light pollution, giving very good chances to see the Northern Lights on your tour. Photo: William Reavell.

Extend your stay for extra activities in the Arctic

Kiruna, the capital of Swedish Lapland, is the travel point for this experience, with transfer time to the kennels just 15 minutes. The Kiruna area offers a number of options for additional activities if you would like to spend more time in the area. Maybe you'll take time to visit or stay at the world-famous Ice Hotel, or join our Reindeer Encounter and Sámi Experience in Lapland?

Getting Involved

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.

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Itinerary »

Daily sledding distances may vary depending on trail and weather conditions and can also be adapted to the group as necessary, but will typically be around 15-20km on Day 1 and Day 4, with longer tours of 40-50km on Day 2 and Day 3.

Accommodation for Day 2 and Day 3 may be heated tent and/or wilderness cabin.

Day 1: Arrival and Introductory Dogsled Tour

Your experience begins at the kennels at 10.00. Please arrive Kiruna either with early morning flight (arrives around 08.40) or with night train from Stockholm (arrives around 09.15). You may of course choose to arrive earlier and overnight locally in the Kiruna area before your tour.

Transfer (approx. 15 mins) is included from Kiruna airport or train station, or from accommodation in Kiruna if staying locally before your tour.

On arrival, you with gather for coffee round the fire, as you meet your guide and have an introductory meeting to the days ahead. Then it's time to collect your winter clothing and gear and meet the huskies! They'll be eager to say hello and get going on the trail.

You'll have a short introduction to handling the sled with an explanation of how to control and brake the sled, and how to harness your dog team. When ready, you'll head off into the forest to put everything into practice, typically covering about 15-20km on this day. You should soon find that you gain confidence.

On return to the kennels, dinner will be prepared for you over open fire and served in the grill hut. You'll spend the evening socialising together with the group and guide. Then it's time to retire in readiness for the days of sledding to come.

Day 2 - Dog Sledding Towards Alajärvi Nature Reserve for Night in Heated Tent

Take advantage of the hearty breakfast this morning as you prepare for your first full day of mushing in the Lapland wilderness.

You are welcome to assist with the morning tasks around the kennels if you wish. It's now time to prepare the sleds - packing the food and equipment you will need for days to come before taking to the trail.

After your introductory tour of the day before, today's tour will be longer and you will usually cover around 40-50km today as you sled through a beautiful landscape of forest, frozen lakes and snow-covered moorland towards the Alajärvi Nature Reserve.

Moose graze in this area during the winter, and with luck you may spot the "King of the Forest" during your tour - a majestic sight indeed against the stark winter landscape. You may also see tracks and signs of other wildlife including birds and small mammals.

In the afternoon you reach your overnight spot, which will normally be spent in a heated Sámi-style tipi tent for this night. You take care of the dogs and ready the camp for the evening before dinner. Tonight is spent under canvas beneath the stars, with warm winter sleeping bag provided.

With luck, the Northern Lights will dance for you in the skies above.

Day 3 - Dog Sledding with Overnight in Wilderness Cabin or Heated Tent with Sauna

As always, the dogs come first in the morning, before enjoying a breakfast in the camp, packing your gear and taking to the trail once more. Today you will usually cover a similar distance to Day 2, around 40-50km. You pass some good spots for ice fishing today, with the chance to try your luck at securing a catch!

You will return to the overnight spot on the Rautas River, where accommodation tonight will be either in simple wilderness cabin or heated tent as for Day 2.

Whether sleeping in cabin or tent, sauna is available on this night - the perfect end to a day's mushing!

Day 4 - Dog Sledding and Departure

Today is your last day of the tour, but there's still some great sledding ahead! You pack for the return trip and head out for a tour of typically around 20km, bringing you back along a scenic trail towards the kennels.

Here it's time to unload your equipment and unharness your team, with some last (possibly tearful) farewell hugs with your huskies. Then meet in the hut for a coffee and snack with your guide to share impressions from your time in the wilderness before transfer in the early afternoon to Kiruna for departure.

NB: If you are departing Kiruna today, you should plan departure flight from Kiruna airport or train station no earlier than 13.30.

NB: The above is a preliminary itinerary and may vary due to factors such as weather conditions, access to trails and seasonal changes. During periods of extreme cold weather, for comfort and safety, daily sledding duration can be shortened if required.

Dates & Prices»

Dates 2024/25

Tours are offered weekly Sunday-Wednesday (except over New Year) from late November to mid-February and from late March to late April.

  • November: 24.11-27.11.24
  • December: 01.12-04.12.24, 08.12-11.12.24, 15.12-18.12.24, 22.12-25.12.24
  • January: 05.01-08.01.25, 12.01-15.01.25, 19.01-22.01.25, 26.01-29.01.25
  • February: 02.02-05.02.25, 09.02-12.02.25
  • March: 30.03-02.04.25
  • April: 06.04-09.04.25, 13.04-16.04.25, 20.04-23.04.25

The Northern Lights can be seen anytime from around September to early/mid April. While the "spring winter" in March and April has longer hours of daylight and shorter nights than the deep midwinter, on the other hand these months can also have a greater incidence of clear skies.

Private tours for groups may also be possible on other dates by arrangement. For private tours, groups of more than 8 persons may be possible. Please contact us to discuss your requirements.

Prices 2024/25

Standard Prices 
Per AdultGBP
Per Child aged 16-17GBP

What's Included »

Included

Accommodation:

  • Day 1: Shared 2-person rooms in comfortable, modern cabin at the kennels. There are four rooms in total. Depending on the number of persons and composition of the group, it may be possible for solo travellers to have own room for this night, but this cannot be guaranteed or known in advance. Solo travellers will normally share with another member of the group. Dinner is usually served in the grill hut. Sauna is available.
  • Day 2: Normally winter camping in heated tipi-style tent. Shared sleeping accommodation.
  • Day 3: Winter camping in heated tipi-style tent or overnight in simple wilderness cabin (same location as Day 2). Shared sleeping accommodation (camping or bunk beds in wilderness cabin). Sauna is available for this night.
Accommodation at the kennels

Example accommodation at the kennels (Day 1). Photos: KST

Accommodation during the tour

Example camping accommodation (Day 2/possibly Day 3) and wilderness cabin accommodation (possibly Day 3) during the tour. Sauna is available Day 3 with either option. Photos: KST

Meals:

All meals from dinner Day 1 to lunch snack Day 4 (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 adult participant drives their own sled as standard, usually with 4-5 dogs per team. On request or where appropriate, a "tandem" sled arrangement can also be used where both participants are standing and assisting in driving and braking the sled, with a larger team of huskies. This is suitable for adults who do not wish to drive own sled or for children sharing sled with adult.
  • Warm winter clothing for all activities: insulated parker and snow trousers, winter boots/overshoes, mitten and balaclava. Please bring own winter hat.
  • Winter sleeping bag with liner, mattress/reindeer skin for winter camping night(s).

Guide:

  • Instruction in harnessing and sled handling.
  • Services of local guide(s) during the tour.

Transfers:

  • Return transfer between Kiruna airport, train station or accommodation in Kiruna and the kennels in connection with arrival/departure.

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 "Getting There" for general travel information.
  • Alcoholic drinks.

Good To Know »

Required

Health requirements/experience:

General good health and level of fitness. No previous dog sledding experience required.

Minimum age 16. Guests aged 18+ will drive own sled as standard, but may also choose to use tandem sled (with both persons standing behind the sled and assisting in driving) if appropriate. Guests aged 16+ will usually drive own sled depending on size/weight and trail conditions and at the discretion of the guide.

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/camp (fetching water, etc) can also be physically demanding.

If weight >95kg, please contact us to discuss suitability.

What makes this "Medium"?

This is a multi-day winter experience featuring sledding on all four days, with one night's accommodation with comfortable, modern facilities and two nights in heated tent and/or wilderness cabin. The expedition element of the tour will add to the level of challenge compared to tour itineraries using a fixed base.

The area is remote and offers exciting and adventurous sledding, but with the flexibility to adapt the level of challenge and distance covered depending on conditions and the participants.

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.

Equipment/clothes needed:

For information on any equipment and/or clothing included as standard for this experience, please see under "What's 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.

Preparing for your trip:

For further reading, we also have a number of general information articles to get you ready for your trip, covering a wide variety of topics from what to do on a city break before/after your tour, advice on packing, eyewear for winter and considerations for female travellers.

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.

Combine This With

This experience makes a good combination with the following:

Groups

Maximum group size 8 persons for scheduled tours, with 6 persons per guide. If the group is 8 persons, the group will normally split to sled separately during the day in 2 x 4-person groups with own guide.

This experience is also available as a private experience for groups. For private tours, it may be possible to accommodate groups of more than 8 persons. Please contact us to discuss your requirements.

Eco Info

This provider has a written environmental policy.

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!

Getting There »

Getting There

See below for a summary of travel options. To learn more about how to travel to this experience, please get in touch!

Detailed information on travel 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.

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

Travel Summary:

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

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