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Husky Expedition to the King's Trail in Lapland (Sweden)

A challenging dogsled tour through remote fjälls and along Kungsleden in Swedish Lapland

  • Guided
  • Hard
  • From £/person
  • Apr, 8 days/7 nights
  • Adults (min. age 16), Groups, Solo

Highlights:

  • Dogsled on the famous King's Trail
  • Drive own husky team with competition-trained dogs
  • Overnights in cabins and Sámi-style tents
  • A remote and spectacular mountain region
  • Long hours of daylight during the "spring winter"
  • Ideal for a "next step" dogsled tour

Description »

A mountain mushing adventure combining cabin accommodation and winter camping

Winter 2025: We strongly recommend booking immediately if you wish to travel for next winter. This experience has just three tour dates per season. Availability is very limited and likely to change quickly.

Are you ready for an unforgettable dogsled experience? On Husky Expedition to the King's Trail in Lapland, you will journey together with your husky team into one of Sweden's most scenic mountain regions on a challenging multi-day adventure.

Provided you have general high level of fitness and stamina and are used to the outdoors, no previous dogsled experience is required for the expedition. Or perhaps you have you already discovered the thrill of dog sledding and the joy of working closely with a team of huskies and are ready for the "next step"?

As a mountain tour, you should expect the unexpected! The itinerary will be flexible to offer the best possible experience based on anticipated weather and trail conditions, and there are a number of possible options. You will normally be heading for the region of the King's Trail around the mighty Kebnekaise, Sweden's highest mountain at 2096m above sea level.

Dog sledding on the King's Trail

The King's Trail region is a remote and beautiful mountain area ideal for exploring by dogsled. Photo: KST

Your experience begins with a day tour from the kennels on Day 2 to get used to the equipment and to working with your team. Then the expedition begins! For the next 5 days/4 nights, you will sled through forests, across frozen lakes and along mountain trails as you travel through a remote fjäll landscape towards "Kungsleden", the King's Trail.

Drive your own large dogsled team of 6-7 competition-trained huskies

The head guide at the kennels is a veteran of the renowned Iditarod, a 1850km dogsled race from Anchorage to Nome in Alaska, and has participated in the race seven times - more than any other non-US musher - as well as being a regular competitor in the Finnmarkslöpet race in the far north of Norway, the longest dogsled race in Europe.

The guide for your tour may be the head guide or another experienced member of the team. Many of the dogs which will be used on this tour are themselves competition-trained huskies. Husky Expedition to the King's Trail in Lapland gives you the opportunity to handle some of these elite canine athletes as you journey together into a starkly beautiful mountain wilderness.

Drive your own dogsled with competition-trained huskies

You'll be driving your own dogsled and taking care of your husky team during the tour. Photo: KST

Overnight in mountain cabins and winter camping along the route

Accommodation during the tour will usually be a mix of winter camping (in Sámi-style tipis and/or expedition tents) and overnights using part of the cabin network in the King's Trail area, such as those at Kaitumjaure or Singi. Some of the cabins which may be used have sauna facilities, so sauna may be available on 1-2 nights of your expedition depending on the route taken.

Spring winter on the King's Trail

This tour takes place during the "spring winter", the ideal time for winter activities in the mountains, with long hours of daylight. Photo: Tim Paradiso

The Sámi, the indigenous people of northern Europe, divide the year into eight seasons. March and April is the "spring winter" period, when snow is still thick on the ground, but spring is definitely in the air, with long hours of daylight and typically milder temperatures. This is the ideal time for dogsled tours in the Swedish mountains, especially for tours featuring winter camping.

On return to the kennels on Day 7, you can relax and celebrate with a sauna and, if you still have a taste for adventure, take a dip in the icy lake waters.

Northern Lights in Swedish Lapland

For tours up to mid-April, the Northern Lights may offer a magical added dimension to your experience. Photo: KST

Husky Sledding Expedition to the King's Trail will leave you with a host of memories - more than enough to last until you return for more mushing adventures the following winter!

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 »

As a mountain tour, the itinerary for this experience is flexible and subject to change depending on weather and trail conditions. The tour will, in part, typically take place in the area of the King's Trail around Kebnekaise, Sweden's highest mountain. The mountain cabins at Kaitumjaure and Singi will often be used during the tour, as well as camp facilities at Tjounajokk, with other nights winter camping or in cabins as appropriate. Conditions in the mountains can be very changeable - trails can be passable one day, not passable the next. The itinerary may not be fixed in advance and will be planned to offer the best possible experience.

Arrival

Arrive Kiruna latest in the afternoon for transfer to the husky kennels (approx. one hour). Transfer from Kiruna airport, train station or accommodation in Kiruna town is included. Arrival time will be coordinated depending on travel plans of the different members of the group.

At the kennels, you will check in to your accommodation. You will have a chance to meet the dogs (and puppies if appropriate) then gather for dinner to discuss the tour ahead.

The evening may include a slideshow presentation on dogsled racing, including the famous 1850km Iditarod race in Alaska, in which the head guide at the kennels has competed seven times.

Following Days

Day 2: Day tour from the kennels

After breakfast, you will go through the equipment and learn to harness your husky team for the first time. Each person will drive their own dogsled.

In preparation for the main expedition to come, today's dogsled tour will be a day tour, returning to the kennels for overnight. You will head out into the surrounding forest, sledding through a beautiful landscape as you gain confidence handling the sled and working with your team.

Days 3-7: Expedition to the King's Trail

After breakfast, you prepare the sleds and harness your team for your expedition to the King's Trail.

Depending on the planned itinerary for your tour, you may begin sledding directly from the kennels, or transfer to another suitable start point.

The tour will take you through untouched fjälls, heading for the King's Trail in the area of Kebnekaise, Sweden's highest mountain at 2096m above sea level.

Terrain will be varied - the trail may begin sledding in the forest before reaching the King's Trail area, where the landscape is higher and more open, with spectacular mountain scenery. There will be uphill and downhill sections and you will need to assist your husky team by pushing/pulling the sled or "scooting"/running behind the sled for short distances when going uphill or when the snow is deep.

Overnights during the tour will usually be a combination of winter camping in "kotas" (Sámi-style tents), expedition tents and simple wilderness cabins. The cabins have no electricity or running water. Some of the cabins in the King's Trail area have sauna facilities, and so sauna may be available on 1-2 nights during the tour. This cannot be guaranteed, as the route taken and overnight locations used for the tour are variable.

You will of course be fully involved in all aspects of caring for your team of huskies during the trip.

On Day 7, you return to the kennels for your final night, where sauna awaits and (for the brave!) a dip in the icy water. Dinner together to reflect on your adventure before your final night at the kennels.

Day 8: Departure

After breakfast, it's time to say goodbye - with a head and heart full of memories from your wilderness adventure. Transfer to Kiruna airport, train station or accommodation locally will be coordinated depending on travel plans for the members of the group.

You may also wish to visit or stay at the world-famous Ice Hotel in Jukkasjärvi before leaving Swedish Lapland. Transfer to the Ice Hotel can be offered as an alternative to transfer to Kiruna.

Dates & Prices»

Dates 2025

Tours run Sunday-Sunday during the "spring winter" period in April, when hours of daylight are long and conditions typically optimal for winter camping.

  • April: 06.04-13.04.25, 13.04-20.04.25, 20.07-27.04.25

Private tours for groups on other dates may also be possible by arrangement. Please contact us to discuss your requirements.

The Northern Lights can be seen anytime from around September to early/mid April.

Prices 2025

Standard Prices 
Per personGBP
Optional extras (see description below) 
Aurora Cone Supplement (per cone/night for 1-2 persons)GBP
  • Aurora Cone Supplement: Available as an optional upgrade to the standard accommodation at the kennels for one or more nights of your stay. Price given is per cone per night, for 1-2 persons.
Aurora Cone available as alternative accommodation

Stay a night in an Aurora Cone for a magical extra experience during your tour. Photos: KST

What's Included »

Included

Accommodation:

  • Day 1 and Day 7: Shared 2-4 person rooms at the kennels with shared WC/shower facilities. Standard of accommodation is simple but comfortable. The accommodation has limited electricity (using generator) and a large common room with fireplace.
  • Days 2-6: Five nights' shared sleeping accommodation along the trail. This will normally be a combination of winter camping in "kotas" (Sámi-style tipi tents) at fixed locations along the route and/or expedition tents brought with you on the sleds, and staying in mountain cabins on the King's Trail. Winter sleeping bag and sleeping mattress/reindeer skin are provided.

Sleeping accommodation on all nights of the tour is shared. Cabins along the trail have bunk beds or mattresses. Sauna is available on Day 7 on return to the husky kennels with possibility for a dip in the lake.

Standard of accommodation along the trail is simple (no running water or electricity). Water is drawn from nearby rivers and lakes. Dry outside toilets may be available at some locations. Sauna may be available on 1-2 nights along the trail if staying at cabin(s) with sauna facilities, but this cannot be guaranteed as route taken and overnight locations used for the tour are variable.

Everyone assists with tasks such as caring for the dog teams, pitching/breaking camp, fetching water and washing/tidying up.

Accommodation at the kennels

Example bedrooms, common area and bathroom facitilies at the kennels (Day 1 and Day 7). Photos: KST

Accommodation during the tour

Example of typical camping and wilderness cabin accommodation during the tour (Days 3-6). Locations and facilities will vary. Photos: KST/Nature Travels

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, usually with 6-7 dogs per team.
  • 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.

Transfers:

  • Return transfer between Kiruna airport or Kiruna station (or from accommodation locally) and the kennels in connection with your tour.

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:

Husky Expedition to the King's Trail in Lapland is a challenging experience. While this will often be chosen as a "next step" tour, previous dog sledding experience is not required, but you should have a general high level of fitness and stamina and be used to and enjoy the outdoors in wintertime.

You should also be comfortable living in close proximity with others, such as when camping in shared tents or staying in wilderness cabins.

Recommended min. age 18. Participants aged 16-17 with suitable fitness accompanied by adult are also welcome.

Dog sledding can be physically demanding, especially in the mountains. 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 your team of huskies, and also assist the dogs during uphill sections by stepping off and running behind the sled. Tasks around the camp can also be physically demanding and the element of winter camping will add to the challenge level compared to a tour with cabin accommodation only.

Daily distances covered may be very flexible depending on snow and weather conditions, but you should prepared that some days may be long and challenging, perhaps with up to 10-12 hours "out".

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

What makes this "Hard"?

The tour takes place in a remote mountain landscape where weather and trail conditions can be changeable. You will need to work hard to assist your teams when going uphill, especially in deep snow, and be prepared for a range of conditions. The experience of winter camping adds to the overall level of challenge.

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 four 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 before/after your dogsled tour:

Groups

Maximum group size 8 persons for scheduled tours.

This experience may also be available as a private experience for groups. Please contact us to discuss your requirements.

Eco Info

This provider has a written environmental policy.

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 (approx. 1 hour) is included.

Without Flying:

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

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