7 days / 6 nights
Duration
Hard
Physicality
18+
Age
April, on request
Departures
4-6
Group size

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Our most adventurous itinerary, Tundra Magic, is a drive-your-own dog sled tour set in the mountains close to the Swedish and Norwegian border. With an overnight stay in a tent and two nights in a remote wilderness cabin, this experience is for those that want full on escapism and maximum time with the dogs.

See Itinerary for more information.

DEPARTURE/RETURN LOCATION Your hotel in Kiruna City or Kiruna airport
DEPARTURE TIME On request from airport or Kiruna town
DEPARTURE DAY  on request
RETURN TIME On request
DEPOSIT kr3500 Please see ‘Other Informations’
CHILDREN TICKETS
INCLUDED
Transfers
 Dog sledding activities & guide
 3 nights stay in Lodge
1 nights stay in tents
 2 nights stay at a Cabin
Meals
 Loan of insulated outer clothing
All camping equipment
Sauna time
NOT INCLUDED
 Guide gratuity (optional)
Alcohol at dinner

 

1

Day 1

Under your own arrangement, you will arrive in Kiruna, Sweden’s Northern-most city situated approx. 250km inside the Arctic Circle. Once there, you will be met by your guide and driven approx. 15 minutes to a Lapland hideaway in the forest. A narrow snow-covered side road leads to an opening in the forest where you will discover a small kennel of 40 sled dogs and kennel owners Gaynor and Milos. A warm welcome awaits as you settle into your cosy accommodation at their guest lodge in the surroundings of this private complex.

After a warming cup of tea or coffee and an introduction to what awaits over the following days, you can choose to relax in your room or take a wander in the immediate surroundings. Meanwhile, your hosts will warm the sauna for you to enjoy in the late afternoon before a sumptuous dinner is served.

After dinner, why not wander outside in the search for the Aurora? The lights can appear on any clear night throughout the winter and because our property is far away from the light pollution of the city, you have an excellent chance of seeing them!

Overnight at our rustic accommodation on a twin-share or double basis.

(Meals included: Dinner. Lunch can be arranged at a small additional cost)

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Day 2

Today you will begin your introduction to dog sledding. First, you will be supplied with high quality Arctic outer-wear to keep you toasty during your adventure. Fully kitted up, you’ll join a professional guide who will show you the basics of dog sledding. You will be shown your sled, told how to control it, and how to harness your own team of dogs. This dog team will be yours for the duration of your visit which will give you plenty of time to bond with these hardy yet soft-natured animals.

Following a light lunch, the excitement builds as you prepare for an acclimatization tour. Starting directly from the kennels, a private forest trail takes you beyond the trees to open spaces and across frozen lakes. The start can be noisy as the dogs bark in preparation for the off but once on the move the raucous gives way to silence and you can settle in to driving your own sled through this incredible landscape.

Once back at the kennels, the dogs return to their yards and you can enjoy a warming dinner at the lodge before heading for bed ready for more adventure tomorrow.

(Meals included: Breakfast, lunch and dinner)

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Day 3

After a hearty breakfast, today you will continue your dog sledding adventure. Already feeling more confident on the sled, your guide will whisk you off into the forest once more. Ahead of you is kilometres of snow covered trails criss-crossing a landscape that defines Lapland. Starting in the lowlands you’ll have the destination of the mountains ahead of you as you make your way down frozen rivers. On the way, you’ll stop for an arctic picnic lunch.

The length of the trail will depend on the conditions but typically you will cover between 45 and 60km each day. Tonight’s destination is a suitable camping spot where you’ll enjoy a night under the stars.

(Meals included: Breakfast, lunch and dinner. Please note, meals can include ‘drytech’)

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Day 4

Breaking camp and heading off down the trail you’ll start gaining some height and enter the ‘tundra’ area above the tree line. The scenery is spectacular and has been likened to Antarctica with its rolling white hills barren of tree life.

Lunch is taken on the trail and your destination is a remote cabin very close to the Norwegian border. The cabin is small but very welcome after a night camping. Clothes can be dried and bodies can be warmed before retiring to bed for a good nights sleep.

(Meals included: Breakfast, lunch and dinner. Please note, meals can include ‘drytech’)

5

Day 5

At this time of year, the spring, the days are long and warm and it’s usually a very enjoyable time to be outdoors. However, storms are also fairly common in the mountains so we build in a ‘weather’ day to help absorb any challenges along the way.

Under normal circumstances this means you have a free day in the mountains. You can choose to go on a short tour with the dogs or try your hand at ice fishing in the frozen lake next to the cabin. You can also ‘walk’ to Norway as the Norwegian border is reached half way across the lake. There is a sauna in an adjacent cabin where you can freshen up before dinner.

(Meals included: Breakfast, lunch and dinner)

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Day 6

Today is your last day on the sled as you make your way down the mountain and back through villages to the large icy expanse of the Tornetrask. This is a large river section surrounded by picturesque mountains and is an uplifting end to the tour.

We meet a waiting vehicle on the shores of the Tornetrask and once all the dogs and sleds are loaded, you’ll return to the kennels. Once back at base, you can say farewell to the dogs before melting all your aches away in the sauna whilst sharing fond memories from the past week.

(Meals included: Breakfast, lunch and dinner)

7

Day 7

It may be your last day in Lapland but the fun is far from over. If your departure time allows, you can visit the world famous Ice Hotel 365 in Jukkasjarvi, about 25 minutes drive from the kennels. This part of the hotel (open 365 days of the year, hence its name) is a recent addition to the traditional Ice Hotel that melted away each spring. It contains individually crafted ice rooms and enjoys a reputation for being the “coolest” hotel in the world – it is in fact a constant -5 degrees centigrade! This temperature makes it comfortable to walk around but cool enough for the hotel’s walls, beds and bar (complete with ice glasses) to stay frozen.

The official tour of the hotel is optional but recommended and allows you to view the various individually hand-crafted rooms with ice sculptures. With themed rooms, which in previous years has included “Gotham City”, “Polar Bears” and “Aurora”, it is an excellent way to spend the morning.

(Meals included: Breakfast)

Please enquire about your preferred date.

Minimum 4 people, maximum 6 people.

Cabin sleeping arrangements are usually in shared bunk rooms with single beds. Sleeping bags are provided at the cabin.

Tents stays are two people per tent.

Lodge accommodation is on a twin share or double basis and/or family room for up to 2 adults/2 children. Single accommodation supplement due of 500 sek (per night) and is subject to availability.

Vegetarians can be catered for with prior warning. If you have another special dietary requirement, please contact us to discuss options before booking.

This tour includes a drive-your-own dog sledding experience where each person has their own team of four dogs for the duration of the tour. No previous experience of dog sledding is required. You must be reasonably physically fit to take part. Over 18’s only (over 16’s allowed if accompanied by an adult).

The Aurora Borealis (Northern Lights) are a natural phenomenon and therefore not guaranteed.

We will provide you with insulated outerwear during your experience and we stock adult sizes ranging from ‘extra small’ to ‘extra, extra large’. Boots are stocked in adult sizes ranging from 36 (EU) to 46 (EU). If you think you may require a size outside of this range, please contact us so we can make the appropriate arrangements.

If the temperature drops below minus 30 degrees C, it may be necessary to shorten the trip for your comfort.

Our guides usually speak English as a recognised international language but we have guides that also speak Slovak/Czech, Dutch, French, Spanish and some Swedish.

Pick-up and drop-off is usually to/from Kiruna airport but please discuss your requirements with us.

Refunds & changes: Deposit of 3500 sek due on booking. Balance due 60 days before arrival in Sweden. Unfortunately, we cannot offer a refund if you decide to cancel within 30 days (for any reason, including weather or unforeseen changing travel plans). If you cancel in excess of 30 days, we offer a refund of the ‘balance’ minus a 10% administration charge to cover our booking fees. In any case the Deposit is non-refundable. If in exceptional circumstances we have to cancel your tour, we will refund you 100% of the cost with no administration of deposit deductions. If you would like to change your booking, we will do our best to accommodate such changes but we reserve the right to charge a change fee to cover any additional costs incurred. Name changes are permitted free of charge.

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