In most people’s minds the word Lapland conjures up a magical, snowy scene and this is your chance to immerse yourself in such a picture-perfect world. Packed with adventure during the day and relaxing evenings watching the Aurora Borealis or warming up in the sauna, Taste of Lapland is the perfect choice for busy people who want maximum experience in minimal time.
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|DEPARTURE/RETURN LOCATION||Your hotel in Kiruna City or Kiruna airport|
|DEPARTURE TIME||17.00 from town or on request from airport|
|DEPARTURE DAY||Dec.-Mar. daily / on request|
|RETURN TIME||Approximately 12.00|
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 will be supplied with high quality Arctic outer-wear to keep you toasty during your adventure. Afterwards, 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 in the Lodge.
Overnight at our rustic accommodation on a twin-share or double basis.
(Meals included: Dinner. Lunch can be arranged at a small additional cost)
After breakfast, you can prepare for today’s adventure: a ‘sit-down’ dog sled tour. Depending on availability, this tour may be taken in the morning or afternoon. During this tour you can get up close and personal with the dogs who are all friendly and love cuddles! The experience begins directly from the kennel yard and heads off down a private forest trail from the back of the property. It is an exciting journey where you can sit on a large sled for 4 guests pulled by 12 strong and enthusiastic dogs and driven by a professional guide. Emerging from the forest, the trail heads down to Kiruna’s famous Torne River (now frozen of course) and eventually leads to a traditional Sami-style tipi tent called a Lavvu. Here, you take a break to warm up and enjoy a cup of steaming coffee made in a traditional way over the fire. After a short break, you head off on the sled again returning to the kennels.
This sit-down tour is a fantastic introduction to dog sledding but if your adventurous spirit yearns for more, you can choose an optional ‘drive-your-own’ tour in the afternoon (extra charge applies). For this experience, you will receive instructions on how to control your own sled pulled by 4 huskies before heading down the trail on your own sled following your guide through the arctic wilderness.
Later, dinner is served before you retreat for the night buzzing with today’s memories.
(Meals included: Breakfast, lunch and dinner)
Today’s adventure is human powered! You’ll be fitted out with high quality Fimbulvetr snow shoes (size 37-50) to help you along the forest trails surrounding the lodge. The physical level of this activity can be tailored to the group but the suggested goal is the top of a nearby hill where you benefit from an incredible view of the area, seeing for miles across frozen rivers and pine forests. Along the way, it’s quite possible to see wildlife such as birdlife, reindeer and moose. Your guide will serve a welcome drink whilst you soak up the scenery before you. When you’re ready you can head back to base where lunch awaits.
In the afternoon, you can choose to relax, go for a walk or take an optional snow mobile tour. If you choose the latter, you will be given instructions on how to drive the snowmobile before the surge of engine power fills your body on a thrilling ride through this frozen landscape. This is a guided tour and you will need a full drivers licence to take part.
On your last night in Lapland, be sure to look out for the northern lights dancing in the skies above. 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!
(Meals included: Breakfast, lunch and dinner)
It may be your last day in Lapland but the fun is far from over. Your remaining time is spent at the world famous Ice Hotel in Jukkasjarvi, about 25 minutes drive from the kennels. The hotel has a reputation for being the “coolest” hotel in the world – it is in fact a constant -5 degrees centigrade no matter what the temperature outside! 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.
Depending on your departure time, you are free to perhaps enjoy a delicious buffet lunch at the Ice Hotel or a walk to Jukkasjarvi’s quaint church just a few minutes up the road from the hotel.
(Meals included: Breakfast)
Daily departures possible but subject to availability. Please enquire about your preferred date.
Minimum 2 people, maximum 6 people.
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.
If you take the optional extra drive-your-own dog sledding tour each person has their own team of four dogs, no previous experience of dog sledding is required but 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 at any centrally located hotel in Kiruna city, the central Folketshus or the Kiruna airport.
Refunds & changes: Deposit of 2500 sek due on booking. Balance due 30 days before arrival in Sweden. Unfortunately, we cannot offer a refund if you decide to cancel within 7 days (for any reason, including weather or unforeseen changing travel plans). If you cancel in excess of 7 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.