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This thrilling wilderness adventure is the perfect way to experience Lapland's great outdoors as you 'mush' your own team of huskies through the beautiful forests of Jukkasjarvi. Action packed throughout, you’ll enjoy snowmobiling and sleeping in a rustic wilderness lodge, before finishing with a night at the Icehotel. With luck you may even see the magical northern lights, completing what will already be an unforgettable adventure.
Who for? this is the ideal trip for those who enjoy active adventures and the great outdoors
This holiday allows you to be more than a passenger as you experience the exhilaration of driving your own team of dogs through the snow covered forests of Swedish Lapland. The 'whoosh' of the sledge runners on snow and the panting of the ever-eager huskies are the only sounds you will hear across the beautiful, silent landscape. It is only when the sledge stops that the silence is broken by the sounds of the dogs eager to be on the move!
Whilst sledging, remember to be on the lookout for Arctic wildlife and the tell-tale signs of footprints in the snow - possibly even spot a moose! And at this latitude, when the skies are dark, keep your fingers crossed for an appearance of the northern lights.
On arrival you will transfer to the Mushers Lodge for dinner and an overnight stay. The next morning you’ll have an introduction to the dogs and an expert briefing before setting off on the trails through crisp, sparkling wooded landscapes.
On this trip participants are thrown in at the deep end - with an airport transfer by sledge to the Mushers Lodge. This time just as passengers! The longer trip also follows forest trails but extends to higher ground, weather permitting. As the longer trip spends an additional night at the Wilderness Lodge and obviously covers further and more varied ground, it is suited to participants with a higher level of fitness.
This is 'home' for one or two nights depending on your chosen trip. The overnight accommodation is bunk-bed style, in shared rooms or cabins. It's pretty rustic with no electricity supply but thankfully it's heated! There are basic washroom facilities, a wood sauna and an outside toilet. Staying out in the wilderness, away from any light pollution, is a great opportunity to see the northern lights, so be on the look out. More about the aurora »
On the penultimate day of the trip, say farewell to the dogs and exchange paw power for horsepower, arriving in style at the Icehotel by snowmobile. In contrast to the Wilderness Lodge, the Icehotel is a magnificent construction and an architectural marvel. The final night will be spent at the Icehotel after you’ve had a guided tour and perhaps a warming vodka cocktail in the icebar.
Following a longer and more difficult trail, on this 6-night tour participants are responsible for their own team of 3 to 5 dogs including feeding, harnessing and settling them overnight. A good level of fitness and previous experience of sledging is required. Contact our team for details.
Note: this holiday is not suitable for families with young children. Sledging days can prove demanding especially on arms and shoulders so these trips are unsuitable for children or those without a good general level of fitness. The 6-night tour covers a longer and more difficult trail and is aimed at those who have previous experience of sledging. Our Lapland Specialists are on hand to discuss which trip might be best for you.
Day 1 Kiruna-Mushers Lodge fly direct from London Heathrow to Kiruna. Transfer to the Mushers Lodge, dinner and overnight stay.
Day 2 Mushers Lodge-Wilderness Lodge after a briefing, set off through the forest. Alternate 'mushing' - either drive your own dog team or sit back and relax on the guide's sledge. Lunch is on the trail before an afternoon arrival at the Wilderness Lodge where a warming sauna may be enjoyed before dinner. Overnight stay in rooms and cabins.
Day 3 Wilderness Lodge-Icehotel harness the teams and again alternate the mushing between two. Head back out on the trail to the Mushers Lodge, arriving in time for lunch. Afterwards, travel to the Icehotel by snowmobile (twin share) in time to take an optional excursion if you wish. Overnight in an Ice Room or warm room.
Day 4 Icehotel-Kiruna time at leisure to explore the Icehotel complex or perhaps take an optional excursion, before transferring to the airport for the flight back to the UK.
Day 1 Kiruna-Mushers Lodge fly direct from London Heathrow to Kiruna. Transfer by husky sledge to the Mushers Lodge, dinner and overnight stay.
Days 2-3 Mushers Lodge-Wilderness Lodge after a briefing, set off on a 2 day wilderness experience with lunch on the trail, overnighting at the Wilderness Lodge in rooms and cabins. Each person drives their own team of huskies.
Day 4 Wilderness Lodge-Icehotel harness the teams and get back out onto the trail to the Mushers Lodge in time for lunch. Afterwards, head off to the Icehotel by snowmobile (twin share) in time to take an optional excursion if you wish. Overnight in an Ice Room or warm room.
Day 5 Icehotel-Kiruna time at leisure before transferring to the airport for the flight back to the UK.
Following a longer and more difficult trail, on this tour participants are responsible for their own team of 3 to 5 dogs including feeding, harnessing and settling them overnight.
Day 1 Kiruna-Mushers Lodge fly from London Heathrow to Kiruna either direct or via Stockholm. Transfer to the Mushers Lodge in time for a Welcome dinner, kit inspection and tour orientation. Overnight at the lodge.
Day 2 Mushers Lodge-Wilderness Lodge after a full briefing including how to drive a dog team, harness the dogs and handle the sledge as well as receiving safety instructions, set out on a short training circuit to ensure you feel comfortable and confident. Have lunch before packing the sledges and set off to our first overnight in the Wilderness Lodge. Sauna and dinner at the lodge.
Days 3-6 Wilderness Lodge-Icehotel-Mushers Lodge follow the trail exploring Lapland's magnificent wilderness. The route and hours spent sledging depend upon the weather and trail conditions. Lunch is usually on the trail, prepared over a wood fire. On day 6, return to base camp for lunch, before a transferring to the famous Icehote l(approx. 6km) and nearby Sami museum for a guided tour. Then transfer back to the Mushers Lodge in time for an optional 2 hour snowmobile tour before dinner and overnight at the lodge.
Day 7 Kiruna After breakfast it will be time to say goodbye your team of huskies and your guide. Your adventure ends at the airport but if you would like finish your trip with a visit to the Ice Hotel please let your Travel Specialist know and they can organise this for you.
Please note: The weather in Sweden can be unpredictable and therefore can cause substantial delays which can result in the need to re-arrange or extend your holiday itinerary. Whilst we and our contacts in Sweden will do everything possible to minimise any disruption, it is important that you check the details of your travel insurance and allow for some flexibility in your plans.
|Price from per person||Single||Twin|
|4-night departures (23 Dec 2015, 16 Feb 2016 & 24 Mar 2016)||£2,014||£1,926|
|4-night departure (New Years - 30 Dec 2015)||£2,132||£2,045|
Prices include: (Based on direct flights) return direct flights between London Heathrow and Kiruna; transfers between Kiruna Airport and accommodation (4-night trip also includes a husky transfer from Kiruna Airport to the Mushers Lodge); 1 night at the Mushers Lodge, 1 or 2 nights at the Wilderness Lodge and 1 night in an Ice Room at the Icehotel with a morning sauna and breakfast – full board whilst on the trail; snowmobile safari from the Mushers Lodge to the Icehotel; airport taxes and use of a one-piece thermal suit, hat, boots and mittens for the duration of the husky expedition and while staying at the Icehotel and Northern Lights Bradt guide.
Direct flight - London-Kiruna | Flight time - 3.5 hours
Dec 2015 - 19, 23*, 27 & 30*
Jan 2016 - 23, 30
Feb 2016 - 06, 13, 16*, 20 & 27
Mar 2016 - 05 & 24*
* denotes 4-night trip
|Price from per person||Dec to Mar|
Prices includes transfers between Kiruna Airport and accommodation; 6 nights accommodation (2 nights at the Mushers Lodge & 4 nights at Wilderness Camps); full board from dinner on Day 1 to breakfast on Day 7; airport taxes and husky sledging as per the itinerary and Northern Lights Bradt guide.
Prices excludes return flights between the UK and Kiruna via Stockholm - please call us for your flight options.
Please note maximum number of participants is 6 and the groups may be multi national
Dec - 13 & 29
Jan - 03, 10 & 17
Feb - 07, 21, & 28
Mar - 06, 13 & 23
There is no complimentary meal service on SAS scheduled flights to Stockholm or Kiruna. Coffee and tea are served complimentary, other drinks and snacks may be purchased onboard.
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