10 days sled dog expedition in Lapland, Sweden

A once in a lifetime experience!

A 10 days expedition from Kiruna to the triangel Norway-Sweden-Finland. You should be fit and prior experience with dog sledding is an advantage - but no must! On our 10-day long sled dog expedition you travel to areas where the winter lasts seven months a year. The starting point of the tour is our sled dog base outside Kiruna. We head out through more inhabited areas, still in the lowlands. Gradually, the landscape changes from forest areas to the treeless region and gets more and more remote, before reaching the vast wilderness area in Sweden´s most northern region.

This expedition takes you to Treriksröset - the triangel where the borders of Sweden, Finland and Norway meet. We travel with our huskies on remote trails trough a varied tundra and mountain landscape along the Norwegian border, far away from the touristically more frequented routes closer to Kiruna. During 8 days of dog sledding you will get to know your sled dog team of pretty well and get a good idea about sled dogs and how it is to work and to live with them.

Each participant drives an own team of 5 or 6 sled dogs. Every day we will work together taking care of the dogs and putting up or breaking the camp. In the mornings the huskies are wild of excitement, ready to go, but turn silent as soon as they start running. Please note that all the supplies for the group, dog food and necessary equipment needs to be carried in the sleds. In heavy conditions and on uphill parts the dogs will need your help to move the sled forward. This is all about working together as a team between you and your husky team. The speed we travel at depends very much on the weather and trail conditions.

The camps and cabins that are used for the overnights during this expedition, have no running water or electricity. Wood provides the warmth, candles the light and water has to be fetched from a nearby creek or lake. Dinner is cooked on gas or wood stoves, lunch is normally prepared outside along the trail. Most of the cabins have a wood heated sauna which serves as washing facility or for relaxation in the evenings. Additional facilities are the obligatory outhouses. Please note, that there is no mobile phone reception during this expedition, except for the first day of traveling.

What you get

Day 1: Arrival to Kiruna – Your guide picks you up at the airport and brings you to our sled dog base outside Kiruna. Here you get equipped with some extra winter clothing (overall, hat, mittens, winter boots) and your guide outlines the tour for you. Dinner and the night are at the guesthouse of the sled dog base.

Day 2: In the morning your guide will give you instructions in how to drive and handle your team of sleddogs. After packing up the sleds the tour starts. The route on the first day leads north west from Kiruna to Vieksalahti. This is an about 30 km ride. The night we spend in a rustic cabin in Vieksalahti. The relatively short distance on this first day, gives you enough time, to get used to the "camp routines", which will be the same every day. Warm up the cabin, fetch water from creeks or lakes, prepare dogfood, feed the dogs, etc...there is always quite alot to do in the afternoons and evenings. A wood heated sauna is available at this cabin.
The expedition trail leads partly through forest and swamp areas, but also to a great extend over the Torne river. This makes it a fairly easy first day when it comes to driving skills and gives you the opportunity to get used to the sled.

Day 3: From Vieksalaht the route continues north west towards the Norwegian border, to a small accumulation of cabins at the lake called Kamasjaure. The cabins at Kamasjaure are normaly used by the Sami people, when they are gathering their reindeers in the mountain regions and marking the young reindeer-calves. We travel on remote trails - first through a small nature preserve, still in the forest lands. Afterwards we'll cross two big lakes and finally climb up above the timberline. The terrain gets more and more hilly as we get closer to the mountain range along the border. The distance is about 64 km and the cabin we spend the night in is a tiny mountain cabin, right beside the lake. Due to the rather long distance and the unpredictable trail conditions, this day can be quite demanding. Expedition ...!

Day 4: The third day on the trail is a short day, when it comes to distance. It is a 35 km ride from Kamasjaure to Rostojaure. The route is hilly, but not too demanding - although this always depends a lot on the weather and trail conditions. The camp is a fishing camp with several cabins located along the huge lake Rostojaure. Partly the lake is across the Norwegien border, partly it is located in Sweden. The scenary is beautiful, as you have an open view on the surrounding mountain peaks. The camp has a wood heated sauna where it is possible to take a shower in the evening after the last two days.

Day 5: Pältsa is Sweden´s most northern range. The Pältsa mountain cabin was used as a base for the resistance movement during WW II. It is located on the Norrkalotten hiking trail, 15 km south of Treriksröset. The distance between Rostojaure and Pältsa mountain cabin is about 47 km.

Day 6: From Pältsa it is a beautiful, but not easy day trip up to Treriksröset. It is a quite steep climp for the first 5km, following the Norrkalotten trail and further steep ups and downs until we cross the border to Norway at Treriksröset. Several steep climbs on the way back, of course ... We spend another night at the Pältsa mountain cabin.

Day 7: On this day we return our stage back to Rostojaure and start the journey home. Overnight at Rastojaure.

Day 8: From Rastojaure south along the Norwegian border. The stage of this day is about 35 km and the night we spend again in a little cabin right beside the lake Kamasjaure. The cabin is very basic but beautifully located.

Day 9: On this day we leave the tundra. After about 20km we reach the forest area along the Torrne river valley. We reach the huge lake Torneträsk - Sweden's 6th largest lake. Close to the Norwegian border we cross this lake and end the tour at Torneträsk. A beautiful location to end a great expedition - the last view from the lake up to the mountains is truly stunning! In Torneträsk we get picked up and load all the dogs and equipment into the car trailer and return back by car to the husky base. The drive takes about one hour. The distance travelled on this day is about 40km. The overnight stay is at our guesthouse.

Day 10: Departure, your guide takes you back to Kiruna airport or train station.

What you should know

Duration: 10 days / 9 nights / 8 days of dogsledding

Date:
26-03-2018 to 04-04-2018

Included:

All necessary transfers

Additional winter clothing (overall, hat, mittens, winter boots)

sleeping bag

Full board

2 overnight stays at guest houses at the sled dog kennel

7 overnight stays at wilderness cabins

Please bring:

Thermo underwear, both long-johns as well as long-sleeved shirts

Warm pullovers

Several pairs of warm socks

Fingergloves

Thermos bottle

Suntan lotion and sunglasses

An extra pair of shoes to wear in the cabins in the evening

Rucksack or duffle bag (suitcases don´t relly fit into the sleds)

Scarf / buff

Maybe a good book to read in the evenings

A liner for the sleeping bags in the cabins and a headtorch

Your camera & a set of extra batteries

Please keep in mind not to bring clothing made of cotten, as cotten does not keep you warm if it it wet. This is especially important when it comes to socks and thermal underwear! The higher the wool content the better!

Price: SEK 22.100 / person

For booking

or in case of further questions please mail to: office(at)kirunaaurora.com

just a sled dog expedition...
just a sled dog expedition...