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5 days - Extended adventure tour through Swedish Wilderness
Get ready for the ultimate winter experience as you learn how to care for and drive your own team of Alaskan huskies through the beautiful Swedish Lapland, Kirjesålandet Nature Reserve. This reserve is part of the Vindelfjällens Nature Reserve which covers 5500 square kilometres of astounding nature and is the largest Nature reserve in Europe.
Days driving your sled through pristine snowy landscapes, nights in a wilderness cabin, enjoying dinner by the fire and life under the stars, what could be better!
These tours are all limited to a maximum of 4 guests, which allows you to enjoy a cosy atmosphere and means the guides can give each person any guidence and help they need.
- Day 1
- Arrive Arvidsjaur and transfer to your guesthouse. Sauna or explore the beautiful nearby lake
- Day 2
- Head out on the pristine trails of Swedish Lapland
- Day 3
- Dogsledding through true wilderness in the pine forests...then a wilderness sauna
- Day 4
- Enjoy spending time with your husky friends on this epic adventure
- Day 5
- Return to Umeå and depart
- Start/End Place
- Umeå, Sweden tours
- Country Visited
- Sweden tours
- 5 Days
- Group Size
- 2 - 4
Transfers and husky sledding (champion racing husky teams).
- Warm clothing: winter boots, arctic overalls and mittens will be provided.
- All meals included from dinner day 1 to breakfast day 5
- Meet Petter Karlsson on the first night's dinner in the guest house where he will talk about his dogs and his great adventures (except when Petter is running races (29 Jan - 7 Feb and 1 - 17 March)
- 2 nights in comfortable and well equipped cabins with WC, hot water shower, sauna and electricity. Shared twin rooms.
- 2 nights in shared basic wilderness hut accommodation in a beautiful location in a nature reserve, comfortable and well equipped, without electric power and running water. It has no WC but, instead, an outhouse.
- Clients are expected to help with dogs, prepare meals, light fires and other small chores
- Airport and taxi transfers from/to Arvidsjaur airport (a 3 hour drive)
- Warm winter sleeping bag with a liner is provided
- Equipment: Waterproof hold-all (for putting your gear into your sled), headlamp, thermos bottle and towels on the first and last day when you are staying in the guesthouse.
- 24-hour emergency service
- Taxes and service fees
- Booking with Confidence- we want you to be confident in booking with 50 Degrees North, and we will always have your best interest and safety in mind. In these times of uncertainty during the COVID-19 crisis, we have put in place further measures to make booking with us easier and more flexible.
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Day 1 - Arrive Arvidsjaur and transfer to your guesthouse. Sauna or explore the beautiful nearby lake
Arrive Arvidsjaur and catch the Sorsele flight taxi, from the airport to Sorsele (one hour). From there, your hosts will pick you up and transfer you to the guesthouse in Slussfors. The total transfer time is aprox 2,5h. The taxi and transfer is included in the price.
The first stop on our kennel tour is to meet some of our many proven champions and future
stars in the dog yard. The kennel has a very special atmosphere. These dogs are superheroes, they are truly special athletes, and we make sure we treat them like that every day.
On either the first or the last night you will be joined for dinner by 2-time Finnmarksløpet champion Petter Karlsson. This is a unique opportunity to learn what it’s like to reach the peak of performance in one of the world’s most uniquely challenging sports. Imagine how it feels to run with your team through 1200 km of the world’s harshest landscapes in only one week. Petter will be glad to share with you some special qualities of the dogs in your own team!
After dinner you’re welcome to relax in the sauna or chill out in our cosy living room, and get ready for the adventure ahead!
Day 2 - Head out on the pristine trails of Swedish Lapland
Every morning starts with a hearty breakfast together, and preparation for the day to come. With assistance from your guide you will harness your own dogs and make them ready to start.
A quick check to be sure you have everything you need and then it’s time to hit the trail! Over 30km of pristine trails are our playground on this first day. In the afternoon you arrive at your first wilderness cabin, Flottarkoja, which sits beside a beautiful stretch of fast running river. Between the forests and the mountains, with open water all year round, this is a hidden gem of peace and tranquility.
Every afternoon when you arrive at a new cabin, together with your guide, you will take care of and feed the dogs together. After that you will share a traditional swedish evening meal. On the first day this will be moose and potatoes fried on a traditional outdoor muurikka.
Day 3 - Dogsledding through true wilderness in the pine forests...then a wilderness sauna
Today you travel through magical mountain landscapes. Along the trail you will see the natural magic created by the arctic weather, like pine forests covered by so much snow that they look more like giant snow sculptures than trees.
This part of Lapland is rarely seen by humans and you easily get the feeling that you been transported into a fairy tale world.
In the afternoon you arrive at the next cosy wilderness cabin. After chores and a hearty dinner, guests have the opportunity to unwind in the wilderness sauna.
Day 4 - Enjoy spending time with your husky friends on this epic adventure
The more time you spend with the dogs, the better you get to know them and you’ll start to discover their different personalities.
The surrounding nature will astound you anew with different views every day. On your last day on the sled you will travel through ancient spruce forest on the way back home to the husky camp in Slussfors.
After some time to wash and relax it’s dinner time - your guide will come and serve a delicious meal while you all swap stories and reminisce about the adventures you have shared.
Day 5 - Return to Umeå and depart
On the final day, you will transfer to Umeå - arriving at 4pm.
Price per person. Specific departure dates every 4 days. Ask us for details. Limited availability. Maximum 4 person per tour. Price varies slightly depending on departure date. Christmas and New Years booked out.
18 Feb 2022
29 Mar 2022
12 Apr 2022
You need to be in shape and be prepared to run uphill with your team, do a few hours of chores each day to take care of your husky team, and do your share of the work. But guests generally find this aspect of the trip makes it much more meaningful than if you had someone doing everything for you. This tour is designed to give you an authentic dog mushing experience, to get a taste of the dog mushing life and culture. You will learn about the dog mushing family traditions and heritage.
Please bring your own winter hat - as warm and as woolen as possible.
Your luggage gets carried with you on the sled - you will be given a 40L waterproof bag for this. Extra luggage and suitcases will be stored at the guesthouse for you.
This trip is all about getting back to nature, and enjoying the beauty and tranquillity of the Vindelfjällens Nature Reserve which you will call home for this experience. The carbon footprint of this trip is kept to an absolute minimum; dog mushing is by its very nature one of the most basic and environmentally friendly ways to travel, allowing you to access remote parts of the reserve which are only accessible by husky team and you may go days without seeing another soul. The environmental impact of the sledding is minimal due to the low temperatures and perma-frost in winter, so there is little evidence of scarring on the ground come the summer months. Group sizes are kept to a maximum of 4 people, to not only ensure that the utmost support can be provided, but to keep the impact of tourism to a minimum.
The wilderness cabin is remote and without electric power or running water, so water is collected from local streams and rivers and any waste is carefully managed to ensure it has as little environmental impact as possible. Meals are kept to simple locally sourced Swedish ingredients and are often cooked with traditional cooking methods such as an outdoor muurkikka over an open fire.
As a racing kennel (as opposed to a kennel used just for tourism purposes) it is in the interest of the keepers to ensure that the animals are in the best physical care as possible, and this means providing only the very best food and care to the dogs to ensure they are happy and healthy. Dog mushing is a way of life for the keepers and the passion they have their dogs is evident in the incredibly high welfare standards given.
Interactive Tour Map
Travel insurance is compulsory for all tours with 50 Degrees North. Please ensure that you have this organised as we will need to see proof of this upon issuing your tour documentation. Please contact us for a quote or visit http://www.suresave.net.au/
Practical information about Scandinavian Hotels
- Hotel rooms in Scandinavia are normally furnished with twin beds, which can be moved together to form a double bed or placed separately. Please note that single rooms are generally smaller than doubles, and are often equipped with a shower instead of a bath. Purpose-built triple or family rooms are likewise unusual in Scandinavian hotels. Whilst it is possible for 3 persons to share a room, this will normally be a double room with an extra bed, with correspondingly less space to move about in.
- It is also unusual to have a porter at hotels to carry your luggage.
- There is free wi-fi in many hotels in Scandinavia.
- Unexpectedly, all forms of Scandinavian accommodation rarely provide tea and coffee facilities in their rooms. If you are lucky, a kettle will be supplied but nothing else. Please ask at reception for some provisions when you arrive or just carry a small selection from home.
- Please also note that in Scandinavia - in particular, during winter - the included lunch will often be a hearty warm soup with bread.
- More remote hotels in Lapland will offer dinner at an additional cost. In some spots, there will be limited choices else where. Generally, you get a very nice home-cooked Scandinavian dinner. However, you may sometimes find only one or two choices only for your main course.
- In Scandinavia, it is normal for washing and laundry facilities to be in the basement. If you are staying in apartment type accommodation, check downstairs or ask for assistance.
Practical Information for travelling and packing for Scandinavian Winter
- Warm wind and water proof jacket and trousers large enough to fit thick woollen jumper/clothing underneath
- Rain trousers – waterproof and breathable material
- Warm windproof cap/hat
- Warm gloves or mittens. Mittens where all fingers except the thumb are together are often warmer than gloves.
- Windproof gloves or mittens, which you can pull over the warm gloves
- Warm scarf
- 2 pairs of long woollen underwear (Merino wool in a few different thicknesses is perfect)
- 1-2 warm woollen jumper(s), or one jumper and a warm fleece
- Woollen or fleece trousers
- 2-3 pairs of warm woollen socks
- Warm & sturdy footwear with good grip
- Clothes for indoors, i.e. a shirt, T-shirts and jeans or cotton trousers
- Back pack for day trips (approx. 30 litre)
- Light footwear/trainers (mainly for indoors)
- Sun screen & Lip salve (the sun reflects off the snow and the air is dry)
- Hand warmers
- Nordic Grip anti-slip soles for walking on ice
- Personal medication
- Water bottle - thermo, or include a cover to keep warm (or you can stick it into a warm sock)
- Travel documents (including insurance)
- Photo ID
- Note book and pencil
- Camera, memory cards and charger
- Chargers for other gadgets
- Extra batteries for your cameras as they are used fast in cold conditions.