Drive your own team of huskies in Sweden to the Ice Hotel
Here’s an adventure you’ll be talking about for years! Drive your own team of Alaskan huskies through Sápmi (Lapland), one of Europe’s last remaining wilderness areas and the ancestral lands of the nomadic Saami people. You’ll learn the secrets of dogsledding from an expert dog handler, and before you know it, you’ll be traveling at a gentle pace across the silent, frozen landscape, following the ancient tracks of Saami reindeer herders across Lapland’s scenic winter landscape.
Along the way you’ll overnight in remote wilderness cabins (with wood-fired saunas each night!), sample local delicacies such as reindeer and arctic char, and, nature permitting, very likely find yourself gazing up at the flickering Northern Lights.
Our expedition ends with an unforgettable night at the world-renowned ICEHOTEL in Jukkasjärvi, an architectural marvel—quite possibly the “coolest” in the world—made entirely out of thousands of tons of snow and crystal-clear ice! You won’t simply ride in a sled, you’ll be at the helm of your own dogsled, driving your own team of huskies! This trip is for the rugged of mind and body, but soft at heart.
4 Days of dog sledding
- Drive your own team of huskies—no sitting back and being a tourist
- Spend the night at Sweden’s celebrated ICEHOTEL—in an Art Suite made of ice
- Enjoy a soothing sauna almost every night
- Experience the otherworldly peace of the Arctic night under flickering Northern Lights
Duration: 7 days Start Location: Stockholm End Location: StockholmDownload Detailed Itinerary
Day 1 : Arrive in Stockholm
Plan to arrive at in Stockholm, Sweden this morning, and transfer to our hotel in the old town center of Stockholm. In the evening, we’ll reconvene in the lobby of our hotel for a trip briefing with our guide, and a festive welcome dinner.
Day 2 : Fly to the Arctic – Begin Dogsledding – Jäkkälä
After breakfast, we'll transfer back to the airport, and fly north to Kiruna above the Arctic Circle. Upon arrival at the Kiruna Airport, we'll have a short transfer to the beautifully situated homestead in Poikkijärvi where we'll meet our friendly huskies. Our visit to the homestead will begin with a welcome lunch during which time we’ll be introduced to the basics of sled dog mushing and the art of dressing for the Arctic. After lunch, we'll change into our expedition gear, re-pack our tour equipment, and get ready to meet the dogs!
Our Alaskan Huskies are exceptionally friendly and athletic. They love nothing more than to hit the trails together with their teammates. In the afternoon, we’ll begin sledding. There is a good chance we will encounter moose, reindeer, or other wildlife during our journey. Our destination is the rustic Jäkkälä Hunting Cabin, which provides very basic but cozy accommodation, and is equipped with a traditional wood-fired sauna.
Day 3 : Sled to Sevuvuoma Cabin
After a hearty breakfast in Jäkkälä, we'll hit the trail again. We'll sled 19 miles today, through a winter wonderland of snow-covered forests and frozen lakes—travelling in a beautiful silence, leaving only our paw prints behind. Today’s destination is our new home away from home, the Sevuvouma Cabin, which has the atmosphere of a traditional Lapland home and all the comforts of a cozy wilderness retreat. The setting, at the foot of the magnificent Vittangivaara Mountain, makes the stay at the Sevuvouma Lodge a truly exceptional experience. Here we will dine and sleep in a delightful environment and enjoy the best sauna in Lapland!
Day 4 : Sled to Lake Väkkärä
Today we’ll leave our cosy retreat behind us, and sled 19 miles from Sevuvouma to the comfortable Väkkärä Wilderness cabins situated by the frozen Lake Väkkärä. We'll enjoy a spectacular view of the surrounding mountains, wooded lowlands, and vast frozen lakes. We’ll stop along the way to enjoy our scenic surroundings over a warm meal cooked for us in the wild. Once at Väkkärä, we'll spend quality time in the large main building before retiring to our private log cabins. On clear nights the amazing Aurora Borealis—or Northern Lights—often provides spectacular evening entertainment, so don't forget to bring your camera!
Day 5 : To the ICEHOTEL!
On the last morning of our expedition we’ll set out westward, with the Homestead at Poikkijärvi, where we began our journey. We’ll glide along with our dogs for just 15 miles today, stopping along the way for lunch in the beautiful outdoors. After arriving at the Homestead, we’ll say farewell to our husky friends, collect our belongings, and transfer to the world famous ICEHOTEL in Jukkasjärvi, only a few minutes away.
We’ll have time to tour the ICEHOTEL before coming together once again for our farewell dinner at the ICEHOTEL’s warm restaurant, followed by a memorable overnight in an Art Suite made of entirely of ice!
Day 6 : Return to Stockholm
There will be time in the morning to explore the ICEHOTEL, take one last sauna, and visit the gift shop before transferring to the Kiruna Airport for our return flight to Stockholm. Upon arrival, we’ll transfer to our hotel, where the evening is yours to explore the Old Town on your own, and prepare for your international flights home the following day.
Day 7 : Departure
After breakfast, transfer on your own to the Stockholm Arlanda Airport for your return flight home.
DATES: Best time to go: March Departures: Mar 10 - 16, 2014 Mar 19 - 25, 2014 Mar 24 - 30, 2014 FAMILY FRIENDLY DEPARTURE - Minimum age 10
2014 TRIP PRICES
$800 internal airfare
At the ICEHOTEL, you will once again have access to hairdryers, a hot shower, and a gift shop. The ICEHOTEL Art Suites are entirely made of ice. Guests sleep in a thermal sleeping bag on a special bed of ice, padded with reindeer furs. There are no ice twin beds, so people sharing a room will sleep in separate sleeping bags on the same block of ice. Couples do have the option of using a special double-sized sleeping bag – this is very cozy! You will be awakened in the morning with a cup of hot lingonberry juice at your bedside.
Bathrooms and showers, and the sauna are a two minute walk from your cold accommodation in an attached warm building which you will have special access to enter any hour of the evening. In the sauna facility, there are additional showers and hairdryers. You will have Internet access free of charge in the Main Reception hall. There are no televisions, telephones or minibars in the cold accommodations. All amenities are in a permanent (warmed) building where your luggage is stored. The popular place to hang out this evening is the famous ICE BAR made entirely of ice – including your glass! However, there is a warm bar as well, located in the Reception building.
Breakfast buffet, winter overall, boots, mittens, morning sauna and towels are included for guests of the Art Suites.
Note - There is no ATM at the ICEHOTEL. You will need to obtain your cash in Stockholm at the beginning of the trip for gratuities to the guides.
Jäkkälä Hunting CabinLapland Wilderness
The Jäkkälä Hunting Cabin, situated south-east of Poikkijärvi, was built back in the days when haymaking on the Jäkkälä bogs was crucial for the survival of both man and livestock. Today this is a rustic wilderness retreat which provides perfect accommodation for long distance mushers looking for a warming shelter. To reach the Hunting Cabin from the Homestead, we travel by sled along the legendary Tobacco Trail which in the 17th century was a trade route connecting Lapland with Russia. The Jäkkälä Hunting Cabin offers very basic but cosy accommodation and in true Lapland style there is of course a sauna on the premises!
This is a 1-room cabin with 8 twin-sized bunk-beds (upper/lower beds). The cabin is small, with a big picnic-style table in the middle for family-style dining, and there is no electricity (only candle light). Warmth is provided from a wood-burning oven. The cabin is very small, with no privacy, but cozy and comfortable.
Outside in a separate cabin is the sauna. Well-water is provided for drinking and washing. There are no shower facilities, but washing can be done in the sauna. There is a clean, well-kept outhouse for toilet use.
Väkkärä Wilderness LodgeLapland Wilderness
Guests of the Väkkärä Wilderness Lodge experience the true wilderness while at the same time being able to relax in comfortable facilities. Accommodation is provided in cosy cabins sleeping up to four people in each in twin bunkbeds. A traditional wood heated sauna is just beside the lake. All meals are served in a larger main building, where there are big tables for dining together, and a comfortable sitting area. There is limited electricity brought in by a generator, so charging batteries will always be possible. Lighting is provided mostly by candles and oil lamps. There is no plumbing, but plenty of crystal clear well water is provided, and bathing with warm water is possible in the sauna room.
Sevuvouma CabinLapland Wilderness
The Sevuvouma Lodge (also known as the Sevu Lodge) has the cozy character of a traditional Lapland home. Located in a scenic wilderness setting, right beneath the magnificent Vittangivaara Fell, this home is a true “last outpost” experience. The last people living in this village all year round moved away from here in 1957. During our stay at the Sevuvouma Lodge, we will dine and sleep amongst traditional décor.
The house has one 4-bed guestroom downstairs, and an upstairs loft space with several twin sized beds. Outside, there is a detached cabin with 4 beds. The common area is small, but enchanting, and there is a separate sitting area at the foot of the stairs. Crystal clear running water comes from the lodge’s own well, and a traditional wood-heated sauna provides soothing relaxation. There is limited electricity for charging batteries.
Properties shown are representative of the accommodations we use on this trip, may not be inclusive of all accommodations we use, and are subject to change.
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