HIGHLIGHTS:
* 7 days / 6 nights
* 2n rustic Lodge, 3n wilderness cabins, 1n at Sami homestead
* Drive your own team of 4-5 dogs throughout
* Varied scenery and landscape through forest and across frozen lakes
* Follows an old smuggling route ‘Tobacco Trail’ with some technical parts
* Good chances of seeing the Northern Lights
* Suitable for adventurers with no previous sledding experience

Itinerary:
Imagine being surrounded by a frozen landscape 200 miles north of the Arctic Circle. You’re on the back of a sled being pulled by Alaskan Huskies and all you can hear is the panting of the dogs and the crunching of the snow under the sled’s runners. As you travel, the landscape changes from the open and windswept plains of ice and snow to scented coniferous forests. The tranquility and absolute silence of the Arctic is awesome. If you’re lucky, you may meet wild reindeer and catch sight of the Aurora Borealis (Northern Lights). Whatever you experience, and whenever you go, this will be a trip that will remain imprinted on your memory forever.

Day One
Make your own way to Kiruna, in Northern Sweden. You will be met at the airport and taken to the lodge at the kennels where you’ll be immediately immersed in your forthcoming adventure! You will be given all the main items of equipment you need for dog sledding and protection from the cold. The evening is then yours to enjoy, perhaps watching the northern lights or enjoying a sauna.

Day Two
After a good breakfast, you will begin your introduction to dog sledding. Fully kitted up in our Arctic outerwear, you’ll be shown your sled and how to control it, how to harness the dogs and perhaps a quick practice run on the sled being pulled by a snow mobile. After such an exciting and action-packed start to the day your adrenalin will be pumping! We have a light lunch and you will then be introduced to your husky team of four dogs. Raring to go, we’ll soon be on our way to Jakala on the tobacco trail, covering about 30km. This day gives you a great introduction to dog sledding and how to handle a sled.

Day Three
This morning you leave Jakkala cabin and head onto the trail covering approximately 35 km of the most incredible landscape to Ovre Soppero. You will travel across frozen lakes and in and out of the surrounding forest. Your accommodation for the night is run by Sami descendents and oozes Sami culture and history. Our hosts will be glad to give you an insight into their heritage and lifestyle during our stay on this reindeer farm.

Day Four
Your journey today covers approximately 35km from Soppero back to Jakkala. Today you will sled through reindeer country, taking extra care to prevent the dogs chasing after these amazing, hardy creatures.

Day Five
Today you will journey up onto the plateau overlooking the beautiful forests below. The Wilderness Lodge at Vakkara is a traditional wood cabin perched on the edge of a frozen lake and offers a relaxing final night on the trail. A perfect location to reflect on the challenge thus far and also have a rewarding hot sauna!

Day Six
This is our final day of sledding returning to the kennels where we started our challenge. Once we arrive we will say our goodbyes to the dogs and freshen up with a nice warm shower in preparation for the evenings events. In the late afternoon, you can take a tour of Sweden’s most famous hotel – the Ice Hotel – for a celebratory drink in the ice bar!  This really is an incredible hotel being made entirely of ice – the beds, the walls, the chairs and even the glasses in the bar! You will have the opportunity to take a look at all of the individually designed and created ice suites with their unique ice sculptures before a celebratory evening meal.

Day Seven
This morning you are free to enjoy your surroundings before taking our transport back to the airport for your flight home.

Includes:  Accommodation, dog-sledding equipment and dogs, meals (from Dinner on Day 1 to Breakfast on Day 7), in country transfers, hire of arctic suit, boots, hat and mitts, an English speaking guide.

Excludes: International flights, optional tour of Ice Hotel (approx. £30pp/325sek paid locally), discretionary tips and gratuities.

Group size: Maximum of 6, minimum of 4.

Dates: Season is end of January, February and March.

Price: £1445 per person, excluding flights.

Email info@voyageactive.co.uk to enquire/book.

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