HIGHLIGHTS:
* 7 days / 6 nights
* 2n rustic Lodge, 2n tents, 2n Sami cabin
* More ‘expedition’ style challenge
* Drive your own team of 5/6 dogs throughout
* Spectacular scenery
* Warmer spring weather with long hours of daylight

Itinerary:

Designed as an expedition, this Tundra dog-sledding itinerary allows you to push your mushing skills to the limit as you drive your own dog team high into the mountains to a remote Sami settlement on the Norwegian border. This itinerary gives you a real taste of the Arctic whilst discovering a remote area that looks and feels more like Antarctica than Lapland!

Day One
You arrive in Kiruna in the far north of Sweden. Here you’ll be welcomed by a professional Musher and your guide for the week. Taking in the first signs of the snow-covered landscape you’ll soon board a vehicle and drive to your base at the kennels. Today is a relaxing day to accommodate different arrival times of guests, take a wander around the kennels or explore the local area with snow shoes.

In the evening you can enjoy a tasty meal whilst getting to know your guide. Overnight at Lodge.

Day Two
After a good, warming, breakfast you’ll be given basic instructions on how to drive your own dog sled and look after your own team. You’ll also help with packing up the sleds ready for the off! Depending on snow conditions your journey today will either start from the kennels or you’ll take vehicle transport to a start point about 1.5 hours away. Today, you’ll need to cover a good distance passing over frozen lakes and through the forest, with lunch prepared by the group and served on the trail.

At the end of an exciting but exhausting day, you’ll need to care for the dogs and dig out an area to pitch your tent before preparing dinner. Bed time will approach fast and you’ll fall asleep to the noises of Arctic animals in the distance. Overnight in tents.

Day Three
You’ll need to wake early so you have enough time to cook breakfast, pack up your tent, feed the dogs and prepare for today’s journey. The drive is approx. 60km with lunch eaten on the trail again. The route passes over hills and through villages as you prepare to leave behind these sparse settlements and enter the magical beauty of the Tundra. You will surely feel more confident on your sled today as you get used to the dogs and they get used to you.

Your evening routine should be more efficient tonight as you put up your tent again and attend to dinner. Overnight in tents.

Day Four
With a quick turnaround this morning, you’ll head off early to cover 60km heading North towards the tri-border. With a backdrop of Norwegian mountains and the trees rapidly giving way to sweeping, open landscapes, you head towards the Norwegian border. Finally you reach a remote Sami settlement and the welcome sight of a warm cabin situated quietly on the edge of a large lake.

Tonight you can treat yourself to a relaxing and refreshing sauna, a successful recipe for a good nights sleep. Overnight in a cabin.

Day Five
With such fantastic surroundings you’ll take a day to soak up the environment. Maybe you’ll try ice-fishing on the lake, play with the dogs, enjoy the sauna or just relax in the sun! If the weather is good you can also take your dog team for a round-trip. The choice will be yours. Overnight in cabin.

(This ‘free’ day is crucial to the schedule, allowing time to cover the distance in case of extreme weather conditions in your first three days).

Day Six
On your last day, you can really stretch your mushing legs with a delightful 50km stage to the vehicle meeting point. The way back offers incredible views of the mountains and back towards small villages and into the familiar forest territory.

Once at your meeting point, you’ll pack up your sled and start the journey back to the kennels. Once there, you can enjoy another sauna and freshen up before a celebratory dinner, during which you can share stories about your adventure. Overnight lodge.

Day Seven
After a relaxing breakfast, you’ll say goodbye to the dogs and board transport back to Kiruna airport for your flight.

Note: If time permits, it is possible to visit the Ice Hotel on Day 1 or Day 7. The Ice Hotel is usually open until the 2nd week in April.

Includes: In-country transfers, all food from Dinner on Day 1 to breakfast on Day 7, all accommodation, hire of expedition equipment (tent, sleeping bag, sleeping mat, stoves), hire of protective Arctic clothing (waterproof/windproof outer jacket, waterproof/windproof insulated trousers, arctic boots, over-mitts, fur hat), English-speaking guide.

Excludes: International flights to Kiruna, Sweden, and discretionary tip for guide.

Group Size: Maximum 6 people, minimum 4 people.

Dates:
31st March 2017 – 6th April 2017  FULLY BOOKED
8th April 2017 – 14th April 2017  LIMITED PLACES

Price:  NEW LOWER PRICE of £1595 per person, excluding flights.
Email info@voyageactive.co.uk to enquire/book.

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