Sonnie

HIGHLIGHTS:
* 4 days / 3 nights
* 3 nights accommodation in a luxury, rustic Lodge based at the kennels
* Sit-down dog sled tour with option to drive your own team of dogs
* Snow-shoe tour
* Optional snow mobile tour
* Visit the world famous Ice Hotel
* Good chance of seeing the Northern Lights!
* Limited time only, price £949 per person

In most people’s minds the word Lapland conjures up a magical, snowy scene and this is your chance to immerse yourself in such a picture-perfect world. Packed with adventure during the day and relaxing evenings watching the Aurora Borealis or warming up in the sauna, Taste of Lapland is the perfect choice for busy people who want maximum experience in minimal time.

Day One:

Under your own arrangement, you will arrive in Kiruna, Sweden’s Northern-most city situated approx. 250km inside the Arctic Circle. Once there, you will be met by your guide and driven approx. 15 minutes to a Lapland hideaway in the forest. A narrow snow-covered side road leads to an opening in the forest where you will discover a small kennel of 40 sled dogs and kennel owners Gaynor and Milos. A warm welcome awaits as you settle into your cosy accommodation at their guest lodge in the surroundings of this private complex.

After a warming cup of tea or coffee and an introduction to what awaits over the following days, you will be supplied with high quality Arctic outer-wear to keep you toasty during your adventure. Afterwards, you can choose to relax in your room or take a wander in the immediate surroundings. Meanwhile, your hosts will warm the sauna for you to enjoy in the late afternoon before a sumptuous dinner is served in the Lodge.

Overnight at our rustic accommodation on a twin-share or double basis.

(Meals included: Dinner. Lunch can be arranged at a small additional cost)

Day Two:

After breakfast, you can prepare for today’s adventure: a ‘sit-down’ dog sled tour. Depending on availability, this tour may be taken in the morning or afternoon. During this tour you can get up close and personal with the dogs who are all friendly and love cuddles! The experience begins directly from the kennel yard and heads off down a private forest trail from the back of the property. It is an exciting journey where you can sit on a large sled for 4 guests pulled by 12 strong and enthusiastic dogs and driven by a professional guide. Emerging from the forest, the trail heads down to Kiruna’s famous Torne River (now frozen of course) and eventually leads to a traditional Sami-style tipi tent called a Lavvu. Here, you take a break to warm up and enjoy a cup of steaming coffee cooked in a traditional way over the fire. After a short break, you head off on the sled again returning to the kennels.

This sit-down tour is a fantastic way introduction to dog sledding but if your adventurous spirit yearns for more, you can choose an optional ‘drive-your-own’ tour in the afternoon. For this experience, you will receive instructions on how to control your own sled pulled by 4 huskies before heading down the trail on your own sled following your guide through the arctic wilderness.

Later, dinner is served before you retreat for the night buzzing with today’s memories.

(Meals included: Breakfast, lunch and dinner)

Day Three:

Today’s adventure is human powered! You’ll be fitted out with high quality Fimbulvetr snow shoes (size 37-50) to help you along the forest trails surrounding the lodge. The physical level of this activity can be tailored to the group but the suggested goal is the top of a nearby hill where you benefit from an incredible view of the area, seeing for miles across frozen rivers and pine forests. Along the way, it’s quite possible to see wildlife such as birdlife, reindeer and moose. Your guide will serve a welcome drink whilst you soak up the scenery before you. When you’re ready you can head back to base where lunch awaits.

In the afternoon, you can choose to relax, go for a walk or take an optional snow mobile tour. If you choose the latter, you will be given instructions on how to drive the snowmobile before the surge of engine power fills your body on a thrilling ride through this frozen landscape. This is a guided tour and you will need a full drivers licence to take part.

On your last night in Lapland, be sure to look out for the northern lights dancing in the skies above. The lights can appear on any clear night throughout the winter and because our property is far away from the light pollution of the city, you have an excellent chance of seeing them!

(Meals included: Breakfast, lunch and dinner)

Day Four:

It may be your last day in Lapland but the fun is far from over. Your remaining time is spent at the world famous Ice Hotel in Jukkasjarvi, about 25 minutes drive from the kennels. The hotel has a reputation for being the “coolest” hotel in the world – it is in fact a constant -5 degrees centigrade no matter what the temperature outside! This temperature makes it comfortable to walk around but cool enough for the hotel’s walls, beds and bar (complete with ice glasses) to stay frozen.

The official tour of the hotel is optional but recommended and allows you to view the various individually hand-crafted rooms with ice sculptures. With themed rooms, which in previous years has included “Gotham City”, “Polar Bears” and “Aurora”, it is an excellent way to spend the morning.

Depending on your departure time, you are free to perhaps enjoy a delicious buffet lunch at the Ice Hotel or a walk to Jukkasjarvi’s quaint church just a few minutes up the road from the hotel.

(Meals included: Breakfast)

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Departures/Arrivals: On selected days during December to end of March. Talk to us about your preferred dates!

Group Numbers: Minimum 2 people, maximum 8 people. (Larger numbers can be catered for with private groups).

Price:  ONLY £949pp excluding international flights. Limited availability.

Terms:  Non-refundable deposit of £200 due on booking with the balance to be paid 60 days (or more) before departure. If booking within 30 days of departure, the full balance must be paid and is non refundable. Name changes are permitted.

Included: Free airport transfers, accommodation at a luxury lodge, meals and activities as mentioned above, hire of Arctic outerwear (jacket, trousers, boots, mitts and hat), hire of specialist equipment, English-speaking guide.

Excluded: International flights to/from Kiruna, tips for guides (discretionary), personal travel insurance. Please note, alcohol is not included with meals.

Options:
* Light lunch on Day One (£10pp)
* Drive your own dog sled tour, approx. 3 hours, min. 2 people (on offer at £99 per person)
* Snow mobile tour, approx. 3 hours including transfers, min. 2 people (£135 per person, sharing snowmobile)
* Extra sauna, price £45 total, paid locally in cash (day one sauna experience is included)
* Ice Hotel tour, price 325sek per person (approx. £30) paid locally direct to Ice Hotel. Ice Hotel tour and buffet lunch is 450sek per person. Cards accepted. Please note, our free transfer from the Ice Hotel to the airport for your departure is only available at certain times, otherwise you will need to make your own arrangements to get to the airport. Please consult with us before your arrival.

Best time to come: These trips are run from December to end of March. December and January are colder and darker months (average temps of approx. -15 to -30 degrees C) but because of longer nights this can give you a better chance of seeing the Northern Lights. February is warmer and with longer days (approx. -15 to -20 degrees C). March starts to get warmer still with the long days of sunshine bringing what can feel like Arctic spring weather (average temps approx. -5 to -15 degrees C). We can run dogs throughout the season but in extreme temperatures or bad conditions your guide may decide to shorten some activities for your comfort and safety. Please note, the temperatures can change quickly (a drop or increase of 15 degrees C within 24 hours is not unusual) so you should always check the weather before travelling. We recommend searching www.yr.no for “jukkasjarvi” for the most accurate report.

FLIGHTS:  Scandinavian Airlines (SAS) and low cost carrier Norwegian are the only airlines to fly in and out of Kiruna. We cannot take responsibility for cancelled, rescheduled or missed flights so please make sure you leave enough time between connecting flights and have adequate travel insurance in place. If you would like help with arranging flights we can recommend our flights partner Business Travel Direct – simply call 0845 313 1200 for the best prices.

Accommodation: Our rustic cabin-style hideaway for guests was built in 2015 (click here for more information). Built with the environment in mind, all the building materials used in the wood structure were sourced in Sweden and we have our own pure water source as well as geo thermal heating.

The lodge is part of our kennel complex and was built to a high standard with many of the luxuries you would expect at home, yet it oozes that cosy, warm feeling you only get from old style forest cabins. Hidden away in a small clearing amongst the trees, we offer two double or twin bedrooms, one double/family room for up to four people, two bathrooms, a small kitchen and open lounge/dining area. Our maximum capacity is eight guests but we normally have no more than six guests staying with us at any one time.

We also have a separate sauna cabin built next to our very own creek that runs through the property. In the winter only the brave would break through the ice and dip a toe in but instead, you can relax in a warm room adjacent to the sauna itself (also used for changing) or roll around in the fluffy snow outside.

Activities: All activities are designed for beginners with no previous experience.

Northern Lights: This is a natural phenomenon and therefore cannot be guaranteed.

Fitness: Guests need to be in good health and physically mobile. All physical or medical conditions that may affect your participation in these activities should be reported to us in advance, including the taking of any medication. Failure to do so may result in your exclusion from an activity if you are deemed physically unable to participate by our guides. In such an instance, no refund is given.

Insurance: We strongly recommend a valid travel insurance policy in place that covers you for driving your own dog sled.

Please note, all itineraries can be subject to change.

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