Who are Lapland Sleddog Adventures (LSA)?
All our holiday packages are conducted by Lapland Sleddog Adventures (LSA) a Swedish company run by Gaynor and Milos Gonda. Gaynor is English and Milos is Slovakian, they have owned and run dog sledding kennels for over 20 years.
They are passionate about their business and the dogs are their family! so you’ll enjoy a warm and friendly environment when you stay with them.
LSA is nestled in a gorgeous pine forest on the side of a hill with amazing views and only 10 minutes outside of Kiruna.
When are your tours and accommodation available to book?
The winter holiday packages are generally available between December and mid April, subject to availability. If you specifically want to see things like the Northern Lights you will need to book between December and mid March.
Please enquire about your preferred date, LSA have one lodge on their property where you will stay if booking a package with us so availability is dependant on whether the lodge is free.
The LSA lodge accommodation is open for bookings all year round. In the Summer, the lodge can be used as a comfortable base for visitors to Abisko National Park and hikers of the ‘Kings Trail’ or ‘Kungsleden’. Talk to us if you would like to know more about the accommodation and transport service for summer hikers (soon to be available on the website!).
What's your minimum/maximum capacity?
Our minimum requirement is 2 adults sharing a room. The lodge has 3 bedrooms and sleeps up to 8 (one room is 2 adults/2 children sharing a room with a partition wall) or 10 maximum if using a pull out bed in the lounge.
All our packages are based on 2 people sharing one lodge bedroom. If your party exceeds 8 please contact us to talk about arrangements. We cannot accommodate single travellers.
Do you offer private tours?
Do you have a minimum age for children?
We do have tours that are only available to over 18’s. This will be identified on the holiday package listing.
Do you provide pick-ups and drop-offs?
LSA will soon be launching a transfer service to Abisko for guests that book the lodge accommodation during the summer time only. Contact us for more information.
When should I visit Lapland? What are the average temperatures and daylight hours each month?
Temperatures can very hugely so this is a general guide to the average temperatures by month and daylight hours –
January: The coldest month but quite a magical time of year with frozen trees, lots of snow and amazing moon rises. Daytime temperatures vary between -15C and -30C with an average of around -20C. Daylight hours are between 09.30-14.00 increasing to 08.00-15.30 by the end of January. January is a great time to visit to get quiet trails and smaller groups on tours. The long, dark nights also increase your chances of seeing the Northern lights!
February: This is the most popular month when the trails get busier and so do our tours. If possible, we suggest you try and avoid mid February half term for schools. It’s a great time to visit as the days are getting longer (08.00-15.30 increasing to 06.30-17.00 by the end of February) and a little warmer. Average temperatures are still around -15C to -20C, perfect temperatures to experience Lapland! The nights are long enough to have good chances of seeing the Northern Lights.
March: By March, temperatures are rising and if you’re worried about the cold, this is a good time to visit. Average temperatures are around -5C to -15C and by the end of March, Lapland can sometimes feel quite spring-like. Daylight hours rise from 06.30-17.00 at the beginning of March to 04.30-19.00 at the end of the month. With the dark evenings, you will still see the Northern Lights during this time.
April: Spring time has arrived and our tour location shifts from short/multi-day tours in Kiruna to the mountains nearby where snow conditions are better and our tours get longer. It is a great time to be outside and we can often be found walking around without a jacket! With the strong sun and long days, temperatures rise quickly during the day but the nights can still provide a chill. Average daytime temperatures are around -5C to +5C and the daylight hours already extend beyond 20.00 in the evening (23.00 by the end of April). If you want to see Northern Lights in April, you’ll have to stay up a little later!
May: By May we don’t offer dog sledding tours. The LSA staff are usually taking a break from the long winter season! Be prepared for cool to warm days but with the odd rain or snow shower. The upside is the absence of mosquitoes! The Lodge is available to book for self-catering overnight guests all summer long.
June & July: These are the warmest months of the year and if there are clear skies the temperatures can hit +30C, although the average is more like +18C. But precipitation can be high. Welcome to Kiruna’s summer! It’s during these months that we experience 100 days of 24-hour sunshine or “white nights” as they can be called. Because of this, our dogs are often more active during the night at this time of year, as are the wild forest animals. It’s impossible to see Northern Lights in the summer time in Lapland but there are many outdoor activities not far from our doorstep. Walking, running, cycling, kayaking, white water rafting and wild water swimming are all favourites.
August: In the second week of August the sun sets again and the night temperatures start to lower. Average daytime temperatures are around +11C and we can often experience some rain showers. In August we see some very beautiful autumn colours.
September: At last, we get some relief from the long daylight hours and the nights appear once again. Temperatures cool off and the mosquitoes have disappeared. It’s at this time of year that we start training our sleddogs for the winter. Normally, there’s no snow on the ground but frost creeps in by the end of September.
October: Now winter is approaching and October usually brings our first snow. It doesn’t settle at first but by the end of October we can often have a thin layer remaining on the ground. Daylight hours are very similar to March and average daytime temperatures hover just above freezing (+2C). This is a great (and often over-looked) month to see Northern Lights as the skies get darker and darker. The dogs are training hard by this point and we are often found out on our quad bikes training the dogs for hours at a time.
November: Snow is coming thick and fast now and by the end of the month we usually have just enough snow to start our short tours. Temperatures are below freezing (-11C) and daytime hours are similar to February. It is a good time for Northern Lights.
December: December is our busiest month with Christmas and New Year drawing big crowds. It’s a dark yet really exciting time to visit Lapland. Our tours are in full swing and the winter snow is fresh and sparkles like diamonds. It can be very cold however, so be prepared! During the last half of December the sun does not rise above the horizon and daylight hours are limited to between 10.00-13.00. Temperatures are around -15C on average but can drop to -30C. Northern Lights can be seen throughout the month.
If the temperature drops below -30C (-22F) it may be necessary to shorten some activities for your comfort.
What is a sit-down dog sled tour?
This is a ‘sitting’ experience with up to four people sitting on a large sled driven by an experienced guide. Occasionally it may be possible (or necessary) for five people to sit on one sled but this is only in exceptional circumstances.
Please note, guests must be able to sit on a low bench style seat with knees bent at an angle of at least 90 degrees. It is with regret that LSA are not able to cater for guests who do not have good use and control of their legs as this can lead to increased safety risks.
What is a drive-your-own dog sled tour?
A drive-your-own dog sledding experience is where each person drives their own sled with their own team of four dogs for the duration of the tour. A professional guide drives their own sled at the front and guests follow in single file behind them. No previous experience of dog sledding is required. You must be reasonably physically fit to take part. Over 18’s only (over 16’s allowed if accompanied by an adult/guardian).
Will I see the Aurora Borealis / Northern Lights whilst in Sweden?
To see the Northern Lights (or Aurora), you need several factors to be aligned: High sun-spot activity, dark, clear skies and good timing! The Aurora can appear for just a few minutes or a few hours so it’s always advisable to be looking towards the sky whenever possible.
If the conditions above are satisfied, guests can see the Northern Lights from the Lodge and kennels. For the best time to visit, please see above ‘When should I visit Lapland?’
Do you provide outdoor clothing?
They can also provide a hat and neckwarmer should you not have your own.
Small children are provided with insulated ‘jumpsuits’ often worn over their own sweaters or coat (sizes 110-160cm). Children’s boots are stocked in size 11 upwards. If it is really cold, they will provide blankets and even a child’s sleeping bag on the short, sit-down tours.
What are the accommodation facilities?
No alcohol is provided or sold by LSA, however you may bring your own alcohol if staying at the Lodge. It is not recommended to drink alcohol before partaking in any activity.
What should I bring for my stay?
LSA provide all of our guests with insulated outerwear: jacket, trousers, warm boots and big over-mitts. They can also provide a hat and neckwarmer if you don’t have your own. It’s a good idea to bring your own pair of thin gloves to wear underneath the big mitts.
In the lodge all towels and bed linen are provided. The bathrooms are stocked with toilet rolls and soap but please bring your own toiletries such as shower gel and shampoo. A hairdryer is provided. The kitchen includes all utensils, crockery and pans as well as washing-up liquid, cloths/sponges, tea towel and dishwasher tablets.
For more specific advice on packing for your holiday, please click on the PDF’s below to download a kit list.