Arrive in Kiruna at any time. You will be met at the airport for your transfer to your hotel. There is one arrival transfer to the hotel, which is outside of Kiruna, so we ask you to meet at a central point for pick up. Please advise us of your flight times at the time of booking so that we can arrange transfer for you. There’s no time to waste as you head out into the cold for your first activity, a close up encounter with some of the local inhabitants, the moose. Head out from Kiruna to the moose park in Vittangi, and get up close and personal with some of these noble creatures. Learn about these animals in their natural habitiat before returning to Kiruna for the evening and some dinner.
After breakfast transfer to the kennels to meet your team of dogs, your personal transport for the next few days. You are kitted out with cold weather clothing and given a full safety briefing before you get started. You will be provided with a large coverall which goes over your own ski gear, warm boots (that go over your own hiking boots), mittens, and a hat. We recommend that you familiarise yourself as much as you can with your dogs before you get started. You don’t want them running away from you! Once you are acquainted with your team of dogs, its time to get going. There’s nothing these dogs like more than running over the snow. Once the leader of the pack gets going, then all the other dogs will follow to see if they can catch them up. Remember though, its not a race so there's no overtaking. We do our best to keep the dogs calm and get them into a good rhythm. Your first priority once you’ve stopped is to care for your dogs. They’ve put in a lot of hard work, so it’s only fair that you feed them and make sure they are warm. After this, realax in the cabin for lunch before trying a local skill, ice fishing. Drill the ice holes, feed them and mark them before insulating them. The rest of the evening is free for dinner and the option for a sauna. Approximate mushing time: 25km
An early start this morning, as you go to our ice fishing holes to see what you might catch this morning. Now that you are awake yourself, its time to rouse your dogs before your day’s sledding. You have a lot of ground to cover today, as you cover up to 40km out on the trails. At times, all you will hear is the panting of the dogs and the whoosh of your sled over the snow. It’s a great way to see the scenery as it unfolds around you. This unique landscape is cloaked in darkness for much of the winter, and it can be that the sun does not rise for months in this snowy wilderness. This evening there is a twist to your accommodation, when we stay in a tepee out in the snow. Stop here for dinner, and then bed down for the night. Approximate mushing time: 40km
Waking up refreshed, we head out for a short trip with the dogs this morning. The wind on our faces is a good way to shake off any lethargy. Returning to the lodge, we have time to try snowshoeing this afternoon. Developed as the easiest way to get across the snow thousands of years ago, snowshoeing has developed in these Arctic regions. It’s said that if you can walk, then you should have no trouble snowshoeing, so we can put that theory to the test this afternoon. The excitement continues after dinner, when we harness our dogs again, and go off in search of the famous Aurora Borealis, more commonly known as the Northern Lights. The Aurora is caused by charged electrons from the solar wind meeting the elements in the earth’s atmosphere. The science behind it is simple to explain, but its just as likely that you would want to just sit back and enjoy this incredible natural phenomenon lighting up the sky.