Crossing Lapland with dog sled
- Duration: 8 Days (approx.)
- Location: Jokkmokk
- Product code: CrossingLapl8d
A dog sled tour straight through the heart of Swedish Lapland! From the snow-covered forests in Jokkmokk up to the bare mountains and Saltoluokta Mountain Lodge. This is one of our favorite tours.
Experience the richness of the diverse nature in Lapland. Travel with a dog sled through the deep snowy forests in Jokkmokk, over frozen lakes and mires, and west up along the river valleys toward the impressive mountains.
Small and cozy timber huts will give us shelter during the nights down in the woodlands until we reach Årrenjarka half way on our journey. At Årrenjarka Mountain Lodge, owned by the Mannberg family, we will get the luxury of taking a warm shower and then enjoy a delicious dinner in the beautiful restaurant.
From here our dog sled tour continues to the small mountain village Kvikkjokk, where we connect to the famous King’s Trail/Kungsleden and get two nights the Swedish Tourist Association´s comfortable mountain cabins. High above the timber line we cross the extensive mountain moors over to the river Stora Luleälvens glen and we reach our final destination, Saltoluokta Mountain Station.
As always, we travel in a small group, which makes everything more personal and nice. We work as a team all together and helps with everything from fetching water, taking care of the huskies and cooking.
In our dog sleds we will bring snowshoes which makes it possible to track the wild animals as wolverine, reindeer, moose, lynx, hare, ptarmigan etc.
During this time of the season we have good chances to get to see the northern lights dancing over the sky in the nights.
Day 1 Arrival to Jokkmokk
We meet and give you information about the program for the following days. Together we have a nice dinner and check the equipment.
Day 2 Jokkmokk – Juoksaure, the start of our wilderness adventure
After breakfast we go by car to our husky kennel. Here we will introduce you to the dogs and give you instructions in how to handle and drive a dog team. You will harness your dogs and make your sled ready for start.
During this first day we will travel to a small hut located by a small river. Approx. 30 km
Day 3 Laxholmen
We start from Juoksaure with the dog teams and travel west. Today we will cross over the big lake Laddon and we will also pass an area where moose usually stays. With the snowshoes we can track moose and other animals. Approx. 30 km
Day 4 Årrenjarka, the small mountain village
Our journey goes further west through the low mountains and pass the mountain Farforita that go steep down 400 m straight into the lake Karats. This day will be tougher and we travel approx. 50km. During the day we stop for lunch over an open fire. In Årrenjarka we will be serveda nice dinner and here we have the luxury with showers and sauna.
Day 5 Laponia World Heritage area
We will leave Årrenjarka and head north. Today we can choose between different routes. If the weather is good we can take our dogsleds straight over the mountain Kabla, a very beautiful but exhausting alternative. Or, we can choose to go around Kabla and pass Kvikkjokk, the small village by the end of the road. From there we will reach the
King’s Trail which we will follow northward.
During the following days our journey will go in the outskirts of Laponia. Laponia is listed as one of UNESCO’s World Heritage areas both for its natural and cultural values.
In late afternoon we reach the cabin in Pårte just next to the border of Sarek National park.
Day 6 Aktse, the gate to Sarek
We turn our faces north and travel through old forests and over frozen lakes. All the time we will be surrounded of beautiful mountains. Aktseis maybe one of the most famous and well-reputed places in the Swedish mountains. Approx. 30km
Day 7 Saltoluokta, over the tundra and back to “civilisation”
This day’s run goes up over the timber line. There will be no trees as long as we can see and we travel over windswept plateaus and mountain moors. We head back to Saltoluokta Mountain Station. A hot sauna, showers and a three-course dinner in the restaurant await us. Approx. 33 km
Day 8 Departure day
Breakfast and then departure from Saltoluokta.
25 Feb - 4 March 2019
Minimum 2 persons maximum 4 persons.
Included in the price:
- Experience wilderness guide
- One dog team per person
- Warm jacket, pants, warm shoes, hat, gloves
- Sleeping bag and equipment for the tour
- Fullboard from breakfast day 1 until breakfast day 8 (Typical Lapland and Swedish food)
- Accommodation, 1 nights at Villa Åsgård, 4 nights in wilderness cabins, 1 night at Årrenjarka Mountain Lodge and 1 night at Saltoluokta Mountain lodge
Not included in the price:
- Travel as well as transfer to Jokkmokk and Saltoluokta Mountain Lodge
- Travel insurance
- Alcoholic beverages
All activities are mostly moderate but sometimes hard. In wilderness cabin we sleep on bunk beds in mixed room with both gentlemen’s and women’s. The wilderness cabins are heated with wood/gas and have no electricity or running water. Dry toilet is available at the cabins.
No former dog sled experience is required but you must like animals and feel compassion for them.
How physically demanding will it be?
How physically demanding it will be depends very much on the snow and weather conditions during the tour. But, to go dogsledding requires that you have good balance and are reasonable fit. In up-hills and heavy snow conditions you must help your dogs by kicking beside the sled and sometimes also run and push the sled in steep up-hills (which can go on for quite a while in the mountains.)
You also need to have in mind that you will be physically active outside in the cold for many hours each day. Our tours are not made up touristic adventures but real experiences where everybody work as a team and helps with everything from taking care of the dogs, cooking, loading the sleds, fetching water and setting up tents (when on a trip including camping) etc.
Minimum age is 16 years old in company by an adult.
Location:Meet us at the guesthouse Jokkmokks Åsgård at time 18:00.
Jokkmokk Guesthouse, also called Villa Åsgård
Address: Åsgatan 20, 962 31 Jokkmokk
NOTE! The tour starts in Jokkmokk but ends in Saltoluokta
How to get here:Follow the link for more info: www.jokkmokkguiderna.com/en/travel-lapland-jokkmokk-saltoluokta
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