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Arctic Dogsled Weekend

This is a chance for you to experience some of the wonders of the Arctic in a long weekend. You will be in charge of your own dogsled and dogs, experience the beauty of the Arctic tundra, eat some local food and hopefully see the Northern Lights.

Join me for a fantastic long weekend in the Arctic

  • Arrive in Kiruna, Sweden – 30th January 2020
  • Depart from Kiruna, Sweden – 2nd February 2020

Your four-day and three-night excursion will have the feel of an Arctic adventure, but it will be coupled with the luxury of arriving at a warm and comfortable lodge each night.

During your stay, you will experience the Arctic wilderness at its whitest and possibly see the Northern Lights at their best.

From £3,180

Please note that we need a minimum of 5 people booked on the trip. Otherwise we might be forced to postpone or cancel the trip.

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About the Trip

On arrival in the Arctic, we will pick you up from the airport and take you to our base, where you will have something to eat, be issued with your Arctic clothing, before being shown the art and techniques of dogsledding.

Once everybody has their sleds packed, we will head off into the Arctic dusk with our head torches on. Dogsledding into the late afternoon darkness is a truly magical experience. The reflection of the light off the snow and surroundings lights up the Arctic night as the dogs head towards the Wilderness Lodge.

“A fantastic experience…a trip of a lifetime…learning how different people are from each other, but also similar they can be…made some great friends…breathtaking scenery…I loved it all.”

Here you will be greeted with a warming drink, the chance to have a sauna and to relax in small individual cabins, before a three-course dinner of local food and then bed.

In the morning after breakfast, we will harness the dogs and head off on the trails through the trees to an old authentic homestead in the middle of the Arctic tundra, stopping on the way for a warming lunch. On arrival, you will feed the dogs before heading inside to relax, have a sauna and then dinner. Hopefully, the Northern Lights will oblige for you and appear above the farmhouse.

The next day we will head out on the trail after feeding the dogs and breakfast. We will stop for lunch over a fire during the trip before arriving back at the Wilderness Lodge for your final night in the Arctic.

On your final morning, we will head out west and head back to our base from where we started. There you will have a chance to change clothes, have a coffee or tea, before heading to the airport to catch your flight home.

See Instagram #peakdynamicsarctic for more pictures of our previous trips.

About

The Arctic Lapland is Europe’s northernmost wilderness. It is a truly stunning spectacle; the tranquil beauty, amazing scenery and interesting cultural history with four official languages in the area you will be dogsledding in – Swedish, Sámi, Mieänkieli and Finnish.

Climate

The Arctic Lapland has a subarctic climate with short cool summers and long cold winters. The snow cover generally lasts from October to early May, but snowfall can occur year-round. The polar night lasts from 11 December to 1 January, so you will hopefully have some clear blue skies in the winter sun. The average temperature in January is -16c.

Northern Lights

The Northern Lights or Aurora Borealis is a spectacular phenomenon that occurs when electrically charged particles from the sun enter the earth’s atmosphere and collide with gases such as oxygen and nitrogen. There are certain phone apps that can tell us when there is a good chance of seeing the Northern Lights.

Wildlife

The Arctic Lapland is home to the bear, wolverines, lynx and the elusive Arctic fox. They are normally shy and do not cause any danger to humans. The animals you are most likely to see are reindeer and moose and birds such as the ptarmigan and eagle.

The Sámi People

The Sámi people (often known as Lapps or Laplanders) are Finno-Ugric people inhabiting the Arctic area of Sámi, which today encompasses parts of northern Norway, Sweden, Finland, the Kola Peninsula of Russia and the border area between south and middle Sweden and Norway. Traditionally, the Sámi have pursued a variety of livelihoods, including coastal fishing, fur trapping and sheep herding. Their best-known means of a livelihood is semi-nomadic reindeer herding.

Useful Information

 

What level of fitness do I need?

You need to be of average fitness at minimum.

What sort of food will I eat?

You will be served porridge, meats, bread, cheese and eggs for breakfast. Lunch will probably be a meat stew or fish soup. Dinner will be a three-course meal with locally sourced food such as reindeer, moose or Arctic char fish. We can easily cater for vegetarians and other requirements.

How cold will it be?

Difficult to predict until a few days out. Expect the temperature to be between -10 to -20c during the day and night. It may drop to -30c but we will know nearer the time. You will be given excellent outer clothing that will keep you warm.

Will I see the Northern Lights?

At this time of the year, there is a very good chance of seeing the Northern Lights as there will be quite a few hours of darkness.

What clothing will I need bring?

You will be send a packing list, but in short you will need casual clothes for the evening and warm thermals for the day. We will provide boots, trousers, parka, fur hat, gloves and a few other accessories.

Will my phone work?

Yes and there is wifi at the Wilderness Lodge.

Booking

Booking

From £ 3,180

Please note that we need a minimum of 5 people booked on the trip. Otherwise we might be forced to postpone or cancel the trip.

What Is Included:

  • Pre-trip Team Dynamic Assessment and debrief
  • Transfer from and to Kiruna Airport
  • Loan of all key Arctic clothing and dog-mushing gear
  • All meals including beverages
  • All accommodation

What Is Not Included:

  • Flights to and from Kiruna
  • Any drinks purchased while on the trip
  • Personal Equipment
  • Personal Travel Insurance – see our Partners – Columbus Direct for Insurance

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