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THE OVERNIGHT HUSKY TOUR

driving our own sled through the entire tour

min 2 & max 4 people per tour, contact us for larger groups
10:00 - 16:00 (next day)
from kr 11,990.00 per person

Booking days:

Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday

Booking period:

1.12.2022 - 22.12.2022

10.1.2023 - 31.3.2022

Experience the wonder of mystical Lapland on an epic overnight adventure. You will drive your team of enthusiastic Huskies up to 80km across vast frozen lakes and rivers through the exquisite Boreal ecosystem and supernal Taiga forests. An experience of a lifetime awaits you in sub-arctic Lapland, home to the esoteric Aurora Borealis and the land of the dazzling Midnight Sun. Spending the evening in a beautiful Lappish wilderness cabin with a steamy hot sauna, memories like these are seldom made and never forgotten.

 

Meeting the dogs & learning to drive the sled

Our team will collect you from the Airport, Train station or Hotel in Kiruna and drive you to the Snowdog base camp. We will first head to the dressing room and kit you with quality extreme winter weather gear in preparation for your two days out in the often bitterly cold Arctic environment. After which, we will head to the Husky Kennel.
At Snowdog, we have an eclectic mix of Alaskan and Siberian Huskies, many of whom come from some of the best dog lines in the world. We also function as an active sprint and distance racing kennel, so it is essential that our furry canine companions' bloodlines, temperament and endurance are of the highest standard.
When you arrive at the Dog Kennel, you will be shown around by one of our experienced guides to meet our super friendly dogs and be introduced to your team. Depending on your experience, fitness and size, you will handle a team of between 4-6 Huskies, which, as you will soon discover, packs a punch of relentless dog power.
Next is the detailed induction course on driving the sled in the varying conditions we expect you will encounter, what to do and what not to do. How to take care, control and command your team effectively. Without our dedicated Husky squad, we don't get anywhere fast, so looking after them and their requirements is quintessential for the journey. Love them, and they will love you back!

 
 

Driving the sled through the wilderness

When we are all prepared and comfortable, we will set off. First, we will take a 13km loop to give you time to acquaint yourself with the sometimes challenging and often changing terrain of Arctic Lapland. On our return from this first excursion, we will take five minutes to check all is well with the dogs, the sleds, and you guys, and then we go into the wild.
The adventure you are about to embark on is an awe-inspiring and monumental trip. Depending on the time of year, weather and snow/ice conditions, we may take various trails and arrive at one of the fantastic wilderness cabins. We will ride down the old Poikkijärvi trail, through the old village onto and across the magnificent Torne River past the world-famous Ice Hotel. We then drive our dog team through a tunnel which takes us under a road, past The Nutti Sami Reindeer Lodge. We then approach the immense, frozen Sahara of lake Sautusjärvi which we will cross straight through the middle. It is never ending and part of the Tobacco Trail to Finland, a Sled Dog race we sometimes participate in. We will eventually reach the most fantastic wilderness cabin in the middle of nowhere. You will love it; we love it & the dogs love it. Working as a team, we thank, feed and prepare the dogs for the evening. Meanwhile, we will be lighting the wood fires and candles and warming up the cosy sauna.

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The Overnight Stay

There is no electricity at the wilderness cabin, and the water is from an old well, from which we first have to break the ice to reach the crystal fresh water below. We will then prepare some delicious fresh food for ourselves. We can arrange our feast to be with meat, vegan or vegetarian or a combination to suit all pallets. We try to ensure that it will be a lovely mixture of Organic tastes. Food is usually served with wine, and we can bring a few beers for those interested.
We rise relatively early in the morning, around 7 am. We have coffee, water or tea and check on the dogs. It's time to feed our superhuman four-legged friends as we also prepare an excellent warm breakfast to get us ready for the return leg of our journey. We tidy up, kit up in our warm clothes and prepare our team to go.

 
 
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The Travel back

The dogs become uproarious as they sense we are about to depart, and you can feel the adrenaline pumping as we go. The hardest part sometimes is slowing them down, and for the first couple of kilometers, that can be a fun but arduous task. We cruise back down The Tobacco Trail. This time we take a different route across the seemingly vast frozen lake. We will travel the isolated backcountry, crossing swamps, frozen lakes, and through immersive snow-laden forests. We climb the small mountain with spectacular views in front and behind us. Then we begin the exciting descent (with care) as an accident here would not be good. However, this is much fun as we approach the great Torne River once again, crossing over the tundra, lakes, and streams through the boreal forest. We will travel down the impressively imposing Torne, enjoying the astounding 360-degree winter paradise. Finally, we travel up, driving past the oldest standing Sami church in Lapland (1609), and cross the river to join the Poikkijärvi trail once again; it's uphill, and your faithful and committed team may need and deserve your assistance on the final few kilometers. 

Once back at the Snowdog Base, we release and unharness our wonderful wholehearted huskies and treat them with a big chunk of meat for their extraordinary endeavors; they deserve every last bite! We then let them return to their cozy houses to get some well-deserved rest. We will take a little time to catch our breath and maybe have a quick coffee or tea as we relax from our incredible experience.

 
 

THINGS TO NOTE

SPEED VS. ENDURANCE

It is a journey, not a race, and speed kills the dogs' energy. So it is always prudent not to drive too fast. Your guide is an expert at managing ideal speed and rhythms, sometimes a little speed and sometimes a little slow. We will also stop for several breaks to let us and the dogs chill for a short period of time.

JOINT WORKOUT

When you are mushing, it is a team effort, and we will verse you in understanding how, when and why you help your dog team, how to use the brake and control your speed effectively and what to do in the event of a tangle or incident. It's not just about standing there, letting the dogs do all the work. We love our dogs. They are our extended family, and when they work hard, so do we. But it's not so hard. However, whilst you need not be an athlete, a certain degree of fitness is required. If you have any health concerns or medical issues, you must make us aware before participating in the trip.

UNDERPROMISE, OVERDELIVER

We will aim to cover between 80-100km. You will be driving the dog sled for between 3-4 hours each day, the trail may vary, but we will nearly always use the wilderness cabins and trails described here and on the three-day trip. So please have a read of them both. You will not be disappointed. If for whatever reason, we cancel the trip, a full refund or alternative tour will be offered to you. Sometimes distances and locations may vary due to weather conditions, but we generally use similar authentic places and fantastic trails. If you are interested, please email us first, and we will send you further information, pictures and detail.

CREATING MEMORIES

Our guides are well versed at capturing a nice picture and will, wherever possible, try to take a few excellent images, which you can have to remember your dog sledging adventure in Lapland. Sometimes we will make short video clips and upload them when we have time. Either way, you will receive some memorable snaps of your time with the husky sledge dogs. However, please note that dog sledding, weather and tour experiences can be somewhat unpredictable at times, and it's sometimes not possible to catch the pictures we would like to, and sometimes it's just not possible, but we try!

CANCELLATION POLICY

A cancellation fee of 20% applies for all cancellations up to 7 days before the tour day.
A 50% cancellation fee applies for all cancellations 7 days or later before the tour start.

WHAT DO I BRING?

We will supply you with extreme cold weather parka or overalls, snow pants, boots, a hat, neck buff, gloves, and a head torch suitable for this journey.

We firmly recommend that you bring:

  • Warm, breathable base layer - wool is best, Merino wool is better. A long-sleeved top, preferably with a high neck and long johns. Avoid cotton garments. Preferably bring 2 sets.

  • Several pairs of warm woollen socks and sock liners.

  • A thin, light warm jacket and 1 or 2 fleece mid-layers.

  • Lightweight shoes, Moccasin, sandals or warm slippers for indoors.

  • Sunglasses (sports type, not glass), Snow goggles if you have sensitive eyes.

  • Sunscreen

  • A foldable duffle type bag for your personal belongings and another bag to leave at our base with other items/clothes not required for this trip.

  • Camera, spare SD card, maybe a battery pack (keep in mind to protect your electric devices form the cold temperatures).

  • One or two winter buffs for your neck.

  • Two pairs of thinner inner gloves for working with the dogs.

  • Insulated water bottle/thermos.

  • A spare warm hat.

  • Spare head torch and an extra set of batteries (we also supply one).

  • Minimal toiletries

  • Heat packs

WHAT IS INCLUDED IN THE TRIP?

  • transportation to and from Kiruna

  • extreme cold weather parka or overalls, snow pants, boots, a hat, neck buff, gloves

  • boots

  • head torch

  • accommodation

  • dinner; breakfast; tea, coffee, and cake upon return

  • memory photos if time and conditions allow

AVAILABILITY

Booking days:

Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday

Booking period:

1.12.2022 - 22.12.2022

10.1.2023 - 31.3.2022

PRICE

kr 11,990.00    per person

minimum 2 people 

 

AGE

The recommended minimum age is 16 years due to the dependency on the weather (spectrum of sunny days to extreme snowstorms and temperatures).

As the tour is quite physically challenging please consult with us if you have doubts.

We have no upper age limit but we do operate in extreme conditions sometimes. Please advise us if you have concerns regarding the ages of the people in your group.

WHEELCHAIR ACCESSIBILITY & PHYSICALLY CHALLENGED GUESTS

Unfortunately, this tour is not safe and suitable for physically challenged people due to its length, physical exertion, and distance from civilization.

THE TOUR

Please be aware that the Northern Lights are a natural phenomenon. Whilst we see them regularly we cannot guarantee you will see them or control the weather. The main event here is dog sledding and regardless of the weather, assuming it is safe to drive we will run the tour. You cannot cancel for reasons regarding the weather.

Click here for our Terms & Conditions and Cancellation Policy.

It is very IMPORTANT you read and understand our terms, conditions, and cancellation policy. Please contact us should you have any queries.

Our tours are limited to a maximum guest number based on logistics, sustainability, and comfort (for the guests AND the dogs). We are, however, able to cater to larger groups/events if necessary. Please contact us with your query, and we will be happy to get back to you with what is doable!

INCLUSIVITY AND RULES

We welcome guests from all races, religions, cultures, beliefs, and sexualities (lgbtq+ and up) and don't tolerate discrimination or disrespectful behavior due to any of the above from anyone towards anyone.
 
On a special note, we have to point out that hostile or disrespectful behavior towards our female guides due to guests' religious or cultural beliefs will end in the termination of the tour with no refund; equally so for intentionally unruly and dangerous behavior that puts guests and dogs at risk.

Please familiarize yourself with our Terms & Conditions for more detail as well as Useful Information for a better understanding of nature up here.