8D/7N Dog sledding and snowshoeing raid in swedish Lapland
8D/7N Dog sledding and snowshoeing raid in swedish Lapland
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Activity Snapshot

  • Sport level
    Intermediate
  • Spoken languages
    English, French, Swedish
  • Duration
    8 days
  • Opening seasons:
Nordik Way-logoOrganized by Nordik Way

Activity description

Enjoy your stay in Lapland to discover the wild landscapes and many activities available in this region!

Nordik Way proposes an unforgettable expedition to enjoy a sporty and fun holiday in the magical atmosphere of the Far North.

Programme of the expedition:

Day 1: Arrival at Luleå airport and transfer to the base camp at Olstorpet, near the village of Älvsbyn, south of the Arctic Circle. Installation in your typical Scandinavian chalet.
At this point, you'll get your equipment. Welcome dinner with the team and first briefing on the stay with your musher guide.

Day 2:Meeting with the pack and introduction to driving the sled.
After a good breakfast, you enter the world of dog sledding by getting to know the pack that consists of Alaskans Huskies, Eurohunds and Alaskan Malamutes. You will discover their way of life, the organization of the kennel, the care they need, their racing training, etc.
You will then follow a practical introductory course in dog teaming techniques (sled, tow-lines and harnesses) and driving. A first outing allows you to familiarize yourself with your team on a journey of a few hours guided by the musher. It's time for a well-deserved lunch break and the opportunity to make your first fire in Lapland and share your impressions of musher-to-be. In the late afternoon, you return to the camp to unhitch the dogs, have a good time with them and reward them.

Days 3 and 4:Sled Raid.
You now know the name of all your dogs (or almost). Helped by your guide, you put on the harnesses (team of 3 to 5 dogs per sled) and go on an unforgettable excursion.
Standing on the skates of your sled, you drive your own team in the magnificent landscapes of the Far North. You travel about 40 to 60km, between 4 and 6 hours of sleigh a day. After a picnic around a fire, you leave to explore the Sami territory. Once at the bivouac and the dogs are well looked after, a fire is lit in the trapper's hut, or you settle in the nomadic traditional Sami habitat, which is a teepee equipped with a wood stove.
After dinner and a good night's sleep, you get back on your feet with a good breakfast, and an energizing soup for your dogs. You tie up the camp, prepare the team and go on with your adventure. You discover a wide variety of landscapes: hills, swamps, rivers, taiga and the large frozen lakes of Swedish Lapland.
You arrive at the end of the afternoon at your base camp. After the care and hugs with your dogs, a hot shower and a good meal awaits you!

Day 5: Dog-hike day, trappers training, ice fishing...
After a good night's sleep, you go back to the adventure. This time, it is snowshoeing time, accompanied by your dogs. This is the inescapable and authentic way to discover the "white gold" of Lapland. The ergonomics of the snowshoes make your progression in the snow easier and allow you to open new routes.
Little by little, you will experience walking in powder snow, racing, technical sledding... You will then be introduced to the secrets of the trappers of the past like survival techniques in the Far North: how to make a fire without matches, orientation, recognize animal tracks and make a survival shelter in the snow.
Now that you're a trapper, it's time to fish! Once on the frozen lake you dug a hole and you just have to wait and hope to catch some Arctic char, shadows or trout. Your guide will teach you how to smoke them traditionally for lunch.
In the late afternoon, you take the direction of the base camp to get a well deserved relaxation time. You just have to enjoy the Scandinavian wellness ritual and relish in the benefits of the sauna. Do not forget to raise your head, you might get lucky enough to see Northern Lights.

Days 6 and 7: Snowshoe Raid.
Imagine now that you go snowshoeing, immerse yourself in the heart of the magical territory of Lapland. There you really take the time to observe nature. Alternating frozen lakes, boreal forest and snow-capped mountains... you have the privilege of crossing one of the last great wild areas of Europe! You may be lucky enough to spot some typical Lapland animals: capercaillie, snow partridge, fox or Arctic hare.
Arrival at the bivouac: get water, feed the dogs, prepare sleds, cut wood, light a fire ... you experience the life of a trapper. Far from the artificial lights, you can stay near the fire to wait for the northern lights.
After a good night's sleep, you will return into the wild of a well-preserved nature. You enjoy the last kilometers with your pack and the exceptional beauty of the lights of the Far North.

Day 8: Transfer in the morning to Luleå airport.

minimum 18 y/o
Starting time: 9:00 am,
Cancellation policy: 
strict1) Cancellation 30 days or more prior to the agreed activity starting date
→ You are automatically reimbursed the full activity price

2) Cancellation between 30 and 10 days prior to the agreed activity starting date
→ You are entitled to a 50% reimbursement

3) 10 days or later, prior to the agreed activity starting date, are considered last-minute cancellations
→ No reimbursements will be effected
Offer Description

Your accommodation is located at the Nordik Way base camp: the old Olstorpet campground, in the heart of the taiga, between lakes and hills.

These traditional Swedish wooden houses welcome you with: living room, bathroom and toilet, bedrooms.

After a good day of dog sledding, you'll find yourself in the common area where you can enjoy the sauna, the outdoor jacuzzi, or have a drink in the lounge, waiting to enjoy a friendly meal in a Far North atmosphere.

On bivouac nights, you can enjoy nights in the heart of nature in a trapper's cabin or in a teepee equipped with a wood stove.

You take breakfasts in the main lodge (common area), or under the teepee on raid days. The lunches are in the form of picnic every lunch (except during the day "local culture"). Dinners are taken in the lodge and on bivouac nights in cabins or tepees.

Activity requirements

Departure time depends on your arrival at the airport. Please contact the pro after your reservation is confirmed to let them know about the time of your arrival.

Even if a first experience in dog sledding is not necessary, mushing practice on long days and in cold and dry weather (between - 2 ° C and - 25 ° C), requires tonality and endurance in the boreal environment. This circuit therefore requires a good physical condition and a great interest for outdoor activities. Extreme cold adapted equipment is provided.

Included
  • Gloves
  • Warm vest and suits
  • Upper-boots
  • Sleeping bag
  • Long range head lamp (€100 deposit)
  • Bed sheets & towels
  • All dog sledding equipment
Do not forget to bring
To bring
  • Travel bag and small backpack
  • Warm clothes and underneath clothing: for extreme temperatures
  • High walking shoes adapted to snow conditions and warm socks
  • Swimming costume (for the sauna)
  • Hand warmer, feet warmer
  • Head lamp and battery
  • Thermos
  • Sunscreen factor +50
Meeting point
Luleå airport, Flygstationsvägen 4, 972 54 Luleå, Sweden Get directions
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