Fly from Heathrow to Kiruna via Stockholm. Transfer to Mushers Lodge.
In the morning a short trip to make sure dog teams are well balanced (approx distance 30-35 km). Then we begin the expedition sledding across the wild and beautiful expanses of frozen lakes towards the lodge at Jakalajarvi. Wilderness lodge.
Mush through a mixture of forest trails and frozen lakes with stunning views en route above and beyond the snow-covered peaks and trees. Today we head towards the Sami village of Ovre Soppero, where we stay in the camp that is owned by two Samis, Per-Nils and Britt-Marie (approx distance 35-55 km). Cabin accommodation.
The longest day, following the 'Tobacco Trail' southwest towards Sautosjarvi (approx distance 70 km). Tonight we stay in a traditional Sami tent, or 'Lavi' that is situated on an island in the frozen lake Sautosjarvi. This is a real wilderness experience giving you a taste of how the nomadic people of these lands used to/and still do live. As it is not an insulated tent you will be required to gather fire wood and keep the fire going throughout the night for warmth (but don't worry, the sleeping bags provided add a bit of modern comfort to this ancient way of living).
Today we dogsled to Vakkara camp over a more challenging and varied terrain. En route we will pass an abandonded village that sits on the shores of lake Sautosjarvi. The last person to leave this village was in 1950 due to difficult farming conditions, and as time has passed with no inhabitants it almost has ghost-like qualities (approx distance 40-45km).
Our final day takes us along the Thornealven River and back to Kaupinnen. Depending on the time and conditions, we may have time to stop at Jukkasjarvi and visit the world famous Icehotel (approx distance 55-65 km).
Fly from Kiruna to Heathrow via Stockholm.