Mountain Tour – 3 borders Expedition
This is the ultimate dogsledding adventure for hard-core mushers. We travel through a true wilderness area, totally depending on ourselves and the dogs. We hope to reach the border between the 3 Nordic countries.
11 days, 10 nights
Start time day 1: ca. 10:00
End time day 11: ca. 11.00
Sometimes weather conditions make this tour more challenging, and we need to adapt. Safety comes first, so in extreme conditions we might need to take a less exposed route, turn around to the last cabin, do a shorter distance, or maybe we don’t leave the cabin at all and stay there another night. We aim to do the planned route, but need to stay flexible.
Also, don’t book your flight directly the day after we return. Take an optional day somewhere before you fly home, so if the weather is extremely bad on the last day, we have a possibility to sit it out.
Day 1 (50 KM):
This tour starts in Övre Soppero, at the house of the Sami Per Nils.
We either pick you up in Kiruna or you took the transfer together with us because you stayed close to the Yellow Snow kennel and already enjoyed a dogsledding tour at our basecamp. We will discuss your options with the booking.
After preparing our equipment and the dogs we are off to a great adventure. We use tracks that the Sami use to go into the mountains. Already quite quickly you see the landscape change. The trees are getting smaller and the mountains that we are heading towards are getting closer. But before we reach the tundra we sleep in a simple cabin in the village Järämä.
Day 2 (40 KM):
Of course we start the day with a good breakfast, both for us and the dogs. We pack our sleds and head north west, over a trail that is not marked and only sparsely used. Now we get above the treeline and we can guarantee that you will be speechless by the views. It’s just white, everywhere you look. Mountain Tsåktso is a distinctive landmark that we pass before we end the tour at a cabin in Gamasjaure.
Day 3 (40 KM):
We will continue our adventure, following the Norwegian boarder north. We drive through pure nature, surrounded by beautiful mountains and totally exposed to wind and snow! Today we will end our tour in Rostojaure, a big lake in both Norway and Sweden, a dream destination for many fishing fanatics. At the cabin we will have a sauna to wash ourselves.
Day 4 (40 KM):
Again we head further north, following the trails over different mountain passes. In good weather we can decide to make our own trail following the valleys relying on our compass and GPS. We end the tour in Pältsä, where we will stay for 3 nights. We are sure you will love this cabin and it’s location, next to the iconic Pältsä mountain.
Day 5 (40 KM):
Today we can leave our luggage in the cabin, so we drive almost empty sledges. We head north, over quite a challenging trail, until we arrive at Treriksröset: the boarder between Norway, Finland and Sweden. There is a small monument here where we can make some pictures, before we continue our tour west through Norway. The last kilometers of today we drive south again to the cabin in Pältsä.
It’s time to give our hard-working dogs a rest, after they gave everything for the last 5 days. We have total freedom to do whatever we feel like, depending on our energy level and the weather. We can go for a snowshoe-hike or enjoy a good book in front of the fire. Of course we end the day with a relaxing sauna.
Day 7 (40 KM):
We leave Pältsä with mixed feelings, not wanting to leave this magic place but also ready to move on. We head south towards the fishing lake Rostojaure where we will sleep another night. Our journey goes again through a stunning area where Sami move their reindeer now in the spring. We adjust our route depending on where the reindeer are.
Day 8 (40 KM):
After another exciting start we follow the dogs over a trail they already know from day 3, towards the cabin in Gamasjaure. All these days we are completely exposed to the elements and because the weather changes so fast every day gives us new views and experiences, even on stretches we drove already before.
Day 9 (60 KM):
We leave Gamasjaure and drive over a completely different route towards the cabin in Järämä. We first head south and enjoy some speed and great views on nice descents. Then we move east again, over the last tundra landscape of this expedition. The day is long and most of the time we have to make our own trails. In the end we drive down towards the cabin where we spend another night in the wilderness.
Day 10 (50 KM):
Unfortunately it is the last day on the sled today, but you are probably feeling like a professional right now. We take the same sami-trail to Övre Soppero as on day 1. Quite soon we see small birch trees in the landscape, and shortly after we come past a nature reserve with big old pine-trees. After crossing the Lainio river we reached our end goal in Övre Soppero. Here it’s time for a well deserved sauna! And of course a delicious meal, prepared by Per Nils, who likes to talk about his life as a reindeer herder. Maybe you want to meet and feed his reindeer, and go into the small museum with typical Sami attributes. We enjoy our last night together in this special place.
After the last time giving breakfast to your own dogs it’s time to say goodbye to these amazing animals. They will enjoy going home and have some days rest at the Yellow Snow kennel. We will drive you to Kiruna where we all say goodbye.
- A private tour, with just your group!
- A professional guide who speaks English, Dutch, German and Swedish
- Your own sled with 4-6 dogs
- Full board from lunch day 1 to breakfast day 11 (outdoor lunch, 2 course dinner, breakfast)
- Overnights in cozy wilderness cabins (shared accommodation), 10 nights
- Warm clothes and other gear. Overall, boots, hat, mittens, headlamp
- Sleeping bag and liner
- Transfers between Kiruna and the start/end-point of the tour
- Travel arrangements from your home to Swedish Lapland. We recommend airport Kiruna.
- Alcoholic beverages
- Travel insurance
- Optional: Extra transfers
- Optional: Extra night(s) before or after the tour
- Optional: Extra husky tour
Self driving – 1 persons per sled
You will drive your own dog-team all by yourself, 1 person per sled!
For most of our tours we can change the program to your wishes and abilities at any time.
This is not the case with a mountain tour. However, with some of our mountain tours we might be able to do a shorter route or take the easier tracks. Just let us know your wishes and we will adjust where possible.
You don’t need any previous dogsledding experience to join a mountain tour with us.
We would prefer having you at the huskyfarm for a day-tour or 2-day tour before we head into the mountains. That way you get used of dogsledding and the routines.
Because you are driving your own sled, you have to have some basic fitness level. It requires that you have good balance and are reasonably fit. In up-hills and heavy snow conditions you have to help your dogs! We are going to the mountains, so the hills can be long. Also you will be physically active outside in the cold for many hours a day.
The program is moderate, but can be challenging. This will depend on the snow and weather conditions during the tour. In the mountains we are totally exposed to the weather, and the weather can change very fast. We can have sunny and easy days, but we can also get heavy snow-storms where we can’t see more than a meter in front of us. In those cases we might need to turn around or pitch a tent. You need to be able to help out and follow instructions, even though these situations might feel quite scary.
For safety reasons we have set a minimum age of 18 years to join this mountain tour.
You can always contact us with questions.
The wilderness cabins are basic but cozy. Most of them don’t have electricity or running water. We make a fire to get warm, we get water from a well or melt snow and we use candles to see something. We sleep in (bunk)beds in a shared room and the toilet is outside in a separate building. In some of the cabins there is also a sauna available where you can get a real Swedish experience and wash yourselves.
We do ask you to be part of the team and help out with the chores. Examples: making a fire, chopping wood, feeding the dogs, getting water, help with making the dinner, doing dishes, etc. These things are part of the adventures and the more you get involved, the greater the experience.
We will send you a packing list with your booking.
50.000 SEK per person
* If a single person wants to book this tour we charge 50% extra.
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