Mountain Tour – Panoramic Expedition
Prepare yourself for breathtaking views on this expedition! We go through valleys in between the highest mountains of Sweden and take our time to explore the area. The conditions can be demanding but the scenery is your reward.
10 days, 9 nights
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Day 1: Nikkaluokta – Vistas (35 KM)
We start our tour in Nikkaluokta. We either meet your here in the morning or we pick you up along the way (Kiruna). We will discuss your options with the booking.
The dogs are happy to stretch their legs after the long drive. We start the tour in the Vistas valley, along partly open streams and between high mountains. It is an area where usually many moose are spotted. We hope to see them, but that they stay far enough so they don’t bother the dogs. The trip ends at the Vistas cabin, where we spend the night.
Day 2: Vistas – Alesjaure (20 KM)
We harness the huskies for another exiting day. We travel north and leave the small trees behind us, we get into more exposed and rough terrain. At the end of the Vistas valley a steep climb waits for us. We have to run and push the sleds, which is heavy but there is no other way. Once we reached the top, we only have to go down, to the cabin in Alesjaure, where we spend the night. In the sauna we can relax the sore legs.
Day 3: Alesjaure – Sälka (25 KM)
Today we travel south, following the Kings Trail, Sweden’s most famous hiking trail. We go over the Tjäktja pass, and are in very exposed terrain. Hopefully we have clear weather so we can enjoy the amazing views! We keep on going south and end the journey today at the cabins in Sälka. These cabins are very beautifully situated in the middle of the Swedish mountain range and have a nice sauna to warm up again.
Day 4: Sälka – Kaitumjaure (25 KM)
And again we steer the dogs south over the Kings Trail. When we pass Singi, we leave the more crowded trails behind us. We continue on trails with less visitors, but the area is not less impressive. We go mainly down with views into the beautiful Kaitum valley and we sleep in the Kaitumjaure cabin. We wash ourselves in the small sauna here, it will be the last opportunity for a while.
Day 5: Kaitumjaure – Hukejaure (40 KM)
If the weather is clear and we are up for it, we can take the adventurous route to Hukejaure. There are no trail-markings and there are some difficult parts but we are sure that it is just us on these ‘trails’ that we make ourselves. The snow can be a deep so we have to help the dogs. It is also possible to take the marked route, which is still very beautiful! The Hukejaure cabin is super cosy and we are only a stone-throw away from Norway.
Day 6: Hukejaure daytour (10-40 km)
It is worthwile it to spend another day here. The surroundings are so much different, we are in a moon-like landscape. The mountains are not as steep and high, so it is easier to make our own trails. The lead dogs listen to our commands to go left and right and we are totally by ourselves on untouched terrain!
Because the dogs already ran for many days in a row, we let them decide if we will go out for a short or a long trip. They need to be fit for the last days as well and today we have the chance to give them a longer rest if needed.
Day 7: Hukejaure – Tjäktja (35 KM)
After a good breakfast we head north, past the Norwegian boarder. Again we have to make our own trails, but maybe we are lucky and we can follow a snowmobile track. Either way it is hard work, but we are surrounded by an amazing landscape. We drive all the way to Tjäktja, a small cabin where we spend the night.
Day 8: Tjäktja – Nallo (25 KM)
After another exciting start we follow the trails south over the Tjäktja pass. We have been here before, and if we didn’t have good weather then, we might have better views now. It is definitely one of the most beautiful viewpoints in this area. In Sälka we leave the main trail and go up the mountain towards Nallo. It is tough terrain, but the sleds are nearly empty by now so we can do this! In Nallo we are in the middle of high and steep mountains, a totally different feeling again.
Day 9: Nallo – Vistas + daytour Unna Raïta (25 KM)
If the conditions are good and you are willing to go for another adventure, we steer the dogs towards Unna Raita, another great viewpoint in the middle of nowhere. Not many people make it this far, and it will be the highest point we travel to on this trip. On our way back we come past Nallo but continue our way to the Vistas-cabin where we spend our last night together. And finally we can enjoy a sauna again!
Day 10: Vistas – Nikkaluokta (35 KM)
Unfortunately this is the last day on the sled. We leave the high mountains behind us and we follow the trails through the Vistas valley down towards Nikkaluokta, the end of our sledding adventure.
At the end-point we thank our dogs and give them a well deserved rest in their dogboxes. Together we drive back to Kiruna, where we enjoy a nice early dinner together. Unfortunately by then it is really time to say goodbye, we drop you off at your accommodation before we head home to our kennel.
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.
- A private tour, with just your group!
- 1 guide and 1 co-guide
- Your own sled with 4-6 dogs
- Full board from lunch on the first day to dinner on the last day (outdoor lunch, 2 course dinner, breakfast)
- Overnights in cozy wilderness cabins (shared accommodation)
- 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
Optionals we discuss with the booking:
- Short huskytour at the homebase before the tour
- Travel arrangements from your home to Swedish Lapland. We recommend airport Kiruna.
- Extra night(s) before and after the tour
- Alcoholic beverages
- Travel insurance
- Extra overnight stay in a wilderness cabin in case of bad weather
Because you are driving your own sled, you have to have some basic fitness level. It requires that you have good balance and are 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 and the sleds are heavy. Also you will be physically active outside in the cold for many hours a day.
The program is moderate to challenging. This will depend on the route and 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.
We prefer that you have previous dogsledding experience, but it is not necessary.
We offer a free half-day huskytour at our homebase so you get to know your dogs and the routine before heading out into the mountains. We highly recommend to use this option in case you have never been on a dog-sled before.
For safety reasons we have set a minimum age of 16 years to join a 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 lake or river 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.
Most of the cabins are from the Swedish Tourist Organisation, where it is possible that we meet other people and share the cabin.
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 adventure and the more you get involved, the greater the experience.
We will send you a packing list with your booking.
10 days / 9 nights
67.000 SEK per person
* If a single person wants to book this tour we charge 50% extra.
You can only book this tour between 15 March – 30 April
You can book this activity by sending us and email or by filling in the booking form. We will answer your request as soon as we can.
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