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, 10 nights
Day 0: Pick-up from Kiruna
We will pick you up in Kiruna in the afternoon. Together we drive to the start point of the tour in Nikkaluokta. This is an historic area for the sami, where around 14 families and their reindeer live year-round. In clear weather we can see the mountain Kebnekaise from here.
Together we make sure the dogs get a nice place to stay. We also prepare the gear and sleds so we are ready for the adventure the next day.
Day 1: Nikkaluokta – Vistas (35 KM)
After waking up, breakfast and cleaning the cabin we start our journey. Today we drive through 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 – Unna Allakas (35 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 have some easy kilometres going down, through the sami-village Alesjaure. We cross the King’s Trail, and head further northwest to Unna Allakas, a small cabin close to the Norwegian boarder. In the sauna we can relax the sore legs.
Day 3: Unna Allakas – Alesjaure (15 or 45 KM)
We will continue our adventure and can choose to enjoy an easy short day by going the direct way to Alesjaure. The other option is heading north to Abiskojaure first, and follow the King’s Trail south from there. In Alesjaure there is again a sauna to warm up.
Day 4: Alesjaure – Sälka (25 KM)
Today we travel south, following the Kings Trail, Sweden’s most famous hiking trail. We drive through pure nature, surrounded by beautiful mountains and totally exposed to wind and snow! Hopefully we have clear weather so we can enjoy the amazing views! We keep 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.
Day 5: Sälka daytour (up to 35 KM)
By staying here an extra night, we have the possibility to explore the beautiful surroundings, either by dogsled or snowshoes. If we decide to go sledding we suggest going towards Nallo, and if we feel like it, even to Unna Räita. It is a tough climb to 1250 meters, but we assure you it is worth it. Here we can enjoy lunch and give the huskies a big snack. The way back is of course a lot easier, only going downhill to the cabin in Sälka. A nice afternoon in the sauna will be well deserved!
Day 6: Sälka – Hukejaure (25 KM)
After breakfast for us and the dogs we make ourselves ready for the trip south. We follow the valley to the sami settlement Singi, a junction from where trails go in either direction. We go west, through a very narrow valley and on a bit more advanced trail. Slowly the high and rough mountains make place for a moon-like landscape in Hukejaure, where we spend the night in a smaller cabin.
Day 7: Hukejaure daytour (10-40 km)
Because the surroundings here are so much different from the rest, it is worth to stay for another day. 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 8: Hukejaure – Kaitumjaure (40 KM)
If the weather is clear and we are up for it, we can take the adventurous route to Kaitumjaure. There are no 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!
In Kaitumjaure we can enjoy a good dinner and wash ourselves in the sauna.
Day 9: Kaitumjaure – Kebnekaise station (26 KM)
After another exciting start we follow the King’s Trail north, to Singi, the sami village that we crossed a few days earlier. Now we turn east and enjoy the scenery towards Sweden’s highest mountain. Our goal is Kebnekaise station, a bit of civilization in the middle of the mountains! What do you say about a shower?
Day 10: Kebnekaise station – Nikkaluokta (20 KM)
Unfortunately these are the last kilometers on the sled. We leave the high mountains behind us and see the first trees again. We follow the trails 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!
- A professional guide who speaks English, Dutch, German and Swedish
- Your own sled with 4-6 dogs
- Full board from dinner on the first day to dinner on the last day (outdoor lunch, 2 course dinner, breakfast)
- Overnights in cozy wilderness cabins (shared accommodation)
- Overnight in Nikkaluokta Lodge before the start of the tour
- 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.
- Extra night(s) before and after the tour
- Alcoholic beverages
- Travel insurance
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, 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.
We prefer that you have previous dogsledding experience, but it is not necessary.
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 adventure and the more you get involved, the greater the experience.
We will send you a packing list with your booking.
10 days / 10 nights
50.000 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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