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This private dog-sled adventure is the ultimate experience for all the family incorporating thrilling adventure in the wilderness followed by complete relaxation at the end of the day in a cosy log cabin.

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Privately guided family Dogsled expedition

These privately guided Arctic adventures, are committed to ensuring you experience the vast and diverse northern wilderness in the safe hands of expert polar guides.

Arctic Sweden Time frame: January-April 3 nights/4 days

Overview

This private dog-sled adventure is the ultimate experience for all the family incorporating thrilling adventure in the wilderness followed by complete relaxation at the end of the day in a cosy log cabin.

This expedition is a great introduction to dogsledding. If you would prefer a longer and more physically demanding expedition then we can also arrange bespoke and challenging itineraries to suit your level of endurance.

Ideal seasonal time frame

January to the first week of April

Duration

These private dogsled trips are for small and large parties from 3 nights to 3 weeks.

The ‘last frontier’ can be a harsh environment but the team of polar expedition outfitters, with over twenty years of experience of the far north, do their utmost to ensure you are well equipped to travel in relative warmth and comfort, while staying close to nature.

We help you plan every phase of your polar adventure, starting with the best seasonal time frame and region of travel for you. (the guides currently operate in 6 out of the 7 Arctic countries.) Expert polar guides are here to show you, your family and friends the wonders of the pristine polar environment.

The range of cultures, animals to view, and regions to visit is immensely varied — from the sacred Inupiat treeless tundra of Arctic Alaska to the dense snow-bound forests of the Sami reindeer herders. Our expedition team have ‘ground-truthed’ all the locations we currently outfit, and know each and every guide personally.

You will stay each night in elegant rustic wilderness log camps, and on extended trips in traditional Sami ‘kortas’ (tipis) and reindeer herder camps. The expedition cook staff will ensure you enjoy freshly prepared organic local meals with excellent wine. In the evenings, you can unwind after a day on the trail with drinks beside cosy wood-burning stoves, or in the privacy of your own wood-fired saunas.

Whether you choose to journey through the snow-covered boreal forests and frozen lakes by dog-team, venture further afield to track Alaskan brown bears on foot (aided by a bespoke floating expedition vessel), or head out in search of polar bears with native expert trackers in the High Arctic, your team will be there every step of the way to help you realise your dream Arctic adventure.

Example Itinerary

Day 1.

On arrival Kiruna airport you will be met by your expedition guide and transferred to the dogsled kennel where you can arrange your kit for the journey ahead. After lunch you will be kitted up in polar outer-clothing and snow boots and meet your dog teams. After a short demonstration you will be shown how to harness up your dog-team of 4-5 Alaskan racing huskies and depart on your expedition.

The first day’s activities will ease you into a blissful routine; 2 hrs on the dog team to your first nights private wilderness camp, pre-dinner snacks and cold beers followed by a hot wood-fired lake sauna before sitting down to a celebrated chef’s dinner with good wine. The perfect introduction to Swedish Lapland.

Days 2 & 3.

After a good nights sleep in your warm cabin you will enjoy a hearty breakfast of warm Somi flat bread, cold cuts, cheeses, eggs and fresh coffee before packing the sleds and harnessing up your dogs and departing on the next leg of the journey.
For the next two mornings you will cover 15-20kms of pristine forest and river trails in the last great wilderness of Northern Europe. You will take lunch on the trail by a snow pit fire or in an Somi Korta (shelter) before embarking on another 15-20 kms on the trail and your next night in a rustic log camp.
The last night will be spent back at the dogsled kennel, a wonderful farewell dinner followed by visit to the Ice Hotel Absolute Vodka bar plus the option to take a last late night sauna.

Day 4.

On the last morning you will be taken by your guide for a snow machine safari across the lakes and rivers before being transferred back to your early afternoon flight south to Stockholm and onwards destinations.