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Highlights
  • Dog-sled through icy wilderness
  • See the northern lights in all their glory
  • Visit the renowned icehotel®

Nothing prepares you for the icy wilderness of Sweden's far north. This incredible trip takes you right inside the Arctic Circle to the snowy wilderness of Lapland. Slide across the ice in complete silence, listening to the sound of your team of dogs pulling your sled and enjoy the frozen beauty of the ICEHOTEL®. Sleeping out in a teepee in the snow and looking out for the aurora borealis (northern lights) are unforgettable experiences.

Trip Description
Lapland Active Adventure
 
Travel Theme
Countries
Cities & Attractions
  • N/A
Flights & Transport
  • Only ground transport

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G Adventures Travel Reviews & Ratings
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4.8 out of 5
Excellent 15,008 Great 4,930 Average 1 Disappointing 1 Terrible 3
Value
4.8 Guide
4.8 Activities
4.8 Lodging
4.8 Transportation
4.8 Meals
4.8
Lapland Active Adventure

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If you love dogs, adventure and lovely down to earth people then this trip is for you. January 2015

5.0
  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0
This has to easily be the best tour I have done. The only part I didn't like was saying goodbye. Kent and jordana were amazing CEOs, hosts, and friends to us all.

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This trip was extremely unique and personal. I loved it. Very different than anything I've taken in the past in a good way. January 2015

5.0
  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0
WOW! Kent and Jordana were just the absolute best. Not only were they helpful and knowledgeable about the tour and the area, but they were also so funny and accommodating. They really created one of the most unique and awesome experiences I have been on. Their cabin was clean and cozy. The dogs were great. And the whole thing just had a great "family" environment to it - and that's absolutely because of Jordana and Kent. Total seclusion from the outside world and dog sledding was BEYOND AWESOME.
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Very friendly and welcoming CEOs, good home cooked food and fantastic experience in the wilderness November 2015

4.0
  • Value 4.0
  • Guide 4.0
  • Activities 4.0
  • Lodging 4.0
  • Transportation 4.0
  • Meals 4.0
fantastic experiences in such a short space of time - northern lights, husky dog sledging and ice hotel

Operator G Adventures

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I had a really good time. Unique experience. It was very cold (-40F) and there was so work required in getting the dogs ready which we were aware of prior to going. The only reason I don't rank it a 10 was I had a small altercation with the guide. He took my 4th dog away without warning me because he said I wasn't breaking adequately. We got through it and had a good time after though so I can't complain. January 2015

4.0
  • Value 4.0
  • Guide 4.0
  • Activities 4.0
  • Lodging 4.0
  • Transportation 4.0
  • Meals 4.0
It was a trip I will never forget and likely never had the opportunity to experience again. I was so excited to see the northern lights 3 nights in a row. I enjoyed the dog sledding and didn't mind the -40C weather as much as I thought I would. Only my hands and feet were cold. The gear we were given was high quality. No need to bring your own winter boots because theirs are very nice. Do bring a good down jacket, balaklava, and wool socks & long underwear.
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Awesome! January 2017

5.0
  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0
It was an awesome trip. After a week of running and taking trains around Rome, Florence, Venice, and Cinque Terre -- that week was a awesome break to just relax and enjoy the Amalfi Coast. We stayed at agriturismo and had farm-to-table meals every breakfast and every dinner.

This trip called for a lot of hiking -- not recommended for those who do not hike or exercise on a regular basis.
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Itinerary

Day 1 Kiruna

Arrive in Kiruna where you will be met at the airport for the transfer to the hotel. Please advise us of your flight times at the time of booking so that we can arrange the transfer for you. There’s no time to waste in heading out into the cold for the first activity, a close-up encounter with some of the local inhabitants, the moose. Additional Notes: Please note that the visit to the moose park will be in the late afternoon. If you would like to take part in this activity, please arrive to the airport by 5:30pm at the latest. If you arrive earlier, please check the welcome note in the lobby for the times of the visit to the moose park. Included Activities: Arrival Day and Welcome Meeting Vittangi Moose Park Visit Transport: Private Vehicle

Day 2 Kiruna (1B, 1L, 1D)

After breakfast, transfer to the kennels to meet the team of dogs, your personal transport for the next few days. Get kitted out with cold weather clothing and given a full safety briefing before getting started. Receive a large coverall, which goes over your own ski gear, warm boots with a removeable iner lining (that go over your own hiking boots), mittens, and a hat. We recommend familiarizing yourself as much as possible with the dogs before getting started. You don’t want them running away from you! Included Activities: Dog Sledding Ice Fishing Transport: Dog sled

Day 3 Kiruna (1B, 1L, 1D)

A full-day dog sledding, and the chance to glimpse the famous Northern Lights at night. Additional Notes: A full day of sledding, with lunch served in a teepee in the middle of the forest. After returning to the lodge in the afternoon, prepare the dog food and care for the dogs. In the evening, there is a twist to the accommodation; stay in a tepee out in the snow. Stop here for dinner, and then bed down for the night. Included Activities: Full Day Dog Sledding Northern Lights Viewing

Day 4 Kiruna (1B, 1L, 1D)

After surviving the night in the teepee, enjoy breakfast and greet the dogs, who have a well-deserved rest day today. Head out on the ice to catch fish with some ice fishing. Return to the lodge to enjoy lunch. Having been with the group for the last few days, they now have a much-deserved rest as we head off on a different challenge, snowshoeing. Depending on the weather this evening, there might be an opportunity for a sauna. Included Activities: Snowshoeing

Day 5 Kiruna/Icehotel (1B, 1L)

Returning from the wilderness lodge, stop at the Sami village to learn more about the culture and history of the indigenous people who live in this region. There’s also time to meet yet more furry friends. Take a short reindeer safari through the snow. Visit the majestic ICEHOTEL® in the afternoon. Enjoy the rest of the day free to choose what to do. Included Activities: Reindeer Sledding Sami Cultural Experience Transport: Private Vehicle

Day 6 Icehotel/Kiruna (1B)

Free morning for activities available at the ICEHOTEL®. Depart at any time. Included Activities: Departure Day (Activities)

Dates & Pricing

Price From

$ 3,499

Price Per Day:

$ 583 per person
 
Usually included in international air ticket, check with your air travel agent.
Details
Trip Includes
  • Hands-On: Ice Fishing
  • Kiruna Local Living: Sami Cultural Experience
  • Kiruna
  • Dog-sledding activities (3-day)
  • Sami village and reindeer farm
  • Ice fishing and snowshoeing expeditions
Meals Included: 5 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 3 dinners
Flights & Transport
Only ground transportBus, snowshoe, dog-sled, walking
Local Flights If required all local flights are included in the cost of your tours unless otherwise noted. It is important that we have your passport information at the time of booking in order to process these tickets. Internal flight tickets are issued locally and will be given to you prior to the flight departure.
Group Size:
Small Group - 24 max
Maximum Number of People in Group: Max pax 10, avg 8
Max 10, avg 8

Solo Notes

We believe single travellers should not have to pay more to travel so our group trips are designed for shared accommodation and do not involve a single supplement. Single travellers joining group trips are paired in twin or multi-share accommodation with someone of the same sex for the duration of the trip. Some of our Independent trips are designed differently and single travellers on these itineraries must pay the single trip price.
Accomodations
Hotel (1 nt, multi-share), wilderness lodge (2 nts, multi-share), teepee (1 nt, multi-share), ICEHOTEL® (1 nt)
A variety of styles of hotels/guest houses are used on this trip. In many instances they might not be like what you are used to back home as service and efficiency can vary. All the accommodation on this trip is on a same-sex multishare basis so you may accommodated in a room with up to 2 other people of the same sex. The wilderness lodge is in a stunning location - rooms are small and simple and there may only be shared toilet facilities and showers. The teepee accommodation is set up near the lodge, and if temperatures drop too far then you can sleep in the lodge for that night. The Icehotel is constructed each year by a different design team, so the style changes with each season. There are various rooms at the ICEHOTEL®, both ice rooms and warms rooms. These are highly sought after and so the availability for each can vary according to each departure. The facilities at the ICEHOTEL® include an ice bar and various ice sculptures which the group will be able to experience no matter which room type you are staying in.
Start City
Kiruna
End City
Kiruna
Guides Chief Experience Officer (CEO) throughout, local guides.

Age Notes

Min. Age: You must be 18 to travel unaccompanied on a G Adventures tour. For minors travelling with a guardian over 21 years old, the minimum age is 12.

Additional Information:

Important Notes

DOG SLEDDING NOTES: You will be standing on the back of a sled, in charge of a team of dogs, and you need to be in control of the team at all times. The dogs are an active, energetic breed, and love to run. Once you get started, the dogs will run almost without the need to command them. Once you start to head downhill, then you will need to control the speed of the sled using the brake as this can get out of control. To stop the sled, apply the brake and once stationary either use the anchor or attach the sled to a tree to stop the dogs running off. The important thing is never to let go, as the dogs will keep running! A willingness to participate in aspects all of husky care is essential. This is a participatory trip, thus hands on help is greatly appreciated! Helping with the cleaning of the dog dishes, putting out dog food, dog poop cleaning, wood cutting, fire making, getting water and other chores might be asked of you during your adventure. This will allow you to build up a great relationship with your team. Please note that the dog sledding routes may vary due to weather and/or path conditions. At certain times of year, this itinerary may be affected by the prevailing weather conditions. At the start of the season in December, there may be changes to the itinerary due to a lack of snowfall, although the conditions can vary every year. For departures early in the season (December), it may be necessary to change the itinerary due to the prevailing weather conditions, and some activities such as snowshoeing may not be available. Later in the season, the northern lights are not as visible during the late season (March), so the northern lights dog-sledding will not be possible at this time. The Northern Lights (Aurora Borealis) is a natural phenomena and is highly weather dependent. The ability to view the Northern Lights during your trip will be dependent on the appropriate weather/atmospheric conditions. BOOT SIZES: Please note that the boots that we can provide in Men's size only goes up to a maximum size of US12 1/2, UK12, EUR46 1/2.

Meals

Eating is a big part of traveling. Travelling with G Adventures you experience the vast array of wonderful food that is available out in the world. Whilst out with the dogs all meals are included, and lunches are taken out on the trail. When in Kiruna or the Icehotel you will have the option of what you choose to eat. For all trips please refer to the meals included and budget information for included meals and meal budgets.

Dossier Disclaimer

The information in this trip details document has been compiled with care and is provided in good faith. However it is subject to change, and does not form part of the contract between the client and the operator. The itinerary featured is correct at time of printing. It may differ slightly to the one in the brochure. Occasionally our itineraries change as we make improvements that stem from past travellers, comments and our own research. Sometimes it can be a small change like adding an extra meal along the itinerary. Sometimes the change may result in us altering the tour for the coming year. Ultimately, our goal is to provide you with the most rewarding experience. Please note that our brochure is usually released in November each year. If you have booked from the previous brochure you may find there have been some changes to the itinerary. VERY IMPORTANT: Please ensure that you print a final copy of your Trip Details to review a couple of days prior to travel, in case there have been changes that affect your plans.

Physical Requirements Our small group adventures bring together people of all ages. It is very important you are aware that, as a minimum, an average level of fitness and mobility' is required to undertake our easiest programs. Travellers must be able to walk without the aid of another person, climb 3-4 flights of stairs, step on and off small boats, and carry their own luggage at a minimum. Travellers with a pre-existing medical condition are required to complete a short medical questionnaire, which must be signed by their physician. This is to ensure that travellers have the necessary fitness and mobility to comfortably complete their chosen trip. While our CEOs work hard to ensure that all our travellers are catered for equally, it is not their responsibility to help individuals who cannot complete the day's activities unaided. Please refer to the physical ratings in this Trip Details document for more information. The medical questionnaire can be found online at: www.gadventures.com/medical-form.
Rules & Other Requirements Illegal drugs will not be tolerated on any trips. Possessing or using drugs not only contravenes the laws of the land but also puts the rest of the group at risk. Smoking marijuana and opium is a part of local culture in some parts of the world but is not acceptable for our travellers. Our philosophy of travel is one of respect towards everyone we encounter, and in particular the local people who make the world the special place it is. The exploitation of prostitutes is completely contrary to this philosophy. Our CEOs have the right to expel any member of the group if drugs are found in their possession or if they use prostitutes.

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