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Northern Lights and Dog Sledding

Perhaps the most adventurous, authentic and exciting way to explore the frozen wilderness of Swedish Lapland. An absolute must for anyone who adores dogs!

This holiday features a 3-day dog sled safari into the magnificent wilderness of Swedish Lapland. A keen sense of adventure and a willingness to take part and be hands-on is crucial as this tour is both physically and mentally challenging. However, the rewards are huge; the company of your friendly 4-legged companions and your glorious winter wonderland location are humbling and awe-inspiring. Your journey crosses frozen lakes and forest trails, sometimes twisting and turning, sometimes crossing a vast open expanse.

The first and last night are spent at Sörbyn Lodge, a traditional Swedish red-house that combines cosy, quality accommodation with an award winning restaurant. The lodge also offers a variety of additional outdoor activities for those who choose to enhance their holiday by extending their stay.

Dogs…great food…pristine Arctic wilderness…  What’s not to love?!

Dog sledding and reindeer

Day 1 | Arrive Swedish Lapland

Fly from the UK to Luleå (via Stockholm). Met on arrival for your guided transfer to Sörbyn Lodge which is located at Gunnarsbyn, overlooking a frozen lake and surrounded by forest. Check-in to your accommodation and receive your thermal clothing (overalls, boots, socks, gloves and hat) which we recommend you try on to make sure they are the correct fit.

A delicious 3-course dinner is served in Restaurant Kalkällan which is located in the main lodge building. We recommend having a good night's sleep as the next three days are action-packed!

1 night GUNNARSBYN - Sörbyn Lodge (3*)
Meals included today:  Dinner


Day 2 | Dog-sledding adventure

Enjoy a relaxing breakfast at Sörbyn before your transfer (30-mins) to the husky ranch. Here your guides will ensure that you have all the correct clothing for your trip and provide you with a full safety-briefing for your expedition. You will meet your enthusiastic 4-legged friends and companions and receive plenty of information about dog-handling and your journey. As part of this briefing you will also be provided with full instructions on how to handle your dog sled.

Following this briefing you will prepare your dog team with your guide and then off you go! Today you will be out for the whole of the day, covering a distance of approximately 30-50 kms through a beautiful white landscape. Half-way you and your dog team will take a well-earned break and your guide will make a tasty lunch over an open fire. Your dogs will have their own snack and you have plenty of time to cuddle them and reward them for their hard work so far. Your guide will provide you with lots of information and stories regarding the magnificent nature which surrounds you.

After lunch you will continue your journey and arrive at your cosy wilderness cabin during the afternoon. Your first job is to ensure your dog team are comfortable and prepared for the night. After this is done you will heat up the cabin, collect water and have some time to relax before dinner. Your guide will feed the dogs after you have eaten and you are welcome to join them if you wish. The remainder of the evening is free to relax and who knows, perhaps you will see the Northern Lights?

1 night WILDERNESS CABIN ONE - Simple accommodation in sleeping bags on camping beds
Meals included today:  Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner


Day 3 | Dog-sledding adventure

Hurry up, time to rise - your dogs are hungry! Help your guide to provide breakfast for your dog-team before preparing breakfast for your selves in your cabin. Once you have packed all your equipment up you are ready to continue your adventure. Once your dogs are prepared and hooked up to the sled, you are off once again. You will spend another day gliding over the crisp white snow and appreciating the serene nature all around. Lunch is again served outdoors over an open-fire with arrival during the afternoon for your second night's stay in the wilderness. By now you will be used to the routine of making sure your dog team is comfortable and settled before settling down yourself.

Dinner is prepared and served in the cabin before another well-earned night's sleep.

1 night WILDERNESS CABIN TWO - Simple accommodation in sleeping bags on camp beds
Meals included today:  Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner


Day 4 | Dog-sledding adventure

Today is the last day you will wake up to feed your dog team and help to prepare your own breakfast. Today you steer your dogs back towards home and their kennels. By now you will have mastered the skill of mushing your own dog team, and will be familiar with the very different personalities of each of your dogs. Once back at the kennels you thank your dog team by providing each dog with a long cuddle (they love this!) and make sure they are comfortable and enjoy a hearty meal to replace the calories they have burned with you.

Time to enjoy a cup of hot-chocolate with your guide before saying goodbye and transferring back to Sörbyn Lodge.

The sauna is waiting for you and is the perfect way to treat tired muscles and make your whole body feel warmed and relaxed. Dinner is served in the restaurant in the lodge before you collapse into bed and sleep like a baby.

1 night GUNNARSBYN - Sörbyn Lodge
Meals included today:  Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner


Day 5 - Homeward bound

Enjoy a relaxing breakfast at Sörbyn Lodge before your guided transfer to Luleå Airport for your return flight home, via Stockholm.

Meals included today:  Breakfast

Departure Day:  Daily possible
Departure Dates:  7 Jan – 28 Mar 2020
Duration:  4 nights
Price from:  £2560 per person, based on two people travelling together and sharing a room but with each person mushing their own team of dogs.
Deposit:  £200 per person.


It is important to read the Terms and Conditions which apply when making a confirmed booking with us. By asking us to confirm your booking, we are entitled to assume that you have read and understood our terms and conditions, and agree to them.

Price includes:

  • Scheduled return flights with SAS from Heathrow to Luleå (via Stockholm) including 23kgs of checked luggage and one piece of hand-luggage per person. Taxes included.
    Alternative departure airports and airlines are available – please ask for schedules and prices.
  • Transfer from Luleå Airport to Sörbyn Lodge.
  • Winter clothing (thermal overalls, boots, socks, gloves and hat) for the duration of your stay.
  • 2 nights (in total) at Sörbyn Lodge based on a twin bedded room with private shower and WC including 3-course dinner and buffet breakfast.
  • Return transfer from Sörbyn Lodge to the husky kennels.
  • 2-night private dog-sledding safari as detailed based upon each participant driving their own dog-team and taking care of them throughout, with the assistance of their professional guide. Accommodation is in wilderness cabins and includes thermal sleeping bags and liners. Full-board is included starting with lunch on the day of departure and ending with lunch on the day of return. A professional guide and dog-handler escorts the trip throughout and prepares all meals.
  • 2-hour sauna experience at Sörbyn Lodge.
  • Scandinavia Only travel document wallet and luggage labels.
  • 24-hour emergency telephone assistance.
  • Financial Protection.

Sörbyn Lodge (3*) – Gunnarsbyn

Sorbyn Lodge

Sörbyn Lodge is located deep in the forests of Swedish Lapland, surrounded by nature and offers both hotel room and wooden cabin accommodation.

The Lodge’s main building houses the Reception where guests check-in as well as the Restaurant where all meals are served and this doubles as a community area during the day. Two cosy lounge corners with open fireplace and a well-stocked bar are also found here. The ‘back story’ behind the Lodge was that it was originally financed and built by volunteers as a community hall back in the 1940s. It became a famous meeting place where people from all parts of the Norbotten province of Sweden would come to regular dance evenings to meet, make friends and find a partner. Small scale events and parties are still held here by the locals.

The hotel rooms are located in a separate building close to the main one and are simply but comfortably furnished in modern Swedish style. All have ensuite shower and WC, tea and coffee making facilities as well as TV. The cabins are located between the main building and the lake, and all have a veranda with lake view, as well as ensuite shower, WC and and a small kitchenette. There are wooden cabins for 2-3 persons and larger ones for up to 4, all with a lounge area. All have twin beds that can be put together as a double. Dependent upon cabin size, there is sofa bed space for either one or two children next to the other beds.

A highlight of your stay will be dining in the Restaurant ‘Kallkällan’ (‘The Spring’) which serves excellent local cuisine influenced by the region’s wildlife – reindeer, moose and fish. The evening meal is a 3-course set menu based on whatever may have been freshly caught that day. Special diets including vegetarian are also well catered for on request. The restaurant name derives from the spring water obtained from underground sources of Lake Vittrasket and this is served in the restaurant in both still and sparkling form.

Additional Lodge facilities include a timbered, wood-heated sauna. In the grounds around the lake are convenient benches and bed-sized wooden ‘Aurora swings’ which are great for viewing the lakeside scenery as well as the stars and Northern Lights when they make their appearance.

Wilderness Cabins for multi-day dog-sledding from Sörbyn Lodge

Wilderness cabin 1

Wilderness cabin 2

Wilderness cabin 3

During the husky safari, you stay in authentic wilderness ‘cabins’ surrounded by nature. Each one is different to the next in design and style as they are individually and privately owned – an old farmhouse, a weekend cottage or a log cabin – and are geared up to occasional living. All accommodation is ‘basic but comfortable’ though some may possess more ‘comfort’ facilities than others. For instance, though all will have cooking facilities, a living room area (with sofa, table and games) and sleeping quarters, some are without running water yet served by an outside well or by melting snow on the stove. Some may have a little bit of electricity which is used for the lights, cooking stove and additional heating by radiator when it is very cold. Some bedrooms may be shared with others using bunk, ‘closet’ or camping beds with sleeping bags and pillows provided. Bathrooms are shared and some have toilets located outdoors in a separate shed. One or two are better equipped for longer term living but it is safest to expect the most basic type as cabins are allocated subject to availability at the time of your stay and take into consideration accessible trails, weather conditions, party size, etc. What can be guaranteed for all, though, is a warm, comfortable place to rest your head and an authentic, communal, unique and adventurous couple of nights, in keeping with the type of experience you have chosen.

This is a very hands-on experience where you will take part in such things as making a fire, chopping wood, feeding the dogs, making straw-beds for the dogs, fetching water, helping cook dinner, washing-up, etc. These things are all part of the adventure and add to the fun!

 

Extra nights

Sörbyn Lodge in a twin room including 3-course dinner and buffet breakfast – £125 per person (based on two people sharing).


Activities

Snowmobile Safari (3-hour) from Sörbyn Lodge

Description:  You are met at the lodge and transferred to the starting point for your safari. Your activity begins with safety training from your guides, and instruction on how to handle the 550 cc touring snowmobiles. Then we start our safari along the frozen Råne River. We will pass through the forest landscape with all its different countryside characteristics from moors to thick snow-covered pine forests. After a while we reach Bear Mountain, a high mountain with a spectacular view over the forest country, here we make a fire for outdoor fika (warm beverage and a cinnamon roll). The chances of seeing moose and other wildlife are normally good.
Operates:  December – April
Duration:  3 hours
Departs:  1000
Price from:  £195 per person
Price includes:  Transfer from Sörbyn Lodge to snowmobile basecamp, guide, snowmobile safari based on two people sharing a snowmobile and swapping around mid-way (if they wish), fika refreshments, helmet and thermal clothing.
Good to know:  You must have a driving licence in order to drive a snowmobile and you will need to present this at the time of the trip. There is a self-risk liability for damage caused to a snowmobile which amounts to SEK12,000 and this would need to be paid locally to the supplier at the time. It is important that you have insurance that will cover this should the need arise.  Click here for further information regarding snowmobile safaris.


Culinary Experiences

Sörbyn Lodge’s restaurant is renowned for the quality of its cuisine. Why not upgrade one of your included 3-course dinners to a fine-dining experience. Supplements as follows:

  • 5-course dinner | £24 per person
  • 7-course dinner | £50 per person

The multi-day dog-sledding part of this tour is quite challenging, therefore this tour is for those who are physically fit, with good balance and a certain degree of stamina. This is not to say that you have to be able to run marathons or climb mountains, but you need to be someone who exercises quite regularly and has a certain degree of endurance. This holiday clearly appeals to those with a strong sense of adventure who are not looking simply for an excursion to try-out dog-sledding, but want a real journey with an expedition feel to it. This holiday is for those who want to feel they have achieved something out of the ordinary.

For these reasons this holiday is not suitable for children - ask us about an alternative overnight dog-sledding holiday we can offer instead.

This would most certainly be extremely advantageous and preferable. This is a hands-on holiday where you will be required to look after your dog team, so if you've had some experience of dog-sledding before you will have a greater awareness of what is required. The dogs pretty much come first, that is to say that before you relax and settle for each evening whilst on safari, you will need to have taken care of your dog team first, and made sure they have been fed and watered, had a cuddle, and are settled for the night.

The two overnights are spent in wilderness cabins. The cabins are very cosy and warm, however they are simple, authentic wilderness cabins. You will spend the night in sleeping bags with liners, lying on bunks with comfortable mattresses, however you will share toilet facilities - no en-suites out here!

This will vary but it will average between 4 - 6 hours per day with plenty of breaks to rest and enjoy your camp-fire lunch.

Absolutely. You just need to let us know at the time of booking in order that we may ensure you are supplied with delicious alternatives. We cannot accept responsibility for any special diets which we have not been informed about as the multi-day dog-sledding tour does not have access to alternative food supplies once it has departed from the basecamp.

From arrival at Sörbyn Lodge, until departure, you will be provided with winter outer clothing i.e. overalls, boots, gloves, socks and hat. You will need to bring your own thermal layers to go under these and they really need to be of decent quality e.g. merino wool is a good option.

The temperatures in this region can be very cold in the winter - it could be as low as -30°C, but then again may only be around -10°C. The key is to be prepared.

It is a requirement that all travellers on our tours have adequate travel insurance for the activities they will take part in. It is therefore important that you inform your insurer fully about the content of this tour, most especially that you are taking part in a multi-day dog sledding safari where you will be driving/mushing your own dog team.

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