Expedition Overview

Expedition Overview

  • Drive your own team of Alaskan huskies on a sledding expedition through the Lapland wilderness.
  • Relax in cabins ideally situated for the chance for viewing one of nature’s most dazzling displays: the aurora borealis, or northern lights (weather permitting).
  • Experience the culture of Lapland’s indigenous people, the Sami, and go on a thrilling reindeer sled ride.
  • Stay at the famed Icehotel, with the option of sleeping in one of its sculpted ice rooms.

Itinerary

Itinerary

Above the Arctic Circle, Sweden’s Lapland region unfolds with snowcapped mountains, deep forests, and vast stretches of untamed wilderness. After exploring vibrant Stockholm, fly north to Kiruna and embark on an authentic dogsledding expedition that takes you across frozen rivers and valleys blanketed in untouched snow. Feel the thrill of driving your own team of huskies from one wilderness lodge to the next, and unwind at the end of each day with wood-heated saunas and hearty meals. Discover the traditions of Lapland’s indigenous people, the Sami, and learn about their ancient reindeer-herding culture. Then cap off your adventure by experiencing one of the world’s architectural marvels: the Icehotel of Jukkasjärvi, exquisitely constructed from ice and snow every year.

Day 1: Stockholm, Sweden

Arrive in Stockholm and transfer to our hotel, located on the charming waterfront. Enjoy a free afternoon to relax or explore the city, then meet up for an orientation and a welcome dinner.

Meals Included:Dinner
Accommodations:First Hotel Reisen
Day 2: Kiruna/Lake Väkkärä

Fly to Sweden’s northernmost city, Kiruna, located 90 miles above the Arctic Circle. Here, we arrive in the heart of the Lapland region—a vast wilderness of soaring peaks, ancient forests, and pristine lakes and rivers. Lapland is home to the Sami people, who have inhabited the northern parts of Scandinavia for thousands of years. Get outfitted for our dogsledding adventure and meet your team of Alaskan huskies. Learn the basics of harnesses, lines, and mushing before setting off by sled. Experience the thrill of driving your own team on a trail through snow-clad forests and across frozen lakes and rivers. Arrive at Väkkärä Wilderness Lodge, where we settle into our log cabins and relax in a wood-heated sauna. Weather permitting, our remote location is ideal for viewing the aurora borealis, which provides dazzling entertainment on clear nights. (10 miles dogsledding, 2–3 hours)

Meals Included:Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodations:Väkkärä Wilderness Lodge
Day 3: Lake Väkkärä to Sevuvuoma

Rise early to prepare for our next dogsledding adventure. Take to the snow, keeping an eye out for moose, reindeer, lynx, and other wildlife. Our destination is Sevuvuoma Lodge, a wilderness retreat situated beneath the peak of Vittangivaara. Following our second day of mushing, unwind in the lodge’s sauna and enjoy a hearty dinner. (18 miles dogsledding, 5–6 hours)

Meals Included:Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodations:Sevuvuoma Lodge
Day 4: Sevuvuoma to Lake Väkkärä

After breakfast, we feed and harness our huskies, then head off on a trail where few travelers have set foot, traversing a quiet, snow-covered landscape. This afternoon, arrive back at the Väkkärä Wilderness Lodge. Warm up with a glass of lingonberry tea followed by dinner. Enjoy the lodge’s sauna, if you wish, and rest up for tomorrow’s adventures.(18 miles dogsledding, 5–6 hours)

Meals Included:Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodations:Väkkärä Wilderness Lodge
Day 5: Lake Väkkärä/Jukkasjärvi

Enjoy a final morning of mushing before we say goodbye to our husky teams. After lunch, transfer to nearby Jukkasjärvi and check in to the Icehotel, the world's' largest hotel made solely of a combination of snow and ice—also known as “snice.” Enjoy a welcome drink in the famous original Icebar. Then take a walk through the streets of Jukkasjärvi and enjoy dinner out in this charming village. Tonight, sleep in a warm room, or choose to upgrade to one of the hotel's ice suites—each a unique masterpiece (at an additional cost and subject to availability). (18 miles dogsledding 5-6 hours)

Meals Included:Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodations:Icehotel
Day 6: Jukkasjärvi

Today, discover the cornerstone of Sami culture: reindeer herding. Feed reindeer, then embark on an exciting reindeer sled ride. Have lunch in a traditional Sami lavvu, where a delicious meal will be served around an open fire. Later, enjoy a free afternoon to experience the captivating architecture of the Icehotel, and explore this ephemeral creation of snow/ice walls, ice crystal chandeliers, and whimsical ice sculptures. Celebrate our adventure with a farewell dinner at the Icehotel Restaurant.

Meals Included:Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodations:Icehotel
Day 7: Jukkasjärvi/Stockholm

Return to Kiruna today and fly back to Stockholm. Take advantage of an unscheduled evening to explore Stockholm and enjoy dinner on your own.

Meals Included:Breakfast, Lunch
Accommodations:First Hotel Reisen
Day 8: Stockholm

After breakfast, transfer to the airport for your return flight home.

Meals Included:Breakfast