To go dog mushing in the taiga is a true winter experience. Great nature, sled dogs, Aurora and glowing campfires. The woodlands in Lapland offers real midwinter this time of the year with heavy snowcovered forests, iced lakes, fluffy snow and the Aurora Borealis that come into its own during the dark nights.
Together with our sled dogs, we work our way through the wintry landscape. Jokkmokk lays above the Arctic Circle and the low standing midwinter sun causes the sky to glow in beautiful colours during the day. Here live many wild animals like elk, reindeer, red fox, hare, wolverine and a few resident birds that remain during the winter. The reindeers, elk and birds are the most likely to encounter but, we usually see many tracks in the snow from others.
We will spend most of the nights in small log huts and one night is spent in a canvas tent with wood stove. The huts are without electricity and running water and everyone helps with all the daily chores, from taking care of the dogs, fetching water and chop wood etc.
Very few people travel in this area during this time of the year so we are likely to be alone. Just us, the sled dogs, nature and the wildlife.
Welcome to a true wilderness experience!
This dog mushing tour starts and ends in Jokkmokk.» How to get here
Experience wilderness guide
One dog team per person
Warm jacket, pants, warm shoes, hat, gloves
Sleeping bag and equipment for the tour
Fullboard from dinner day 1 until breakfast day 8 (Typical Lapland and Swedish food)
Accommodation, 2 nights at Åsgård Hostel, 1 night in a tent, 4 nights in wilderness huts
Travel to and from Jokkmokk
Day 1 - Arrival to Jokkmokk
We all meet, guide and participants, at Åsgård Hostel at 6pm for a joint dinner and review of the program for the coming days.
Day 2 - Our dog mushing adventure begins
Today’s journey goes to the beginning on the trails that we have closest to our kennel. Good trails that are easy for beginners. During the afternoon we will arrive to the tent camp, close to a small river. Everyone is helping to take care of the dogs.
We will stay in a large communal tent with a stove fired with wood. Sleeping in warm sleeping bags on camping mats and soft reindeer skins.
Day 3 - From Lillforsen toRandikojan
Today’s goal is a small log cabin by a small lake. Once we arrive, we make ourselves and the dogs prepared for the night. Water is brought from the lake by drilling hole in the ice, we chop firewood and fire in the stove to get the cabin warm.
Day 4 - Towards Juksaure
Day 5 - Laxholmen
Today’s goal is to reach a hut on the island of Laxholmen in Lake Karats. Here it’s wide and open spaces in all directions, perfect for viewing Aurora Borealis. Throughout the week, we are far away from villages and urban light pollution and if we are lucky, we can see incredible sights of northern lights in the sky.
Day 6 - Back to Juksaure
Day 7 - Return to Jokkmokk
Day 8 - Departure day
All activities are mostly moderate. In wilderness cabin we sleep in mixed room with both gentlemen’s and women’s. The wilderness cabins are heated with wood/gas and have no electricity or running water. In tent we have a wood stove and sleep on reindeer skins in warm sleeping bags in the same tent. Dry toilets are available at the cabins but at the tent camp we dig holes in the snow.
No former dog sled experience is required but you must like animals and feel compassion for them.
How physically demanding will it be?
How physically demanding it will be depends very much on the snow and weather conditions during the tour. But, to go dogsledding requires that you have good balance and are reasonable fit. In up-hills and heavy snow conditions you must help your dogs by kicking beside the sled and sometimes also run and push the sled in steep up-hills.
You also need to have in mind that you will be physically active outside in the cold for many hours each day. Our tours are not made up touristic adventures but real experiences where everybody work as a team and helps with everything from taking care of the dogs, cooking, loading the sleds, fetching water etc.
If you are unsure if you are able to take part don’t hesitate to send us an email and tell us about yourself and your worries. Women seem to underestimate them self very often, while men sometimes overestimate their own physical capacity. On our tours, we have people from all over the world of all genders and ages up to 70 years old.
Minimum age is 16 years old in company by an adult.
The tour starts and ends in Jokkmokk.
We all meet up at Åsgård Hostel at time 18:00 on the starting day.
Address: Åsgatan 20, 962 31 Jokkmokk
11 – 18 Jan 2020
24 Feb – 2 March 2020
Group size: Max 4 participants
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