Join the adventure on a dog sled trip along the King’s trail to the gate of Sarek National Park.
A classic route with stunning views and overnight stays in comfortable mountain huts. Start and finish at Saltoluokta Mountain Station, dating back to the early 20th century.
This dog sled trip is one of the easier mountain tours in our range of dog sledding adventures. However, this doesn’t mean that it’s like Disney World where you just slide along behind a dog sled. No, this is still a real adventure where nature and the weather forces control our days. You will learn to handle and drive your own team of sled dogs, the huts we stay in is without electricity and running water and everyone helps with all the chores.
We go in an area of wild and beautiful nature and travel close to the border of Sarek National Park which is a part of the Laponia World heritage. Sarek is often called Europe’s last wilderness. Here are the high mountain ranges and deep valleys, but also the old mountain virgin forests that’s never been affected by modern forestry.
There is a living Sami culture in the area, and there has been reindeer husbandry for a very long time. Later, some settlers have also settled down on places like Aktse, Björkudden and Kvikkjokk.
The tour starts and ends in Saltoluokta» How to get here
Experienced wilderness guide
One dog team per person
Warm jacket, pants, warm shoes, hat, gloves
Sleeping bag and equipment for the tour
Fullboard from breakfast day 1 until breakfast day 8 (Typical Lapland and Swedish food)
Accommodation, 2 nights at Saltoluokta mountain station, 5 nights in wilderness cabins
Travel as well as transfer to and from Saltoluokta Mountain Lodge
Note: This tour starts and ends in Saltoluokta.
Day 1 - Saltoluokta Mountain station, the beginning of our adventure
Saltoluokta was built over 100 years ago by the Swedish Tourist Association. The timbered main building, built in 1918, has the old charm intact with fireplaces, light bulbs and candlelight’s in the restaurant.
After dinner we check the equipment and you will get your clothes and warm boots.
If you arrive early in the day, we have snow shoes that you can borrow if you wish to explore the surroundings.
Day 2 - Autsvagge, the glen above the tree line
Day 3 - The gate of Sarek National Park
The first part goes slightly downhill along the river Sitoälven’s valley. At first the marked winter trail mostly goes over frozen lakes and through mountain birch forest. Gradually, the forest passes to consist of windblown spruce and finally resilient old pine trees. Like all days we have an outdoor lunch. Aktse is an old mountain homestead where settlers and hunters lived since ancient times. Here we will see the famous “Gate of Sarek, Europe’s Last Wilderness”.
Day 4 - Rittakvalley, the land of the old trees
In the afternoon we reach the Pårte cabin located on a beautiful little peninsula that stands out into one of the lakes called Tatasjöarna. The valley Rittakdalen has true wilderness character with its old forests and mountains that rise around it.
Day 5 - North back towards Aktse
Today’s destination is the hut in Aktse where we will spend our night.
Day 6 - Aktse-Njunjes, the high path
Day 7 - Saltoluokta, the beginning and end of our journey
We steer our dog teams back towards Saltoluokta Mountain Lodge, where a hot sauna, shower and a three-course dinner in the restaurant awaits us.
Day 8 - Departure day
If you’re not leaving until the afternoon we do have snowshoes for you to borrow.
All activities are mostly moderate. In wilderness cabin we sleep on bunk beds in mixed room with both gentlemen’s and women’s. Dry toilet is available at the camps. The wilderness cabins are heated with wood/gas and have no electricity or running water.
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 (which can go on for quite a while in the mountains.)
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 and setting up tents (when on a trip including camping) 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 Saltoluokta
We all meet for dinner in the restaurant at Saltoluokta Mountain Station at 18:00 on the arrival day.
9 – 16 March 2020
Group size: Max 4 participants
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