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 more comfortable mountain tours in our range of dog sledding adventures since all nights are spent in cabins, and there is no camping on this tour. 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 are without electricity and running water and everyone helps with all the chores.
We travel 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 have never been affected by modern forestry.
There is a living Sami culture in the area, and there have been reindeer husbandry for a very long time. Later, some settlers also settled down in 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 (shared group room), 5 nights in wilderness cabins
Travel as well as transfer to and from Saltoluokta Mountain Lodge
Note: This tour starts and ends in Saltoluokta.
● Single room at Saltoluokta first and last night 1140 kr
● Private double room at Saltoluokta first and last night 1100 kr
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 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.
Tours in the mountains are sensitive for the current weather conditions which means that we sometimes cannot travel the planned route. We try to follow our planed route but have to adapt to current conditions. The route is usually discussed and changed together with the group, but the guide always has the final word.
Jokkmokkguiderna interacts with the reindeer herding Sami’s in the area and therefore the route can also be changed to minimize disturbance to the reindeers and the traditions that have existed here for generations.
Minimum age is 18 years old.
NOTE! A certain level of fitness is required.
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No previous dog sledding experience is required, but you must like animals and feel empathy for them.
In wilderness cabins we sleep on bunk beds in mixed room with both men’s and women’s. The wilderness cabins are heated with wood/gas and have no electricity or running water. Dry toilets are available at the cabins.
The tour starts and ends in Saltoluokta
We all meet for dinner in the restaurant at Saltoluokta Mountain Station at 17:30 on the arrival day.
6 – 13 March 2023
2 – 9 April 2023
Group size: Max 4 participants
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AN INCREDIBLE EXPERIENCE! (review fr TripAdvisor)
I wasn’t sure what to expect when I booked the week long dog sledding trip, as I hadn’t driven a dog sled or been to Lapland before. It turned out to be the best experience ever. Matti was a terrific guide and seemed to know everyone we met on our journey. The cabins where we stayed were clean, well kept and comfortable, even though there was no electricity, running water or flush toilets. The meals Matti made for us were delicious. The dogs were so friendly and great companions who were happy to pull the sleds. I can’t even explain how beautiful the scenery was. An added bonus was seeing the northern lights on three evenings. I will definitely do this again next year. /Susan, USA
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