Do you feel that a week of dog sledging isn’t enough? Do you always feel like you want to see what’s waiting for you a bit further up, behind the next mountain ridge or how it looks at the end of the next valley? Then this expedition is for you!
A 12-day dog sledging expedition with a scheduled route that goes north from Saltoluokta mountain station to and around the mighty Kebnekaise massif. However, if we notice that the weather gods are on our side and it seems to be promising weather for a trip through Sarek National Park we can quickly change our plan and reroute.
Sarek is part of the Laponia world heritage and is probably the most mysterious, inaccessible and most weather exposed National park in Europe. Therefore, plan A is to go north to Kebnekaise but if the conditions are right there is the possibility of an expedition through Sarek National Park.
Regardless of where we head to, we will have to take it day by day. We travel through multiple types of mountain landscape and hopefully we will meet some of the wild animals that are native to the Swedish mountains. You will drive your own dog sledge, live and be part of nature, and get closely acquainted with our huskies.
The nights are spent in mountain cabins and in storm-proof mountain tents, and the chances of seeing the northern lights are high as we are outdoors for so many nights. Everyone will be involved in everything from taking care of all the chores around the sled dogs, to finding water and cooking etc.
On a dog sledge expedition just like on all wilderness tours, everyone is dependent on each other, humans and dogs, and we all work together as a team.
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 10 (Typical Lapland and Swedish food)
Accommodation, 2 nights at Saltoluokta Mountain lodge, 9 nights in wilderness cabins and/or tent.
Travel as well as transfer to and from Saltoluokta Mountain Lodge
The exact route will primarily be determined by the weather forecast and snow conditions. There are a few steep downhills that in some conditions are not suitable for dog sledging. If we see at the start at the Saltoluokta mountain station that the Sarek national park promises GREAT conditions such as great weather, snow conditions and that it doesn’t collide with the reindeer herding, we might head south instead for a chance to cross Sarek.
Day 1 - Welcome to the Saltoluokta Mountain Station
Vi möts för en gemensam tre-rätters middag i den charmiga och välrenommerade restaurangen. Efter middagen går vi igenom utrustningen och ni får era kläder och skor.
För den som anländer tidigare under dagen så har vi snöskor som du kan låna ifall du önskar ta en tur i omgivningarna.
Day 2 - Saltoluokta - Teusajaure
Day 3 - Teusajaure – Singi mountain cabins
Nature: A climb from mountain birch forest to above the tree line, with a more tundra-like landscape. North of the Singi cabins we have reached the tundra landscape. The magnificent Kebnekaise massif with its surrounding mountain tops give you an Alpine-like feel.
Day 4 - Singi cabins – Nikkaluokta
Nature: At first an alpine valley with steep mountain sides close upon us, then the birch forest down to Nikkaluokta.
Day 5 - The Vistas valley
Nature: Birch forest and the Vistas river are dominating features during the day. The river has broken through the valley and has created a delta landscape.
Day 6 - Vistas valley towards Kungsleden
Nature: The day goes from a valley with a birch forest up to an alpine mountain passage at around 900 meters above sea level.
Day 7 - Alesjaure – Sälka
Nature: The area is entirely above the tree line and the highest passage is at 1100 meters above sea level. This is most definitely an alpine landscape.
Day 8 - Sälka – Nikkaluokta
Nature: The first part of this day is entirely above the tree line in an alpine terrain. It’s not until around the Kebnekaise mountain station that we will see the first birch trees. The valley from the Kebnekaise mountain station is characterized by birch forest and the partially open river closer to Nikkaluokta.
Day 9 - Nikkaluokta and south towards unknown mountains
Nature: From the old pine forest south of Nikkaluokta and climbing up to a billowing plateau east of the more alpine area of Kebnekaise. The plateau is part of the old mountain foundation while the more dramatic mountains that we have passed before are part of the new mountain foundation that was formed later, with the collision of the continental plates.
Day 10 - Tjuonajåkk and Sjaunja Nature Reserve
Nature: Billowing low-mountain plateau which turns into sparse birch forest and moors south of the Kaitum river.
Day 11 - Sjaunja Nature Reserve – Saltoluokta Mountain Station
Nature: From Sjaunjas wide moors and birch tree forest, down toward small fir trees and older pine forest.
Day 12 - Departure day
Demanding and sometimes hard. This tour is more like a real expedition in a wild area sometimes without marked trails. Some outdoor experience is required. In wilderness cabin we sleep on bunk beds in mixed room with both gentlemen’s and women’s. Dry toilet is available around the cabins but when we camp in tent we dig a hole in the snow. 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 to participate on the Explore Sarek tour also requires that you are in good physical shape. 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 and most of the nights are spent in tents. You need to have some outdoor experience with camping since before.
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 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.
During the expedition we will partly spend the nights in tents and partly in cabins. There will be cabins available for the most part of the route, but we occasionally camp in tents because it fits better.
This trip offers a varied landscape with various sorts of nature. From ancient mountain forests with fir and pine trees around Saltoluokta, Nikkaluokta and partly in Sjaunja nature reserve. From the coniferous forest line, birch forest stretches out at around 700 meters above sea level. Beyond that there’s bare mountain and a tundra-like landscape.
In the east there’s vast billowing low mountain plateaus while in the western parts it’s more of alpine mountains with deep valley passages. The highest mountain in Sweden, Kebnekaise, is located in this area at 2104 meters above the sea level (this varies from year to year as the top consists of snow and ice that melts).
Minimum age is 18 years old.
We all meet for dinner in the restaurant at Saltoluokta Mountain Station at 18:00 on the arrival day.» How to get here
23 March – 3 April 2021
Group size: Max 4 participants
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