Dog Sledding in
Swedish Lapland

A magnificent expert-guided multi-day dogsled adventure through the pristine wilderness of Arctic Lapland

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About Dog Sledding in Sweden

A magnificent expert-guided multi-day dog sled adventure through the pristine wilderness of Arctic Lapland. This expedition will send you into beautiful unspoilt wilderness, crossing vast lakes, frozen tributaries and frosted forests.

This is an ideal adventure for a family or group looking to get off the beaten track and prime time, head north during February half-term.

Arriving into the Swedish Arctic airport of Kiruna, you will be met by our team and transferred to the dog kennel base. Here, you’ll kit up in supplied clothing and meet your team of husky sled dogs. Then, you’ll head straight off on your multi-night dogsled adventure into the remote wilderness of Swedish Lapland.

Driving your own team of huskies across the frozen landscape, you will be staying in private rustic wilderness camps in the company of your expert guide and chef. The Arctic equivalent of an old school mobile camping safari.

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WHY WE LOVE ARCTIC DOG SLEDDING

Never let go of the sled – the cardinal rule impressed on you as the dogsled is prepared for departure.

The instant the breaks are released you accelerate like a sprinter from the blocks, trying desperately to hold on. But then an amazing thing happens. The initial adrenaline subsides and you realise you’re travelling at a sublime and gentle pace. The perfect speed to cover the ground, but not fast enough to lose the connection to the landscape.

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BEST TIME TO GO DOG SLEDDING IN LAPLAND

Our dog sledding expeditions are best from December through to April. The long Arctic nights bring about the perfect opportunity for cosy evenings in authentic rustic lodges – perfect for getting off screens with precious time in your surroundings.

You’ll find lower temperatures from December to February but we’ll always make sure you have all the gear to protect you from the elements. 

Mid-February is a great time for families to escape during February half-term when the clear blue skies meet the bright white pristine wilderness.

BEST TIME TO GO DOG SLEDDING IN LAPLAND

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  • Dogsledding through pristine Arctic wilderness
  • Luxury Arctic lodges
  • Authentic Arctic experience
  • Locally sourced and cooked food
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“From the moment you speak to Natural High to when you get home the service and attention to detail is wonderful. Everything is so well planned and organised that you can just sit back and really enjoy your holiday. We couldn’t recommend husky sledding in the north of Sweden more. We all agreed it was one of the best family holidays ever.
– The Fortescue family

Our Favourite Camps & Lodges

Long Arctic nights bring about the perfect opportunity for cosy evenings in authentic rustic lodges. Even further off the beaten track, adventure into true polar wilderness and stay in a luxury heated and walled expedition tent with real beds and a private chef.
Fjellborg Arctic Lodge

This beautiful lodge is surrounded by the unspoiled wilderness of Arctic Lapland in northern Sweden.

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THE CHARACTERS

Of course, it’s no surprise to hear that the dogs are characters.

But there’s a whole different level of affection and respect for a team of animals who are so eagerly transporting you through such a dramatic, wild environment with such generosity and enthusiasm.

These dogs are of fine racing stock – small and tough Greenland huskies. Short of stature (compared to some) but long on stamina. And charisma. You’ll never forget the accusing over-the-shoulder looks thrown by the dogs when you apply the breaks. You get to know the animals well over your stay, helping to harness and unharness them, feed them, drive them. By the end you’ll feel part of the team. Even if the dogs continue to look a little askance at your driving technique.

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TRADITIONAL SCANDINAVIAN FOOD, DONE BRILLIANTLY

After a day driving your own team of dogs, crossing vast frozen lakes and traversing frosted Scandinavian forests, few things can be as welcome as a plate of hot food.

So imagine the surprise when you round a bend on a frozen lake to the flicker of flame up ahead. As you continue you see that the flame is from a brazier, set up on the lake shore to welcome you into camp.

And it gets better. Once your team is parked up, you find a campfire under the stars with seats covered in reindeer skins at the centre of a little cluster of cabins.

First up a mug of mulled wine by the fire is accompanied by delicious cured reindeer meat. All meats used on the expeditions are sustainably harvested in the area. Zero food miles, zero waste. And then – after a sauna and another drink, it’s time for dinner. And this is when you realise you’re in the hands of real professionals. This is traditional, simple Scandanavian food, done brilliantly. Wonderful flavours and deeply nourishing after a day in the wild.

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TRAVEL FROM CABIN TO CABIN

As with our mobile safaris in Africa, one of the great joys of a three (or more) day expedition by dog sled is the opportunity to construct a proper journey.

To cover the ground and get a sense of the geography of a place. And the principle is about using kit and accommodation wholly appropriate to the environment. In Arctic Lapland, life revolves around the trees and the reindeer and has done for centuries.

Cabins are constructed from pine trees interlocked with intricate joints like elaborate puzzles, while reindeer skins have been used to provide warmth since the dawn of time. Woodburning stoves quickly turn these beautiful cabins into warm and cosy havens. Over a few days you travel from cabin to cabin – each slightly different, but all deeply spoiling.

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THE NORTHERN LIGHTS

At first you may think your eyes are deceiving you. Is it fog, a cloud? But then the pulsing starts and the colours appear and you are spellbound by the display.

Standing out under an Arctic sky in the middle of a vast wilderness miles from the nearest settlement makes this experience even more special. And while the best results are in total darkness, amazingly the lights can even be seen under a bright moon.

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Dog Sledding (FAQs) Need to Know

Do I need to be particularly fit or strong to go dog sledding?

You do not need to be exceptionally strong but you will need a good chunk of stamina as you may be heading out on some long stretches across the snow. Your guide will match your strength to the number of dogs in your team to get the balance right for everyone. Rather than pure strength, we would suggest stamina and a good sense of balance are the key attributes.

Will I see the Northern Lights while dog sledding?

It’s never guaranteed, but if you visit at the right time when skies are clear and dark then you may be in luck. The Aurora Borealis can be seen anytime from September to early April but your best chance may come in December, January and February when the hours of darkness are longest.

What is the food like on the expedition?

After a day exploring the vast wilderness of the Arctic, you will be greeted with traditional Scandanavian food, done brilliantly. All cooked by local chefs using local produce. A welcome hearty meal. Breakfast tends to be buffet style with a European flavour including porridge, cereals and homemade bread. 

What clothing should I pack for a dog sledding expedition?

When you arrive in the Arctic you will be kitted out with all the thermal gear required for your dogsled expedition but we would recommend also packing thermal base-layers and long-johns – especially merino wool. Depending on the time of year and temperatures, fleeces are good to have and loose fitting layers will be best. Before your departure, we will provide a full kit list so you will be totally prepared.

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