Above the Arctic Circle, Sweden’s Lapland region unfolds with snowcapped mountains, deep forests, and vast stretches of untamed wilderness. After exploring vibrant Stockholm, fly north to Kiruna and embark on an authentic dogsledding expedition that takes you across frozen rivers and valleys blanketed in untouched snow. Feel the thrill of driving your own team of huskies from one wilderness lodge to the next, and unwind at the end of each day with wood-heated saunas and hearty meals. Along the way, discover the traditions of Lapland’s indigenous people, the Sami, and learn about their ancient reindeer-herding culture. Then cap off your adventure by experiencing one of the world’s architectural marvels: the Icehotel of Jukkasjärvi, exquisitely constructed from ice and snow every year.
Arrive in Stockholm and transfer to our hotel, located on the charming waterfront. Enjoy a free afternoon to relax or explore the city, then meet up for an orientation and a welcome dinner.
First Hotel Reisen (D)
Today, we have some time to explore Stockholm. At the Vasa Museum, examine a 17th-century royal warship that was much celebrated until it sank in front of crowds of onlookers on its maiden voyage in 1652. Stroll along narrow streets where regal architecture mixes with a vibrant contemporary culture. Enjoy the afternoon on your own to stroll along narrow streets where regal architecture mixes with a vibrant contemporary culture.
First Hotel Reisen (B,L,D)
Fly to Sweden’s northernmost city, Kiruna, located 90 miles above the Arctic Circle. Explore this mining outpost in the heart of the Lapland region—a vast wilderness of alpine peaks, ancient forests, and pristine lakes and rivers. Lapland is home to the Sami people, who have inhabited the northern parts of Scandinavia for thousands of years. Get outfitted for our sledding adventure before heading to the village of Övre Soppero, where we settle into our accommodations at a local homestead. Meet our Sami hosts and experience their way of life firsthand.
Övre Soppero Homestead (B,L,D)
Today, we discover the cornerstone of Sami culture: reindeer herding. Embark on a sled ride to a nearby lavu, or traditional Sami tepee. Try your hand at icefishing, and enjoy lunch by a fire. Later, transfer to Väkkärä Wilderness Lodge, where we settle into our log cabins and relax in a wood-heated sauna. Our remote location is ideal for viewing the aurora borealis, which provides dazzling entertainment on clear nights. (6 miles reindeer sledding, 2–3 hours)
Väkkärä Wilderness Lodge (B,L,D)
Rise early to prepare for our dogsledding adventure. Meet your team of Alaskan huskies, and learn the basics of harnesses, lines, and mushing. Then set off by sled into the heart of the Lapland wilderness. Experience the thrill of driving your own team on a trail through snow-clad forests and across frozen lakes and rivers. Keep an eye out for moose, reindeer, lynx, and other wildlife. Our destination is Sevuvuoma Lodge, a wilderness retreat situated beneath the peak of Vittangivaara. Following our first day of mushing, unwind in the lodge’s sauna and enjoy a hearty dinner. (18 miles dogsledding, 5-6 hours)
Sevuvuoma Lodge (B,L,D)
After breakfast, we feed and harness our huskies, then head off on a trail where few travelers have set foot. Our journey takes us through a quiet, snow-covered landscape. This afternoon, arrive back at the Väkkärä Wilderness Lodge. Meet a renowned reindeer herder, who will prepare a traditional Sami meal and share images and stories from his 40 years of working with reindeer. (18 miles dogsledding, 5–6 hours)
Väkkärä Wilderness Lodge (B,L,D)
Enjoy a final morning of mushing before we say goodbye to our husky teams. After lunch, transfer to nearby Jukkasjärvi and check into the Icehotel, the world’s largest hotel made solely of snow and ice. Explore this ephemeral creation of snow walls, crystal domes, and whimsical ice sculptures. Celebrate our adventure with a farewell dinner and a drink in the famous Icebar. Tonight, sleep in a heated room, or opt for one of the hotel’s famous ice or snow rooms, where you are snugly outfitted in a thermal sleeping bag. (9-10 miles dogsledding, 4–5 hours)
Return to Kiruna today and fly back to Stockholm. Take advantage of an unscheduled evening to explore Stockholm and enjoy dinner on your own.
First Hotel Reisen (B,L)
After breakfast, transfer to the airport for your return flight home.
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