Experience Aurora Winter Lapland – 4 days
Let the very best of Lapland’s adventures and the lights cast a spell over you. With animals as the predominant means of transportation this exclusive trip gives you an eco-friendly experience of the great outdoors of Swedish Lapland. Our cottage accommodation Reindeer Lodge is the perfect base for your stay, a gem in the woods and with reindeer on the premise. Here you will find the perfect balance of activity and tranquillity and enjoy fantastic food sourced from local ingredients and the chance of seeing the sparkling northern light right from your doorstep. A wonderful package for active couples, families and friends!
Day 1 – Arrival
We meet you up at 18.00 at Kiruna Tourist Center for transfer to our cosy accommodation facility Reindeer Lodge, located in the woods and on the banks of mighty river Torne just outside Jukkasjärvi village. Once equipped with winter outer wear, the lodge host will show you to your own private cottage where you can settle down and enjoy the company of reindeer just outside your window! The check-in will be followed by a tasty 2-course dinner, a briefing on the activity program and the best ways to chase the northern light around Reindeer Lodge. A wood-heated sauna session will be prepared before it is time to snuggle up for the first night in your own Reindeer Lodge cottage. (D)
Day 2 – Reindeer sled excursion, Icehotel & Sámi Siida-Márkanbáiki visit
After breakfast you join our guides for an exclusive and one-of-a-kind reindeer sled trip which means practicing an old and vanishing Sámi tradition. You will actively handle and drive your own draft reindeer with sled through white, wintery forests and along frozen lake Sautusjärvi. After around 1.5 hours driving the sled standing on the runners, we return to the lodge for a traditional reindeer herder lunch in a lávvu-tent. This will be followed by a visit to the world-famous Icehotel, a stroll through the village of Jukkasjärvi and a visit to the outing spot Sámi Siida-Márkanbáiki in the afternoon. A delicious 2-course dinner and sauna will be provided by the host upon your return to Reindeer Lodge. Accommodation in own cottage. (B, L & D)
Day 3 – Dog sled excursion in the Torne river valley
After breakfast you will be transferred to the nearby dog sled kennel for a dog sledding introduction. The huskies will be eager to run and you mush your own dog team in pairs swapping drivers en route. You will enjoy a lunch break during the tour that provides great photo opportunities along the way through the impressive Torne river valley. In the afternoon there will be time for self-guided snowshoe or cross-country ski tours. A luscious 2-course dinner served by the Reindeer Lodge host and a hot sauna round off the day, probably with a refreshing roll through the powdery snow! Accommodation in own cottage. (B, L & D)
Day 4 – Departure
After breakfast it is time to pack up your belongings and to bid farewell to the reindeer. Check-out is at 11.00 at the latest and we provide transfer from Reindeer Lodge to Kiruna. (B)
PRICE: Adult: SEK 12560. Child (6-12 yrs): SEK 7760.
Pricing based on cottage stay sleeping 2 or 3, maximum 4 people/cottage.
DATES: Available between 13 Jan and 2 April 2020, upon request only.
START/PICK-UP: 18.00 at Kiruna Tourist Center, day 1. Appr. 20 min transfer to Reindeer Lodge.
END: Check-out 11.00 at the latest at Reindeer Lodge and transfer to Kiruna Airport/Train Station/ Tourist Center or hotel, day 4.
LODGING/FACILITIES: 3 nights in own cottage at Reindeer Lodge included.
Reindeer Lodge consists of five private, wooden double bed cottages in Sámi design. Each cottage is one large room á 20 m2. Four out of five cottages are also furnished with a sofa bed (size 1.60 x 1.80 m). Each cottage is equipped with wood-fired stove and electrical heater, table and chairs. A communal wood-fired sauna with separate shower and dressing rooms as well as WCs are found in separate communal facilities. A common timber log building serves as kitchen/dining room with seating/place to socialise. Reindeer Lodge is also winter home to a larger part of our reindeer herd grazing along the cottages.
ACTIVITIES: Self-drive reindeer sled tour, self-drive dog sled tour, Icehotel and Sámi Siida-Márkanbáiki visit included. Free use of snowshoes and cross-country skis.
BOARD: Full board from dinner day 1 to breakfast day 4 included. Food allergies/intolerances to be advised at booking.
EQUIPMENT: Loan of thermal overall, boots, mittens and hat as well as sleeping bag, bed linen and bathing towel included.
EXCLUDED: Travel insurance, international and domestic fare, alcoholic beverages.
GROUP SIZE: Min 2, max 8 people.
LANGUAGE: Swedish and English.
CONDITIONS: Min age for the package 6 years. Min age to drive own reindeer sled 16 years. Child under 16 years sits in an adult’s reindeer sled. General good health and fitness required. Guests participate in our activities at their own responsibility and are obliged to follow the safety instructions assigned by the guide. All tours will be adapted to prevailing weather conditions. Although the chance of seeing the northern light is quite high, a sighting cannot be guaranteed due to it being a natural phenomenon.
SUPPLEMENTS: Cottage, single occupancy: SEK 1000 per night.
Dog sled, single driver (from 16 yrs): SEK 400.
QUALITY: Sápmi Experience and Sustainable Arctic Destination certified.