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Start Lappis Lodge, Lappeasuando.
Fly to Kiruna via Stockholm; transfer to Lappis Lodge
Morning transfer to reindeer farm; afternoon snowshoe back to Lappeasuando.
After a hearty Swedish breakfast we transfer to a local reindeer herder's farm to learn about the life and ways of the Lappish reindeer herder. In the afternoon we head out into the wilderness using snowshoes, on a route that will take us back to Lappeasuando. This is the perfect way to get closer to our winter surroundings as we break new trails through the snow, reaching those areas where the snowmobiles and skis could not (distance is around 8km although the route may change depending on contidions. Please note that in the December departures, due to shorter daylight hours, some of this snowshoe will be done in the dark). Out here, where there are no other sources of light, we have an excellent chance to see the incredible Northern Lights.
Morning guided ice fishing; afternoon free for optional snowmobiling.
Today we begin the day with a spot of fishing. However, this is not fishing as we know it; this is traditional ice fishing. Through drilled holes in the ice you will be shown how to use the small ice fishing rods to hopefully with any luck catch what lurks beneath the ice. In the afternoon there is the opportunity to try the optional activity of snowmobiling. If you take this option then you will have a fantastic ride starting along the frozen Kaitum and Kalix Rivers. The route then takes a wide loop over lakes and through forests before arriving back at our base. Alternatively if snowmobiling is not for you then there are further activities available from the Lappis lodge (please see the 'optional excursion' section of the trip notes for more details).
Dogsled training and expedition to wilderness camp.
Spend the morning learning the basics of dogsledding, and after an early lunch, you and your riding partner (you ride 2 to a sled) head head out with your own team of 5 to 6 dogs. The dogs are well trained and extremely friendly, and most of all they love to pull sleds. Anyone worried about driving their sled can opt to sit back and enjoy the ride in the cosy passenger seat of their own sled while their riding partner does all the hard work. In deep snow you may need to help push the sled; if the trail is more compacted, the dogs can travel up to 15 or 20 km/h. Falls are not uncommon in the first hour or so. If you do fall, the only rule is 'don't let go of your sled', as the dogs don't stop to wait for you! The guide is also never far away and is on a snowmobile. Our night is spent in the wilderness in a simple lodge, nestled between the Kaitum and Kalix rivers.
Return to base on dogsleds via frozen lakes and pine forests.
Those who want to can rise early to help feed and water the dogs and get them ready and harnessed for the days sledding. We take a different route back to our homebase, with plenty of time to enjoy the scenery and the excitement of mushing your own team. Lunch is usually taken by a campfire by the side of the trail, in a simple cabin or sometimes back at base, depending on conditions. While on the forest trails keep your eyes peeled for Elk (Moose), Snow Grouse (Ptarmigan) or even Capercaille.
Half day further snowshoeing; afternoon transfer to Icehotel.
Today we have another chance to enjoy a half day of snowshoeing in the trails that surround Lappeasuando. After lunch we transfer (approx 45 minutes) to the fabulous Icehotel. We try to get to the hotel for mid-afternoon, with time for a guided tour of the individually designed rooms, chapel and Absolut ice bar. Our rooms are available from 6pm and dinner (not included in trip cost) is reserved in a nearby traditional homestead or the Ice Hotel restaurant depending on availability.
End Lappis Lodge, Lappeasuando.
Transfer to Kiruna Airport, fly to Heathrow via Stockholm.