Arctic Trail Nordic Expedition
Begin with a snowmobile tour in Kiruna and prepare for the Arctic’s greatness. Journey across the enchanting Swedish tundra to the village of Kilpisjärvi for a relaxing wood-fired sauna and a Nordic taste experience. Enjoy the wilderness of a distant fishing retreat and complete with cozy mountain hut stays. Visit the unbelievable ICEHOTEL in Jukkasjärvi, sculpted from nothing but ice and snow. Finish with a thrilling dog sled across the Torne River and complete with a fine dining in the wild. This wholeheartedly planned 560-kilometer expedition through three countries offers a perfect mixture of adventure, luxury, and unforgettable scenery.
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Unforgettable arctic snowmobile adventures
Exiting dog sled ride to a wilderness camp
Visit the enchanting ICEHOTEL – a wonderland of ice and snow art
Classic arctic snow fishing on remote fishing paradise
A True Deep Dive into the Heart of the Polar World
This thoughtfully crafted adventure ensures that every aspect of the Arctic is explored, from its beautiful scenery to its rich cultural heritage. The experience of thrilling snowmobile rides over wide expanses of untouched snow and steering a dog sled team offers a unique perspective of the Arctic, far removed from the typical tourist trails. You’ll start with being equipped at the Northern Lights Lodge and learn the ropes of snowmobiling with an initial tour. After a safety briefing, it’s time for a relaxing sauna and a delightful dinner.
The coming days will follow with snowmobile rides across the low mountains and the frosty scenery of the Swedish arctic tundra, taking you to the picturesque village of Kilpisjärvi at the Sweden-Norway border. Here you can enjoy a wood-fired sauna and an icebox before enjoying a delicious 3-course dinner.
Three Countries, an Ice Hotel and a Whole lot of Adventure
Next phase of your adventure leads you into Finland and neighboring Norway and continues to the serene fishing paradise of Rostujávri.
Your snowmobile adventure will take you down to the forests and to the world famous ICEHOTEL in Jukkasjärvi. This architectural marvel, built entirely out of ice and snow, offers a surreal experience. Here you’ll swap your snowmobile for a dog sled, journeying across the Torne River to a wilderness camp where a gourmet dinner awaits, followed by another cozy evening in a wood-fired sauna.
Finally, you will enjoy a breakfast among forest views and the sounds of howling sled, and then guide your own team of sled dogs back to the kennel in Jukkasjärvi. From there, a snowmobile ride will take you back to Máttaráhkká Northern Lights Lodge, marking the end of a 560-kilometer journey through three countries.
A minibus will transport you back to Kiruna Airport, concluding your Arctic adventure.
This trip, filled with unique experiences across mountains and Norwegian fjords, leaves you with lifelong memories of the Arctic’s hidden gems, combining the thrill of adventure with the comfort of nature’s untouched beauty.
If you’re looking for a somewhat shorter adventure but just as exciting, check out our 3 Days Private Nordic Expedition!
On arrival at Kiruna Airport, the guide welcomes you in the arrivals lounge for further transport to Kiruna C for personal registration. Check-in at Máttaráhkká – Northen Lights Lodge where you will also be equipped with snowmobile helmet, balaclava, two-piece hooded snow jacket, shoes, mittens, and goggles. Safety review of snowmobile tracks and safety equipment and also an action plan in case of accidents. After the tour, we will drive on a shorter snowmobile tour where you get to know the snowmobile before tomorrow’s magnificent adventure. After the tour a warm sauna and a 2-course dinner await you at the lodge.
SWEDISH ARCTIC TUNDRA
After a solid breakfast buffet, we pack together the equipment on the snowmobiles that take us through the low mountains and the Swedish arctic tundra. Our final destination is 180 kilometres away. Upon arrival in the small village of Kilpisjärvi, which borders Norway and Sweden, a wood-fired sauna, icebox and 3-course dinner awaits. Overnight stay at the hotel.
During the snowmobile driving from Finland and in neighboring Norway, you will experience the magnificent nature with steep mountainsides that plunge straight down into the cold ocean next to Hatteng. After lunch, we drive to the fishing paradise Rostujávri where we end the day after about 170 kilometers of wonderful snowmobiling with wood-fired sauna and dinner. Accommodation in mountain huts in an uninhabited country.
From the fishing paradise Rostujávri we cross tundra down to the forest land and aim at Jukkasjärvi where we visit the world-famous ICEHOTEL which offers a fairytale world made of ice and snow in the finest form. After the visit to ICEHOTEL, we park the snowmobiles for the day and now it’s time to saddle up your own dog team. Tucked in with the sled dogs you cross the Torne River and after the taiga forest, you’ll discover your wilderness camp where a real gourmet dinner awaits. In the evening you warm yourself in the wood-fired sauna after you cross both the mountains and the forest, about 190 kilometers.
Wake up to howling sled dogs. After you have enjoyed the breakfast with a wonderful view of the forest country, the day will consist of driving your own team of sled dogs back to the kennel in the small village, Jukkasjärvi. From here we drive snowmobiles to the starting point, Máttaráhkká Northen Lights Lodge where we finish this 560-kilometer long journey that has taken us through 3 different countries, across the mountain, and through the Norwegian fjord. With memories to last you for life, you will be transported by minibus to Kiruna Airport.
- You must be at least 18 years old and hold a valid driving license
- The experience is privately guided for your own party
- 250 kilometers/155 miles through the most stunning landscape
- You do not need to have previous experience of managing your own snowmobile and your own sled dog team, but you should be in good physical health
- The guides may implement a different journey plan than that described after conducting risk assessments, in part due to the weather
What is the tipping etiquette for safari guides and mountain crews on trips like this?
Tipping is highly appreciated at the end of safari/mountain climb. The size of tips will vary depending on the length and complexity of the trip, the number of staff on the trip and the number of clients on the trip. Generally, groups like to meet together before the end of the trek to discuss how much they would like to tip each staff member based on their individual trek experience. You should prepare an envelope after your trek for your tip money at the Hotel. You can use US dollars, Euros, TZ Shillings or a combination of these. Please ask the Safari/Climbing coordinator at the Hotel for advice.
Mountain Climbs: $25-50 USD per Day per Climber to be shared between guides, chefs and porters.
Safaris: Driver/Guide: $35-50 USD per Day per Car. If it is a camping safari there will be a tip for the cook $10 USD per Day.
THESE ARE JUST GUIDELINES AND TIPS CAN BE GIVEN TO SAFARI STAFF/MOUNTAIN CREW ACCORDING TO SERVICES PROVIDED.
Visit a Winter’s Paradise Unlike No Other
This Polar Expedition is the ultimate Arctic journey that blends a perfect amount of adventure with cultural immersion and soul soothing relaxation, in some of the most breathtaking settings on earth.
- Visit the Arctic landscape of three countries in one trip, view a variety of terrains from the snowy expanse of the Swedish tundra to the majestic mountains of Norway and Finland.
- Unique accommodations and local cuisine will enrich your journey! Stay in welcoming lodges and cozy mountain huts to get a genuine experience of Arctic living. Enjoy gourmet meals that are a blend of local flavors and fine dining, ensuring a delightful culinary experience throughout your journey.
- Experience varied levels of adventure from the thrill of steering your own snowmobile and leading a dog sled team across frozen
landscapes, to breathtaking sceneries and relaxing saunas, this trip checks off multiple boxes of you adventure bucket list.
- Dreamy day tour to the ICE HOTEL let’s you be one of few people to have witness this spectacular Ice-miracle, that is a unique in its shapes and forms for every time it’s rebuilt!
Check off a Whole Season of Adventure in one Weekend
This journey is made to meet the wants and needs to both adventure seekers and those looking for a peaceful escape. The balance of adrenaline-pumping activities with moments of relaxation in saunas and serene wilderness camps ensures a fulfilling experience for every kind of traveler.
By choosing this trip you’re signing up for an extraordinary Arctic adventure that will fulfill your dreams of exploring the grand and beautiful polar landscapes, leaving you with memories and stories to cherish for a lifetime.
Mattarahkka Northern Lights Lodge
A cozy, family-run retreat on the outskirts of Kiruna, Swedish Lapland. The lodge features seven double rooms with lofts and ensuite bathrooms. Relax in a cozy atmosphere with a fireplace and dine with a view of snow-covered mountains.
Experience the magic of the northern lights and the beauty of Arctic nature, and enjoy amenities as sauna, outdoor hot tub, free use of snowshoes and cross-country skis, and Wi-Fi.
Included in the price:
- Own snowmobile with full insurance
- Loans of snowmobile helmet, two-piece hooded jacket, shoes, mittens, goggles, and balaclava
- 4 overnight stays with full board from dinner Wednesday to lunch Sunday
- Run your own sled dog team
Note: The driver needs to have valid driving license.
Price does not cover:
- International flights – please get in touch with us to organize your international flights
- Domestic flights – please get in touch with us to organize your domestic flight
- International flights – please get in touch with us to organize your international flights
- Travel and health insurance – We advise our clients to buy insurance from their home countries
- Meals, drinks & excursions not describe in the itinerary
- Any other items of a personal nature, laundry, telephone, and postage
- Tips for your driver-guide – Find guidelines in “Useful to know“
Rest assured, we’re here to assist with anything not covered in the price.
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