Lapland Husky Trail 2020

Deposit : £ 399.00

Sponsorship : £ 2075

Our challenge is to spend five days sledding through the rolling highlands and deep forests of Lapland! We’ll cover approximately 270km as we journey from Norway to Sweden passing through wild and untouched nature on our way to the orginal and world famous Ice Hotel in Jukkasjärvi. Full training is given so the only requirement to take part in this challenge is a thirst for extreme adventure! We’ll experience the daily life of the Sami people as we tend to our dogs and watch the Northern Lights (if we’re lucky!)... A truly unforgettable experience awaits us!
Day 1 
We depart the UK for our flight to Tromsø, Norway.
Upon arrival, we are welcomed by our local guides and then transfer to the Dog Sled Centre where we will meet lots of high-spirited
Huskies - our companions for the next 6 days. The guides will then give a briefing and go through the specialist equipment and also show us how to drive the dogs and set up camp. We will then take a short trip of about 10-15km to practice our new dog- sledding and camp building skills before enjoying our evening meal and spending the night in a traditional lavvu.
Sledding distance – approx. 10km
Day 2
After an early breakfast in the Sami tent (lavvu) we load our dogs, sleds and equipment into trailers and then board our bus for a scenic 2 hour drive to Signal Valley which is the starting point for our Arctic adventure. Our goal for today is to reach the Tri-Nations Border (between Norway, Sweden and Finland) sledding through the mountains and forest with our faithful companions.
Tonight we sleep in our tents under the stars after enjoying our evening meal at camp.
Sledding distance – approx. 30km / 4 hours
Day 3
Following breakfast and after harnessing our dogs and breaking camp we set off and head further along the Swedish side of the border.
We start with a steep uphill climb and ascend 800m to enjoy the incredible views.
We maintain this altitude for the morning and then later in the afternoon there will be some deep descents (try your best to keep your balance!) as we drive down to Keinovopio.
We will then set up camp before our evening meal and then we can relax for the evening.
Sledding distance – approx. 55km / 5.5 hours
Day 4
After our morning duties of making breakfast, harnessing our dogs and breaking camp, we push on with our dog sledding challenge. Today, we head deep into the mountains of Sweden - home of the Sami people. We may even see the occasional reindeer on the long push to our next camp at Rostojavri, which is known locally as the Fish Camp. Here, we will be treated to an overnight stay in a log cabin!
Sledding distance – approx. 45km / 5 hours 
Day 5
After breaking camp we set off for yet another very exciting day. We head back down the mountains to the tree-line and into the depths of the Swedish forest. This is one of the longer days on the sled and we mostly follow snow mobile tracks, which are challenging and bumpy but guarantee so much fun as they twist and turn through the forest. This is our opportunity to put our expert mushing skills to the test. Upon arrival in camp, we feed our dogs and erect our tents, before sharing our experiences around the camp fire.
Sledding distance – approx. 55km / 5.5 hours
Day 6
Today is the longest day of the challenge. We sled through more dramatic forest and then down onto the lakes and rivers that guide
us to the famous Ice Hotel in Jukkasjärvi. Upon arrival extra guides will meet us to give us a night off from our dog duties and we will
then be given a tour of the mystical Ice Hotel before being shown to our cabins where we will stay tonight.
We can then relax and enjoy our celebratory meal in the Ice Hotel restaurant before spending the rest of the evening sharing our stories and experience at the Ice Bar.
Sledding distance – approx. 75km / 7.5 hours
Day 7
After a big breakfast at the Ice Hotel, and feeding our trusted companions for the last time, we take a 5 hour transfer back to Tromsø, stopping along the way for a scenic lunch break. We will arrive in Tromsø late afternoon with time enough to say goodbye to our dogs before heading to our hotel where we will stay tonight. After a rest and a freshen up we can then enjoy the evening celebrating our
achievements and exploring Tromsø itself before returning to our hotel for the night.
Day 8
Following breakfast at our hotel, we have some free time to look around Tromsø before transfering to the airport.
Here we will wave goodbye to our guides and then board our flight to return back to the UK after our exciting Lapland challenge.
(Please note, this is a complex
itinerary and is subject to change.)
For more details please contact the fundraising office on 01263 722287 or email [email protected]