Special expedition Nordkalotten from the arctic circle to the 3 nations border - 15 days

Dates

Dates

Sesong

2021 - March 7 to 21

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LENGTH

Durée

Varighet

15 days, 14 nights

Description

Description

Beskrivelse

After last year's success realising 7 different week trips between January and April, the idea was born to go on a longer expedition, traveling on seldom used trails through the unique landscapes of the North.

This trip is planned and led by Espen Prestbakmo, long-distance musher and 5 times finisher of the Finnmark race, who has crossed Norway on skis - South to North and from the Russian border to the polar circle - on several month long winter expeditions. He designs the itinerary to include meaningful opportunities to connect with local culture, a mix of easy and challenging travel days, with a variety of alpine mountains, boreal forests and tundra sceneries.

This trip is an adventure!

We start at the Arctic circle with heavy sleds packed with equipment for travelling autonomous in the mountains, and resupply at a depot halfway through. We sleep in tents, reindeer herder huts or remote mountain cabins : nice to dry clothes and equipment! This is almost the equinox, so we enjoy both lots of daylight and a good chance of Northern Lights. We travel following the rhythm of the nature. The weather can sometimes be challenging, and range from mild to blizzards : trip candidates need an open mind, an adventurous spirit, a good sense of humour and better than average fitness. Skiing skills are not required, but solid camping experience is.

On this tour the close cooperation between humans and dogs is very important! You will have your own dog team of 5 to 6 dogs, for which you are responsible. It includes harnessing, feeding and handling the dogs.

Travel through the Laponian area - UNESCO World Heritage site

We chose this route because it's going trough the biggest wilderness area of Europe, and 5 National Parks ; Sarek, Stora Sjøfallet, Abisko, Dividal and Rohkunborri. On our journey we will visit the northernmost tip of Sweden 'three nations border', where Norway, Sweden and Finland meet. We adjust our schedule on a daily basis, according to the weather, snow conditions and daylight. We pack the camp each morning and travel between 25 to 60 km (4 - 6 hours) per day. 

The area is experienced as untouched wilderness, but it is the home of the native Sami reindeer herders through centuries. We will meet reindeers on our trail, and partly follow the old migration routes used between grassing areas. This is the land of the arctic fox, ptarmigan, hare, lynx, wolverine, lemming, moose and brown bear - but usually we only see tracks. It feels more like traveling trough a snow-covered desert!

Program 

Day 1 : arrival at Bardufoss airport, pick-up and 30 minutes drive to our husky farm. Night at our log house.

Day 2 : travel day. After breakfast we meet and feed the dogs together, before loading dogs and equipment in the car, and start travelling south towards Kvikkjokk. It is also possible to fly to Kiruna and meet there. The drive lasts about 8 hours - if joining in Kiruna it is around 4 hours. In Kvikkjokk we pack the sleds with all the food and equipment needed for spending the next days in the mountains. First night in Kvikkjokk.

Day 3 - 8 : traveling north, crossing the mountain plateaus, valleys and birch forests towards Abisko. On the way we pass trough the Laponian UNESCO World heritage site, largest area in the world (and one of the last) with an ancestral way of life based on the seasonal movement of livestock. We cross the national parks of Sarek and Stora Sjøfallet. In Abisko we will do a resupply of food, have a sauna and a good night of sleep before we head north east. 

Day 9 - 14: after Abisko we head North East towards the mountains and forests along the border of Norway, Sweden and Finland towards Treriksrøysa where Norway, Sweden and Finland meet.The last leg goes West past alpine mountains and trough high valleys. In the afternoon of day 14 we return to civilisation to our lodge at the husky farm for a good shower, a warm sauna and a farewell dinner.

Day 15 : return home after breakfast.

Tour conditions

Inclus / Recommendé

Inkludert / Anbefalt

In mountain cabins we sleep in shared room with both gentlemen and women. We use wood stoves but no electricity neither running water. When we sleep in tents, we use a gas stove and sleep in warm winter sleeping bags. Dry toilets are available at the cabins ; whereas at the tent camp we dig a toilet in the snow. No former dogsledding experience is required, but you must appreciate dogs, and feel compassion for them.

Included

  • Transport to & from Bardufoss airport
  • Accommodation & full board
  • Guide and safety equipment
  • Your own sled and dog team of 5-6 dogs
  • Possibility to borrow winter clothes on request (warm snowsuit, boots, sleeping bag...)

Recommended

  • See 'Packing List'
  • Warm wind/waterproof clothes, base layers for upper and lower body (wool or fleece), several gloves
  • A duffel bag, no suit-case
  • Minimum age : get in touch if you wish to come with a person under 18

Price

Tarif

Pris

4850 €

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Special expedition Nordkalotten from the arctic circle to the 3 nations border - 15 days

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Special expedition Nordkalotten from the arctic circle to the 3 nations border - 15 days

After last year's success realising 7 different week trips between January and April, the idea was born to go on a longer expedition, traveling on seldom used trails through the unique landscapes of the North.

This trip is planned and led by Espen Prestbakmo, long-distance musher and 5 times finisher of the Finnmark race, who has crossed Norway on skis - South to North and from the Russian border to the polar circle - on several month long winter expeditions. He designs the itinerary to include meaningful opportunities to connect with local culture, a mix of easy and challenging travel days, with a variety of alpine mountains, boreal forests and tundra sceneries.

This trip is an adventure!

We start at the Arctic circle with heavy sleds packed with equipment for travelling autonomous in the mountains, and resupply at a depot halfway through. We sleep in tents, reindeer herder huts or remote mountain cabins : nice to dry clothes and equipment! This is almost the equinox, so we enjoy both lots of daylight and a good chance of Northern Lights. We travel following the rhythm of the nature. The weather can sometimes be challenging, and range from mild to blizzards : trip candidates need an open mind, an adventurous spirit, a good sense of humour and better than average fitness. Skiing skills are not required, but solid camping experience is.

On this tour the close cooperation between humans and dogs is very important! You will have your own dog team of 5 to 6 dogs, for which you are responsible. It includes harnessing, feeding and handling the dogs.

Travel through the Laponian area - UNESCO World Heritage site

We chose this route because it's going trough the biggest wilderness area of Europe, and 5 National Parks ; Sarek, Stora Sjøfallet, Abisko, Dividal and Rohkunborri. On our journey we will visit the northernmost tip of Sweden 'three nations border', where Norway, Sweden and Finland meet. We adjust our schedule on a daily basis, according to the weather, snow conditions and daylight. We pack the camp each morning and travel between 25 to 60 km (4 - 6 hours) per day. 

The area is experienced as untouched wilderness, but it is the home of the native Sami reindeer herders through centuries. We will meet reindeers on our trail, and partly follow the old migration routes used between grassing areas. This is the land of the arctic fox, ptarmigan, hare, lynx, wolverine, lemming, moose and brown bear - but usually we only see tracks. It feels more like traveling trough a snow-covered desert!

Program 

Day 1 : arrival at Bardufoss airport, pick-up and 30 minutes drive to our husky farm. Night at our log house.

Day 2 : travel day. After breakfast we meet and feed the dogs together, before loading dogs and equipment in the car, and start travelling south towards Kvikkjokk. It is also possible to fly to Kiruna and meet there. The drive lasts about 8 hours - if joining in Kiruna it is around 4 hours. In Kvikkjokk we pack the sleds with all the food and equipment needed for spending the next days in the mountains. First night in Kvikkjokk.

Day 3 - 8 : traveling north, crossing the mountain plateaus, valleys and birch forests towards Abisko. On the way we pass trough the Laponian UNESCO World heritage site, largest area in the world (and one of the last) with an ancestral way of life based on the seasonal movement of livestock. We cross the national parks of Sarek and Stora Sjøfallet. In Abisko we will do a resupply of food, have a sauna and a good night of sleep before we head north east. 

Day 9 - 14: after Abisko we head North East towards the mountains and forests along the border of Norway, Sweden and Finland towards Treriksrøysa where Norway, Sweden and Finland meet.The last leg goes West past alpine mountains and trough high valleys. In the afternoon of day 14 we return to civilisation to our lodge at the husky farm for a good shower, a warm sauna and a farewell dinner.

Day 15 : return home after breakfast.

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