Dog Sledding and Northern Light Hunt in Sweden

An activity-packed weekend discovering the beautiful arctic landscape of Northern Sweden, on a budget. 1 day off work.

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Dog Sledding and Northern Light Hunt in Sweden

An activity-packed weekend discovering the beautiful arctic landscape of Northern Sweden, on a budget. 1 day off work.

For those who are looking for an arctic adventure with the freedom to explore at your own place, look no further than this trip to Abisko National Park. Spend your days dogsledding and cross-country skiing in this wintery wilderness, and your evenings seeking out the elusive Northern Lights. This adventure includes:

  • 2 days of full flexibility
  • Hunting the Northern lights on a sled
  • Dog sledding
  • 2 nights of accommodation
  • Communal kitchen for self-catering
  • Local professional, English-speaking guide
  • Snowshoes and cross-country skis at all times
  • Snowsuits

Perfect for:
Anyone who wants the full arctic experience, packed with winter activities, but is travelling on a lighter budget.

What to Expect

Friday: Seek out the Northern Lights

Arrive by train in Abisko and take a 5-minute walk to your hostel. It’s a quick turnaround to get ready, as you will set off for the Northern Light hunt at 7 pm.

The trip starts with a snowmobile sled ride into the mountains, as you ride past the birch forests, high mountains, and frozen lakes.

Finally, you’ll reach a remote location, away from any artificial light, which has amazing views of the sky. Here you’ll sit around the fire, with some drinks and snacks, as you look for the Aurora.

The location of this will be dependent on the weather and snow conditions but there will always be either a teepee or small hut to provide some indoor shelter.

As you head back, you can take a quick trip to the sauna before an early night at the hostel.

3 hours Aurora Hunt

Saturday: Dog sledding

Start your weekend with a dog sledding tour around the beautiful Arctic landscape in the morning.

Your guide will drive the sled, so sit back and enjoy the experience and the thrill of the speed and the 12 dogs pulling you along. There will be a small break during the tour where you can take some pictures of the scenery and pet your dogs.

When you get back to the dog yard, get to know your dogs a bit better by unharnessing, feeding and walking them back to their homes.

Spend the afternoon exploring the Abisko National Park: Go cross-country skiing, hiking or even try your hand at ice-fishing (optional).

In the evening, you should use the chance to put on your snowshoes or skis and chase the Northern Lights on your own or just relax at the hostel.

2 hours dog sledding, Free Snowshoes & Cross-country skis to explore Abisko on your own

Sunday: Departure

Cook some breakfast and spend your last morning however you please. Grab your skis and go for another round through the forests surrounding Abisko. Once back, your guide takes you back to the center or straight to the airport for your flight home (optional).

Free Snowshoes & Cross-country skis to explore Abisko on your own

Accommodation

You will either stay in the Winterday or Haverskog Hostel, ideally situated 2 kilometres from the Abisko National Park.

The hostels are owned and run by the same people, and located very close to each other. Expect simple wooden buildings, with bright, comfortable rooms and welcoming staff.

The Winterday Hostel offers private twin rooms and shared 6-bed dorms with shared bathrooms and showers, and sauna in the building next door.

Hostel Haverskog boasts private rooms with either 2 or 4 beds and a private bathroom. There are no showers in the room, but shared showers in the same building, and you can use the sauna at Winterday Hostel across the way.

Please note that there are no meals included, however, the hostel offers a well-equipped communal kitchen that’s free to use. A small grocery store can be found within 10 minutes walking.

Dates & Prices

Please note: Flights are NOT included and must be purchased separately.

Sorry, no group trips are currently planned, book a private trip or get a quote.

If you can't find a private trip that suits you, ask for a quote.

Prices include

  • Accommodation
  • Equipment

Optional Extras

Make your life easy. Once you have reserved your space, your host can help you arrange the extras you’ll need. Here are some guide prices which can be confirmed with you during booking.

Additional Night Accommodation Payable Before Departure
Additional Night Twin Bedroom £90.00
Single Occupancy Payable Before Departure
Single Occupancy Twin Room £75.00
Kiruna Airport Transfer (1 way) Payable Before Departure
Kiruna Airport Transfer (1 way) £45.00

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Location

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Located in Northern Sweden and 195km inside the Arctic Circle, Abisko National Park has a varied landscape that changes throughout the seasons. In the winter months, the area is covered in thick snow with most of the lakes, rivers, and streams completely frozen over.

It is one of the best areas to see the Northern Lights as it has more clear nights than anywhere else in the world and is home to many species animals, including squirrels, reindeer and occasionally arctic foxes. However, it is the protected Lappfela Orchid that Abisko is most famous for, growing nowhere else in Sweden.

Your accommodation is bordering the Abisko National Park (ca. 2km), so you can easily put on your skis and explore the park from your doorstep.

Start point?
You will be met upon check-in at the hostel in Abisko. Your host suggests to arrive at the hostel no later than 17:30, so you can settle in before heading off for your first trip at 19:00.

By Train: Get off at the train at Abisko Östra, from here it is a 250m walk to the hostel. Pass through the railway tunnel and take a right turn uphill.

Flying: You can also upgrade to be picked up from Kiruna airport to make your life easy. In order to arrive in time, your host suggests taking any flights scheduled to land at 12:25 or earlier.

Finish point?
Your trip will end in Abisko, or you can upgrade to be transferred to Kiruna Airport. You are free to book any flight departing after 14:45 on the last day.

Your host will be in touch before the trip to finalise details.

Getting there and away?
Kiruna Airport (KRN) is served by flights from Norway, Sweden and the UK (usually with a connecting flight). You’re free to book whichever flights you like as long as they meet the included transfer times or alternatively you can make your own way to Abisko by car or train.

We will contact you before you leave to check your arrival and departure plans.

Frequently Asked Questions

The following are not included in the tour price:

  • Flights to/from Kiruna Airport
  • Airport transfers (can be included)
  • All meals, although there is a kitchen in the hostel
  • Travel insurance (optional)
  • Personal expenses
  • Extra activities and tours
  • Tips for your guides (optional)

Sure can! A lot of people do, it’s a great way to meet like-minded people. Just bear in mind that this is not a fully guided group trip. Besides the activities stated above, you’ll have time to explore the surroundings on your own.

The trip will run with a minimum group size of 1 and a maximum of 12.

No experience is required for this adventure.

This is a self-catered trip. There is a communal, fully-equipped kitchen and supermarket within walking distance.

In the Arctic, the weather can get very cold with temperatures in December and January reaching lows of -40°C, however you can expect on average temperatures of -20°C

In February and March, days will get warmer and you can expect anything between +3°C and -15°C.

Your guide suggests that you bring:

  • Base-layers
  • Mid-layers
  • Warm wool socks
  • Towel
  • Personal Medication

Your guide will provide you with:

  • A snowsuit
  • Winter Boots
  • Mittens
  • Cross-country skis
  • Snowshoes

No, unfortunately, the Northern Lights are notoriously unpredictable so it is impossible to say that you will definitely see them. The chances are highly dependent on the weather and visibility, as you will need clear skies to view them properly.

However, this trip will definitely increase your chances as you will be staying in a remote location, away from light pollution and in a Swedish hotspot for Aurora spotting.


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