Join a National Geographic photographer on a dogsledding expedition across Sweden’s Lapland region and photograph the flawless, snow-covered landscapes that lie above the Arctic Circle. Drive your own team of huskies, stopping to document the ancient forests, pristine lakes and icy rivers that cut through vast stretches of wilderness. Meet the area’s indigenous people, the Sami, and capture the colorful culture of these reindeer herders. Throughout the trip you’ll stay in cabins ideally situated for shooting the dazzling aurora borealis.
Lasso reindeer with local Sami herdsman, taking breaks to practice portraiture with these indigenous people.
Capture the splendor of the Northern Lights as their mystical green, pink and blue hues light up the sky on clear nights.
Document the action of your own dogsledding expedition as you lead a team of huskies through Lapland’s untouched wilderness.
Enjoy a rare opportunity to photograph flawless landscapes in the untouched wilderness above the Arctic Circle.
Activity Level: Moderate and Strenuous
While on the dogsledding expedition, we will be mushing for 4 to 6 hours per day (15 to 18 miles) on moderate to steep grades. No previous experience is necessary, although you should have good balance and the stamina to endure full days in the snow, and be willing to participate in the feeding and harnessing of the dogs. A snowmobile will support the group (from a distance) while dogsledding to aid in case of an emergency.
Itinerary - 9 Days
Day 1 — Stockholm
Arrive in Stockholm and transfer to our hotel located on the charming waterfront. Enjoy a free afternoon to relax or explore the city, then meet up for an orientation and welcome dinner with the National Geographic photographer that will be joining you on your trip. First Hotel Reisen (D)
Day 2 — Stockholm
Today, we’ll be joined by a representative from National Geographic’s Global Exploration Fund-Northern Europe who will tell us about the groundbreaking projects this program supports and share insights as we explore Stockholm with cameras in hand. At the Vasa Museum, zoom in on the details of a 17th-century royal warship that was much celebrated until it sank in front of crowds of onlookers on its maiden voyage in 1628. Take a photo walk along the narrow streets of the city’s Old Town, capturing the vivid juxtaposition of regal architecture and vibrant contemporary culture. First Hotel Reisen (B,L,D)
Day 3 — Kiruna
Fly to Sweden’s northernmost city, Kiruna, located 90 miles above the Arctic Circle. Explore this mining outpost in the heart of the Lapland region and take your first shots of its vast wilderness of alpine peaks, ancient forests, and pristine lakes and rivers. Lapland is home to the Sami people who have inhabited the northern parts of Scandinavia for thousands of years. Get outfitted for our sledding adventure before heading to the village of Övre Soppero where we’ll settle into our accommodations at a local homestead. Meet our Sami hosts and enjoy the opportunity to document their way of life. Övre Soppero Homestead (B,L,D)
Day 4 — Övre Soppero/Lake Väkkärä
Today we’ll discover the cornerstone of Sami culture: reindeer herding. Practice action shots as Sami herders demonstrate the art of lassoing reindeer and then try it for yourself. Take a break to snap portraits of these indigenous people in their intricately woven and colorful gákti, the traditional dress. Then join a reindeer team on an exhilarating sleigh ride through snow-covered fields to a nearby lavvu, or traditional Sami tepee, and enjoy lunch by a fire. Later, transfer to Väkkärä Wilderness Lodge where we’ll settle into our private log cabins and relax in a wood-heated sauna. Our remote location is ideal for photographing the aurora borealis, which provides a dazzling light show of electric pink, green and blue hues on clear nights. (6 miles reindeer sledding, 2–3 hours) Väkkärä Wilderness Lodge (B,L,D)
Day 5 — Lake Väkkärä to Sevuvuoma
Rise early to prepare for our dogsledding adventure. Meet your team of Alaskan huskies and learn the basics of harnesses, lines and mushing. Then set off by sled into the heart of the Lapland wilderness. Experience the thrill of driving your own team on a trail through snow-clad forests and across frozen lakes and rivers, and document the action through your lens along the way. Keep your camera at ready to capture shots of the moose, reindeer, lynx and other wildlife that inhabit the area. Our destination is Sevuvuoma Lodge, a wilderness retreat situated beneath the peak of Vittangivaara. Following our first day of mushing, unwind in the lodge’s sauna and enjoy a hearty dinner. (18 miles dogsledding, 5-6 hours) Sevuvuoma Lodge (B,L,D)
Day 6 — Sevuvuoma to Lake Väkkärä
After breakfast, we feed and harness our huskies, then head off on a trail where few travelers have set foot. Our journey takes us through a quiet, snow-covered countryside, perfect for honing your landscape photography skills. This afternoon, arrive back at the Väkkärä Wilderness Lodge. Meet a renowned reindeer herder who will prepare a traditional Sami meal and share images and stories from his 40 years of working with reindeer. (18 miles dogsledding, 5–6 hours) Väkkärä Wilderness Lodge (B,L,D)
Day 7 — Lake Väkkärä/Jukkasjärvi
Enjoy a final morning of mushing before we say goodbye to our husky teams. After lunch, transfer to nearby Jukkasjärvi and check into the Icehotel, the world’s largest hotel made solely of snow and ice. Focus on the shimmering details of this impressive architectural feat, snapping shots of its snow walls, crystal domes, and whimsical ice sculptures and furniture. Celebrate our adventure with a farewell dinner and a drink in the famous Icebar. Tonight, sleep in a heated room or opt for one of the hotel’s famous ice or snow rooms, where you will be snugly outfitted in a thermal sleeping bag. (15 miles dogsledding, 4–5 hours) Icehotel (B,L,D)
Day 8 — Jukkasjärvi/Stockholm
Return to Kiruna this morning and fly back to Stockholm. Take advantage of an unscheduled afternoon to explore Stockholm and enjoy dinner on your own. First Hotel Reisen (B,L)
Day 9 — Stockholm
After breakfast, transfer to the airport for your return flight home. (B)
Pricing starts at $9,700 per person, double occupancy. For a single room (available only in Stockholm and at the Icehotel), add $950. International airfare to/from Stockholm and airfare within Sweden are not included in the cost. The group flight within Sweden is $800 (subject to change). Upgrade to an Ice Suite at the Icehotel for $400 per person (double occupancy) and $500 per person (single occupancy).
Group Size: 8-15
Accommodations (hotels, tents and cruise cabins) are based on double occupancy. If you prefer single accommodations, and if such are available, you can pay a single supplement fee. If you are traveling alone and wish to share accommodations, we can assign a roommate of the same gender. If there is no one with whom you can share, a single supplement fee will apply.
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