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AN ARCTIC LAPLAND SAFARI

A Lapland Safari is a journey like no other. In Swedish Lapland, north of the Arctic Circle, you will experience everything from nature at its most pristine and beautiful, to the excitement and thrill of mushing your own dog team and mastering the art of driving a powerful snowmobile.

The itinerary presents a wonderful contrast of pure adventure juxtaposed against the majestic silence of the arctic wilderness. Although never guaranteed, it is difficult to imagine the awe inspiring experience of seeing the aurora borealis (Northern Lights) dancing across the sky at night. Perhaps most memorable will be the extraordinary accommodation which ranges from a super comfortable lodge on Lake Väkkärä to a specially adapted arctic tipi and a magnificent contemporary treehouse. Encountering the Sami tribespeople, ice-fishing, ice-sculpting and cross-country skiing will all form part of this amazing Lapland Safari journey.

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Encountering reindeer and the Sami tribespeople
  • Speeding through vast snowy landscapes by snowmobile to visit the extraordinary Ice Hotel
  • Ice-sculpting class with an expert
£6,442
per person

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Clare Watkins

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  1. Arrive
  2. Day 1 Arrive in Kiruna

    On arrival in Kiruna, you will be met and transferred to the nearby Fjellborg Homestead, where you'll be kitted up with warm Arctic clothing before being taught the art of 'mushing' a dog team to Fjellborg Arctic Lodge, at Lake Vakkarajarvi. Vakkarajarvi Lodge is an exclusive retreat, nestled in a wilderness forest on the shores of Lake Vakkarajarvi near Kiruna, and the ideal base for a winter adventure. You will be staying in the Master Cabin, which has three bedrooms, a comfortable living room, shower room and private sauna.

    Overnight: The Master Cabin

  3. Day 2 Full day dog sled excursion

    Set off on a full day expedition with your guide and teams of pure bred Siberian huskies through the forests of silver birch and over frozen rivers and lakes. You'll drive your sled and 'mush' your huskies to a Sami camp, where you will learn about Lapland's ancient reindeer-herding people. Lunch is taken in the wilderness. On arrival back at the Lodge at the end of the day, there will be time to relax in the Master Cabin's private sauna before dinner.

    Overnight: The Master Cabin

  4. Day 3 Ice fishing in the wilderness and snowmobile expedition

    This morning, try your hand at ice fishing as you are shown the traditional way to drill holes in the thick ice and watch the icy fishing line linking you to the life beneath the ice. This afternoon, you'll drive a powerful snowmobile on an expedition to visit the famous ICEHOTEL. Built using 1,000 tons of Torne River ice and 30,000 tons of 'snice' (snow and ice mixture), the ICEHOTEL is a stunning combination of art & architecture. Every year a team of global artists compete to design, build and sculpt the hotel, and each year a unique arctic masterpiece is created.

    Overnight: The Master Cabin

  5. Day 4 Ice sculpting class with a master sculptor

    After yesterday's visit to the ICEHOTEL, it's time to let yourself be guided into the magical world of ice sculpting, with a class from a Master Sculptor. Later on today, you'll transfer to the railway station in Kiruna and board the train to Boden. After a train journey of some 3-3½ hours through hundreds of miles of forests, you will be personally welcomed to Boden by the renowned photographer and owner/founder of the Aurora Safari Camp, Fredrik Broman, and transferred to his camp. At the Aurora Safari Camp, accommodation is in traditional Sami Lavvu tents, each with its own log burner and with shared bathroom facilities close by. The mess tent is a giant tipi overlooking the lake, and here you'll experience Fredrik's outstanding cooking, based on wonderful local produce. Around the camp there is no light pollution, and if you are lucky, making it the perfect spot for to catch sight of the humbling northern lights if they appear.

    Overnight: Aurora Safari Camp

  6. Day 5 - 6 At leisure at the Treehouse

    Transfer the relatively short distance to the delightful Treehotel for a two-night stay. Here you can choose from a huge menu of activities, including cross country skiing, kick sleighs, Segway, snowshoeing through the forests, and much more. If you have ever wanted to climb a frozen waterfall or ski behind a rope pulled by a horse, this is the place to do it! When you return to the hotel you can you can use the state of the art sauna before being indulged with wonderful home cooking and the charming company of Kent and Britta, two of the nicest people you could ever meet. Each 'treehouse' has been individually designed by a different Swedish architect and occupies an elevated position, suspended 4-6 metres above the ground in the trees. The designs are distinctly 21st century, with climate control, gas log fires, a small bathroom and even a mini-kitchen. This is a place to relax, unwind and enjoy the outdoor activities during the day, before climbing up to your comfortable and warm haven in the trees for the night. Breakfast and dinner are included during your stay.

    Overnight: The Tree Hotel

  7. Day 7 Journey Home

    After breakfast, you will be transferred to Lulea Airport for your flight home.

  8. Depart

INCLUSIONS

  • All accommodation as detailed in the itinerary.
  • Daily breakfast.
  • Private transfers throughout.
  • All sightseeing, activities, entrance fees and guide services as detailed in the itinerary.
  • Internal flights where detailed in the itinerary.

EXTRAS

  • International flights.
  • Meals not indicated in the itinerary.
  • Items of a personal nature such as laundry, drinks, gratuities (discretionary).
  • Entrance fees and excursions not specifically mentioned as included.
  • Travel insurance or visa fees.
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