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Spring Auroras and Wilderness Husky Adventure

Break Available: 23rd Mar - 10th Apr
4 Nights

Price Per Person: From £2,475 (Inc Flights)

Spend 3 days with Ylva Sievertsson one of Sweden’s most accomplished lady mushers at her kennel deep in Moose Valley near Nikkaloukta in Swedish Lapland. Each day venture out on full day excursions to see the magnificent and varied scenery in the area. Each person will run their own sled dog team!

Nights are spent at the Moose Valley Cabins a wonderful retreat, and your hosts are most welcoming. Johan is a trained chef and you will enjoy his gourmet dinners served in ‘Sweden’s smallest restaurant’. There is a sauna and hot tub for your use too – perfect for Aurora watching!

This break is available for groups of 4-6 people only so great for sharing with family or friends.

Highlights

  • 4 Nights in Wilderness Cabin
  • Gourmet meals prepared and served at the chef’s table in Sweden’s ‘smallest’ restaurant!
  • 3 Days of Driving your own husky team through pristine arctic wilderness
    • One day orientation trip to get to know your dogs
    • One day through the River Valley to Nikkaloukta at the base of Sweden’s tallest mountain range
    • One day into the mountains with an outdoor lunch
  • Use of Northern Lights Hot tub and Sauna every evening
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DAY 1
Fly to Kiruna. Overnight with Gourmet Dinner at Moose Valley Cabins

DAY 1
Fly to Kiruna. Overnight with Gourmet Dinner at Moose Valley Cabins

So you have probably been to Lapland before, tried and fell in love with driving a husky sled team and now want to go back and do it again – but experience much more than just the taster you had on your first trip!

Look no further, this break is for you!

Once you arrive in Kiruna and have collected your bags, you need to introduce yourself to the local guide who is holding a “Weekend a la Carte” sign. He will then transport you to Moose Valley Cabins where you will be kitted out with your arctic clothing.

Johan and Malin, the owners, will greet you upon arrival at the cabin and settle you in. Dinner will be served in the cosy dining room adjacent to the cabin. Johan is a trained chef and his pride and joy is the ‘Chef’s table’ adjacent to the 2 cabins. This is the smallest restaurant in Sweden with just 2 tables with views over the river valley and a fitted kitchen where Johan will cook and serve your Gourmet evening meal!

You can sit outside afterwards around the campfire and soak up the silence of the Arctic night or jump in the outdoor hot tub and relax with the prospect of a Northern Lights display flashing above you.

Meals included: Dinner

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DAY 2
First Day of Driving Sled Dogs in Pristine Arctic wilderness

DAY 2
First Day of Driving Sled Dogs in Pristine Arctic wilderness

After breakfast transfer to the kennel on the road to Nikkaluokta through a river valley where moose congregate in winter.

Ylva Sievertsson is one of a select group of accomplished ‘lady’ husky guides, whose kennel is in a remote valley from where she runs very personal sled dog trips. As you will discover she has a very special relationship with her dogs and it is a thrill to visit her kennel and spend time with her dogs.

Once you arrive at the kennels get acquainted with the dogs and receive detailed instructions about how to drive them. Harness the dogs and feel their excitement as you attach the sled. Head out into the frozen river valley where you will have opportunities to take turns in driving the team whilst making stops to take photos. The location is outside the major tourist areas and we can almost promise that you will enjoy pristine arctic nature alone.

Note: Every party member (6 maximum) has their own sled dog team.

You will be out for about 2 hours before heading back to base for a warming lunch in the traditional ‘Kota’ adjacent to the family home.

After lunch head out again for another run with the dogs before returning to your cabins. You will cover around 30 kms today mainly hugging the frozen river valley in pristine arctic wilderness where you will not see another soul.

This evening relax at the cabins and enjoy another fine dinner whilst making use of the hot tub and sauna.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

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DAY 3
Sled Dog Tour to the foot of Sweden's tallest Mountain Range

DAY 3
Sled Dog Tour to the foot of Sweden's tallest Mountain Range

Pick up and transfer to the Kennels to prepare the teams for the first of your full day runs. Head off through the river valley towards Nikkaluokta at the base of Sweden’s tallest mountains arriving in time for lunch. Return to the kennels after lunch having covered around 60 kms.

Transfer back to your private base at Moose Valley Cabins for dinner, hot tub and sauna. Late March, early April is a wonderful time to visit the arctic. The days are longer, the weather milder and with clearer night skies we often witness fantastic Aurora displays. They come later in the evening but after dinner why not sit around the outside fireplace sharing stories of the day, keeping a watch on the northern sky.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

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DAY 4
Sled Dog Tour into the Mountains with Outdoor Lunch and Ice Fishing

DAY 4
Sled Dog Tour into the Mountains with Outdoor Lunch and Ice Fishing

After breakfast transfer to the Kennels for the last of your husky adventures. You should now have a great bond with your team and today you will drive them up into the mountains for a special day which includes a break for ice fishing and an outdoor lunch. Cover around 60 kms on this run. On returning to the kennels say goodbye to Ylva and her huskies and head back to the cabins for your last evening.

Enjoy Johan’s fine cooking for the last time and all the facilities at this small retreat that makes it a very special place. Time stands still up here so it will feel like you have been away forever!

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

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DAY 5
Airport Transfer and Flight Home.

DAY 5
Airport Transfer and Flight Home.

Breakfast and at leisure before your airport transfer at the end of your very special Northern Lights holiday.

Fly home, or perhaps either take a night in the original ICEHOTEL, or break your trip back with a few nights in the capital of Scandinavia – Stockholm.

Meals included: Breakfast

A la Carte Optional Extras

  • Night in World Famous Ice Hotel
  • Extension to See Stockholm Scandinavia's Capital City
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A la Carte Optional Extras

Night in World Famous Ice Hotel

Swedish Lapland is home to the original and most dramatic ICEHOTEL. Now in its 27th edition.

The hotel has two editions:

Permanent ICEHOTEL 365.  (open all year)

This revolutionary design has allowed visitors from around the world to experience the ICEHOTEL all year round. Through a unique cooling system the designers have built all the features of the original icehotel into this amazing structure. Art suites and deluxe art suites are housed in 365

Temporary ICEHOTEL  (open Mid December – End March)

This hotel is rebuilt from blocks of ice harvested from the Torne river. As the temperature in Jukkasjärvi drops below zero Ice Artists arrive from the world over to build this magnificent creation. They build the 4 levels of rooms, the ice chapel and ice bar. Their art is created with imagination and hard work, only to melt away under the unforgiving rays of the sun come spring.

We offer all categories of room from cabins to  Art Suites and the new en suite deluxe art suites in ICEHOTEL 365.

We will make a reservation in the restaurant for you so you can experience some of the region’s best cuisine  (a la carte menu paid for locally)

From £120 per person bed and breakfast  (Kamoos room or cabin) to £480 per person  (deluxe art suite) depending on room choice and season of travel. This includes arctic clothing in winter and transfers to the airport at the end of your stay.

Feature Art Suite at Ice Hotel Sweden
IceHotel doorway, Sweden
Art Suite at the ICEHOTEL Sweden

Extension to See Stockholm Scandinavia's Capital City

Stockholm is one of the most beautiful cities in the world and always rates in the top 10 most desirable cities in the world to live in. It is also the perfect contrast to a break in the arctic.

The old town in Stockholm is very picturesque and compact and can be done in a full day. Your time will be spent exploring some fascinating landmarks. The VASA museum is world class, the Nobel museum of local interest and for ABBA fans; new in 2013 is the ABBA interactive museum.

Also in December Stockholm has many Christmas markets so a break can allow you to do some shopping and get into the Christmas spirit.

You will stay in the Rival Hotel owned by Benny Anderson of Abba fame. The hotel is an excellent 4* hotel in a quiet square but within walking distance of the old town.

Cost  £250- £290 Per Person ( Weekend vs Week Day )
Includes  2 nights in standard double room – bed and breakfast, private airport transfers to and from Arlanda airport

Stockholm, Sweden
Harbour area, Stockholm, Sweden
Hotel Rival Stockholm Sweden
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Where You'll Stay

Moose Valley Gourmet Cabins

Moose Valley Cabins beneath the Northern Lights
Chef preparing dinner at the Arctic Gourmet Cabin
Outdoor firepit outside the Wilderness Cabin, Sweden
Outdoor hot tub by the Wilderness Cabin, Sweden

Moose Valley Gourmet Cabins

This is the inspiration of husband and wife team Johan and Malin who have developed a totally unique concept. They have 2 cosy wilderness cabins adjacent to the smallest restaurant in Sweden - where Johan acts as a private chef to their guests.

The Moose Valley Wilderness Cabins are new builds and combine wilderness with creature comforts not normally associated with a wilderness experience.

Situated in a picturesque valley they are perfectly placed for guests to combine both a northern lights and arctic adventure. For those of you that appreciate good food, meals prepared and served in the smallest restaurant in Sweden are a delight.

There are two cosy double bedded cabins with large glass windows facing north towards the northern lights horizon. Modern styling includes satellite TV!

There is an adjacent toilet and shower block and an outdoor hot tub which guests are invited to use.

After dinner sit around the outdoor fire, gaze at the stars and hopefully the aurora, enjoy a hot drink or a whisky and appreciate how special it is to own a piece of Lapland for moment in time!

Being away from it all in your own private space with the auroras roaring overhead is simply breath-taking and the perfect special occasion retreat!

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Optional Extras
Night in World Famous Ice Hotel
Feature Art Suite at Ice Hotel Sweden

Swedish Lapland is home to the original and most dramatic ICEHOTEL. Now in its 27th edition.

The hotel has two editions:

Permanent ICEHOTEL 365.  (open all year)

This revolutionary design has allowed visitors from around the world to experience the ICEHOTEL all year round. Through a unique cooling system the designers have built all the features of the original icehotel into this amazing structure. Art suites and deluxe art suites are housed in 365

Temporary ICEHOTEL  (open Mid December – End March)

This hotel is rebuilt from blocks of ice harvested from the Torne river. As the temperature in Jukkasjärvi drops below zero Ice Artists arrive from the world over to build this magnificent creation. They build the 4 levels of rooms, the ice chapel and ice bar. Their art is created with imagination and hard work, only to melt away under the unforgiving rays of the sun come spring.

We offer all categories of room from cabins to  Art Suites and the new en suite deluxe art suites in ICEHOTEL 365.

We will make a reservation in the restaurant for you so you can experience some of the region’s best cuisine  (a la carte menu paid for locally)

From £120 per person bed and breakfast  (Kamoos room or cabin) to £480 per person  (deluxe art suite) depending on room choice and season of travel. This includes arctic clothing in winter and transfers to the airport at the end of your stay.

Extension to See Stockholm Scandinavia's Capital City
Stockholm, Sweden

Stockholm is one of the most beautiful cities in the world and always rates in the top 10 most desirable cities in the world to live in. It is also the perfect contrast to a break in the arctic.

The old town in Stockholm is very picturesque and compact and can be done in a full day. Your time will be spent exploring some fascinating landmarks. The VASA museum is world class, the Nobel museum of local interest and for ABBA fans; new in 2013 is the ABBA interactive museum.

Also in December Stockholm has many Christmas markets so a break can allow you to do some shopping and get into the Christmas spirit.

You will stay in the Rival Hotel owned by Benny Anderson of Abba fame. The hotel is an excellent 4* hotel in a quiet square but within walking distance of the old town.

Cost  £250- £290 Per Person ( Weekend vs Week Day )
Includes  2 nights in standard double room – bed and breakfast, private airport transfers to and from Arlanda airport

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Testimonials

"Five stars really isn't enough. We went on the trip for our honeymoon and even though we had to wait nearly a year after our wedding to go at the best time of the year it was completely worth it. From the very beginning Weekend A La Carte and specifically Kevin were absolutely fantastic at helping us plan and sort out the holiday."

Brent

"All I can say about the break with a la Carte weekend is it was complete AMAZING is a word I used the whole of the trip, I can not fault a thing all the trips were beyond expectations all the tour guides very friendly and informative"

Andrew

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Price Per Person: From £2,475 (Inc Flights)
What's included & departure airports

What's Included?

  • Flights (from the UK) with one hold bag per person
  • 4 Nights in Wilderness Cabin
  • Gourmet meals prepared and served at the chef’s table in Sweden’s ‘smallest’ restaurant!
  • 3 Days of driving your own husky team through pristine arctic wilderness
  • Use of Hot tub and Sauna every evening
  • All Meals
  • Transfers

Break Available:

23th March to 10th April

Departure Airports:

  • Heathrow
  • Stockholm

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