3-day snowmobile tour Kiruna "tundra"
Slightly more advanced & sporty than the "Taiga" tour and - as the name says - a completely different landscape. Longer daily stages in more demanding terrain. Yet no competition but a longer journey on runners. From Kiruna up towards north we meet the Sami reindeer herders at their home. A plain privilege to have dinner at the open fireplace as guests of Europe's last indigenous folk, a pleasure to listen to their stories and history! This ain't no touristic Disneyland-show - that's at home at our friend Per-Nils. Enjoy! Further north we'll pass the timberline for a short flirt with the border to Norway high in the Scandinavian mountain range. The large pine forest in the Torne river valley will welcome us back
On this tour you discover the variety of Lapland´s landscape. The trail leads through forest areas, over the tundra regions north of Kiruna up to the mountains close to the Norwegian border. Meet the sami people with their reindeers on the way and get to know interesting things about their past and present culture.
What you get ...
Day 1: Arrival at Kiruna airport/railway station and transfer to the snowmobile base (with running water and electricity). Here you will have your first dinner and your guide will outline the tour for you and hand out some extra clothing (overall, boots, mittens and hat), also checking that nobody forgot important things at home.
Day 2: After breakfast you will get all the important security- and operating instructions about handling snowmobiles. Then you will start your tour with a 100 km ride to the sami-village „Soppero“ which is a very small village northeast from Kiruna. This route will give a first glimpse of the incredible size and beauty of Lapland´s forest areas with countless frozen rivers and lakes. In Soppero you spend the night in the camp of a sami family. They are very happy to tell you all that you want to know about reindeer herding and their native sami culture.
Day 3: From Soppero we will continue the tour over „Järämä“ to the destination „Kamas“.This day will be app. 100 – 120 km long and the trail will lead us first through big birch tree areas but then higher up above the timberline to the high-plateaus of the tundra. We will spend the night in a basic cabin (without running water or electricity) with a fantastic view towards the Norwegian mountains! Here we have great possibilities to try our luck in ice-fishing for arctic-char.
Day 4: Today we will leave the higher areas again and head, along the mighty Torne-river valley, back to the snowmobile base (app.100km). Optional you can visit the Icehotel in Jukkasjärvi in the afternoon, which is located only 6 km from the snowmobile base.
Day 5: Breakfast and transfer to the airport or railroad station. Departure
What you should know ...
Departures: Mar., 1st - Apr., 15th on request, min. 4 - max. 6 participants
General information: The minimum age for this tour is 18 years and a valid car or motorbike drivers licence. Every guest will drive his own snowmobile. In case of damage we have an excess fee from up to 6.000 SEK!
Transfers from and to Kiruna airport or train station
Additional winter clothing (overall, hat, mittens, winterboots) and equipment
2 overnight stays at the snowmobile base
2 overnight stays in wilderness camps
Thermal underwear, both long-johns as well as longsleeved shirt
Several pairs of warm socks
Suntan lotion and sunglasses
An extra pair of shoes to wear in the cabins in the evening
Rucksack or duffle bag (suitcases don't really fit into the sleds)
Scarf / buff
Maybe a good book to read in the evenings
A liner for the sleeping bags in the cabins and a headtorch
Price: SEK 17.400 / person
Please keep in mind not to bring clothing made of cotten, as cotten does not keep you warm. This is especially important when it comes to socks and thermo underwear! The higher the wool content the better!
For further info and booking please mail to office(at)kirunaaurora.com