The last wilderness in Europe
TEXT: MALIN NORMAN | PHOTO © KIRUNA SLEDDOG TOURS
Based near Kiruna, 200 kilometres north of the Arctic Circle, the experienced guides at Kiruna Sleddog Tours will ensure an unforgettable experience in Swedish Lapland. Come join them for spectacular outdoor adventures in Europe’s last wilderness.
When visiting Kiruna in the north of Sweden, take the opportunity to try winter adventures such as snowmobile tours, ice-fishing or an aurora lights trip, but also make sure not to miss the sled dog tours, from just three-hour to up to ten-day expeditions with some of the best trained sled dogs in the world. This and much more is offered by Kiruna Sleddog Tours. For around 20 years, owner Mats Pettersson has been guiding visitors in the wonders of the wilderness.
Born and raised in Kiruna, Pettersson has always worked close to nature. “I have a passion for nature tourism, and key in our business is making sure that we look for nature’s best, not leaving anything behind during our tours. Our guests want to feel that they are part of the wilderness and they appreciate simplicity, but it needs to be on nature’s terms.”
Pettersson is certainly an experienced guide and, impressively, he is also the only Nordic musher to have completed the world’s longest sled dog race, The Iditarod, also called the Last Great Race on Earth. It is a tribute to Alaska’s history and the role of sled dogs, and the race covers 1,000 miles from Anchorage in south central Alaska to Nome on the western Bering Sea coast.
Aurora Dome and Aurora Yurt
New this season at Kiruna Sleddog Tours is a sauna and relaxation area in connection to the new accommodation alternatives Aurora Dome and Aurora Yurt, and the camp can now house 20 guests in total. The team is also enhancing the culinary experience further, with great chefs cooking tasty meals such as moose, reindeer and smoked fish over an open fire.
“It brings another dimension and adds to the ‘glamping’ experience,” says Pettersson. “Here, our guests get the chance to explore the wilderness and take part in activities such as sled dog tours in beautiful surroundings, while also staying comfortably, enjoying the relaxing sauna and having a nice meal afterwards.”