Reindeer sledding tours
Enjoy Sápmi the traditional way by travelling with reindeer and sled and have a unique encounter with animals, nature and the Sámi culture.
Ráidu – Encounter with reindeer
Join a Sámi reindeer herder to meet and feed Nils Torbjörn Nutti’s reindeer herd outside Jukkasjärvi. Avail yourself of the opportunity to lasso a reindeer and to have a short reindeer sled drive. These are skills connected to traditional indigenous Sámi knowledge which we practice, try to preserve and share with people keen on testing in the field.
From Jukkasjärvi transport by large snowmobile passenger sled along the frozen Torne River out to the reindeer enclosures in the forest. We keep and fodder part of our reindeer herd during winter to help them survive hard grazing conditions due to climate change. And during the meet-and-greet with our reindeer you assist us to feed them. There are adult reindeer and from around mid-December also calves that most likely venture eating out of your hand.
The reindeer herder will show you the art of lassoing before it is your turn. When some of the reindeer stags are caught you will assist leading them to the sled track where the reindeer will be harnessed. We still tame and train some of our reindeer to conserve the cultural Sámi heritage of reindeer sledding. And we are proud to offer you the chance of driving reindeer with a sled around a short circuit if you like. You can compete with other drivers or if you prefer, just have a peaceful and quiet reindeer drive through the snow-covered winter landscape.
The reindeer herder invites you to the traditional lávvu-tent where you sit on reindeer hides around a sparkling and warming fire. The lávvu-atmosphere opens up for talks about the Sámi people’s culture, history and way of life, both in the past and present. And it is now time for suovas, the Sámi signature dish, which is lightly-salted and cold-smoked sliced reindeer meat, fried over the open flames and served on gáhkku-bread with a click of lingonberry jam. It is eaten like a wrap and tastes best with hot, steeped coffee sipped from a guksi, a drinking cup carved from birch burl.
On the way back to Jukkasjärvi we make a stop at our handicraft shop at Márkanbáiki where you can have a look at a range of traditional and modern Sámi arts and crafts. Transfer to tour start in Jukkasjärvi and back by minibus.
Price: SEK 1980 per person. SEK 990 per child (3-12 years); < 3 years for free.
Daily, 6 Nov – 10 Dec 2017, 8 Jan – 9 Feb & 1 March – 8 April 2018.
Price: SEK 2280 per person. SEK 1140 per child (3-12 years); < 3 years for free.
Daily, 11 Dec 2017 – 7 Jan 2018 [also morning tour] & 10 – 28 Feb 2018.
Start: 13.00 from hotel/tourist center in Kiruna [08.00].
13.30 from Icehotel [08.30]. 13.30 at Nutti Sámi Siida’s Yard, Marknadsvägen 84 in Jukkasjärvi [08.30].
14.15 at Reindeer Lodge [09.15]. END: Approx. 17.00 at Yard, 17.20 at Icehotel and Reindeer Lodge; 17.45 in Kiruna [12, 12.20; 12.45].
End: Approx. 17.00 at Yard, 17.20 at Icehotel and Reindeer Lodge; 17.45 in Kiruna [12, 12.20; 12.45].
Food: Fried reindeer meat with Sámi flat bread and lingonberry jam, coffee/tea included.
Equipment: Loan of thermal overall, boots, mittens, hat and helmet included.
This tour is quality-labeled with Nature’s Best by the Swedish Ecotourism Society.
Experience aurora winter Lapland – 4 days
Let the very best of Lapland’s adventures and the lights cast a spell over you. With animals as the predominant means of transportation this trip gives you an eco-friendly experience of the great outdoors of Swedish Lapland. Reindeer Lodge serves as the perfect base for your stay with fantastic food and the chance of watching the northern lights from your doorstep.
Day 1 – Arrival
Upon arrival in Kiruna transfer to Reindeer Lodge outside Jukkasjärvi for check-in into your cosy cottage with reindeer on your doorstep. Dinner and sauna. Accommodation in cottage. (D)
Day 2 – Reindeer sled excursion, Icehotel & Sámi Siida-Márkanbáiki visit
After breakfast instruction how to handle and drive your own reindeer with a sled through woods and across frozen waterways. After around 1.5 hours driving we return to the reindeer camp for lunch; followed by a visit of the world-famous Icehotel and a stroll through Jukkasjärvi village with visit at Sámi Siida-Márkanbáiki in the afternoon. Dinner and sauna. Accommodation in cottage. (B, L & D)
Day 3 – Dog sled excursion in the Torne River Valley
After breakfast short transfer to the nearby dog sled kennel. You mush your own dog team in pairs stopping en route to swap drivers after lunch break. Great photo ops along the way through the impressive Torne Valley. Time for self-guided snowshoe or cross-country ski tour in the afternoon. Sauna and dinner. Accommodation in cottage. (B, L & D)
Day 4 – Departure
After breakfast check-out and transfer from Reindeer Lodge to Kiruna. (B) Tours on day 2 and 3 can be switched around.
Price: SEK 9850 per person. SEK 5930 per child (8-12 years) together with adult/s.
8 Jan – 9 Feb & 1 March – 8 April 2018.
Price: SEK 10600 per person. SEK 6350 per child (8-12 years) together with adult/s.
10 – 28 Feb 2018.
Start: At Kiruna Airport/train station/tourist center or hotel day 1. Access to cottage from 14.00.
End: At Kiruna Airport/hotel/tourist center or train station day 4. Latest check-out at 11.00.
Lodging: In cottage at Reindeer Lodge 3n. Price based on double room.
Board: Full board from dinner day 1 to breakfast day 4 included.
Equipment: Loan of thermal overall, boots, mittens and hat included; as well as sleeping bag, bed linen and bathing towel.
Excluded: Travel insurance, international and domestic fare, alcoholic beverages.
Tips: Add the Guovvsahas – Northern light photo tour if you so wish.