Dogsledding at night (drive on your own)
First, we meet in our cozy cottage. We check if more clothes are needed. If you do need warmer clothes, it is possible to rent some from us. Then we go out and we introduce you to our dogs, who are always very happy and excited to meet new people. An experienced instructor/guide will then show you the necessary basics on how to drive your own dog sled and you will learn how the sled works, how to put the harness on a dog and attach the dogs to the team. When the dogs are ready it is time to go. The guide drives first and shows you the way through the woods. We drive on existing snowmobile trails through 10 km of nightly forests and fields. Using flashlights we light up the road and if you are lucky you can even see the northern lights. Throughout the trip the guide will always have you and the surroundings in his sight for your safety. During the trip, we stop to rest the dogs and change drivers. When we get back from the trip there is a hot drink and sandwich waiting for you in the cottage.
What is included?
- a sled shared by 2 people
- hot drink and snack in the grill hut
- Min: 2 pers Max: 6 pers
- The activity starts at 19:00
- Please inform us in advance about allergies or another dietary restrictions
- The whole activity takes about 1,5-2,5 hours
- The trip starts at Lulea Adventure Ale byaväg 546 97591 Lulea
- If you do not want to share a sled with another person: 600 Sek extra
Now, here’s how to dress for the Swedish Lapland winter and the freezing temperatures.
The key to dressing for a cold climate is layering. You don’t want to have so many layers that you can’t move, so balance is essential. We recommend at least three layers for staying warm, yet maintaining functionality.
The Base layer: Controls warmth and moisture
The base layer should be soft, comfortable – and breathable. It should wick away any perspiration, so your skin stays dry. If you ask anyone in Swedish Lapland, they’d probably say that (merino) wool is the way to go while cotton is a poor choice. A long sleeve top and long-johns along with a pair of thermal socks should do the trick. Add layers of socks to your liking and an extra pair is always good to have within reach in case your feet get wet.
The Mid Layer: To keep the heat in
The mid layer is the insulating layer and should be designed to keep you warm, it’s optional and mostly for very cold conditions. A fleece jacket or a thick wool sweater are both good insulating layers. Thick warm pants of polyester or fleece will keep your lower body warm. The key is flexibility: adding or removing mid layers quickly, pulling up or down a zipper or unbuttoning a collar without a hassle will make your life easier.
The Outer Layer: Protects you from the elements
To stay dry in a snowy climate, your outer layer should be water- and windproof. In Swedish Lapland, we often refer to our outer layers as ”täckisar” which refers to clothes stuffed with down feathers, or just plain warm and puffy. Even though nowadays they are made by other insulating, synthetic materials, warm and durable winter clothing is what you want.
Don’t forget your head, fingers and toes! We recommend at least two pairs of mittens in very cold conditions. Go by the same layering principle: first, an insulating layer and then a warm, waterproof layer. A decent winter hat covers your ears and keeps your head warm and when you’ve adjusted your the number of layers of thermal socks, a pair of waterproof and well-insulated winter boots is the final piece of the puzzle.