The tour begins in the morning with a car transfer from your hostel/hotel in Kiruna to the starting place 15 km north of the city. Here, we will equip you with snow pants and winter boots.
If you need to store luggage, you can do so here in our storage room.
We will drive 10 kilometers by snowmobile and sled. The tour goes through the beautiful winter landscape and on the frozen Torne and Rautas Rivers. The area is teeming with wildlife and along the trail we are likely to see wild animals and, at the very least, their footprints in the snow. In winter, there tend to be a lot of moose and reindeer along the rivers.
In December, the river along the camp is not yet frozen so we will paddle across in raft boats. The camp is 100 meters from the river. We are now 10 km away from the nearest road and are truly "off-grid". The little bit of electricity we have comes mainly from solar energy and we are far from any city lights, which are great conditions for spotting the northern lights, aurora borealis. The camp borders the Alajaure and Rautas wildlife and nature reserves.
There are heated cabins at the camp with hot tea and coffee where you can warm up after your snowmobile tour. The cabins where you will be sleeping are well-insulated and are equipped with beds, duvets and pillows, and a relaxing crackle from the fireplace.
After getting installed in your cabins we will do some "basic survival" activities – that is, prepare firewood to heat your cabin and the sauna, and bring up fresh drinking water from the river, all under the know-how of your guide to make it fun and safe. Torne River is one of the few remaining rivers unaffected by human activities and the water is perfectly clean.
If you would like to try out more "serious survival" skills, you can construct a snow cave to sleep in.
In December and January when there are only 4 hours of daylight, we need to det started on these activities immediately upon arrival to make use of the remaining light. Meanwhile your guide will prepare lunch in our warm cabin. We will serve local food made of reindeer, moose or fish with bread, followed by a cup of coffee/tea and a cookie. We can also provide vegetarian food - just let us know beforehand.
After lunch, you may like to rest for a while in your cabin and then try out some of the activities.
For example ice fishing, cross country skiing, snowshoeing, ice-skating, air rifle shooting, building a snow cave, taking photos of the beautiful surroundings, etc. Dinner will be served inside a cozy barbecue hut where you can grill your food over the open fire. Meanwhile, the sauna will be heating up.
After the barbecue, you can enjoy the sauna for the rest of the evening (brave souls are known to roll in the snow afterwards).
With any luck, you will get a spectacular viewing of the northern lights. When the sky is clear, chances are very high that you will see the aurora borealis. When it will appear is unpredictable so you have to look out from your cabin and check the sky now and again. You need not go any further than outside your cabin door to see the light show.
As mentioned, our cabins are heated by a wood-burning stove. You will have to add wood to the fire from time to time. Tea and coffee are available in the cabin and are prepared on the stove.
Duvets and pillows are provided at the camp. It is mandatory that you bring your own pillow case, duvet
cover and sheet.
After breakfast, there will be time for more activities. At around midday, we will take the snowmobiles back through the forest to the starting place. We will take turns driving along the way. We will then transfer you back to your hotel/hostel or train station/airport in Kiruna.
We will be back in Kiruna around 3:00 pm.
•Round-trip transfer to your hotel/airport/train station
•Snow pants and winter boots
•All activities at the camp (ice fishing, skiing, snowshoeing, air rifle shooting, etc.)
•All meals (one lunch, one dinner and one breakfast)
•Lodging in the cabins
SEK 1,400/student for groups of at least 5