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Europe’s northernmost wilderness, Arctic Lapland, is a perfect “get away from it all” destination for those in search of great outdoor experiences, tranquil beauty and interesting cultural encounters. Fjellborg Arctic Journeys is located near Kiruna and the famous ICEHOTEL in Jukkasjärvi. This is the heart of Swedish Lapland, and a perfect starting point for dog sledding excursions into the pristine wilderness of the Torne River Valley.

Dog sledding is a wonderful way to experience the grand wilderness of Arctic Lapland. Fjellborg Arctic Journeys’ guided dog sled journeys allow you to immerse yourself in nature in a way that is eco-friendly, hands-on and exhilarating. As your dog team works in near silence through the snow, you have a good chance of experiencing Lapland’s wildlife in their natural habitat.

At Fjellborg Arctic Journeys, we celebrate the different cultures of Lapland and are proud to provide a link to the Sámi society for guests who want to explore this side of Arctic Lapland a little further. The land of the Sámi, called Sápmi in the Sámi people’s own language, spans the northernmost parts of Sweden, Norway, Finland and Russia.

We provide tailor made programs that include cultural visits with Sámi communities in our local area. A visit to a Sámi village can include learning about reindeer husbandry, about Sámi culture, customs, storytelling and handicrafts, and enjoying traditional meals served in a lavvu – the Sámi version of a tepee. If you wish to include a unique Sámi experience in your holiday in Lapland, please let us know when you book your trip with us, and we’ll be happy to arrange this for you.

Our Homestead in Poikkijärvi, where most of our trips begin and end, is situated just a short walk from the world famous ICEHOTEL in Jukkasjärvi and many of our guests choose to combine one of our program with a visit to this spectacular hotel built entirely from snow and ice. In some of our programs, a guided tour of ICEHOTEL is included. For more details see Grand Arctic and Signal Valley Expedition.

WHERE IN THE WORLD

Fjellborg Arctic Journeys is based in the village of Poikkijärvi near Kiruna in Sweden’s northernmost province, Lapland, approx. 200 km north of the Arctic Circle. For perspective, this is north of Nome and Fairbanks in Alaska, north of Iceland and north of most of Siberia too.

GETTING HERE

Unlike many other Arctic destinations that are accessible only by privately chartered aircrafts, our nearest airport in Kiruna (20 min from the Fjellborg Homestead in Poikkijärvi) is trafficked by daily direct flights from Stockholm (90 min). It is also possible to reach Kiruna by train from southern Sweden and from northern Norway. As a guest of Fjellborg Arctic Journeys, you will be greeted on arrival in Kiruna by your private guide.

TIME ZONE

Central European Time (UTC+1)

CURRENCY

Swedish krona (SEK). 1 krona=100 öre.

PASSPORT AND VISA

If you want to visit Sweden and are a citizen of a country outside the EU, you may need a visa. Check with a Swedish diplomatic representative in your home country and allow two months for visa application. Passport holders from Australia, New Zealand, Canada and the US can enter and stay in Sweden without a visa for up to 90 days.

LANGUAGE

Swedish, Sámi, Finnish and Mieänkieli are the four official languages in the Kiruna Municipality, which is the geographically largest and most northernmost municipality in Sweden. All guides at Fjellborg Arctic Journeys are fluent in English.

CLIMATE

Arctic Lapland has a subarctic climate with short, cool summers and long, cold winters. The snow cover generally lasts from October to early May but snowfall can occur year-round. The polar night lasts from 11 December to 1 January in Kiruna. During this period the sun does not rise above the horizon. The average temperature in Kiruna in January is -16.0°C (+3.2°F).

AURORA BOREALIS

The aurora borealis, also known as the northern lights or polar lights, is a spectacular natural phenomenon that occur when electrically charged particles from the sun enter the earth’s atmosphere and collide with gases such as oxygen and nitrogen. The Auroras are seen in both the Arctic and Antarctic regions and occur year round. In Arctic Lapland the best time to see them is between September and March, when the night sky is dark.

WILDLIFE

Arctic Lapland is home to bears, wolverines, lynx and the elusive Arctic fox, which is completely white in winter. These predators are shy and peaceful and do not cause any danger to people exploring the wilderness. The animals we most frequently encounter on our dog sledding excursions are reindeer and moose, and birds such as the ptarmigan and eagle.

DOG SLEDDING

Arctic Lapland is a mushing mecca and few tourists leave the region without having tried their hands at what has become an intrinsic part of the Lapland culture. The slower pace of dog sledding gives you plenty of time to take in all the impressions and to travel across the frozen tundra in pure silence is an unforgettable experience. Dog sledding is also an eco-friendly way of travel and we can proudly say that on our journeys, we leave only footprints behind.

THE SÁMI PEOPLE

The Sámi people (traditionally known in English as Lapps or Laplanders) are an Finno-Ugric people inhabiting the Arctic area of Sápmi, which today encompasses parts of northern Norway, Sweden, Finland, the Kola Peninsula of Russia, and the border area between south and middle Sweden and Norway. Traditionally, the Sami have pursued a variety of livelihoods, including coastal fishing, fur trapping, and sheep herding. Their best-known means of livelihood is semi-nomadic reindeer herding.

THE ICEHOTEL

Built from blocks of ice from the Torne River, the award winning ICEHOTEL welcome guests from all around the world between December and March. Its ice rooms, furniture and ice sculptures are individually carved each year by international artists and guests sleep in thermal sleeping bags on beds made of ice blocks covered with reindeer hides. ICEHOTEL is located in the village of Jukkasjärvi, outside Kiruna – just a short walk from the Fjellborg Homestead in Poikkijärvi.

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