Swedish Arctic Circle Expedition 21st March - 30th March 2018
This is a great opportunity to join the UKHammocks team on a truly groundbreaking Expedition into arctic Sweden for a very good price. (A 3 day sledding trip costs in excess of £900 on its own!)
Have you ever wanted to test your winter camping skills to the extreme....? Ever wanted to watch the Aurora Borealis (Northern lights) from your hammock...? Learn the secrets to arctic survival..? Snowshoe and Dog Sled through a frozen wilderness with expert instructors and sleep in your hammock at temperatures as low as -40 C....? Meet and hunt with the native Sami...?
Silent primeval forests and vast lakes of Northern Kiruna
The Kiruna wilderness is one of the quietest places in Sweden. Researchers who have measured the sound level have shown that this and similar primeval forest areas are quieter than all other kinds of nature.
Today the old forests and excellent lichen grounds are a refuge for the Sami’s reindeer and wildlife that is typical for Norrland’s nature.
An excellent winter trail makes it easy to explore large parts of the region. There also are paths that follow ancient migratory routes, passing by cabins and hot tents we will site before your arrival.
Reindeer are here year-round. During the period when there is no snow on the ground, the forest Sami villages graze their reindeer here.
A Sami village (“sameby” in Swedish) is not a village in the usual sense, but rather an economic and administrative unit engaged in reindeer husbandry. During late autumn the Sami villages move here with their reindeer herds from the mountains in the west.
In the area there also are bears, lynx and wolverines. You are more likely to encounter reindeer and Elk on a daily basis.
Capercaillie, black grouse and hazelhen flourish in the forest year-round, and Siberian jay and Siberian tit also are present. But the time when bird life is at peak intensity is early summer. When the migratory fowl have returned, the forest resounds with bramblings, redstarts and redwings. Whooper swans, bean geese and black-throated loons appear on the lakes, and out in the marshes you can hear cranes, sandpipers and snipes.
The marshes have served as important reindeer grazing land, but they also are landmarks in the countryside.
They form a network of alternating solid and loose ground. Because of the gigantic marshes and lakes, the only time you can get to the northern part of region is in winter. Common species such as bottle sedges and cloudberries grow in the marshes, but so do marsh saxifrages and whortle-leaved willows.
The forests in the national park have been safeguarded by nature itself. Large parts of Kiruna have been spared deforestation because of the many lakes and the difficulty of transporting timber here. In the area there are forested areas with pines more than 700 years old. Fires regularly have set their stamp on the landscape, and they also are represented in place names. For example, the Sami name “roavve” means a burnt area.
Come and join UKhammocks with a trip inside the Arctic Circle, we will be pushing the limits of Sub Zero hanging, trekking on Snow Shoe and working deep into the frozen wilderness for 10 days on a mind blowing adventure.
UKhammocks is all about pushing the limits of hammocks camping. With this latest addition to our expedition series we will take you deep inside the Arctic Circle to the remote wilderness of Swedish Lapland. Our journey through the Frozen vastness will blow your mind!
Full instruction will be delivered by both British and local Arctic experts. This will cover Snowshoe technique, Dog sledding, Arctic travel routines, emergency survival skills, arctic hammock skills, fishing, firelighting, shelter building and much much more!
Part of the expedition will include a cultural visit with the Sami who live seamlessly within their frozen home we will have a chance to lasso Reindeer and eat like kings! We will reach sub zero temperatures of -15 to -40c on this action packed expedition that promises to be full of once in a lifetime experiences.
Day 1 (21st March) - Arrival into Kiruna airport by 1230. drive north west to our base some 230km inside the arctic circle where we will cover a few basics and prep our kit, Introduction to equipment, instructors and expedition itinerary. Group/individual food shoppingl.
Day 2 & 3 We will head off to a remote cabin location, set up a base camp for 2 days and explore the ways of the frozen wilderness, we will cover basic skills, arctic living techniques and navigation
Day 4, 5, 6 - The Training and Snowshoeing phase continues, we will trek throughout the vast wildness exploring frozen lakes and ancient forests.
Day 6 - We will head to our meet location near Kiruna, where we will meet our dog sled/Snow mobile instructor Michael to prepare for the next phase of the expedition.
Day 7/8/9 - we will spend the next 3 days on a SledDog expedition, traveling deep into the frozen wilderness and camping in hammocks and cabins along the way. whilst were out we will meet up with the Sami Reindeer Herders and get a first hand opportunity to see how they operate seamlessly with this frozen landscape!
Day 10 - Fly home from Kiruna (30th March).
Whats provided by us
- Fully insured English speaking Instructors
- All in country transfers as per itinerary
- Discounted Snowshoe hire if you require your own
- Dog Sled and instruction from local experts
- Discounted Down overfills for hammock Quilts
- Wilderness Hut/ Hot tent Accommodation
- Satellite phone usage were available
- InReach coverage via earth mate
- Professional Photographs of your trip
Whats not provided by us
- All flights (Land Kiruna 21st March before 1230hrs - Depart Kiruna 30th March after 1230hrs)
- All meals/beverages - we will shop as a group on arrival and split the costs for any group meals if you wish to follow that route or pre purchasing things like porridge pots for breakfast is a great idea, also rations are an option if you don't wish to cook fresh meals daily. As a team we usually self support breakfast and lunch then group together to cook our evening meals.
- International Insurance ans Evacuation Cover we recommend Battleface
- Home country transfers
- Personal equipment as per kit list (we can arrange some rental gear if needed)
- Personal Medication
- Any extra activities
- Any costs incurred from delayed arrival
- Personal travel insurance
We require the non refundable deposit (full amount) to be paid to secure your place upon this expedition. The remainder will be collected 8 weeks prior to departure. We will happily set up payment plans for those wishing to split the cost of the trip in the build up to it.
Please do not book flights until instructed by UKHammocks as the expedition needs a minimum number to run.
Images courtesy of UKhammocks and Snowsled.se