Igloo course in Kvikkjokk mountains

 

Spend your nights sleeping in igloos and mountain cabins plus sample local delicacies such as reindeer, moose meat and Arctic char fish! Our tours to the Kvikkjokk Mountain start in the middle of March. Spring has begun at this time of the year and March is a wonderful month in Swedish Lapland with clear warm days and cold nights. During this tour, we combine a number of nights in the igloos with a number of nights in comfortable cabins. You will learn how to build a self-supporting ecological igloo from the packed snow and also how to build bivouacs in the snow drifts. These two constructions are not only fun to learn how to build, but are also excellent life savers should you ever find yourself in an Arctic environment in need of shelter. The first day of the tour begins on skis and we make our way to Tarrakaise, a beautiful mountain cabin located in the mountain region which shares the same name. After travelling to Tarrakaise, the following week’s day trips will be shorter to allow us time to build our igloos. Some of the following days will be spent skiing and sleeping in cabins, on the other days we will ski for a few kilometres and build more igloos or bivouacs along the way. Program: Day 1: Arrival at ÅrrenJarka lodge (by bus from Jokkmokk). Day 2: We begin the day with breakfast and then we travel with dog sled to the cabin in Tarrakaise. We stop for lunch en route and have an evening meal in the cabin. Day 3: Breakfast and then a short ski trip to the Guravagge valley, which is known for its excellent igloo building conditions. We stop for lunch and in the afternoon igloo buildning, evening meal in the big tent. Day 4: Breakfast and then we set off on a ski tour to the Vaimok cabin for tonight’s stay. Day 5: Breakfast and then a few kilometres on skis followed by some igloo building, or if we find a good sized snow drift, some bivouacs. Day 6: Breakfast in the big tent followed by a ski trip to our cabin in Såmmarlappa. Day 7: After breakfast, we travel back to Tarrakaise where we choose between building a bivouac in a snow drift or spending the night in the cabin there. Day 8: We travel back to Kvikkjokk and spend the night in the mountain lodge. In the evening we enjoy the last meal of the week and discuss the weeks’ events. Day 9: Departure day (back to Jokkmokk and then Murjek train station for the journey back to Stockholm, or continuation of your holiday in Sweden). Dates: On requests in march 2014. Price: 16750 SEK /person (seven days on tour + transfer days) Included in the price: Guide on the tour from arrival in Kvikkjokk to departure, dog sled tour to Tarrakaise cabin (sitting on a sled),all accommodation, breakfast, lunch, dinners, shovels, igloo building tools, safety equipment, GPS navigator and warm winter sleepingbags, Ski equipment is also included in price. Weather conditions: The valleys that you travel through are open and exposed to the elements. This can mean that on occasion, the weather conditions are tough with some hard winds. However, this is just the type of weather that creates the perfect conditions for making igloos – hard wind packed snow to cut snow blocks from. Difficulty level of the tour: Hard – but not extreme.You need more than a good general level of physical fitness. The ski tour is not difficult and most people can undertake it. However, as the days and nights are generally cold and we have physical activities all day long, it is more enjoyable if you have a good level of physical fitness by training several times a week before arrival. We reserve us the right to make changes in the program, we arrange the tour according to weather and participants ability. The tour is at your own risk.

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 Dog sledding Snowshoe hiking