A very long tour through the different landscapes of the north

After last years´ expedition to mount Kebnekaise in Sweden the idea was born to combine two of our tours to one long expedition travelling on seldom used trails through all the different landscapes of the North.
The plan was to visit the northernmost tip of Sweden as well as the wide area North of Kiruna and the Dividal National Park in Norway.

At first this idea seemed to be quite venturous. The tour would be two days longer than the Kebnekaise tour, the sleds would be much heavier and, on the contrary to the Kebnekaise tour, we would be travelling through a huge area without the access to cabins which are usually provided on the routes more touristy developed for skiers and hikers.

But this problem was solved and we decided to offer this expedition. Thanks to our good relationship to a Sami siddha (a Sami community), the Saarivuoma Sameby, it is possible to rent cabins on our way, f.e. in Övre Suppero, a Sami village. There we are planning to have one day of rest.
These nights in the cabins will be a nice change to the nights in the tent and will give us the possibility to dry our clothes and equipment.
Especially on the first days of the expedition we will be riding very heavy sledges, not making long distances per day. But we will be travelling on Lake Altevatn first and then mostly downhill to the East, so the weight will be manageable.

After two days through the Norwegian mountains we will reach the Swedish taiga. Approximately on the fourth day we can look forward to a warm campfire in the boreal forest of the area around Jukkasjärvi.
All the way from Lake Vittangijärvi to Järämä there is taiga and swamps, but North of Järäma we will travel above the tree line until we reach the birch tree forest around the Treriksroysa, the meeting point of the three borders of Finland, Sweden and Norway.
We will be back in the mountains by then, and in Norway. Riding our sleds through the Norwegian mountains and the Dividal Nationalpark we will reach Innset and the Huskyfarm again.

What you should bring …

Below we have made a list of all equipment proven suitable during a stay in the winter. You should not bring much more, since a dog’s carrying capacity is not unlimited.

Before the tour starts, we will conduct a thorough check of the equipment to see that all necessary items are at hand, and, whether or not any excess stuff may be deposited at Innset. Your personal equipment shall be packed in a large sack and placed on the sledge. Therefore, you do not need to bring with you a big rucksack. It may prove better to divide it into two or three smaller packages.

Requirement list

  • Backpack or bag
  • Sleeping bag that can resist minus 30° C – or a regular sleeping bag that can be combined with one of our over-cover sleeping bags (that can be wrapped around yours)
  • Sleeping mat (width: max. 60 cm)
  • Underwear
  • Baselayer of wool or polyester (ski-shirts)
  • 1 pair of thin baselayer pants with long legs (ski-underpants)
  • 1 pair of thick baselayer pants with long legs (wool or fleece)
  • 2 or 3 shirts or thin sweaters
  • 1 thick jumper
  • 1 even thicker jumper (wool or fleece)
  • 1 pair of trousers
  • 4 pairs of socks in different wool thickness
  • 1 pair of windbreaker pants/skiing pants
  • Windbreaker jacket with hood
  • 1 pair of thick windbreaker gloves
  • 1 pair of gloves to use when the dogs are being tied to or unfastened from the sledge
  • 1 scarf
  • 1 pair of really warm boots, like “Sorel Big Horn” (or better), including 2 pairs of thick socks (Can be provided by us)
  • Gaiters
  • 1 pair of jogging shoes to use in the cabin
  • 1 or 2 winter-cap(s)
  • Sun (ski)glasses with UV filter
  • Sun protection with at least SPF 15 (in March) up to SPF 25 (April / May)
  • Sharp knife (sheath knife or pocket knife)
  • Unbreakable thermos flask (bottle)
  • Torch or headlight with extra batteries
  • Camera with extra batteries
  • An extra pair of glasses for those who use them. The rim should not be of 100% synthetic material, since extremely low temperatures may deter use.
  • Earplug for a silent night

For those who wish, we lend free of charge: a warm overall, winter boots and an oversleeping bag, with which an autumn sleeping bag (to -5 °) becomes a super winter sleeping bag, a reindeer skin and snowshoes.
When buying and trying on the outer, windproof layer, it is essential to remember that with the number of sweaters and underpants worn, the body circumference increases significantly. Then the anorak and overtrousers must still fit light and airy and in no way restrict the freedom of movement.

The personal equipment (warming clothes, underwear for changing, sleeping bags, sleeping mat, headlamp + batteries, photo equipment, backpack or bag, etc.) minus the clothes you put on at about -10 degrees should not exceed the weight of 20 kg. That is, at -10 degrees you have a maximum of 20 kg of personal equipment on the sled.

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