Active Lapland
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Daily scheduled sled dog trips with experienced guides and overnight excursions to cosy private wilderness accommodation, for couples, families and groups. Program starts with pick up from your hotel in Kiruna. Book online or by telephone. More than 30 years experience of welcoming visitors to Lapland. Warmly welcome!
Kiruna, Sweden
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Bernardo Pilarz
Genoa, Italy7 contributions
Apr 2022 • Couples
Our experience with Active Laplands was fantastic. We went for an overnight trip, driving our own sleds.
Our guide, Martin, was very professional, passionate and friendly: he explained everything very clearly and even though we were a little anxious because we were driving a dog sled for the first time, we felt safe and could really enjoy the experience.
The location for the night was really beautiful: just a few wooden cottages, in the middle of nowhere, next to a frozen lake. Simple, but very pleasant and comfortable (we even had a sauna). All the people in the staff were very welcoming and we really felt at home. The food was also excellent.
At night we were extra lucky and got to see some northern lights (in April!).
The dogs were also very friendly, and you can tell Active Laplands treats them well, with the care and attention they deserve.
The trips might seem a little expensive at first, but after the experience you will see it is money well spent, and given the amount of staff, and the excellent care you receive, I think the price is actually quite good.
Should we ever come back to Kiruna, we will definitely consider contacting Active Laplands again for another adventure!
Written April 17, 2022
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gwen-lukas
6 contributions
Nov 2020
First off all we just wanna say thanks to Active Lapland it was an amazing and so beautifful experience. We got picked up on time and our guide explained us all we wanted to know very good on the way to their camp. In the camp we received warm cloths and off we went to a nearby frozen lake. As soon as we arrived the alaskahuskies went crazy we could say "hi" to all of them and take our seats on the slide. We did the lunch slide end of November and it was outstanding the view breathtaking because it was like a 2 hours sunset. During the break we got a delicious soup, warm drinks and even a yummie dessert. Our guide introduced us the dogs a little closer with name and why they ave the position they have and which one is the crazy one :-D thanks again for this amazing day we will never forget it and will recommend you everywhere we can.
Written November 29, 2020
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Thank you for your nice review!
Written January 2, 2022
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Sarah T
4 contributions
Feb 2020 • Friends
We had a wonderful time doing the ‘Morning Ride’. Our pick up was early and waiting for us, and we were greeted by a friendly driver. At the kennels we got given really good equipment - warm overalls, hats and boots.
We got straight on the sled after that and our guide, Fiona, set off with the dogs. She was very friendly and knowledgeable and gave us a great introduction to each of the dogs and an insight into the landscape.
The dogs are clearly very well looked after and love running with the sleds! We had a wonderful time and would recommend to anyone else.
Written February 24, 2020
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Thank you for your nice review!
Written January 2, 2022
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trixibelle7
London, UK236 contributions
Dec 2012 • Couples
My Fiance and I enjoyed a lunchtime dog sled tour in December 2012. We were promptly collected from the Icehotel and taken to the kennels where we met Kent, our guide for the day. He was excellent and really knowledgable about the dogs. He and his wife run the kennels and look after over 84 huskies! We were taken out across the lake and then stopped at an authentic Sami style Tee Pee for lunch cooked over an open fire. This was a wonderful experience, Kent was really interesting and told us all about husky sled racing and his job. He is truly passionate about what he does and we were humbled when he told us he had only gotten married 3 days prior to our trip!

The dogs are amazing - so friendly and loved being petted by us! A word of warning, they do 'go to the toilet on the move'... this can be a tad unsavoury but they cannot help it!

After speaking to other guests at the Icehotel, I feel that this trip was much better value than some of the trips booked via the Icehotel. We were the only guests on this trip which made it very intimate and it was very special. I would 110% recommend this trip to anyone going to the Icehotel as no trip to Lapland would be complete without this experience.
Written December 22, 2012
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Scott M
Thepurplem0nkey8 contributions
Dec 2012 • Couples
My wife and I just got done with Active Lapland's aurora borealis dog led tour. WOW, what a night. We were picked up right at the front door of our hotel (Vinter Palatset) right to the minute they told us they would be there. After a short drive to the dog kennel, we were introduced to our guide, Espen, and given warm clothing to wear during the tour, including: full body suit, full balaclava, fur hat, thick gloves, thick snow shoes, thick wool socks, and a thick blanket to cover us during the ride,
Our guide, Espen (pictured) was extremely nice and well informed. He is a proud veteran of the iditarod race in Alaska as well as Norwegian races. He was extremely proud of his 14 dogs which he bred and raised, and was very informative and knowledgeable about racing and dogs. You could tell he was extremely proud of his sport and displayed a genuine passion for dog sledding.
After gearing up, my wife and I were led to the dog sled and allowed to pet the dogs. Funny enough, the dogs really didn't care to be pet....they wanted to RUN RUN RUN! And we were just fine with that :-) We boarded the sled and ZOOM, we were off. The dogs were extremely fast and the trail was well traveled and exciting. We went over a frozen lake and through a forest. Keep in mind that the temps were hovering at around -25 to -35 (Fahrenheit) depending on where we were racing through.
Halfway through the tour, we stopped at a hut in the middle of the woods where a fire was lit and hot tea/coffee was served with homemade cakes (MmMmMmm!). This was a good opportunity to search for the Northern Lights. Sadly, even though it was a fairly clear night, the Northern lights did not appear, This is, of course, not the fault of the tour company: it's always a gamble when searching for the northern lights. What we DID see was a sky full of amazing stars not often seen outside of dense woods with no light pollution, so we were extremely satisfied with our views of the sky. After warming up around the fire, we started our trek back and ended up back at the kennel.
I cannot say enough good things about our tour, especially our guide Espen. If you are considering dog sledding in Kiruna, this company is the way to go!
Written December 20, 2012
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LC700_12
Sydney, Australia7 contributions
Jan 2013 • Family
We went on an overnight dog sledding trip (with Rene) and it was the highlight of our entire trip to Norway and Sweden. We traveled with our kids (aged 6 & 9). When I booked it I was tentative as it was expensive, but completely worth it. The food was excellent (the kids loved it too), cabin was great, dogs lovely and friendly, just the right amount of time on the sleds. Rene was just fantastic & very flexible. I would recommend this trip to anyone.
Written January 15, 2013
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JuniePoon
Singapore, Singapore97 contributions
Feb 2017 • Family
My son and I took the night dog-sledding tour with the objective of chasing the Aurora Borealis. But even though the Lights elude us that night, we had a very thrilling night ride with our guide who was very experienced. The trail brought us across the frozen river Torne into the forests before coming to a traditional Swedish hut with a nice warm fireplace for coffee and cakes. The trail itself was amazing as we passed some pretty nice spots (yes even in the dark we could tell because our guide had a headlight shining brightly in front of the path!) The experience for night dog-sledding is very different from day-time dog sledding and according to my son, it was much more exciting and exhilarating who liken the ride to a roller coaster ride with dogs! Price-wise, they are not entirely the cheapest but since I had a very bad/traumatic experience during my day-time dog sledding with another operator (who had cost significantly lower than Active Lapland) I attribute it to that you get what you paid for. Anyway dog-sledding is not a exactly a cheap adventure ride up in the Swedish Laplands but it's worth every penny spent because of the experience in the ride and with the dogs itself. They operate one of the largest kennel of husky dogs in Jukkasjarvi and are located across the river Torne from the Icehotel. The compound where the dogs are kept and where the ride starts of is clean and all the dogs looked healthy and active. They offer thermal clothing should you require it for the ride out. They also ensure a safety briefing for all riders including for kids. What I like was that they set aside some time for riders to interact with the selected dogs for the ride and explain to us how they maintain and train the dogs for each season, which was something we appreciate because it allowed us to get to know the dogs better and understand what/how it is really like to drive a husky dog sled or train/breed dogs for sledding. They do offer a more intensive dog-sledding experience for serious riders who wants to dog-sled over a period of few days under their other unit - Fjellborg. It was overall a good experience for me and my son and would strongly recommend Active Lapland to anyone even those with young children!
Written March 15, 2017
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Jo L
38 contributions
Feb 2016 • Friends
Hi fellow travelers. I found Active Lapland via Tripadvisor and before booking I read all the feedback, as I was planning an overnight stay for my 40th birthday night and wanted something a bit different and special.

Please see below my feedback:
1. We didn't stay at any hotel, we arrived to Kiruna on that day. Active Lapland were on time and picked us up from the carpark of the Scandic Ferrum Hotel as described in their FAQ page and next took us to the kennels.
2. They gave us very warm clothes and were very friendly and patient when waiting for us to get ready.
3. We had our own guide Jacob, who gave us a quick introduction about how to control the dog sledge - he was great, helpful, friendly and very professional.
4. The dogs were very friendly and eager to run, run, run and one more time run. They have approx 135 dogs in the kennels.
5. We had a ride of our lives - the weather was a bit milder, only approx -10 C, the sky was clear. We were riding at the sunset time and later in presence of the northern lights - a fantastic feeling, unforgettable experience.
6. The terrain varied - a pine forest, a ferry-tile like forest heavy of snow, a frozen river, a field, a frozen lake, sometimes going down, sometimes up, most of the time going on the flat surface.
7. On arrival Jacobs introduced to us a local gentleman, who was our host. He poured as some hot Lingonberry juice at the fireplace outside the log cabins and a few minutes later showed us the camp side - our beautiful huts, the toilets, the sauna and the cooling/swimming place in the frozen lake.
8. As it was my 40th birthday on that night, I received a very nice surprise gift from Active Lapland - a bottle of Pinot Noir as a gift - thank you very much Active Lapland, it was much appreciated!
9. There was a bigger group staying in the other cabins (work due), so all our meals were served to our log cabin with the candle light, and a nice wood-burner. The meals were absolutely fantastic and the cabin modest but very cosy and well organised.
10. Although we have seen the northern lights several times at that point, the one we saw that night were the most clear and beautiful.
11. We though about using the sauna, but at the end we decided against it, saying that, it looked very nice and the hole in the lake was beautifully decorated with the ice figures and lights.
12. It was a quiet night, full of talking, watching first the Aurora and later the fire in the wood-burner, drinking and celebrating...
13. Although the toilets were at the other side of the camp, they were very well lit, nicely done and, the most important, warm! There were also some clothes hooks on the walls.
14. Occasionally we could hear the dogs barking to each other, and sounding like wolfs, but it only added some charm to this place.
15. There is also an electric heater in the cabin, so even if the fire in the log burner goes down, it is still warm.
16. The breakfast was brought at the agreed time and we left punctually at 9:30 am - I wanted to stop a few times to take some pics on the way back, hence we left a bit earlier.

It was a fantastic experience, and if you are a nature lover, you will like it as well. If I remember correctly, it took us approx 1h of riding to get the log cabins and 1h to get back, I was told it is circa 20km one way.
Written February 25, 2016
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Happy to hear that you enjoyed your over night trip with us and our sleddogs. Thank you very much for your review. / Team Active Lapland.
Written March 24, 2016
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Travelleress
6 contributions
Feb 2018 • Couples
My husband and I visited Kiruna as one of the destinations as part of our honeymoon. Even though we only booked the dog sledding experience just one day before, I’m amazed as the response was promptly sent to my email to confirm the details!

On the actual day, one of the staff came to our hotel lobby to pick us up with a car and sent us to the kennel. Warm clothings, boots and gloves etc were included in package but we did not require them as we were wearing what ICEHOTEL had provided.

We found out that we were lucky to be assigned to Anna all to ourselves that day. After chaining up the dogs, we set off and rode on the frozen and snow-filled Torne river. Everything was snowy white. The experience was priceless and breathtaking. The route was child friendly and suitable even for people with motion sickness. I would know because I get that easily but I did not feel any discomfort at all, other than getting my eyelashes frozen. No goggles were provided but to be honest I think it’s a fun experience for me too to see my eyelashes built up with white “mascara”!

There were 11 dogs taking us on our trip. The leader of the pack that day was “Jukkas”. The dogs were so endearing and lovely, and they love the hugs we gave them during the break! You can tell when they start to put their faces on your shoulder, for example. There was some little bickers between a pair of dogs during the ride, which was well under controlled by the leadership of Anna by verbal commands. Being a dog lover myself, I understand that this is not unusual dog behavior. During the break we laughed while talking about they must be telling the other off, “pull harder! I’ve been doing the job!” 🤣 We has some nice soup, coconut cakes, coffee and tea and spent some time with the dogs.

It was an amazing experience all in all, but if I were to pinpoint, as this is an honest review, I would say we were expecting more than soup and a piece of cake in this “lunch” package. I also can’t help but to feel a tinge of sadness to see the dogs shivering at the kennel in the snow. I hope they build more insulated and covered kennels for the cold dogs. The dogs were also surprisingly skinnier/leaner than what I expected of fluffy thick coated dog sledding dogs or huskies. Anna explained and assured us they were well taken care of. We exchanged some culture of each other’s countries too. Anna is warm, friendly and speak passionately about the job. It was a nice chat with Anna. But the dogs were waiting outside the hut in the cold and some were shivering, someday I hope maybe they can wear some kind of clothing or go to a shelter while waiting?

We made another beautiful trip home but this time Anna dropped us off at Icehotel instead of going to the kennel. 👍 The dogs were so eager to run all the time! I still miss each of the dogs as I speak! 🐶

I am sure Active Lapland is one of the best dog sledding companies. I am only concerned for the welfare of all dog sledding dogs around the world in general.

It is undeniably one of the highlights and one of the best experiences we had in our 2 weeks honeymoon.

Thank you for your hospitality and the wonderful memory! ☺

Written March 10, 2018
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Dear Serene, Thank you for taking your time writing a review and for choosing Active Lapland for your 2 h private Lunch ride in February. We are sorry that we did not live up to your expectations regarding the lunch cooked over open fire. Since our dogs are our best friends and working colleagues we are very focused on their well being and Health, every day. We do not recognize your description of our dogs kennels, since all our dogs have insulated cabins with straw in them, all according to Swedish animal rules. Our breed of sled dogs is called Alaskan Huskies, which hasn't got as thick and fluffy coat as an Siberian Huskies/Malamute. (Which is often seen in broschures). Thanks again and we would be happy to tell you more about our dogs and show you around at our kennel if you are coming back. Warm welcome/ Ann, Team Active Lapland
Written March 12, 2018
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CurrentlyinDubai
3 contributions
Dec 2016 • Couples
If this is where Montana and Kristoff is, then THANK YOU for the most stunning holiday. Montana led the dog sledding and we were later met by Kristoff at the cabin by Lake Väkkäräjärvi. Everything was beautiful - the trip, the place, the stay, the food and the two gentlemen were superb. Not forgetting the dogs - we miss them already.
Written December 13, 2016
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...and THANK YOU, for coming here. I'll send your regards to Montana and Kristof. Warm welcome back and Happy Holidays! / Ann
Written December 16, 2016
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