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“Snow shoe trek”

Kiruna Guidetur - Day Trips
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Owner description: Kiruna Guidetur offers nature experiences in Kiruna all year around. Experience the nature from snowmobile, dog sledding, skiing and snowshoeing. See the Northern Lights from the best spot on Aurora Camp Kurravaara. Summertime we offer boat tours, canoeing, mountain biking, hiking. Our fantastic wilderness camp with high standard is available all year around.
Useful Information: Activities for older children
Reviewed February 15, 2013

A well organised trip made even better by our guide, James Hughes. He was knowledgeable, patient, especially when our snow shoes kept coming off, and good fun to be with. Our night was made perfect by the appearance of the northern lights, which we enjoyed whilst eating a sandwich and drinking hot lingonberry juice. Who cared that it was a mere minus 25 degrees?

1  Thank ballards m
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Reviewed February 14, 2013

We booked this trip on line before arriving in Kiruna and that went smoothly. I thought we had been instructed to arrive at the office 30 minutes before departure to change into warm clothing etc but that wasn't correct, or I misunderstood, as we were told we were to change when we got to the kennels. Anyway no need to arrive before the scheduled time. I was looking forward to this trip so much.
We were driven some way out to the country side to meet our musher/guides and the dogs who were going to pull us. The room where the warm clothing etc was stored smelled very strongly of dog! We dressed into our clothing and were told to change into the snow boots provided although I felt my walking boots would have been adequate. My feet felt colder in the boots I was given and they didn't warm up. We were then shown to our sleds, there were 6 of us so 2 went on one sled and 4 on another and we were put into our positions. Taller at the back shorter at the front. The dogs were all very excited and I certainly felt excited about the ride that was to take place. Unfortunately, whilst the dog sled experience was wonderful, it was all over too soon. We were then led to a wooden Sami style hut where a fire was burning and where our dinner of hot reindeer and potato stew with bread and a slither of cheese, followed by tea or coffee, was provided. During this time our musher/guide didn't interact with us at all apart from giving out the food and asking what we would like to drink. This was soon over and we were then led back to our sleds for the ride back which again didn't take very long. We were given some information about the dogs by the other musher/guide, who was reasonably friendly, but then we were told to change out of our warm clothing before our pick up vehicle had arrived and then had to wait at least 20 minutes in the cold, although it wasn't too cold, fortunately.
We had paid about £260 for the 2 of us to do this trip which was supposed to be 3.5 hours long - we were picked up at 5pm and were back at our hotel by 8pm. The tour wasn't worth the money and I feel very disappointed with it's content. There was no mention we were hoping to see the Northern Lights, either, which didn't show, as it was cloudy and not the guides fault, but I feel this should have been acknowledged as it was in the title of the tour.
I have read some good reviews of this tour so maybe we were just unlucky but our experience means I'm unable to recommend it.

4  Thank Sioned27
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Reviewed February 13, 2013

I booked all my tours for whilst staying at the ice hotel with this company. They were good value for money, fabulous tours, lovely staff, punctual and really did go the extra mile.

Thank GlofB
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Reviewed February 12, 2013

We booked two trips with Kiruna Guidetur and got a discount for booking them at the same time online. Don;'t worry about the odd payment system, it all works fine.

The snowmobiling aurora hunt was slightly shambolic to get going with various tour leaders coming and going, no suits or boots in our sizes and different instructions each time they spoke to us but eventually we got going. They split a very big group into 2. Our group of 6 had all booked individual snowmobiles so they put us together so we could go faster. The other group were all sharing. We got into different buses and were taken to different start points. Again a short delay as not all the snowmobiles were ready or fueled but got going around 45 minutes after we had first arrived at the office at the 5.45pm start time. The snowmobiles go pretty fast and we were worried about wind chill in the -30 night air but you have a windshield, the handlebars are heated and the suits, boots and balaclavas keep you quite toasty. They are quite heavy to steer so you keep yourself warm actively driving.

The trip follows pretty well carved out tracks through the forest with stops occasionally to check we were all still there. These checks happened more often after I had an accident going sideways off the track into a metre deep of powder. My husband and I who were last in the group were left for about 5-10 minutes shouting help in the darkness but soon we heard the snowmobile coming back to dig us out. No drama really, we got it out quickly and he was very concerned that I was ok just a little scary for a few minutes. A couple more people had the same accident later but no one was hurt and it all added to the fun. The best bit was getting up to about 70kph across the frozen lake, twice! Some of the tracks are quite bumpy so if you get motion sick easily take a pill like you would for a boat trip.

We arrived sometime later at a hut in the wilderness with a fire burning and the other half of the group were already there. Hot loganberry juice was a welcome arrival drink followed by reindeer stew, then sponge cake with hot cloudberry jam and coffee/tea. We then headed back out to see a thin green line starting to poke through the total cloud cover. About half way back the sky started to clear and we saw our first wave of pink and green light up the sky. We stopped, shut off the snowmobiles and lights and watched for about 5 minutes until it faded. We were off again and could see the waves firing up again through the trees about 10 minutes later as the whole sky cleared. So wanted to stop but our leader kept going and we soon saw why. We came out of the trees into a wide open space where we could see the full spectacle of the aurora from one side of the horizon to the other. Although we were already past the end time of the trip our leader encouraged us to get off the bikes, lie in the snow and just watch the amazing scene. Magical. We were about an hour late getting back and we couldn't thank them enough for allowing us the extra time.

The dog sledding the next day was also slow to get started but us and another couple were soon sat on the sledge with our french musher and his beautiful french dogs. Tallest goes at the back, shortest at the front. Be warned, those at the front might get the odd dog doo on them and as you sit quite still it did get very cold. But you have the same suits and boots as before. I would recommend a balaclava for this trip, bring your own. We stopped for lunch at a teepee with a roaring fire for cheese and flat bread, a delicious mushroom soup, biscuits and coffee. We also had time to pet the dogs and take loads of photos on the glorious sunny day.

Good tours, wonderful scenery, good food, great tour guides/mushers but could do with clearer instructions and asking for suit/boot sizes in advance so everything is there that you need and you get going a bit more quickly. You do feel like you're in the middle of no where with no other souls to be been which is great. If slight disorganisation is the cost of keeping the tours like this, I'll gladly pay it.

Thank Lilmismayhem
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Reviewed February 11, 2013

Our agent in the UK booked this snowmobile tour for us. We were collected from our hotel in Kiruna and taken to the village about 60 km away. Our guide had lived all his life here and was very conscious of the dangers the cold can present. With air temperature of -30 before factoring in windchill this was very important. After a short introductory drive we set off. We stopped at the edge of a lake for a coffee and snack in a hut and then went out over the lake where we went ice several holes were drilled into the ice and we were all given small fishing rods. One of our group caught a fish. We then returned to the hut at the side of the lake for lunch, reindeer burghers followed by char on bread.

We saw the highest mountain in Sweden from the lake.

The tour was absolutely great.

On the way back to Kiruna we say some moose and reindeer and stopped for photographs.

Our guide told us the best place in kiruna to see the northern lights -the top of the ski slope.

After dinner we climbed the ski slope, hard work and we broke out into a sweat! When we got to the top we saw the lights so very worthwhile.

1  Thank John W
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