FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS


WINTER TOURS

It can be difficult to know what to bring on such a tour. The following list offers some advice of items to take and items to avoid. Any luggage, which you bring and will not be needed on the actual tour, will be securely stored for you. Only absolutely essential articles will be taken on the sleds in order to avoid unnecessary weight for the dogs to pull.

  • Your clothing for the tour should be hardwearing and warm, ideally made of natural material, wool or cotton. It is worth noting that garments made of Gore-Tex or similar materials are not recommended. Man made fabrics can fail to give protection in extreme cold.
  • Take a camera, though remember to pack extra batteries as minus degrees reduce battery life span.  
  • Sun glasses are recommended for tours in the later winter months (March – May), bright sunlight combined with snow is not good for your eyes.  
  • If you wish to take your own sleeping bag then please do so, however, it should be manufactured to withstand temperatures down to – 20° C when, due to weather conditions, we may be forced to sleep in tents.  
  • You should have two changes of underwear, long thermal underwear and socks.  
  • There are saunas at many of the overnight stops; therefore you should pack some toilet articles.  
  • If desired, tools such as a knife,”Leatherman” or small axe could be useful.  
  • During the time of a tour you will not need money or credit cards. Valuables can be stored for you.  
  • We are able to loan winter hats, gloves, boots, snow-scooter overalls and sleeping bags.

GENERAL QUESTIONS

Q: Is any previous training or knowledge necessary to participate in the wilderness courses?
A: Not at all, we start from scratch.  If you are a group with previous experience in the area, we can start the course at a higher level.

Q: How old do you have to be to participate?
A: Generally speaking there really isn’t an age limit, we accommodate all ages.

Q: Do I have to be in really good physical condition to participate in a course?
A: No, an average physical condition is enough.  At the most, we will be walking a stretch of a couple of hours, either with a small backpack or none at all. 

Q: Are there a lot of mosquitoes in Norrland in the summer?
A: Generally you can always count on mosquitoes in Norrland during the summer season, but this varies quite a bit from place to place.  There can be plenty in one spot and in other almost none at all. Besides, we are experts at methods of keeping them at bay and making your stay relatively unbothered.

Q: Is it really light around the clock during the summer in Lapland?
A: Yes it is.  In Kiruna the midnight sun shines from the end of May to the middle of July.  And even despite the sun setting, the nights are very light far into August.

Q: Do I have to buy a lot of equipment in order to participate in the course?
A: There are some things you do need to buy or acquire. You will need clothing suitable for being out-of-doors.  The following is a list of examples of the type of clothing and equipment that you should have with you.

  1. Proper water-tight boots or rubber boots for hiking.
  2. Gloves you can work in, something like well-fitting work gloves, preferably leather. 
  3. A warming sweater. Even summertime it can get rather cold at night up here.
  4. Raingear: rain pants and a rain jacket with hood. Ponchos can be unpractical. 
  5. Knitted hat or cap.
  6. Your own sleeping bag.  Look at the temperature recommendations and make sure you get something that will keep you comfortable. 
  7. We provide everything you need for the work during the course.  Things such as an ax, saw, knife, lighting steel, etc.

Q: Will we be eating food cooked from things we pick/find in the forest the entire week?
A: Not completely.  We will be enjoying “regular” meals and living indoors at our wilderness camp during the greater part of the course.  It is only during the last two days that you will be finding your own foodstuffs and be living in the forest. 

Q: Which facilities are provided at the wilderness camp?
A:  The wilderness camp has a complete working kitchen. The main building is heated with a wood-burning stove.  The camp does not have any electricity. We also have a sauna heated by a wood-burning furnace, and outhouses.  Water is carried from the pristine lake. The wilderness camp is situated by the lake Väkkäräjärvi, about 30 km from Kiruna and about 15 km from Jukkasjärvi.

Q: Which emergency medical equipment is available if an accident should occur?
A: Our highly-qualified authorized guides are experienced and educated for every possible situation for this type of environment.  And naturally we have the possibility of calling for help and transportation if needed.