Dogsledding in Swedish Lapland holiday
Description of Dogsledding in Swedish Lapland holiday
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PlanetThis trip is all about getting back to nature, and enjoying the beauty and tranquillity of the Vindelfjällens Nature Reserve which you will call home for this experience. The carbon footprint of this trip is kept to an absolute minimum; dog mushing is by its very nature one of the most basic and environmentally friendly ways to travel, allowing you to access remote parts of the reserve which are only accessible by husky team and you may go days without seeing another soul. The environmental impact of the sledding is minimal due to the low temperatures and perma-frost in winter, so there is little evidence of scarring on the ground come the summer months. Group sizes are kept to a maximum of 4 people, to not only ensure that the utmost support can be provided, but to keep the impact of tourism to a minimum.
The wilderness cabin is remote and without electric power or running water, so water is collected from local streams and rivers and any waste is carefully managed to ensure it has as little environmental impact as possible. Meals are kept to simple locally sourced Swedish ingredients and are often cooked with traditional cooking methods such as an outdoor muurkikka over an open fire.
As a racing kennel (as opposed to a kennel used just for tourism purposes) it is in the interest of the keepers to ensure that the animals are in the best physical care as possible, and this means providing only the very best food and care to the dogs to ensure they are happy and healthy. Dog mushing is a way of life for the keepers and the passion they have their dogs is evident in the incredibly high welfare standards given.
PeopleAs a company Sustainable tourism is at the forefront of our business philosophy, and supporting local people and their businesses to ensure socio-economic benefit and sustainability for local communities is at the heart of what we do.
This experience has been selected with this in mind and supports a family run enterprise who have deep connections with the local communities in which they operate. They are keen to share the secrets of what makes a successful dog mushing team whilst enjoying traditional Swedish meals together.
We are a small, family run business with our headquarters in Norway. As a Nordic destination specialist we ensure that all of our outbound sales staff are Nordic in nationality, this not only provides our travellers with the expertise required to design an enriching experience, but it also ensures that we are providing employment opportunities for local people. Our employees are all paid above the living wage minimum, with additional financial benefits in place to create a fair working place for all. We also recognise the importance of creating employment opportunities for underrepresented populations, and as such over 50% of our management team are female. In addition to this we are proud to partner with education institutions and provide internship opportunities which have led onto full time positions with our small team.