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Roadtrip through the northernmost regions of Sweden and Norway

Our journey begins in Gällivare located 100 kilometres north of the Arctic Circle in Swedish Lapland to ride the ski area of Dundret, home to snowboarding legends Ingemar Backman and Johan Olofsson. The world heritage site of Laponia here in Gällivare is also a perfect spot to view the Northern Lights.

We travel north through Kiruna, Abisko and stay at Björkliden situated at the foot of the highest mountains in Sweden.  After snowboarding we head up to the historic Låktatjåkko Mountain Lodge via snow cat to a lofty 1,228 metres above sea level. Next day we ride down and make our way to the iconic Riksgränsen, but not before visiting the local sled dogs.

Explore ‘Riks’ with a guest appearance from Ingemar, checking out his favourite spots including where he made his record breaking backside air. The afternoon après sessions are legendary at Riksgränsen and for those keen, there’s an optional heliski day into the Swedish backcountry.

The road trip heads further north across the border into Narvik, Norway. Here we check out Narvikfjellet ski area which has one of Scandinavia’s largest vertical drops and boasts challenging off-piste riding along with incredible views across the fjords.

Dates

28 March - 05 April, 2023

Duration

9 days & 4 ski areas

Price

EUR 2,650 per person

Tour Type

Suitable for intermediate and above skiers and snowboarders

Why Travel With Mint

In a rapidly changing travel industry it’s important to know that your travel provider is accredited, accountable and responsible. We are a registered member of AFTA and IATA and conduct business in accordance with the ATAS Charter and Code of Conduct. When you travel with Mint you can have peace of mind that you are booking with a qualified and established travel operator with over 20 years of expertise. And as a full-service travel agent, we are able to take care of your flights, insurance, stopovers and pre or post tour arrangements.

Highlights

Stay in the highest mountain lodge in Sweden

Snow cat to Låktatjåkko Mountain Lodge for a night including a three course dinner the snowboard back down to base level

Highlights

Snow Guarantee

Lapland ski resorts due to their northern location are practically guaranteed to have snow for the whole season and at this time of year, you’ll have plenty of opportunity to ride powder with temperatures sitting well below zero. Most of the terrain we ride ranges from mellow groomers, open off-piste areas and steeper backcountry zones.

HIghlights

Arctic Cuisine

Sample locally sourced produce including salmon, char and reindeer

Highlights

Hunt for the Northern Lights

Swedish Lapland is one of the best places on Earth to view the Northern Lights

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How to Apres Ski

Get amongst it with the locals at Riksgränsen

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HUSKIES IN LAPLAND

They’re cute and they’re fast. They were born to run in Arctic conditions and are waiting for you to send them on their way. Hang on to your sled and make sure you know where the brake pedal is!

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Ride with the pros

Guest guiding from legendary snowboarders at their home mountains

Where we ride

Get in touch for a detailed tour itinerary and more info

ABOUT DUNDRET

We ride Dundret Lapland ski area located only 10mins drive from the centre of Gällivare. This compact but varied resort has 5 lifts including high-speed quad chairs plus a well maintained terrain park and some challenging tree runs. Dundret is the perfect warm-up for our Nordic Road Trip.

ABOUT BJORKLIDEN

The ski resort of Fjällby – Björkliden is one of the oldest in Sweden and boasts the country's third greatest vertical drop, big snowfall and Scandinavia’s most epic views of the 'Gates of Lapland'. There's 23 groomed pistes, varying from beginner to advanced along with vast off-piste terrain.

ABOUT RIKSGRANSEN

Riksgränsen is Sweden’s northernmost ski area with a rich snowboarding history from the Arctic Challenge and Ingemar Backman's legendary backside air to world class banked slalom events and epic backcountry riding. We stay on-mountain close to the lifts and right by the apres bar.

ABOUT NARVIK

Narvikfjellet is located near the far end of the deep Ofot Fjord, 220 km north of the arctic circle and is North Norway’s largest alpine resort with some of the largest vertical in Scandinavia. With a mix of ski lifts and gondolas that take you up to 1006 m in 10-15 minutes with views of the surrounding deep fjords and high mountains.

SNOW & CONDITIONS

This tour is running at one of the best times to experience the Arctic Circle. The days are longer and with the extra hours of sunlight, the temperatures are rising, which makes it the perfect season to spend more time outdoors. You can still expect to get regular snowfall, with temperatures rarely getting above 0 degrees Celsius. Even if we don’t get fresh snow overnight, the cold temperatures and our local knowledge will ensure you’ll be able to ski and snowboard light dry snow.

SMALL GROUPS

We offer one of the smallest client to guide ratio’s in the industry which ultimately leads to a better experience for everyone. Our small groups allow greater manoeuvrability and ease of access to the best areas a destination can offer. When we are on mountain, our guest to guide ratio is 4 people per guide. This also makes for a more personal experience between our guests and guides.

ESSENTIAL INFO

Tour Inclusions

YOUR TOUR INCLUDES

 

  • 1 nights twin share accommodation, Gällivare
  • 1 nights twin share accommodation, Björkliden
  • 1 nights twin share accommodation, Låktatjåkko Mountain Lodge
  • 3 nights twin share accommodation, Riksgränsen
  • 2 nights twin share accommodation, Narvik
  • Daily breakfasts
  • 3 course traditional Lappish dinner at Låktatjåkko Mountain Lodge
  • Daily resort hosting including guest guiding by Ingemar Backman
  • Gällivare Airport transfers with meet & greet
  • Narvik Airport transfers
  • Private transportation throughout the tour
  • Optional dog sledding session
  • Optional heliski day
  • Optional snow mobile session
Tour Dates

Dates:  28 March – 05 April, 2023

PRO-TIP – GO PRIVATE!
Book this tour as a private departure – with your own guide and all the benefits of a Mint group tour – for any group, big or small (even just one traveller). Get in touch to discuss.

FAQ

WHY TRAVEL WITH MINT?
In a rapidly changing travel industry it’s important to know that your travel provider is accredited, accountable and responsible. Mint is a registered member of AFTA and IATA and conducts business in accordance with the ATAS Charter and Code of Conduct. When you travel with Mint you can have peace of mind that you are booking with a qualified and established travel operator with over 20 years of expertise. And as a full-service travel agent, we can take care of your flights, insurance, stopovers and pre-or post tour arrangements.


WHAT IS AN INTERMEDIATE TOUR?
This tour is best suited to confident skiers and snowboarders who can comfortably ride intermediate terrain at their local resort, safely ride all forms of lifts including T-bars and are willing to ride off-piste.  If conditions are right, we’ll aim to ride powder, glades and trees so please be prepared to ride and ski off-piste and in the trees. Of course weather and conditions are impossible to predict so guests must be prepared to ride or ski anything.


WHAT HAPPENS ON ARRIVAL AND DEPARTURE DAY?
Once you’ve signed up for the tour we will send you through a comprehensive guide with details about the tour including the arrival and departure day process, a map of where we meet, recommended arrival and departure times, flight options, Visa requirements and transportation information.


WHAT IF I’M TRAVELLING SOLO?
About 99% of our guests are travelling solo, so you’ll be in good company. Our groups generally mix well due to a shared interest in snow sports and an eagerness to explore all that a destination has to offer. If you are travelling solo, you will be paired with another guest to room with. The accommodation for this tour is twin share i.e. 2 beds per room.


HOW MANY PEOPLE ARE ON THIS TOUR?
Each tour is different, but we know that by offering one of the smallest client to guide ratio in the industry allows you to ski or snowboard at your preferred pace, and ultimately leads to a better experience for everyone. When we are on mountain, we have a maximum of 4 people per guide. This ensures you get the most out of your time with us, and keeping the groups small means less time waiting and more time riding.


IS THIS TOUR RIGHT FOR ME?
This tour is best suited for confident skiers and snowboarders who can link turns in powder snow, can make a variety of turn shapes and can traverse and hold speed. If you’re not sure, give us a call. Weather and ski conditions are impossible to predict so guests must be prepared to ride or ski anything. If you have never ridden in powder or shy away from it at your local resort, this is not the tour to learn. Lapland has glades and trees – please be prepared to ride and ski in the trees.


CAN I ARRIVE EARLY OR STAY ON AFTER THE TOUR?
For most tours you can arrive earlier or stay later. We can tailor the trip to suit your travel plans. Speak with one of our tour specialists when you are booking and they will be more than happy to assist.


WHO ARE THE GUIDES?
All of our tours are guided by friendly, knowledgeable and expertly trained guides who are passionate about the mountains. Most of our guides work for us season after season.


CAN YOU BOOK FLIGHTS?
Yes. Let us take the hassle out of selecting the right flights for the tour. We can book you the best flight options for the tour, with no booking fees.


ARE FLIGHTS INCLUDED?
No, flights are not included. If you need assistance booking flights, we can book you the best flight options for the tour, with no booking fees.


DO I NEED TRAVEL INSURANCE?
Yes. All guests on tour need to be covered be comprehensive travel insurance. Once you have booked on the tour, we strongly recommend purchasing travel insurance. We offer all of our tour guests discounted snow specific travel insurance.


WHAT HAPPENS ONCE I’VE BOOKED?
Once you’ve booked your spot on tour, we will send you through a booking confirmation and provide updates about the tour including the arrival and departure day process, a map of where we meet, recommended arrival and departure times, flight options, Visa requirements and transportation information. We will send out a Pre Departure Guide 30 days prior to departure. Prior to the tour commencing we will invite you to a group chat which is managed by your tour manager and guides.


CAN I BRING MY PARTNER WHO DOESN’T SKI OR SNOWBOARD?
Unfortunately, not on this tour as we have a limited amount of seats in the vans for skiers and snowboarders.  Please check with us for suitable tours that can cater for your requirements.


HOW DO I CHECK MY ABILITY LEVEL?
The best way to check if a tour is suited to your ability is by speaking with one of our tour specialists. They will be able to determine if the tour you have selected is a good fit for your ability, as well as suggesting other tour options.


HOW DO I GET TO SWEDEN?
We’ll provide you with a guide with options to get to our meeting point. If it’s your fist time to to Europe or if you’re unsure about travel arrangements, often we can link you up with other tour guests to travel with.


HOW DO I CHECK AVAILABILITY?
Speak with one of our tour specialists. As this is a small group tour with limited availability, it’s best to get in touch early to avoid disappointment.


DO YOU TAKE SKIERS & SNOWBOARDERS?
Yes! We are ski and snowboard friendly. Please note that the majority of our tours are led by snowboard guides.


CAN I RENT EQUIPMENT?
We can arrange rental equipment for most destinations, however we do recommend bringing your own equipment.


WHAT EQUIPMENT SHOULD I BRING?
The Arctic can be a cold place in winter, with temperatures typically ranging from 0 to -20. We strongly recommend that guests dress in clothing specific for traveling in backcountry areas. We recommend that guests have a good quality waterproof jacket and pants, lightweight insulated layer, merino base layers, merino gloves and waterproof gloves, goggles with low light & high light lenses, sunglasses, balaclava, beanie, and helmet. We recommend that all guests bring their own ski or snowboarding equipment for the tour (board, boots, bindings & outerwear).


WHO WILL BE ON MY TOUR?
Your group will be made up of travellers from diverse backgrounds and will be varied in age. Our groups generally mix well due to a shared interest in snow sports and an eagerness to explore all that each destination has to offer.


ARE LIFT TICKETS INCLUDED?
Lift tickets are not included in order to keep the itinerary flexible.

Price and Payment

PRICE PER PERSON
The Nordic Road Trip is €2,650 (twin share)


RESERVATION AND DEPOSIT
To secure your spot on tour, a non-refundable 50% deposit is payable within 3 days of booking.

Enquiries and Bookings

If you would like some more information or a quote for the tour you can contact us by:

1. ONLINE
Enquire below. Once we receive your request one of our tour specialists will be in touch with a with a quote, availability and further details about the tour.

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2. OVER THE PHONE 
Call us and speak with one of our tour specialists.

Within Australia (03)5296 0314

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