Running Week at Mountain Lodge in Swedish Lapland - 8 Days

A week of running in a landscape of Arctic tundra and forests and a chance to try running with huskies, with a programme of activities for non-runners too!

Trip Facts

  • Guided or Self-guided: Guided (with option for other self-guided runs or walks outside main programme).
  • Price: £966/€1149 per runner, £795/€946 per follower (non-runner). Prices based on 2 persons sharing in hotel-standard accommodation, min. 2 runners.
  • Dates/Duration: 21-28 June 2020 (Midnight Sun), 6-13 September 2020 (Northern Lights), 8 days/7 nights.
  • Running ability required: Level of challenge is flexible, with non-runners also welcome (runners can of course choose non-runner activities for some days if preferred). You should be able to run on trails and rough ground for distances up to 20km. Speed will be adapted depending on participants.
  • Terrain/distance: Forest trails and rolling tundra/hills. Distances variable 5-20km.
  • Location: Swedish Lapland.
  • Travel to: Kiruna, Northern Sweden.
  • Accommodation: 2-person hotel-standard rooms. Option to upgrade to cabin accommodation, single occupancy available.
  • Group size: Min. 2 persons.

See below for details.

Why choose this tour for a trail running holiday in Sweden?

  • Come during the midsummer period to run beneath the Midnight Sun or in early autumn to run under the Northern Lights.
  • Try running with a husky!
  • Ideal for non-runners accompanying running partners or friends – programmme of alternative activities for non-runners.
  • Comfortable accommodation and local cuisine in the heart of Swedish Lapland.
  • In addition to guided runs, the week includes packrafting tour and husky kennel visit.

Swedish Lapland is a vast region of quite forests and wide horizons – a wonderful landscape for any runner to experience!

Running Week at the Mountain Lodge in Swedish Lapland. Photo: ETN.
By September, the skies are dark enough for spectacular Northern Lights displays to be visible. Photo: ETN.

Based in comfortable hotel-standard accommodation, with all meals included, you’ll take part in a varied week combining guided runs, a packrafting tour, husky kennel visit and even some “canicross” as you run with one of the huskies!

Distance and level of challenge is flexible, and there is a programme of alternative activities allowing non-running partners or friends to join you and also fully participate in the week.

Running Week at the Mountain Lodge in Swedish Lapland. Photo: ETN.
This tour offers a great combination of relaxation and activity, whether you’re a runner yourself or non-running partner or friend of a runner! Photo: ETN.

Is it for me?

  • Fixed date tours are suitable for solo travellers or guests travelling with one or more companions. Prices are based on 2 persons sharing. See under “Prices” for details of single supplement if solo traveller or requiring single occupancy.
  • The week combines runs with a number of other activities and also a chance to relax, making this tour ideal for participants who would like to make running a feature of their holiday but also have the chance to enjoy other activities.
  • Non-runners will certainly not feel left out on this tour – the week’s activities are either both for runners and non-runners, or an alternative activity is offered for non-runners.

Trip code: ETN8RS1

Day 1
Day 1: Arrival

Transfer from Kiruna airport, train station or town to the lodge accommodation (transfer time approx. 1 hour 45 mins).

Transfers with meet SAS flight from Stockholm arriving Kiruna 16.45. If arriving with an earlier flight or by train to Kiruna, pick-up will be from Kiruna train station or agreed meeting point in Kiruna town around 16.15.

At the lodge, you check into your accommodation, have a short introduction to the week ahead, and enjoy a 2-course dinner before your first night in Swedish Lapland.

Day 2
Day 2: Guided Run to Discover Lannavaara Village

Lannavaara is a traditional Swedish village, and today’s guided run give you a great opportunity to get to know the area. Your guide will give you information and stories about the people and heritage of the area during the run.

Distance is around 5-10km.

Alternative activity for non-runners: A guided cultural walk of Lannavaara village, taking around 1.5 hours and including information and stories about the people and heritage of the area. Includes a “fika”, a traditional Swedish coffee break (itself a central part of Swedish culture!).

Day 3
Day 3: Husky Visit and Evening Midnight Sun/Northern Lights Run

In wintertime, when the snow lies thick on the ground, the area is perfect for dog sledding. In summer, the huskies are having their summer break – but always love to say hello!

There are around 60 huskies at the lodge, and there may well be some puppies too! Later in the week, you’ll be doing a run with the dogs. Today you visit the kennels and dogs and learn about their care and training – with plenty of opportunities for a cuddle!

In the evening, today’s run will take you around 10-15km through the forest or across the tundra. In June, it is 24-hour daylight – the Midnight Sun! In September, the skies are dark enough for the Northern Lights, so with luck you may be running under the shimmering curtain of the Aurora – that must be one for the bucket list!

September tour only, optional evening activity for non-runners (additional charge applies – see under “Prices > Optional extra activities”): Northern Lights Hike with Campfire.

Day 4
Day 4: Packrafting on the Lainio River

Today it’s time to take to the water, for a 4-hour packrafting adventure on the Lainio River.

Starting from the nearby village of Soppero, your tour goes through a remote and largely uninhabited area. You’ll make a stop for lunch at a suitable spot before ending your tour to walk a few hundred metres back to the lodge.

Day 5
Day 5: Kuormakka Mountain Run

A longer run today, including some uphill sections.

A short transfer brings you to the base of Kuormakka, from where you’ll take a path to the summit, with views to the wide Lapland horizon in all directions. Distance today will be around 15-20km.

Alternative activity for non-runners: Also on the Kuormakka mountain, there will be a guided hike, taking around 6-7 hours and passing through a landscape of thick forest up to the first summit. You’ll continue towards Lannavaara, crossing three peaks, stopping for lunch at the highest to enjoy the view. A wonderful opportunity both to experience the majesty of Lapland and learn something of its flora and fauna.

Day 6
Day 6: Rest or Optional Activity Run

Today can be a chance to take it easy, with use of Sauna and Jacuzzi included, or alternatively there are number of guided activities to arrange locally. If you prefer to do your own thing, there are possibilities for self-guided runs or walks in the area around the Lodge.

Day 7
Day 7: Canicross - Husky Run

You’ve already met the huskies earlier in the week – today they’ll provide some extra power on a run!

Huskies love to run, and they’ll be overjoyed to accompany you. You will wear a belt with one of the dogs attached on a lead.

Alternative activity for non-runners: Choose a husky walk instead of a husky run. Also using belt and lead, you’ll head out to walk some of the dogs for around 2 hours.

Day 8
Day 8: Departure

Your time in Lapland draws to a close!

Breakfast at the Lodge followed by departure transfer to Kiruna airport, train station or town.

Transfers with meet SAS flight from Kiruna to Stockholm departing 13.25. You are also welcome to take a later flight and wait at the airport or have transfer into Kiruna town to spend time there before travelling independently to the airport. Guests departing by train can be transferred to Kiruna train station for the early afternoon night train to Stockholm (normally departs 13.28) or, if taking a later train, into Kiruna town, from where there is a free shuttle bus to the train station.

Dates 2020:

Midnight Sun week: 21-28 June 2020

Northern Lights week: 6-13 September 2020

Prices 2020:

Based on hotel room accommodation:

Per Runner (min. total 2 runners required): £966/€1149

Per Follower (non-runner): £795/€946

Single Supplement (for solo travellers or extra person in odd-numbered group): £166/€198

Based on cabin accommodation:

Cabins are suitable for up to 4 persons, with 1 x double room and 1 x 2-person room with bunk beds. Cabin will be the most cost-effective option if travelling as 3-4 persons.

Solo occupancy (Runner): £1253/€1490

As 2 Runners (per person): £1041/€1239

As 3 Runners (per person): £921/€1095

As 4 Runners (per person): £860/€1024

For prices for cabin accommodation for groups including Followers (non-runners), please contact us for details.

Optional extra activities:

June tour (date flexible): Runners or followers can choose an evening guided Midnight Sun hike. Duration approx. 3 hours. After dinner, you will take a guided walk through old growth forest, along the lake and up Pullivaara mountain, which offers a wonderful view of the surrounding area and lakes. A glorious sight beneath a sun that never sets! There will be an evening snack at the top.
Price : £44/€52 per person.

September tour Day 3: Followers can choose a guided Northern Lights Hike with Campfire while Runners are doing their evening run. Duration approx. 3 hours. You will take a guided walk from the Lodge, far away from light pollution, while your guide gives information and stories about the Aurora Borealis, the Northern Lights. You’ll stop to make a campfire and have some pancakes and hot drinks, hopefully with the sky above lit with the dancing Aurora!
Price: £61/€72 per person.

What's included:

  • Transfer from/to Kiruna airport, town or train station in connection with arrival/departure.
  • Accommodation: 7 nights in double/twin room with en-suite bathroom (upgrade to cabin accommodation possible).
  • Meals: Breakfast, lunch and 2-course dinner (from dinner Day 1 to breakfast Day 8).
  • 1 x evening sauna and jacuzzi.
  • Guided activities as per itinerary (including local transfers where required). For Follower (non-runner) activities, participants may join other guests staying at the Lodge who are not part of the running programme.
  • Information is also available for self-guided runs and hikes in the area. GPS rental is available locally if required.

Not included:

  • Drinks (available to purchase locally).
  • Additional jacuzzi/sauna sessions can be booked/paid locally if required (price around 1600 SEK. approx, £150 for 2-hour private session).
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FAQs

What training should I do to prepare for the tour?

Provided you meet the minimum specifications for running ability for the tour, no special preparation should be required. Just keep doing your regular runs! Of course, the better prepared you are for your trip, the more you’ll enjoy it!

What kind of running shoes do I need?

Trail running shoes suitable for running on trails, paths and perhaps some softer/wetter ground. You will be able to dry shoes and clothes at the Lodge, but you may wish to bring more than one pair in any case to have the opportunity to change if wet, etc.

The tundra is soft ground, and in June will tend to wet as this is just after the winter snow melt. In September the ground will tend to be drier. Running in the area around the Lodge and at other times will be on gravel tracks/small roads and on hiking paths.

What will I need to carry with me during the runs?

Whatever you would normally take with you on a run of the distances as per itinerary information – your preferred hydration and some snacks.

How can I refill drinking water during the runs?

You should bring enough water with you from the start for each run. The water in the Lapland area is very clean and you may in some cases pass possibilities to refill from wild sources en route, though this may not always be possible.

In brief:

  • Fly to Stockholm for domestic flight (1.5 hours) or night train (14.5 hours direct) to Kiruna. Transfer from Kiruna (approx. 1 hour 45 mins) is included at fixed times in connection with arrival/departure.

NB: Please don’t hesitate to ask if you require any assistance planning your journey – we are happy to help. Please ensure that you make a booking with us first and wait for confirmation that your space(s) are reserved before making any travel arrangements.

Please contact us for detailed information on flight options and on how to check train connections and book your tickets.