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Snowtrail Dogcamp AB

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4.5
#2 of 4 lodges in Gallivare
4.8 of 5 bubbles
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4.5 of 5 bubbles
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4.7 of 5 bubbles
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The facility is beautifully situated beside a lake in a pine forest far from the nearest road, and you get here on foot or are picked up on a quad bike, or in winter, a snowmobile. You can hire a guide for different daytime activities. The sauna is well-placed by the lake, and there you can take a dip after your sauna, and in the winter a hole in the ice is kept open for those inclined towards winter bathing.Winter activitiesIn the winter you can drive a dogsled, go on a snowmobile safari, take a skiing tour or try out snowshoe walking. You can also try fishing for perch, lavaret or pike.After the fishing we cook our catch over an open fire or try smoking it.Summer activitiesYou can go on a forest walk, hunt grouse, go on a longer hike to Avvakko Fell, try your hand at fishing, pick berries or mushrooms, or simply relax. The facility has 12 beds in 2- and 4-bed rooms.
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Skaulo 92, Gallivare 982 04 Sweden
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Gallivare Airport
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explrdvr37 wrote a review Jan 2024
United Kingdom627 contributions215 helpful votes
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4.0 of 5 bubbles
Just to avoid any confusion, any earlier reviews of Snowtrail Dogcamp date back to the time this “homestay” belonged to a Swiss lady called Lotti.

She no longer owns or runs the Dogcamp - it has since been sold to a Swede called Mats Pettersson, who owns and runs Kiruna Sleddog Tours.

We’d booked a week-long crash course in mushing via a German tour agency, and did not know who their local Swedish partner was until quite close to the start of our trip.

Currently, the camp is run by a young team who manage tours of varying durations, with the 7-day one, one of the longest.

The camp is like a bunkhouse - during our week there, it was quite low density, with a total of 5 guests at any one time. This was quite nice as the group felt quite intimate. There were 2 couples and a single person, and all of us ended with our own private rooms.

The camp supposedly has capacity for up to 12 guests at any one time, but I imagine that could become quite a squeeze when there’s only 1 shower and 2 toilets.

As the group was small, we all had to muck in with the feeding of the dogs and cleaning of their enclosures. This was quite nice to forge a bit of a relationship with the dogs.

Training to get up to speed on our mushing skills was great - we were trained by the Dogcamp lead, Asbjörn, a Dane. His partner, Sabrina dealt with the management of bookings and logistics.

We were lucky to have 3 nights when the northern lights appeared. Towards the end of our stay, the moon was getting fuller, so visibility reduced.

The camp team set up the sauna for us over a few nights and we also tried the ice hole into the camp’s nearby lake.

The only criticism would be regarding the food during our stay - it was pretty basic and one of the guests had a pretty big appetite, and I don’t think he had enough to eat during the time of his stay. The food was over-salted and very heavy on the butter. There was also a distinct lack of vegetables in the selection - understand that the camp is relatively remote, but some tomatoes or some green leafy vegetables would have been very welcome.

Otherwise, it was a lovely experience. The landscapes around the area is absolutely stunning and the dog trails were great. A really unique experience.
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Date of stay: January 2024Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Elizabeth K wrote a review Sept 2016
Sherborne, United Kingdom16 contributions9 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
We were warmly welcomed by Lotti, who collected us from the Inlandsbanan train at Gallivare, and by her team and 90 sled-dogs when we arrived at her lodge. What a beautiful place, built beside a small lake and looking out to the forest and hills. A comfortable sitting room with good books, delicious meals [freshly-caught lake perch, elk stew], comfortable bunk-beds and a hostess who made us feel very much at home. Lovely walking country [although you could very easily get lost in the wilderness]. Amazingly hot in high summer - temperatures in high 20s C - although the little lake was very chilly - but who could have imagined sun-bathing in the arctic! One day in the future, we'd love to come back again in the winter to go sledding. Paradise in the wilderness.
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Date of stay: July 2016
5.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
5.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
Trip type: Travelled with family
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zazziizzaz wrote a review Jul 2013
Boras, Sweden88 contributions15 helpful votes
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
There are places on earth that you can not describe with words ... this place is definitely one of them! The owner Lotti is a personality that must be experienced live. We stayed 4 persons at Snowtrail Dogcamp for 4 days and had it as a base for fishing in the nearby lakes. Getting to the place is an experience in itself ... the road ends 3 km before, the luggage is transported by a four-wheeler and yourself ... you have to go the last few kilometers. Upon arrival at the lodge you will be welcomed by 90 huskies .. and everyone of them wants to be petted! Somehow you feel that you have come home ... the service's lovely, the hospitality beyond the ordinary ... and you just have to just listen to all the amazing stories Lotti has to tell.
Even that place I have to visit again during winter-time to experience some dog sledding tours!
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Date of stay: June 2013
5.0 of 5 bubblesValue
4.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
4.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
3.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
Trip type: Travelled on business
Room Tip: A must for all loving nature all year around!
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JGibbs393 wrote a review Mar 2013
Antwerp, Belgium74 contributions24 helpful votes
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4.0 of 5 bubbles
This is not really a hotel, it is a lodge where meals are taken at a communal table and bathrooms are shared. On arrival we were a bit disappointed that there were just the 2 showers for the 12 people staying at the hotel, but it turned out OK really, you could run out of hot water though, I suppose that is to be expected in the middle of nowhere with electricity from a generator and wood fired heating. But it was never cold in the house, also the outside clothing (coat and boots) provided by the hotel were excellent. The rooms are basic but clean, most have bunk beds, but there were two rooms with a small (1.40m wide) double bed.The food (meals are included is home-style cooking, roast reindeer, elk stew, the fish we caught going ice fishing, all served with simple vegetables and potatoes or pasta or rice. Execution of the food was a bit up and down at times but generally good. For breakfast there were always boiled eggs and porridge, yogurt muesli, jams, ham & cheese. Lunch was soup and bread (always choice of freshly baked or crispbread), the 4 o'clock cake was always excellent! The lodge organizes dogsled tours and that is really the only reason to travel here in the winter, it's a great experience to take a 6 sled-dog team for a 25-40km tour though the snowy countryside! And afterwards relaxing in the lodge or sauna with a cool down in the icy lake. Overall a wonderful experience never to be forgotten, thanks to the whole team at the lodge.
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Date of stay: February 2013
5.0 of 5 bubblesValue
3.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
4.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
5.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
3.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
Trip type: Travelled with friends
Room Tip: There are two rooms with small double beds (1.40m wide 4'8") other rooms have bunk beds.
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zazziizzaz wrote a tip Jul 2013
Boras, Sweden88 contributions15 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"A must for all loving nature all year around!"
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JGibbs393 wrote a tip Mar 2013
Antwerp, Belgium74 contributions24 helpful votes
4.0 of 5 bubbles
"There are two rooms with small double beds (1.40m wide 4'8") other rooms have bunk beds."
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£76 - £150 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
LOCATION
SwedenNorrbotten CountyGallivare
NUMBER OF ROOMS
5
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SNOWTRAIL DOGCAMP AB - Updated 2024 (Gallivare, Sweden)

Frequently Asked Questions about Snowtrail Dogcamp AB
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Some of the more popular amenities offered include an on-site restaurant, canoeing, and hiking.
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Guests can enjoy an on-site restaurant during their stay.