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Frequently Asked Questions

Find answers to frequently asked questions here

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  • How long does the dog sled ride take?
    The dog sledding tour takes about 3 hours. You start at 9:00 am with changing clothes and explanations and then go sledding with two people across the frozen lakes and snow-covered forests. You will be taken back to the house around 1:30 PM.
  • Do you have any clothing advice for -30?
    Yes. 30 degrees below zero. It can get that cold in Lapland. That is about 60 degrees colder than on a warm summer day in July. But how cold is that really? Minus 32? Can you still go outside and won't your ears freeze off? We have written a blog in which we tell about our own experiences with the wonderful temperatures there, and how to deal with it and how to dress.
  • Can I book a room for ourselves?
    Yes, in our house we have 12 beds. These are divided into 2 rooms with 4 beds and 2 rooms with 2 beds. It is only possible to book a room for yourself as a group of 2 or 4, provided there is still room in the house for that date. We also have an 8-person house and a 6-person house for the Christmas holidays and spring holidays. Read more about it on our "The Accommodations" page.
  • Are bed linen and towels provided?
    Yes, we have clean bed linen for the beds. a sheet, duvet cover and pillowcase. A large towel can be rented from us. To see the rental items and prices, check out our blog
  • Can I rent clothes from you in Lapland?
    Yes, you can rent the following from us: Snow boots, warm ski overalls, gloves, hat and towels. For the snowmobile tour and for the dog sled tour you will receive warm overalls with shoes, gloves, scarf and extra socks. For rental prices you can check our blog
  • Can I pay with Euros in Sweden?
    No, in Sweden we have the Swedish krona. 10 kroner is about one euro. You can pin everywhere.
  • What about the Polar Night?
    In December the days get shorter and shorter, until around December 11 the polar night enters and the sun no longer rises. A super unique experience to experience. The first week of January the sun shows itself again and the days get longer and longer until the sun no longer sets in June and the midnight sun is. Curious about the time when the sun rises and sets? Then take a look at this website.
  • What kind of fellow travelers are going on a trip?
    Of the 12 people who can spend the night in the house, the group is often very diverse and always very cozy. For each date you can see who has already booked. Man, woman, ages and whether travelers come alone or together.
  • How does the payment work and what happens after making the booking?
    After you have sent the booking, we will start processing the booking. You will receive An invoice with how much the down payment is and how much the balance is. The travel letter with all the information about the trip An email from the STO guarantee fund for payment The payment of the trip goes through the STO guarantee fund. The entire amount remains with them until after the trip. STO Garant is a guarantee scheme with which organizations can comply with the mandatory guarantee scheme according to the Package Travel Directive. Deposit is 20% in 2 weeks, balance is due 60 days before departure.
  • How long does the snowmobile tour take?
    For the snowmobile tour you are expected at 9:30 where you will be given super warm equipment. After this you go to the snowmobiles for an explanation of how everything works on the scooter and you go to the Ice Hotel. After visiting the Ice Hotel, you will take a detour back to the starting point where you will arrive again around 4:30 PM. In total you will ride the scooter for about 2.5 hours.
  • Can I travel with someone else?
    Yes, we create a group app via WhatsApp and there you can see if you can make the trip together with the other travelers. The app can also be used to view and share photos from, among others. The Northern Lights.
  • Will there be children on this trip?
    Children over 12 years old can join this trip. Any age can participate during the Christmas holidays and spring holidays.
  • Is there WiFi in the house?
    Yes, there is WiFi in the house.
  • Can I pass on food wishes to you?
    Yes, it is certainly possible for us to take into account restricted diets. For example, the Swedish labels make a peanut allergy very difficult. Not whole tomatoes can be a lot better. Much is possible in consultation.
  • What if I want to stay longer than five days?
    Our journey lasts five days. But there is so much more to do. How about being a reindeer herder for a day or three days of dog sledding. Click the button below to see the additional tours. Would you like to stay extra nights in our house? Unfortunately this is not possible. Kim and Jan need these days to get everything ready for the next group to come. There are several hotels in Kiruna where you could book a room for an extra. for example Best western,  E10 hotel, The Bishop arms, or the Scandic hotel.
  • How do I get to Kiruna, Swedish Lapland?
    There are several options to get to Kiruna. You can go by car, train, bus or fly. Flying is the easiest, but a combination of flying and train is also great fun. You can read all about it in our blog. We are happy to help you plan the trip. Do you need help booking flight or train tickets? Then ask Madelon for help. For tips check https://www.pippin-in-lapland.nl/en/vlucht
  • Will I see Northern Lights?
    The Northern Lights are a natural phenomenon and there are several factors that may or may not make you see them. So far everyone who has been with us has seen the Northern Lights. Curious how the Northern Lights are created? Then read our blog about the Northern Lights.
  • When is the best time to go to Lapland?
    To see the dog sled tour, snowmobile tour and the Ice Hotel in all its glory, winter is best. In winter the temperature is between +4 and -40. Usually around -10 to -20. The chance of seeing the Northern Lights is especially when there are no clouds and when it is dark. Snow on the trees can occur in any month, but usually in December, January and February November: Cold, high chance of snow, Icehotel is partly open, approx. 5 hours of daylight, chance of Northern Lights December: Cold, most snowfall, the Icehotel opens completely in mid-December. approx. 3 hours of daylight, chance of Northern Lights January: Cold, snow, Ice hotel completely open, approx. 4 hours of daylight, chance of Northern Lights February: Cold snow, Ice hotel completely open, approx. 5.5 hours of daylight, chance of Northern Lights March: Cold snow, Ice hotel fully open, approx. 7 hours of daylight, chance of Northern Lights April: Often less cold, snow, Ice hotel fully open, approx. 8.5 hours of daylight, chance of Northern Lights To see the dog sled tour, snowmobile tour and the Ice Hotel in all its glory, winter is best. In winter the temperature is between +4 and -40. Usually around -10 to -20. The chance of seeing the Northern Lights is especially when there are no clouds and when it is dark. Snow on the trees can occur in any month, but usually in December, January and February November: Cold, high chance of snow, Icehotel is partly open, approx. 5 hours of daylight, chance of Northern Lights December: Cold, most snowfall, the Icehotel opens completely in mid-December. approx. 3 hours of daylight, chance of Northern Lights January: Cold, snow, Ice hotel completely open, approx. 4 hours of daylight, chance of Northern Lights February: Cold snow, Ice hotel completely open, approx. 5.5 hours of daylight, chance of Northern Lights March: Cold snow, Ice hotel fully open, approx. 7 hours of daylight, chance of Northern Lights April: Often less cold, snow, Ice hotel fully open, approx. 8.5 hours of daylight, chance of Northern Lights
  • Can I book alone? And will I pay more?
    No you don't pay any extra costs with us. You do sleep with one to three others in a room. About a third of the travelers come alone and it's always a lot of fun together.

Who is Pippin?

We are Kim and Jan and started Pippin Hikes walking holidays in 2018. We spend the night in Tipi tents and for the winter we were looking for a nice winter program and soon the idea came up to organize a trip to Lapland. And that was a great success. For the 2023/2024 season we have our own house and we will be in Lapland for half a year. Guests always find us very relaxed and very flexible. We believe that it is your holiday and that you should enjoy it to the fullest. 

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