A Spotlight on Sapmi Nature Camp
Scandinavia Travel Specialist, Alex, has recently visited one of the latest additions to our Swedish Lapland winter collection – Sapmi Nature Camp. Find out why this peaceful hideaway is the perfect choice for those seeking to really get away from it all in nature’s playground…
Situated around one-and-half hours’ drive away from Kiruna – the hub to Swedish Lapland – you can get yourself properly ‘off the grid’ at the Sápmi Nature Camp. Based on the outskirts of the town of Gällivere the Sápmi Nature Camp mixes the luxury of glamping with a stay in somewhere with no electricity or running water.
Owner, Lennart Pittja, grew up here and has been part of Sami tourism for the past twenty years. This is his statement on the property:
“Sápmi Nature stands for a tourism that is small-scale, considerate and informative. Lennart wants Sápmi Nature to be an example of how sustainability can be achieved without depleting natural resources and causing disruption of life in the north. This is possible thanks to the guests who come here!”
The land in which his property lies has been a grazing ground for reindeer in previous years and is owned by his grandparents. The area is ideal, with local spring water available for use, and clear skies far from any form of light pollution leaving it perfect to view the aurora (which we were very lucky enough to see ourselves!)
There are five lavvus, each comprising of a double bed (except one which offers twin beds), wood stove and additional heater to keep you warm through the night. The lavvus are cosy and warm (as long as you keep the wood burning and take advantage of the extra sleeping bag)! Unlike some tents, you don’t sleep on the ground – here you have your own bed – complete with mattress and duvet.
In the main building, there’s a living space with a roaring fire, sofa and dining area. Here you have your meals and afternoon coffee or tea.
There are two toilet facilities which you have access to and also a brand new sauna which has been designed for you to have a relaxing rest after a day out enjoying such activities as cross-country skiing or snowshoeing.
This property is ideal for those trying to get away from it all and have some quality time together, away from mobile phones and all the social media that comes with it. There is hardly any signal and nowhere to plug in your phones/iPads – so make sure everything is charged up beforehand (like your cameras).
One thing that will strike you is the stunning silence of this location – it is so peaceful and one can completely switch off and relax.
We were even lucky enough to see some aurora on the first night which we managed to capture on camera!
This location is truly stunning. It is perfect for a short break for families or couples who like to do something unique, different and off-the-beaten track. There is also plenty to learn about, including the Sami culture and way of life, which Lennart is happy to discuss with you.
You will sleep well too!