Local Lives Holidays

Our Local Lives portfolio takes you beyond any kind of holiday experience you may be used to. Instead of simply visiting a destination, or travelling through it, our unique holidays will immerse you in its nature and culture through the lives of some very special local people. Passionate about their homelands and traditions, they’ll enrich your holiday with intimate experiences, unforgettable encounters, tastes and sights that you simply wouldn’t find on a normal trip.

Arctic Sweden and Norway’s Senja Island are the first two destinations in this exciting new programme. Discover the heart and soul of these spectacular destinations through the lives of locals, visiting in late summer and autumn when the colours of Arctic Europe are at their most vibrant. You’ll return home feeling enriched by the experience – inspired by the people you’ve met and the things you’ve learned. You will discover the essence of a happy and fulfilled Nordic lifestyle – and you may well find that your wellbeing is improved as a result and your approach to life is positively altered.

With a driver/guide to take care of the logistics, you and your fellow travellers are free to immerse yourself in the wide range of experiences, sights, sounds and tastes of the region. And with no single supplement, these holidays are a great option for solo travellers.

Thomas then drives you through the wildwoods of northern Sweden, crossing the Arctic Circle to reach the Sami village of Jokkmokk for your next two nights. Culinary guide and forager, Eva Gunnare will take you on a fascinating ‘flavour tour’ through her herbal garden, while Linn Huuva from Jokkmokk’s Arctic Deli will show you how to make traditional bread before treating you to a tasting menu based on the eight seasons of the Sami.

Your next night is spent at Sapmi Nature Camp (pictured) nestled in pristine forest where Lennart Pittja will provide unforgettable insights into the life of a Sami reindeer herder. Following an evening sauna and a swim in the river, it’s the perfect spot for northern lights watching. Returning to the Bay of Bothnia, astronomer, Ulf Juo Jonsson, will invite you to his home for incredible views of the cosmos through his powerful telescope. Your final day is spent at an organic farm where you’ll learn from owners Britta-Karin and Thomas what life as farmers in the Arctic is like.

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Introducing our first two holidays exploring the heart and soul of Arctic Europe

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