Discover the Heart & Soul of Arctic Europe
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.
What are these holidays like?
Our Travel Specialists can tell you more about this new portfolio of small group holidays – and can even tailor make them to your requirements and group size – here’s a taster of what to expect on our Local Lives: Arctic Sweden itinerary…
After meeting you at Luleå airport, local guide will drive you to the cosy lakeside Sörbyn Lodge for your first two nights. Forest bathing, northern lights watching and a traditional wood-fired sauna introduce you to local Nordic lifestyle. Highlights also include delicious meals with ingredients sourced from lake and forest, a wood and leather handicraft workshop and a husky walk with local mushers, Sanne and Erik, stopping for traditional coffee fika over an open fire.
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.
Introducing our first two holidays exploring the heart and soul of Arctic Europe
Our local lives Arctic Sweden tour takes you beyond any kind of holiday experience you may be used to.
7 nights | Aug-Oct
Combine the breathtaking scenery of Senja with fascinating insights into nature and culture from the island’s locals.
6 nights | Aug-Oct
Some of the people you could meet
Below are just a handful of characters you could meet. Read more about the individuals at the heart of these holidays…
Eva is a culture and culinary guide, a forager and a botanist. Her passion is wild and edible plants, how to preserve them and their value in nutrition and wellbeing.
Sapmi Nature Camp, Sweden
Lennart grew up in a reindeer-herding family in the local Unna Tjerusj Sami community in the mountains and meadows of Laponia, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Linn and her team of culinary artisans are behind the innovative Arctic Deli where guests can join workshops specialising in Arctic food craft.
Ulf Juo Jonsson
From a young age Ulf has had a fascination with astronomy and the beautiful night sky so clearly visible in the arctic latitudes.
Hege Enge Dekkerhus
Hege is an activity and wilderness guide who spends much of her time hiking, exploring nature and kayaking. Nature is her medicine, motivation and meditation.
Sissel and Wenche Hole
Sisters Sissel and Wenche wanted to change their hectic lifestyles, getting away from computers and social media to return to their roots in the countryside.