Local Lives: Arctic Sweden

from £2992
including flights
7 nights Aug-Oct

Overview

Unique to Discover the World, our new Local Lives: Arctic Sweden holiday explores Europe’s far north, learning about nature, culture and traditions from extraordinary local people. Travelling in a small group, you will meet some fascinating characters keen to share their love of everything from wild foraging and astronomy to husky hiking and Sami culture. Immersed in the lives of locals, you will gain a rich and intimate insight into Arctic Sweden that’s simply not possible on a ‘normal’ holiday. And by travelling during late summer or autumn, you will also experience the pristine forests, lakes and fells of northern Sweden at their most vibrant and colourful – with the added bonus of possible northern lights sightings.

Highlights

  • Experience Arctic Sweden through the lives of locals
  • Travel in a small group with a friendly local guide
  • Learn about wild foraging and traditional food
  • Stay in a Sami camp and learn about Sami culture
  • Explore wild forests, hiking with huskies
  • Go star gazing with a local astronomer
  • Learn about the northern lights – and hopefully see them!
  • Cross the Arctic Circle and stay in the Sami town of Jokkmokk
  • Enjoy traditional saunas, forest bathing and Arctic wellness
  • NO single supplement but single places are limited

What's Included

  • Return flights from UK to Luleå
  • Accommodation in rooms with private bathrooms at Sörbyn Lodge, Hotel Akerlund and Pine Bay Lodge
  • Shared (male & female) accommodation in heated teepees at Sapmi Nature Camp
  • Full board from dinner on Day 1 to breakfast on Day 8
  • Activities as per itinerary
  • Services of a driver/guide and a local host as per itinerary
  • Airport transfers
  • 24 hour emergency assistance from our team during your holiday
  • No surcharge guarantee

Full description

Discover the heart and soul of this spectacular destination through the lives of locals, visiting in late summer and autumn when the colours of Arctic Europe are at their most vibrant. You will return home feeling enriched by the experience and inspired by the people you have met and the things you have learned. You will discover the essence of a happy and fulfilled Nordic lifestyle and you may find that your well-being is improved as a result and your approach to life is positively altered.

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Prices & Dates

Prices are per person

Departure Duration Price from Single supplement Status of tour
16 Aug 2020 7 nights £2,992 None Available
23 Aug 2020 7 nights £2,992 None Available
30 Aug 2020 7 nights £2,992 None Available
06 Sep 2020 7 nights £2,992 None Available
13 Sep 2020 7 nights £2,992 None Available
20 Sep 2020 7 nights £2,992 None Available
04 Oct 2020 7 nights £2,992 None Available
15 Aug 2021 7 nights £2,992 None Available
22 Aug 2021 7 nights £2,992 None Available
29 Aug 2021 7 nights £2,992 None Available
05 Sep 2021 7 nights £2,992 None Available
12 Sep 2021 7 nights £2,992 None Available
19 Sep 2021 7 nights £2,992 None Available
26 Sep 2021 7 nights £2,992 None Available
03 Oct 2021 7 nights £2,992 None Available
10 Oct 2021 7 nights £2,992 None Available
17 Oct 2021 7 nights £2,992 None Available
24 Oct 2021 7 nights £2,992 None Available

Please note there is no single supplement, however single places are limited. Single passengers share the teepee at the Sapmi Nature Camp with another person of the same sex.

What's Included

  • Return flight from to Luleå
  • Accommodation in rooms with private bathrooms at Sörbyn Lodge, Hotel Akerlund and Pine Bay Lodge
  • Shared (male & female) accommodation in heated teepees at Sapmi Nature Camp - no single teepees are available
  • Full board from dinner on Day 1 to breakfast on Day 8
  • Activities as per itinerary
  • Services of a driver/guide or a local host as per itinerary
  • All transfers
  • 24 hour emergency assistance from our team during your holiday
  • No surcharge guarantee
  • Full financial protection »

Departures

16, 23 & 30 August; 06, 13 & 20 September; 04 October 2020

15, 22 & 29 August; 05, 12, 19 & 26 September; 03, 10, 17 & 24 October 2021

Group size

This group tour will require a minimum of 8 participants in order to operate and will have a maximum of 12.

Note: on occasion tours may operate with less than the minimum number of participants specified above (or exceed the maximum number indicated) – please refer to our booking conditions for more details

Private departures

Please contact us for a private departure on any date suitable for you. This itinerary can be tailor made to fit your requirements and group size.

Itinerary & Accommodation

Itinerary & Accommodation

Day 1: Fly to Luleå; Sörbyn Lodge and forest bathing

Fly from the UK to Luleå via Stockholm. On arrival your guide will collect you from the airport and transfer you to Sörbyn Lodge – a peaceful lakeside property where you will spend the next two nights. Following a meeting where you will find out more about the trip, enjoy your first taste of local Swedish cuisine during a delicious three-course dinner at Sörbyn. After dinner, a local guide will lead you on a forest bathing walk, the perfect introduction to Sweden’s wildwoods. If the sky is clear, you may be lucky enough to see the northern lights.

Day 2: Hiking with huskies and making handicrafts

After breakfast, meet local husky mushers Sanne and Erik. They’ll introduce you to your very own friendly, furry companion before setting off on a guided husky hike in nearby forest (total duration 2.5-3 hours). Stopping for a traditional Swedish fika of coffee and cake along the way, it’s a wonderful opportunity to learn about the lives of huskies and their owners. Back at Sörbyn Lodge, lunch and relax in the traditional wooden sauna and perhaps take a refreshing dip in the clear, spring-fed lake, renowned for its Arctic char. In the early evening, try your hand at traditional wood and leather handicrafts, learning basic skills from a local expert. The set of carving tools are yours to keep and hopefully you will continue practising when back home. Later, enjoy a three-course dinner of local delicacies from forest and lake, followed by an evening walk to find out more about the mysterious aurora borealis and hopefully glimpse the magical lights themselves.

Day 3: Crossing the Arctic Circle and a culinary afternoon

After breakfast, your guide will drive you to the small village of Jokkmokk. Along the way, keep an eye out for local wildlife, such as moose and elk, and celebrate crossing the Arctic Circle. In Jokkmokk, check in to Hotel Akerlund for a two-night stay. Located in the heart of the village, it’s an excellent base for exploring this fascinating village – an ancient meeting place for the reindeer-herding Sami people and an important centre of their culture and traditions. In the afternoon meet local culture and culinary guide, Eva Gunnare for a two-hour ‘flavour tour’ through her Fjällträgården herbal garden. Passionate about the local uses of trees, herbs and berries, Eva will then invite you to her home for a traditional fika and to taste some of her products – all from natural ingredients. After dinner your guide will take you to a vantage point to view the northern lights if they are active (and weather permitting).

Day 4: Jokkmokk and the Arctic Deli

Following breakfast, your guide will introduce you to the village of Jokkmokk, where you will have an opportunity to look around the small shops, with handmade Sami products, and visit the Sami Museum, Ájtte, renowned for its exhibits of Sami jewellery and costumes, religion, mythology, traditions and history. In the afternoon, we delve further into local food culture with a visit to the Arctic Deli – a shop, restaurant and delicatessen specialising in local produce. You will enjoy a traditional coffee ceremony and learn how to make Gahkku (a special type of Sami bread), before sampling a tasting menu based on each of the eight seasons of the Sami. As well as being delicious, it’s a fascinating way to learn about Sami culture. Relax and savour the amazing flavours before taking the short walk back to your hotel.

Day 5: Sapmi Nature Camp and Laponia

After breakfast, your guide will drive you into a wild and remote landscape of mountains, rivers, lakes and forests to meet local Sami guide, Lennart Pittja. A wonderful host, raised in a local reindeer-herding family, and passionate about local culture and wildlife, Lennart will take you on a hike to a stunning viewpoint overlooking his family’s traditional reindeer grazing lands in Laponia. Enjoy lunch outdoors before making your way to Sapmi Nature Camp – five cosy Sami teepees (with beds and log burners) a log cabin (for dining) and a traditional riverside wooden sauna. Lennart will introduce you to his camp and you will spend the afternoon learning about life in the Sapmi heartlands, both historical and contemporary. Relax around the open fire, enjoy an evening sauna, a swim in the river and Lennart’s mouthwatering Sami cuisine. As darkness falls, look out for the northern lights and enjoy the dazzling night sky of the Arctic.

Day 6: Astronomy Evening

Leaving Sapmi Nature Camp after breakfast, your guide will transfer you to the Bay of Bothnia where idyllic Pine Bay Lodge nestles in trees next to the shore. Our Pine Bay host will join you for dinner after which you will meet local astronomer Ulf Juo Jonsson for an unforgettable night of star gazing. A retired army helicopter pilot and talented photographer, Ulf will invite you to his home where he has built an impressive outdoor observatory, complete with powerful, high definition telescope. Constellations, planets, nebulae and perhaps even the northern lights will leap into focus as Ulf trains your eye on the cosmos and shares his knowledge of the northern night sky.

Day 7: Visit a local organic farm

After breakfast, your guide will drive you to an old-style village bakery where you can learn and practice the art of local bread-making, using recipes and skills that have been passed down through the generations in Britta-Karin’s family. You will then visit the family farm of Britta-Karin and Thomas, learn about the challenges of organic farming in the Arctic and enjoy a hearty lunch. In the afternoon, visit Luleå and the World Heritage Gammelstad Church Town, exploring the medieval streets and 15th-century stone church with your guide. Back at Pine Bay Lodge, enjoy a three-course farewell dinner.

Day 8: Depart Sweden and fly to UK via Stockholm

Early breakfast and transfer to Luleå Airport for your flight back to UK.

Notes

Extend your stay and visit the stunning capital city of Stockholm or venture further north to Kiruna and the famous Icehotel. With the train connection from Luleå all the way to Narvik, it is also possible to combine this holiday with Norway or choose a self-drive option and explore the Finnish, Swedish and Norwegian Arctic. Our Nordic Travel Specialists will be able to help you to create your perfect itinerary.

Accommodation on this tour is based at comfortable local lodges and hotels in single, twin and double rooms. The overnight at Sapmi Nature Camp is in heated teepees and accommodation is in shared twin, double or triple teepees. Single passengers will share the teepee with another one or two guests of the same sex.

Sorbyn Lodge, Rane River Valley

Sweden

Grade: Standard

Type: Hotel

Sorbyn Lodge is situated on the shore of Lake Vittrasket in the Rane River Valley of Swedish Lapland with 8 guest rooms and a main red cedar lodge.

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Sapmi Nature Camp, Laponia

Sweden

Type: Camping

Located 40 minutes from Gällivare and in the Laponia World Heritage site, Sapmi Nature Camp offers a unique Sami glamping experience.

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Pine Bay Lodge, Lulea Archipelago

Sweden

Grade: Standard

Type: Hotel

Pine Bay Lodge is a small hotel in classic Swedish red cottage style and located on the coastal edge of the Lulea Archipelago, 30 minutes from Lulea town and the airport.

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Hotel Akerlund, Jokkmokk

Swedish Lapland

Grade: Standard

Type: Hotel

A small and cosy hotel in the heart of Jokkmokk and just north of the Arctic Circle.

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