Winter wonderland family adventure in Lapland

Photo: Anna Öhlund

Take your family for an adventure of a lifetime! Just your family. We want you to experience the real side of Lapland.
— Marcus Eldh, founder of WildSweden
 
 

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The plan

  • Take your family to spend two nights at a tented camp far out in the wild

  • Let the kids play in deep snow and dig snow caves

  • Feed Reindeer and search for Moose in a snowy landscape

  • Travel with husky dogs, the whole family on one sledge

  • Relax at the guesthouse

Rates

This tour can be booked at any date at request. The rate depends on the number of adults and children in your family.

Example rate: If you travel 2 adults and 2 children under 15 years the rate is 19,500 SEK per person

If you are interested in a quote, please use the form above.

WILL WE SEE THE NORTHERN LIGHTS?

We certainly hope so! On most tours we do. Each evening there is a chance to watch for northern lights, and you don’t have to be out late. As long as the sky is clear we will dress warm to venture out. We can never guarantee anyone to see them but northern Sweden has some of the most frequent and intense auroral activity on the planet… so our chances are as good as they can get.

WATCH AND PHOTOGRAPH WILD ANIMALS

During winter, moose and their much smaller cousins reindeer gather in the valleys in search for food. This gives us an opportunity to get close to and photograph these animals in a winter landscape.

WELCOME TO SÁPMI

Known as Lapland, the native name of this area is actually Sápmi. The indigenous Samis inhabit the region of Sápmi, which today encompasses parts of northern Sweden, Norway, Finland and the Kola peninsula of Russia. During this tour you will meet with Sámis, eat with Sámis and perhaps even ski with Sámis. In this way you will have the chance to learn about and get an understanding for their interesting culture and traditions.

STAY WARM AND LOOK COOL

Sometimes it gets seriously cold, but we will make sure that you are well equipped so that you will stay warm during the entire trip. We provide high quality winter clothing that we try out on the first day.

>> Packing list for Winter tours

Day 1: Arrive in Jokkmokk & Northern Lights excursion

Meet and greet with our guide in Luleå. Welcome lunch.

We then have a two hours drive that will take us across the Arctic circle and into the heart of Swedish Lapland. Here we reach Jokkmokk, a small northern outpost town which will act as a base for our excursions. It's surrounding area boasts amazing landscapes, ranging from mountains and frozen lakes to ancient boreal forests and streaming rivers. Jokkmokk is also home to a large Sámi community. We love this place!

On this first evening we will give you some time to arrive at your own pace. You may want to visit the Ájtte museum, a good introduction to the Sámi culture for adults and children alike. Or explore Jokkmokk town and some of the local handicraft shops on your own.

For the first three nights at the guesthouse you will cook some of your own meals in the common kitchen. You can buy your groceries at the supermarket which is a 5 minute walk from the guesthouse.

After dinner we fill our thermoses with hot drinks and venture to watch for Northern Lights.

Night at Jokkmokk guesthouse.

Day 2: Dog sledding & reindeer meeting

On this day we are going dog sledding with our good friends Matti and Stina. They live in a small cabin by a lake with more than 50 huskies in their snowy garden. Greet and cuddle with the dogs or help out to prepare the sledges before we are ready to take off.

Seated four persons on each sledge we travel across the frozen landscape hearing only the breathing of the huskies. We stop somewhere to grill sausages and light a warming camp fire while the dogs get some well deserved rest and cool down in the snow. This sled trip takes about three hours including the lunch.

In the afternoon we will meet up with our good friend Anna just outside Jokkmokk. Anna and her family are Sámi reindeer herders. Here we can help out to feed some of her reindeer before we join her for an evening meal in her lávvu (traditional tent). With a native perspective Anna has a lot to share. We sit on skins on the floor and try some traditional Sámi dishes that she prepares for us over the open fire.

In the evening we have another chance to watch for northern lights, and hopefully the skies are clear.

Night at Jokkmokk guesthouse.

Day 3: Moose & reindeer watching in the wild

On this day we plan to drive through a nearby valley which is known to host some of Europe’s largest moose, but also herds of reindeer. This is a great opportunity to view and photograph these majestic animals with the snowy landscape as a backdrop.

We stop for an outdoor lunch somewhere along the shore of a lake. We can play in the snow and if the weather is fair we spend the whole afternoon out in the valley before we return to Jokkmokk for a well deserved dinner and hot drinks.

Cook your own dinner at the guesthouse.

In the evening you will have another chance for Northern lights. Fill up your thermos and bring some snacks to stay warm and happy.

Night at Jokkmokk guesthouse.

Day 4: Night in tents at Sámi camp

Free morning to explore Jokkmokk on your own. Cook your own lunch.

We then leave Jokkmokk behind and travel further North to visit our good friend Lennart in Unna Tjerusj Sami community. We are very happy that he lets us stay at his tented camp.

I am aware that this may increase your expectations but I just have to mention that Lennart's camp was recently featured by National Geographic's list 21 places to stay if you care about the planet.

During the evening we will have an evening meal by the fire place in a small wooden cabin. We take turns to go outside and watch for the Aurora that will hopefully be dancing in the sky above the camp. In either case, the illuminated tents will provide an ideal foreground for night sky photography.

There are also skis and snowshoes for you to use whenever you feel like it.

You will then sleep comfortably in one of the tents. The tents have proper beds and a heater, so it will be almost like staying at a hotel. You will be surprised how comfortable a tent can be. Toilet? Don't worry, Lennart has set up some heated toilet booths near the tents. All in all we will have five tents to share so there will be plenty of room for all of us.

At this place we recommend you to put your phone away and let nature take care of your connection to the world. Electricity is not available so you won’t be able to charge your phone.

Day 5: Relax, ski or snowshoe

Wake up in your tent and enjoy a breakfast in the warm cabin.

Take this day to relax. I am sure you deserve it. Read a book while we take care of the children. There is always something to do outside. We can drill a hole in the lake and try ice fishing, have a sauna and roll in the snow.

You can also take the chance to explore the surrounding forests and the frozen lake on wooden Nordic skis or snowshoes, as you prefer. Search for animal tracks and experience different types of snow. These activities are optional. You can also walk on foot, or just lay in your bed all day.

Lunch and dinner at the camp. No schedule, no stress.

Day 6: Wake up in the wild, then departure

We enjoy another slow breakfast in the cabin before we say our good bye's to Lennart and begin our journey back to the modern world.

Time has come to leave Sápmi for this time. We will drive you to Luleå for your afternoon train or flight. Lunch along the way.

Wanna stay some extra days? You can always book a few extra nights in Luleå or Stockholm. We can recommend good places. Or we can drop you at the famous Tree Hotel in Harads which is along the way to Luleå.

WHAT'S INCLUDED?

  • Tour leader that likes children ;)

  • All activities

  • 5 nights accommodation

  • Most of the meals are included (you cook some meals on your own)

  • Round-trip transportation from Luleå

ADD-ONS

  • Winter clothing can be rented at 1800 SEK for the entire trip.

  • Note that you cook two dinners and one lunch on your own. Buy your groceries at the nearby supermarket. On the last day we stop for lunch somewhere along the way to Luleå. That lunch is not included.

What to bring

>> See our full packing list here

ACCOMMODATION

  • Three nights at Jokkmokk guesthouse. Choose between single, double, twin or family room. The rooms are basic but comfortable and clean with bathrooms in the corridor. These bathrooms can be used by all guests, but you can lock the door from the inside when you use it. There is also a shared sauna. This homely guesthouse was built as a home for the local hunt master nearly 100 years ago.

  • Two nights at a tented camp far out in the wild. The tents are more like hotel rooms with proper beds and a heater. There are five tents with 2-3 beds in each. The toilets are shared in a heated booth outside the tents. There is no electricity.

FOR WHO?

If you travel as a family the recommended minimum age is 5 years. Participants should be able to walk in uneven terrain without difficulties. Walking level is easy. You don't have to ski or snowshoe, that is just an optional activity on one of the days.

PRIVATE GROUPS FOR A MORE GENUINE EXPERIENCE

This is a private tour which means you will have a guide exclusively for your family. Note that there may be other families staying at the guesthouse and at the tented camp.

LOCATION & HOW TO GET HERE

We meet you in Luleå at a time that suits you on day 1. On the last day of the tour you can take a flight or train at any time after 15:30, since we will in Luleå at 14:30 at the latest.

By air: Fly via Stockholm Arlanda (ARN) to Luleå (LLA) with SAS or Norwegian. From Luleå airport you can take a shuttle bus or taxi (20 minutes) to Hotel Arctic which is next to Luleå train station. Note that since the tour begins at 11am you may need to fly to Luleå one day earlier and stay at a hotel, or make a night's stopover in Stockholm and take a morning flight to Luleå.

By train: You can also take the Arctic Circle train from Stockholm or Arlanda airport to Luleå. When you arrive in Luleå you just walk 200 meters to Hotel Arctic which is where we meet up for the tour. If you arrive in the morning you can have breakfast at the hotel free of charge, before we meet up for the tour. The train ride is about 13 hours and you can choose to travel in daytime or overnight. This may sound like a long way to travel, but it is a great trip and a good start of your adventure. Train travel is also much better for the environment. The train has a restaurant with basic meals, snacks and drinks. If you are unsure you can travel by train in one direction and fly in the other direction. Purchase your train tickets online at www.sj.se. The cost of the train ticket depends on which comfort you choose. The approximate rate for a bunk bed in a shared 6-bed compartment is about 2500 SEK for a return ticket if you book a month in advance. 3-bed compartment or private compartment are also available. Let me know if you need any advise. Note that the tickets for these trains are not released until about 3 months prior to departure. Before the tickets are released it may look as if everything is sold out.

BOOKINGS & CANCELLATIONS

Our booking procedure is simple. Just pick a date and fill in the form. You pay a 20% deposit at the time of booking and the rest 45 days before you arrive.

We will manually review your booking to make sure that we still have availability. If everything is okay we will send you a confirmation by email within 24 hours. Until your booking is confirmed no payment or charges will be applied, and credit card details are held for security purposes only.

  • You may cancel your tour at no cost up to 7 days from the time of booking. We will provide a 100% refund.

  • Cancellations between 8 days from the time of booking and 46 days before arrival will be charged at 25% of the booking’s total amount.

  • Cancellations between 45 days and 15 days before arrival will be charged at 75% of the booking’s total amount.

  • Cancellations within 14 days of arrival will be charged at 100% of the booking’s total amount.