Tomorrow, I fly to Kiruna in Swedish Lapland, the most northern destination in Sweden to take a one week road trip. I’ll be staying in an ice hotel, riding snowmobiles, dogsledding and ice fishing all while keeping my eyes open for the northern lights, I’m very excited. The trip takes place during the period 20th to 27th of February, 2017 and is arranged through Swedish Tourism.
I will be sharing highlights and photos through social media, you can follow my adventures using the hashtag #swedishlapland on Twitter and Instagram.
Monday 20th February, 2017
I’ll fly into Kiruna late in the afternoon, it will already be dark as the sun sets about 2.30 pm. After collecting a rental car I’ll drive to the village of Jukkasjärvi, 200km north of the Arctic Circle, where I’ll be staying in the Icehotel, in the Art Suite, Cold Room. I’ll receive a guided tour in and around the hotel on a snowmobile (outside that is) and dinner at the Chef’s Table. There will hopefully be the first opportunity to witness the aurora.
Tuesday 21st February, 2017
After breakfast, I’ll be taking a 3.5-hour drive to Stora Sjöfallet, in Laponia, so my first activity is likely to be lunch! While staying at the Stora Sjöfallet Mountain Centre to try some skiing on old-fashioned wooden skis and an aurora hunting excursion. I will also be spending the night at the centre.
Wednesday 22nd February, 2017
Details of my activities for the day are brief, so brief in fact I’m in for a pleasant surprise, it’s dependent on the weather. So, I may have an opportunity for a leisurely breakfast and possibly some snowmobiling if the weather is kind.
Thursday 23rd February, 2017
An early final breakfast at Stora Sjöfallet will leave me plenty of time to drive to the Sápmi Nature Camp in Nietsak, where I hope to meet Lennart Pittja, an indigenous Sámi. This stage of the trip is the one that excites me most, spending some time with the Sámi people, learning about their culture and participating in some traditional activities.
Friday 24th February, 2017
I’ll have the pleasure of a traditional Sámi breakfast before trying some ice fishing and a ski tour around the camp area. I’ll have the opportunity to explore and find traces of traditional Sámi culture, as well as discovering how the modern community is making use of the land.
If I’m very lucky, a reindeer herd may be in the area and I’ll have an opportunity to photograph and meet the herdsmen.
Saturday 25th February, 2017
There will be time to spend a further morning among the Sámi people before driving to the Lappeasuando Hotel and Lodge, where I’ll have some free time to explore for the rest of the day. Fingers crossed for the northern lights again!
Sunday 26th February, 2017
After breakfast, there will be a further treat, a dog sled tour. I’ve always loved sled dogs, and been the human to two Siberian huskies, so I’m stoked to finally get the chance to ride with a dog sled team.
I’ll then be taking a short drive to Matharahkka, where after dinner there will be a chance to soak and relax in a hot tub, hopefully with the dancing lights of an amazing aurora providing the entertainment.
Monday 27th February, 2017
I’ll find time to fit in another short snowmobile tour before returning to the airport, for my onward flight and Scandinavian arctic adventure part two.
Obviously, nobody is going to be as excited by this itinerary as I am, but it should have most people interested and keen to discover more. Please do follow my adventure on Twitter and Instagram using the hashtag #swedishlapland