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Winter Holiday

Sami Culture Winter Holiday (6 days / 5 nights)

Learn more about the indigenous Sami culture in Jokkmokk.  Meet and feed reindeers, listen to stories during a visit by a Sami family and enjoy the beauty of  winter during a unique dog sledding tour with Husky’s.  When lucky, you may even see the magical
Northern Lights in the evenings!

Sami Culture Winter Holiday

This 6-day-5-night package features the real arctic winter and indigenous Sami culture in Jokkmokk. It also offers flexibility to explore Swedish Lapland on your own, benefiting from the included Hertz rental car You will encounter the lively Sami culture during a visit to a unique Sami winter camp. There you can meet and feed reindeers and listen to interesting stories from a traditional Sami reindeer herder. Besides, a dog sledding tour is included for you to witness the beauty of silence in the untouched wilderness. With minimal light pollutions in Jokkmokk, if lucky, you may even see the magical Northern Lights in the evenings!

Jokkmokk

Located about 5km north of the Arctic Circle, Jokkmokk is an important cultural hub for the region’s indigenous Sami population. The surroundings consist of vast forestland, marshland and mountains with national parks of Sarek and Padjelanta. This town with its certain mythical charm, has long been a significant trading area. It is the best places in Lapland to stock up on authentic Sámi art and handicraft products. The Ájtte Museum, one of Sweden’s best museums, is dedicated to showcase the viable Sámi culture.

With its only 5000 inhabitants, Jokkmokk is a yet unfamiliar destination for many people. However, the town annually hosts one of Swedish oldest markets, dating back to the middle ages, attracting both traders from across Sapmi region as well as international tourists to Jokkmokk.

Accommodation

You will stay in a typical Swedish wooden cabin on a small campsite near the lake “Stor Skabram”. The cabin is equipped with a bathroom with toilet & shower, TV, free wifi, a sofa bed, refrigerator, kitchen pantry with an electric stove and cutlery, pots and pans. Two bedrooms with bunk beds, one room with the lower bed 120x200cm, the upper bed 90x200cm; the other room with bunk bed 90x200cm.

Sami culture holiday
Skiing-Dundret-Lapland
sami culture experience
luleå winter break
  • Price from

    SEK 6500

  • Period

    December – April

  • Accommodation

    5 Nights accommodation, in traditional wooden Swedish cabin

  • Includes
    • Personal welcome on Luleå airport
    • Rental car, Hertz standard adjusted to winter conditions; Volvo V40 or similar, navigation, unlimited kilometres, extra driver, super cover excess elimination.
    • Car insurance
    • Wifi
    • Bed-linen & towels
    • Final cleaning
  • Includes 2 activities
    • Dogsledding tour – passenger (3h)
    • Sami culture experience (2.5)
  • Details
    • Excluding flights
    • Flexible arrival and departure dates
    • Accommodation Skabram Camping & Stugby, 2 bedroom cabin (33sqm)
    • Price per person and based on 4 persons sharing a 2 bedroom cabin
    • Price for 3 persons SEK 7500 Price for 2 persons SEK 8500
    • Upgrade Dog Sledding tour to drive your own sled (6h). SEK 1250 p.p. extra
    • On behalf of price changes and availibility

ITINERARY

Sami Culture Winter Holiday | 6 days / 5 nights

Sami culture holiday route Map
Day 1 – Arrival day

Arrival at Luleå airport according to your flight schedule. You will be welcomed by our local guide, who will assist you with picking up your rental car at the airport. If you have some time left, take a short drive (8km) to the city centre an d stretch your legs with a nice walk on the famous ice road connecting the Southern and Northern Harbour. Or take a stroll through the charming city, visit one of the many trendy cafes for a Swedish Fika. Being the biggest city in Swedish Lapland, Luleå has 11 remarkable restaurants and cafés mentioned in the White Guide where you can enjoy a delicious dinner before heading up north.

The drive to Jokmokkk will take about 2.5h (195km) where on the way you will cross the Arctic Circle. The last few kilometres before reaching your destination will lead through the small and cosy village of Jokkmokk, here you can have a first glimpse of your holiday destination. By arrival at your accommodation you will be welcomed by the reception staff who will guide you to your cabin. Enjoy your first night in a typical Swedish cottage.

Day 2 – Free day

Enjoy the first day of your winter holiday by exploring the surroundings. At the campsite you can borrow snowshoes for free that you can use for a first snow hike just around the campsite. Alternatively you can drive into the village of Jokkmokk (approx. 3km from the cottage) to visit the Ájtte Museum and explore the local craft and art shops. You will find some exciting Sami shops selling Sámi fashion and designs. You may probably find some treasures like a beautifully hand carved wooden cup, a Sami-style knife made from moose antlers, or a handmade silver necklace. The Jokkmokk church is also a very famous landmark. It is a Gothic Revival architecture church and is built of wood. While this cosy village is the hometown for many Sami people and reindeers, it has numerous small cafés and restaurants where you could enjoy your lunch or typical Swedish fika.

Day 3 – Sámi culture experience

After a good night sleep, it’s time to get ready for a Sami Culture Experience. Jokkmokk has a very strong Sami culture with reindeer herding. While most people are curious about the mysterious Sami culture, the culture is indeed still very much alive and authentic even in the modern days. Today you will spend a couple of relaxing hours with a genuine Sami family. Take this chance to understand their lifestyle as indigenous reindeer herders.

You will drive towards the Arctic Circle monument on the Road 97 (approx. 20min drive), where you will be picked up by your Sami guide to their winter residence. Join the daily herding work by feeding the reindeers on the natural winter pastureland in the snow-covered forests just outside Jokkmokk. Sit around the sparkling fire in the lávvu (tent house), you will be served with traditional Sami bread and hot steaming coffee. Take part of the joik, the traditional Sami way to musically tell a story and to remember the old ways.

Day 4 – Free day

Enjoy a beautiful winter day according to your wishes! Since Jokkmokk is in the center of Swedish Lapland, you may drive southward (100km, approx. 75mins) to explore the Europe’s biggest rapids – Storforsen Nature Reserve and the near-by extraordinary TREEHOTEL. Alternative you may drive northward (210km, approx. 2h 30mins) to visit the world’s famous ICEHOTEL in Jukkasjärvi, which is the world’s first hotel made from ice and snow. You can take a tour to the sub-zero temperatures “Experience Room” where ICEHOTEL’s 30-year history and some selected ice-sculpted art pieces are exhibited. You may also enjoy a well-chilled cocktail in an ice-glass in the beautiful ICEBAR.

For those of you who would rather enjoy more action, you may drive to the famous ski resort Dundred in Gällivare, 100km north from your accommodation. This ski resort is very popular among the locals but also among those who live further away. Here you can rent skis as well as snowboards or cross-country skis. You can enjoy some high-quality Nordic cuisine in the restaurant after your downhill adventure. And before returning home, take a bath in the wintersun or if it has darkened already, watch out for the Northern Lights.

Day 5 – Dog Sledding tour

Today you will experience one of the most iconic activities possible in Swedish Lapland. Maybe you noticed some sounds the last days that reminded you of wolves? This was the sound of the howling huskies that will soon pull you through the snow-covered nature. They are just living nearby, you don’t even need to take your car to get to the kennel, it is less than 5-minute walk from your accommodation. After arriving there, you will be dressed properly, take a seat as a passenger on the dog sled covered by reindeer skin. Your experienced guide will steer the dog team. Your powerful dogs will head off, pulling you over ice-covered lakes, frozen mires and through white pine forests.

Optional: Dog-sledding, drive your own sled, with lunch (6 hours) 
SEK1,250 supplement per pax, min. 2 pax.

Day 6 – Departure day

Today it is time to say goodbye. You can look back to an outstanding week in Europe’s last wilderness in Swedish Lapland that you probably will never forget!  Time to check out from your cabin and start driving through the beautiful landscape towards Luleå Airport. Return your rental car at the airport prior to your return flight. Have a nice journey back home and thank you very much for being our guests!

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