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This is the ultimate winter adventure in Swedish Lapland. Watch for moose, reindeer and the fantastic Aurora borealis. Go dog sledding and hang out with cool locals. This trip is for travelers who are seeking for a fun and rewarding adventure in the Winter Wonderland that is Lapland. Be prepared to make new friends with the guides as well as with the locals. On this trip, you won't just be taking photos of sights and attractions, but you will be part of the whole experience and the Sami lifestyle and bring home memories for life. The Laponian Area, located in northernmost Sweden, is a magnificent wilderness of high mountains, primeval forests, vast marshes, beautiful lakes and well-preserved river systems and is part of Unesco's World Heritage List.

It contains areas of exceptional beauty such as the snow-covered mountains of Sarek, the large alpine lakes of Padjelanta/Badjelannda, and the extensive river delta in the Rapa Valley. On-going geological, biological and ecological processes have formed a variety of habitats conserving rich biodiversity, including many species of fauna and flora typical of the northern Fennoscandian region. What better place to spend New Year's Eve than at our good friend Lennart's tented camp far out in the wilderness, experiencing a more real side of Lapland, in small groups with local guides, away from any crowds.

Celebrate New Year's Eve at a tented Sami camp far out in the wilderness. Photograph wild Reindeer and Moose in a snowy landscape. Go dog sledding across frozen lakes and through snowy forests. Enjoy good meals with Sami specialties like Arctic Char, Gahkku, and Souvas. Venture out with hot chocolate onto a frozen lake and watch the Northern Lights dance in the sky above. Travel with like-minded people in small groups and local guides for more genuine experiences.

Will we see the Northern Lights? Each evening holds an opportunity to watch for Northern lights. If the sky is clear, we will all be out to watch. Of course, since the Northern lights are a natural phenomenon, we are never guaranteed to see them, but this place has some of the most frequent and intense auroral activity on the planet...meaning our odds are very good. This part of Lapland is home to the largest Moose in Europe. During winter, Moose and their much smaller cousins Reindeer gather in the valleys in search of food.

On this trip, you have the chance to get close to and photograph some of these majestic animals in the wild. Known as Lapland, the native name of this area is actually Sapmi. The indigenous Samis inhabit the region of Sapmi, which today encompasses parts of northern Sweden, Norway, Finland and the Kola peninsula of Russia. During this trip, you will meet with Samis to learn about and get an understanding of their interesting culture and traditions.

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Meet and greet with your guide in Luleå for a welcome lunch with your fellow travelers. We then have a two hour drive that will take us across the Arctic circle and into the heart of Swedish Lapland. Here we reach Jokkmokk. Jokkmokk is a small northern outpost town which will act as a base for our excursions. Its 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 Sami community. As we arrive at our hotel we sit down for a proper introduction over a coffee in the restaurant. Take some time to arrive at your own pace. In the afternoon you will have the chance to visit the Ajtte museum, to give you a good introduction to the Sami culture as well as to the Arctic nature. Or explore Jokkmokk and some of the local handicraft shops on your own. Dinner at the hotel, and then, if the skies are clear, we will definitively fill our thermoses with hot drinks and venture to watch for Northern Lights. Night at Hotel Akerlund in Jokkmokk.
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. We greet with the dogs and all help out to prepare a bit before we are ready to take off. Seated on wooden sleds, we travel across the frozen landscape hearing only the breathing of the Huskies. We stop somewhere for lunch and light a warming campfire 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 Sami and reindeer herders. She has invited us for an evening meal in her lavvu (traditional tent). With a native perspective, Anna has a lot to tell us. In this way, we get the chance to learn more about the Sami culture and the life as a reindeer herder at first hand. We sit on skins on the floor and try some traditional Sami dishes that are prepared over the camp fire. Northern Lights watching in the late evening if the skies are clear. Night at Hotel Akerlund in Jokkmokk.
On this day we are planning to drive through a nearby valley which is known to host some of Europe's largest moose, but also big amounts of reindeer. This provides 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 lake Saggat. If the weather is fine we spend the whole afternoon out in the snowy valley before we return to Jokkmokk for a well deserved dinner and hot drinks. This will be a long day, but there is always a chance to go out and watch for Northern lights. Fill up your thermos and bring some snacks to stay warm and happy. Night at Hotel Akerlund in Jokkmokk.
We leave Jokkmokk behind and travel further North to visit our good friend Lennart. Lennart is Sami and we are very happy that he lets us celebrate New Year's Eve at his tented camp! Imagine yourself standing in the deep snow under the Northen Lights and sleeping under the stars in a tent. This camp was recently featured by National Geographic's list 21 places to stay if you care about the planet. We enjoy a festive New Year's dinner by the fireplace in a small wooden cabin. We take turns to go outside and watch for the Northern lights 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 will be no fireworks at all. Instead, we end this year the adventurous way, with hot drinks at the fireplace by at the frozen lake. 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.
Wake up in your tent and enjoy a late breakfast in the warm cabin. On this day you will have the chance to explore the surrounding forests and the frozen lake on wooden cross-country skis or snowshoes, as you prefer. Find animal tracks and experience different types of snow. You will also have the chance to try ice fishing by drilling a hole in the ice lake. These activities are optional. You can also walk on foot, or just hang out at the camp. You don’t have to go anywhere, but if you choose to go for an excursion there will be a lot to see and amazing landscapes to photograph. The camp is located in Laponia, a Unesco World Heritage site. For visitors, this area is often perceived as a huge wilderness landscape. But to the Sámis this is a cultural landscape where their ancestors have herded reindeer and formed life throughout the centuries. You will see that this is Sapmi - the land of the Sami people. Lunch and dinner at the camp.
We enjoy another slow breakfast in the cabin before we say our good bye’s to Lennart and begin our journey back to modern civilization. Time has come to leave Sapmi and Lapland for this time. We will take you to Lulea for your afternoon train or flight. Wanna stay some extra days? You can always book a few extra nights in Lulea We can recommend a good place. Or we can drop you at the famous Tree Hotel in Harads which is along the way to Lulea.
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