Itinerary Highlights
    • Experience a different side of Lapland by travelling off season
    • Stay on the edge of sparkling lakes, wildflower meadows and lush green forests
    • Meet reindeer and elk in the depths of Cape Wild
    • Hike along the world-famous Kungsleden trail
    • Experience the incredible phenomenon of the Midnight Sun

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To most of us, Lapland means endless expanses of snow, sleds pulled by huskies and the dazzling Northern Lights. But once winter has passed, it transforms into a land of intense green forests, lakes, waterfalls and mountains covered in fascinating wildlife. On sunny days around the summer solstice, it's imbued with the magic of the Midnight Sun.

This 11-day trip begins in Luleå on the Gulf of Bothnia. After soaking up your surroundings from a kayak and taking a trip to meet some reindeer, you'll drive to the peaceful town of Harads. Here, rivers meander through immense coniferous forests, and the light makes thousand-year-old lakes sparkle. You'll then head north to Kvikkjokk, which is surrounded by glacial valleys and flower-filled meadows.
The world-famous Kungsleden hiking trail runs through this region, and is a must do on a visit to Sweden. In Jokkmokk, you'll learn more about the Sámi people and marvel at an Arctic botanical garden before heading to Abisko National Park, where hikes lead you to secret stone valleys and glittering lakes. Your final destination is the Gällivare region, where you'll stay in a cosy house in the heart of the forest.

After your initial flight to Stockholm and a quick hop over to Luleå, you'll travel by hire car, giving you the flexibility to go at your own pace and stop off anywhere that entices you. Driving distances are all fairly short, and the route takes you off the tourist trails to small villages where you can really get a feel for local life beyond the Arctic Circle. With our mobile app that gives you access to your personalised itinerary, your journey should be smooth and stress-free, but if you need anything while you're away, our local Concierge is always on hand.


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This magical journey begins with a two-and-a-half-hour flight to Stockholm. You'll then have priority clearance through airport formalities before your short onward flight to Luleå, a coastal city in Swedish Lapland. When you land, pick up your hire car and drive to your accommodation, a lodge set on the water's edge surrounded by pine forest. Unwind this afternoon with a drink in the cosy living room, or head to the sauna for some traditional relaxation.



This morning you'll take in the beauty of this extraordinary site from a kayak on the Gulf of Bothnia. Accompanied by a guide, paddle peacefully in the protected shallow bays until you reach one of the archipelago's 1,300 islands. You'll dismount here for a stroll to spot a number of animals including seals, seagulls, sea eagles and – if you're lucky – elk. Then head back to the lodge for a relaxing afternoon enjoying your surroundings.



If you didn't see any elk yesterday, don't fret. Today you'll head into the heart of the Swedish forest to meet some of these fascinating creatures. Within the beautiful natural setting of Cape Wild, your private guide will let you in on the lives of these giant deer, and teach you how to spot them in the wild. This is also an opportunity to understand how these impressive animals cope with harsh Lappish conditions. After coming up close to the elk, you'll head into a small shelter to meet some adorable reindeer.

When you've finished admiring Santa's steeds, jump back into your hire car and head towards Harads. This journey takes about an hour and follows the meanders of the Lulealven river. Along the way, stop at the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Gammelstad, a picturesque church town that was founded in the 15th century.

You'll spend tonight in an eco-hotel perched in the trees, where each room really is unique. Comfort and design go hand-in-hand here, so you can watch wild reindeer and elk passing by your windows before snuggling up in your cosy bed. This evening, enjoy a delicious meal of local specialities at your host's own house, including salmon, arctic crab, elk and reindeer.



After breakfast at the hotel owner's house this morning, you have the option to go riding in the forest – just let us know if you'd like us to arrange this for you. Then it's on to Kvikkjokk, about two-and-a-half hours away. You'll spend two nights here in a small hotel made up of wooden bungalows located on a peninsula of Lake Saggat. With the forest and the sparkling waters of the lake just outside your door, this is the perfect place for an afternoon stroll. When you return, head to the sauna or hot tub before a dinner of local specialities at the hotel restaurant.



Today, we recommend heading out for a hike along a famous route known as the Kungsleden (King's Trail). This historic trail is 290 miles long, and is considered one of the most beautiful hiking routes in the world. It passes through splendid mountain landscapes and alpine flower meadows, and offers panoramic views of glittering glaciers, bubbling streams, gorges and some of Sweden's most beautiful birch forests. The best part is that this monumental trail is split into manageable sections, so you can choose a distance that suits you.



It's on to Jokkmokk today, which should take just under an hour and a half to reach. This area is known for its rich Sámi history, so don't miss visiting the Sámi cultural centre of Ájtte, whose permanent exhibition tells the story of Sámi life through a large collection of objects, clothing and photographs. Just a stone's throw away is Fjällträdgården, a garden dedicated to Arctic botany which stretches along the roaring Kvarnbäcken River, just south of Lake Talvatis. Take a wander along the trail to admire some incredible plant species, including a rare wildflower known as King Karl's Sceptre.

You'll spend tonight in a small 1920s hotel with a truly Scandinavian feel. When you return from your day of exploring, cosy up in front of the roaring fireplace or warm up in the traditional sauna.



After a hearty breakfast at your hotel this morning, you'll drive on to Abisko. The journey takes just over three-and-a-half hours, but you can break it up with a fabulous lunch at the Aurora Sky Station – we'll arrange the tickets for you. This high-altitude restaurant is reached by a chairlift that overlooks the Abisko National Park. Once settled in front of the crackling fire, enjoy a feast of traditional Lappish cuisine, and take in the view of the valley, lake, rivers and mountains from the terrace. If you're in the mood for a post-lunch walk, take a stroll along one of the area's many hiking trails to spot wildlife or simply admire the view.

You'll spend the next two nights in a cosy lodge near the Abisko National Park. Tonight, enjoy a dinner of seasonal dishes at your hotel's restaurant.



Your hotel is in the perfect spot for hiking, so this morning we recommend a walk in Abisko National Park. One of the most scenic routes is the trail to Lake Trollsjön, which first passes through a thick birch forest before gaining height and leading you into the Kärkevagge ('stone valley', in Sámi). You'll be rewarded for your efforts with a magnificent view: a valley dotted with imposing boulders carried by ancient glacial rivers. The rest of the walk leads you through delightful mountain landscapes and lush meadows full of wildflowers that congregate on the gentle slopes around the delta and along small streams. After about three-and-half miles of walking, you'll reach the main event: the high-altitude lake of Trollsjön, known as Rissajaure in Sámi, which means 'the lake that sparkles like fire.' Its waters are so clear that, in good weather, you can see the bottom, which is 130ft below the surface. This enchanting spot is ideal for a lunch break or even a refreshing dip!



Your next stop is the Gällivare region, located at the crossroads of four large national parks: Sarek, Padjelanta, Stora Sjöfallet and Muddus. Along the way, we recommend a stop at Kiruna, Sweden's northernmost town. Here, you'll find a fascinating church built in 1912 in the form of a Sámi hut (lavvú) and entirely covered with red wooden tiles. Inside is an incredible painting that adorns the Art Nouveau altar: a work by Prince Eugen entitled The Holy Grove. You can then continue on to the town hall, recognisable by its tower, clock and above all its astonishing futuristic architecture. It houses the county art museum, which is worth a visit if it's open.

You'll spend tonight in a traditional red lodge outside the small village of Nilivaara. This cosy accommodation really makes you feel at home, and you'll have a kitchen where you can prepare homecooked meals, along with a living room where you can cosy up in front of the crackling fireplace. In true Swedish style there's a sauna for you to enjoy, and nothing less than a pine forest as your garden.

DAY 10


Today you'll head back to Luleå to spend your final night in Sweden in a modern hotel with sleek décor. There's a spa with a swimming pool where you can soak up your luscious Lappish surroundings, along with a restaurant that serves a combination of local and international cuisine. This evening, head to the lounge bar for cocktails and live music, where you can toast to a holiday well spent.

DAY 11


Your adventure in Swedish Lapland has sadly come to an end. Today you'll head back to the airport to return your hire car and fly home via Stockholm.

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This Nordic social and family tradition dates back over 2,000 years, and it's a must when visiting Sweden. Saunas aren't just an opportunity to relax; the Swedish sauna experience has therapeutic properties, including being good for blood circulation, aches and pains. To enjoy it safely, hydrate well and don't stay in there longer than 20 minutes.


Riding through the Lappish forest is one of the most beautiful ways to enjoy its beauty without disturbing nature. You'll have two hours to soak up your surroundings and learn more about local flora and fauna from the heights of your steed.


By extending your trip, you can explore Lapland's border region of Tornedalen. You'll visit Kukkola, a charming hamlet located where the Torne River separates Finland and Sweden, before ending its course in the Baltic Sea. Here, locals have been fishing sik (whitefish) with nets since the Middle Ages. Once caught, the fish is put on a stick and grilled over an open fire. Take a journey back in time as you witness this traditional practice, along with visiting the 19th century mill and 18th century smokehouse.

A Rough Idea of Price

Dependent on season, accommodation and activities
The cost for this trip starts from £3,000 to £4,000 per person.

The final cost of the trip depends on the way we tailor it especially for you. The final cost varies according to several factors, which include the level of service, length of trip and advance booking time. The exact price will be provided on your personalised quote.

The average starting price for this trip is £3,500 per person.
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