Off the Map Debuts Swedish Lapland Sami and Glamping Holiday

Off the Map Travel has unveiled the “Sápmi Experience,” an Arctic adventure that offers an immersion into the lifestyles of northern Sweden’s indigenous Sámi people with glamping in a newly built Sámi lavvu (teepee), upgraded with the comfort of a luxury cabin. The three-night experience takes place in the Sápmi Nature Camp on the Sjavnja nature reserve in Laponia, a living culture and nature World Heritage Site. The program is available through May 2022. Based on timing, guests will have the opportunity to experience either the area’s Northern Lights or the Midnight Sun.

Participants will join the Sámi to learn hands-on cooking, reindeer herding, fishing and foraging for berries and herbs. They can also join a wildlife safari to spot moose and don traditional wooden skis for a Sámi-guided ski tour with a special Swedish fika experience around a bonfire on the ice of a frozen river.

Each lavvu sleeps two people and has a double bed, heater, stove, cozy furnishings and en suite bathroom. The new accommodation has been created by the founders of the Sápmi Nature Camp in Swedish Lapland. Prices for the three-night, four-day "Sápmi Experience" is based on two people traveling. Fares are inclusive of all train and road transfers, activities and meals. Flights are additional. A maximum of 10 travelers can be accommodated at any one time in a total of five tents.

On Day 1, guests will arrive at Kiruna, Sweden to begin their journey by train and road to Gallivare in Laponia, the home of Sápmi Nature Camp. They will be taken to their private lavvu (teepee) before taking a pre-dinner sauna. If time permits, guests may arrange an exploration of the famed ICEHOTEL before departing for Laponia.

On Day 2, guests will join their Sámi host on a guided ski tour of the area. Sápmi Nature Camp is located in the heart of the Sjavnja nature reserve, which is ancestral grazing land for the reindeer of the Unna Tjerusj Sámi community. Guests can learn all about the Sámi’s indigenous life as they explore the territory. In the afternoon, they will meet a reindeer herdsman and his family, where they can learn more about their culture and the challenges they face in the modern world.

On Day 3, guests can join the Sámi guide for a wildlife safari to spot moose. Guests can also enjoy a special activity available only through Off the Map Travel: A fika experience “with a view.” They will head to the frozen river in the Laponia World Heritage Site, a secluded area within walking distance from the nature camp. There, the Sámi host will prepare a bonfire on the ice and guests can enjoy a private fika coffee-and-treat with local bread, jam and other delicacies.

On Day 4, after checkout, guests will travel by road and train through the Swedish Lapland back to Kiruna for their onward flight or other travel.

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