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Kiruna – Sami Culture and Wellness under the Northern Lights

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This four-night immersive journey takes you into the heart of Sami culture in Swedish Lapland, discovering the rich cultural tapestry of the Sami people while surrounded by the dramatic landscapes of Kiruna. During your stay you will get to engage in traditional Sami cooking, search for the northern lights by horseback and enjoy an authentic spa treatment celebrating Sami rituals.
Highlights of this trip include a unique insight into the culinary delights of Sami cooking as you prepare traditional dishes over the open fire and learn more about the indigenous people of Swedish Lapland. You will also venture out one evening into Abisko National Park, where you will get to feast on a three-course Sami dinner.
You will also enjoy a Northern Lights tour on horseback (with the option to choose an Aurora Hunt by reindeer pulled sleigh) - an idyllic way to hopefully witness the Aurora.
During your time away, we recommend you use your free time with an evening of relaxation at the Aurora Spa at Camp Ripan. Here you can indulge in organic treatments such as birch leaf scrubs and locally sourced rapeseed oil massages. The Stavan Spa Ritual included in your package, a holistic spa journey combining ancient traditions and organic treatments.

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Itinerary
The order of activities listed in this agenda is provided for guidance only. Your final and detailed itinerary will be provided either with your final travel documents (which will be emailed to you around a week prior to departure), or upon arrival.

Itinerary

After landing at Kiruna airport you will take the 15 minute transfer Camp Ripan, in the town of Kiruna.

Following check in the rest of the day has been left free for you to explore your new surroundings. You may wish to explore the spa (payable locally) before your traditional Stavan Spa Ritual tomorrow.

Dinner tonight will be your first opportunity to enjoy the wonderful food of Camp Ripan, where the food is prepared with care according to old recipes that are revived with new thinking and influences from different parts of the world.

Included Meals: Dinner

[KRN] Kiruna Airport, Sweden To Camp Ripan
Airport Transfer
Duration
00:00
Camp Ripan - Check In
Address : Kiruna, Norrbotten County, Sweden

A unique opportunity for food and culture enthusiasts, your journey into Sami tradition begins this morning with a pick-up in Kiruna, transporting you westward to the mountains for an authentic Sami culinary experience, crafting traditional Sápmi dishes in the natural beauty of Puoltsa.  Learn to bake gáhkku over an open fire in the goahti (a traditional Sami hut, create special coffee cheese, and cook meat.
In the evening, your package includes the Aurora Spa’s most traditional spa experience – the Stavan Spa ritual. Set your own pace with self-administered treatments, featuring a birch leaf scrub, juniper-infused foot salts, a rejuvenating coffee scrub, and a locally sourced rapeseed oil body massage. This activity includes two hour spa access
Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Camp Ripan - Stay
Address : Kiruna, Norrbotten County, Sweden

Today has been left free for you to relax or you may wish to add an additional activity such as exploring the city of Kiruna or Nordic Skiing – please see the personalise section for full details.
This evening you will seek out the Northern Lights (or as the Sami people would call it, the Guovssahasat meaning ‘the light you can hear’) on horseback
This adventure begins with a pickup in Kiruna, heading west to the horse farm. Together with your guides, you will prepare horses for a winter evening riding tour through ancient forests against a mountain backdrop. With hopes of witnessing the mesmerizing Northern Lights and starry skies, you may even encounter moose. Upon your return, enjoy a dinner of local specialties by the fireside in a Sami hut, discovering more about animals, nature, and Sami culture.
Please note: this tour requires no riding experience but good physical health. If for any reason someone has a fear of horses or simply doesn’t want to ride, we also have the upgrade option of the ‘Aurora hunt with reindeer sleigh ride’ which is equally as authentic (refer to personalise section)
Included Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
Camp Ripan - Stay
Address : Kiruna, Norrbotten County, Sweden

Today, you have free time up until 17:00 to explore as you please. We recommend guests either take the opportunity to maximise your Sami cultural experience by taking part in activities such as ‘become a Sami survivor’ or the ‘Sami wellness day tour’ or use your free time to combine the traditional with the modern and jump on a snowmobile and go ice fishing; the choice is yours.
This evening, you will embark on a journey to Abisko National Park. Following a 1.5-hour car trip, enjoy a three-course traditional dinner in a restaurant situated in Abisko village.  A local guide will share insights into nature, Sami culture, and Northern Lights mythology. Weather permitting, you will then get the chance to walk up to the national park to hopefully view the Northern Lights. Guides, who are also skilled photographers will assist you in capturing the idyllic scenery.
Included Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
Camp Ripan - Stay
Address : Kiruna, Norrbotten County, Sweden

After five days of rejuvenation and an unforgettable holiday it’s time to head home and after breakfast you will be transferred to the airport
Included Meals: Breakfast
Camp Ripan To [KRN] Kiruna Airport, Sweden
Airport Transfer
Duration
00:00
Camp Ripan - Check Out
Address : Kiruna, Norrbotten County, Sweden

What's included?

  • Transfers: return group airport transfers from/to Kiruna Airport
  • Accommodation: 4 nights in a chalet/cabin Kiruna with double bed OR chalet/cabin Riekko with twin beds
  • Meals: 4 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 4 dinners
  • Traditional Sami cooking
  • 1 x Spa Access including the Stavan Spa Ritual
  • Northern Lights tour on Horseback (with option to upgrade to Aurora hunt with reindeer sleigh ride)
  • Aurora tour with dinner in Abisko
  • Fully qualified guides and instructors during activities
  • 24/7 assistance from our UK based operations team and in destination support from our local partners
  • Warm clothing is included in certain activities, Warm clothing can also be pre booked (via the hotel) for the whole duration of the trip.

Accommodation

Camp Ripan
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Nestled in the town of Kiruna, Camp Ripan is home to 90 hotel rooms in the form of cosy cabins and chalets, each with private entrances. Embracing the spirit of Kiruna, the team aim to offer more than just accommodations; they want guests to experience Sweden’s northernmost city authentically. The cabins are furnished with appreciation for the region’s beauty with the design, furnishings, and choice of materials mirroring the culture of this mountain city. All rooms come equipped with modern amenities, including cable TV, internet access, and well-appointed bathrooms featuring showers and toilet.
Camp Ripan is renowned for its Spa, offering various wellness treatments and experiences, incorporating elements of traditional Swedish practices and nature-inspired therapies. Spa offerings include saunas, hot tubs, massages, facials, and relaxation rituals.
The restaurant offers authentic Nordic cuisine, celebrating locally sourced ingredients and traditional Swedish flavours.

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Key Facts

Duration 3 - 4 Nights
Pace Relaxed
Holiday Type Land Only
Max Group Size NA
Cities / Destinations Sweden, Kiruna
Brochure Code 19872
Price from
£1,575 pp
5 days

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