Autumn experience – Sámi guides, hiking, Aurora and glamping, August 28 – 31, 2023
Come and experience so much of what makes the autumn such a special season here in Sápmi. Experience the area together with local, Sami guides and learn from the real outdoor experts. Enjoy comfortable glamping in the world heritage Laponia area and experience the Aurora/Northern light on the sky in this magical autumn experience.
Our favourite places
We are proud to invite you to experience some of our favorite places during one of the best seasons of the year. Autumn in Sápmi is somewhat a secret for many travelers which makes this an ideal time to come. This is a time of year when nature provides so many colors to experience – in the mountains, in the primeval forest and even on the sky with the chance to experience the Northern Light.
Nature also provides so much food for us to forage – fresh caught fish, reindeer meat and berries are just some examples of flavors at its best this time of year. We invite you to learn more about our food traditions as we will prepare and eat the food together.
Our basecamp will be at award winning Sápmi Nature Camp – in the heart of Laponia. Here you will find the comfort of a tented camp located in unspoiled nature – all run by local Sámi from this area. The camp consists of newly build double rooms in the form of lavvu tents furnished with comfortable double beds and efficient stoves to keep warm no matter the outside temperatures. There is a wood heated sauna in the camp and a modern incineration toilet so there’s nothing missing despite the fact that there’s no electricity and/or sewer. Sapmi Nature Camp has been featured by National Geographic as well as named one of the best 27 new hotels in the world by AFAR Magazine a couple of years ago.
Only 6 guest with your guide
To keep this experience special and personal, we will limit the number of participants to only 6 people. Lennart Pittja, Sámi owner of Sápmi Nature will be the tour leader and most of the time will be spent on the traditional lands of his Sámi reindeer herding community Unna Tjerusj. This area also happens to be in the Laponia World Heritage Area and hopefully, you will get a close insight to the indigenous Sámi culture – the combination between nature and culture has been a world heritage since 1996.
Sámi hosted glamping
Sápmi Nature Camp is featured by National Geographic as a sustainable place to stay if you care about the planet. One reason is course the comfortable accommodation but even more so, our commitment to sustainability. We stand alongside the reindeer herders, nature lovers and others in the fight to keep nature unspoiled. Our experiences should never create problems for the reindeer herding here. Tourism is our way to create a deeper understanding for the life environment here in Sápmi and to spread knowledge, understanding and respect but also to create local jobs and a local, sustainable economy.
If you are interested in photography – this experience is a great way to capture the natural wonders in the Arctic. Lennart is an experienced photographer and will be able to give some advices on for example aurora photography and the program gives plenty of opportunity for your own creative process with the camera.
You will experience much of the unspoiled nature here during this experience. Many people would call this land wilderness, but from the local Sami perspective this land is not wilderness – this is a cultural landscape where people have lived for thousands of years. Come and experience the indigenous Sami culture together with the local Sami guides that grew up here and consider this land their home.
Facts and information
Price: 4 days/3 night in Lavvu Deluxe: 21 000 sek/person. 4 days/3 nights in Lavvu standard 17 000 sek/person.
Number of participants: min 2, max 6 guests to run the trip
Date: August 28 – 31 2023. If this departure gets fully booked, second departure September 4 – 7 2023.
Local Sámi guide
Accommodation 3 nights glamping at Sápmi Nature Camp including bed linen/towels, sleeping bag and liner, duvet. The camp is private for this tour so no other guests will be in the camp these nights
All meals from brunch day 1 to lunch day 4
Guided nature tour instead of transfer from/to Gällivare Railway Station
Sápmi Nature will provide all the equipment needed for outdoor eating and cooking.
Weather in Sápmi in August and September
Temperature is around 5 – 15°C during daytime and down to 0°C at night, night temperatures are not a problem since we have good stoves that keeps you comfortable all night. We will not cancel the trip if rainy weather, just adjust the program, so water proof clothing is essential to bring.
Equipment you need to bring
Outdoor clothes, rain proof and extra layers to keep comfortable
Proper shoes, waterproof for hiking in nature.
Gear you might want to bring
Sápmi Nature Camp
Sápmi Nature Camp does not have any electricity in the camp, nor do we have running water/sewer. To make sure that you will be able to capture your experience with your camera, we will use a generator to charge camera batteries during your stay. For a couple of hours each evening, you will be able to charge the batteries to be ready for the next day.
When it comes to showers, we will heat up the wood heated sauna in the evening day 2 and day 3 so that you can take a “shower” in the sauna like the locals use to do. Don’t worry, we will explain how it works and you will both enjoy and get refreshed by this great, natural experience.