Signature winter adventure

Swedish Lapland

Tjaunajokk, ‘The Mountains of Sápmi in Winter’

Cost

£ 1,495

Nights

3

Fitness level

Moderate

Group size

Min 4, max 10

Location

Norrbotten, Sweden

Cost

£ 1,495

Fitness level

Moderate

Nights

3

Group size

Min 4, max 10

Location

Norrbotten, Sweden

Tjaunajokk, ‘The Mountains of Sápmi in Winter’

  • Tjaunajokk is a remote, off the grid fly fishing camp by the Kaitum River.
  • Tjaunajokk is 35 kilometers from the nearest road so access is on a sled pulled by snow mobile.
  • Digital detox, no internet access at Tjaunajokk.
  • Small group with expert local guide.
  • Excellent chances of wild moose sighting as well as other wildlife such as ptarmigan and otter.
  • Day expeditions exploring the frozen lakes and mountains of Sápmi.
  • Snowshoeing, ice fishing and traditional sauna.
Day 0 Pre-trip arrival in Kiruna, Swedish Lapland

Arrive at Kiruna by rail or flight and stay at your pre-booked hotel. We can arrange the hotel and airport transfer for you if you wish, although there is a regular airport bus to meet international flights. Meals taken on your own.

Day 1 Wildlife watching, snow mobile transfer and Tjaunajokk 

After breakfast, our guide will collect you from your hotel and we’ll drive to the remote Sámi village of Nikkaluokta. The drive will take us through some of the best moose spotting territory in Swedish Lapland and we’ll stop to observe moose along the way. Once at Nikkaluokta we’ll switch to study sleds that carry the group and their baggage behind a snowmobile driven by your guide. The snowmobile trip is exhilarating as you glide through birch forests and the high mountain plateau. We arrive at Tjaunajokk by lunchtime and receive a group orientation by Guide B-O who is your experienced guide throughout your stay at Tjaunajokk. There’s time for a sauna before dinner and after dinner, we’ll go outside to watch for the aurora borealis.

Days 2 & 3 Wildlife watching and winter activities at Tjaunajokk

Tjaunajokk is Sámi for “Goose Creek” and is a place with strong Sámi presence and history. The fishing rights are leased from the Girjas Sámi community. Time at Tjaunajokk will be split between exploring the mountains by snowmobile enjoying spectacular vistas and wildlife tracking; and enjoying activities such as ice fishing and snowshoeing. In the evenings there’s time to relax by the fire, enjoy a sauna and of course, star gaze and watch the night sky for the aurora borealis.

Day 4 Return to Kiruna

After breakfast, we’ll depart Tjaunajokk for our journey back to Nikkaluokta by snowmobile. We’ll arrive back to Kiruna in the early afternoon; however, we advise those group member who are not going on an extension within Swedish Lapland, or taking the night train to Stockholm to pre-book a hotel in Kiruna. We can help with this if desired. Evening free to dine in Kiruna.


Dates

20-23 March 2023

17-20 April 2023


 What’s included

  • 3 nights at Tjaunajokk in a DBL or Twin room inc. bed linen and towels.
  • Transfers between Kiruna and Nikkaluokta by van and by snowmobile sled (with helmets and coffee thermos) from Nikkaluokta to Tjaunajokk.
  • Three 3-course dinners, packed lunches on activity days and 3 breakfasts.
  • 2 full activity days with local guide as per itinerary.
  • Use of sauna.


 Not included 

  • Alcoholic drinks.
  • Gratuities.
  • Accommodation in Kiruna on Day 0 and Day 4.
  • Transfers from airport or train station in Kiruna to your hotel in Kiruna.


 Accommodations

3 nights at Tjaunajokk in a Twin or DBL room. Single Supplement is available on request.

Tjaunajokk is comfy wilderness lodge with riverside sauna.

We describe Tjuonajokk accommodation as simple but comfortable. You stay in the new lodge rooms close to the restaurant and bar. Toilets are located outside and are communal.

Remember that the lodge does not offer 220v electricity on a 24 hour basis. There is no mobile phone access or wifi. Staff have a satellite phone for emergency use only. The Tjuonajokk Sauna and relax room probably offer one of the best views in Sweden. Here you take a shower before dinner and relax in the evening after a full day of exploring. Do you dare to jump into the snow after sauna?


 Special Dietary Requirements

Vegan, vegetarian, Gluten-free and other allergy free meal options are available on request. Please inform us of your dietary requirements in advance of travel.

What to bring

Winters in Swedish Lapland are long with a cold and dry climate. During normal winters we have a proper snow cover from the end of November until the beginning of May. However, with the climate change we have seen that temperatures are rising and that the weather has become more unpredictable.

Temperatures are warming a little by March and April as winter loosens its grip, however, we expect nigh time temperatures between -10C to -20°C (14°F to -4°F) but it may well drop to -30°C (-22°F). We will make sure that you are well equipped and stay warm during the entire trip.

 

What is the chance to see the Aurora Borealis?

During March and April daylight is increasing and it can be sunny and bright. The lengthening daylight hours also createless ideal conditions to view the northern lights, which can be seen whenever it is dark. There are chances to see the Aurora Borealis in March but less so by April.

 

Recommended Packing List

As weather conditions in Lapland can change quickly and often, and depending on what kind of activity you are undertaking, the best advice is to bring several layers of warm, comfortable inner wear such as long johns, long sleeved shirts, jumpers and trousers.

 

Choosing the best travel bag

We recommend you bring a soft sided bag or rucksack if possible. We also recommend you to bring a small daypack.

 

Socks & Footwear

Two layers of socks: Thin liner socks + thick socks, wool or synthetic, not cotton. Plus an extra set of socks for when your feet are damp. You don’t need to change socks each day, just hang them outdoors overnight to kill any bacteria.
Winter boots: Comfortable and warm boots. Choose one or two sizes larger than you normally wear so that you can wear two layers of socks and still have plenty of space to allow air to circulate. Take out the soles to let them dry each night. Winter boots are included in our rental winter clothing set, though since these boots are large and heavy you may still want to bring a pair of normal boots to wear in the car or when it is not freezing.

 

Lower Body

Base layer: long johns, wool or synthetic.
Middle layer: heavy wool (wool terry) or fleece trousers. Note that the rental trousers that we provide are insulated enough so you may not need a middle layer.
Outer layer: insulated trekking or skiing trousers.
Optional: Snow gaiters, if you boots with a low or medium shaft there is a risk of snow coming into your boots. Not needed for our rental clothing.

 

Upper Body

Base layer: long sleeved top or thermal base layer, wool or synthetic.
Middle layer: wool or fleece jacket.
Outer layer: insulated jacket that protects you from wind, preferably hooded.
Optional: Extra packable down jacket for when we are standing still.

 

Head and Hands

Winter hat: Insulated and windproof that covers your ears.
Inner gloves: Five-finger wool glove liner to wear inside your mittens.
Insulated mittens – gloves with thumbs, preferably oversized.
Balaclava or buff (neck gaiter).
Head torch with extra batteries or charger.
Optional: Thin hat to use when not freezing.

 

Also Remember

Credit card (you won’t need cash, all places will accept VISA and Mastercard at least).
Passport (check validity).
Train/airline ticket (check so that you arrive in time).
Phone + charger.
Electricity adapter: Sweden uses the Europlug (type C and F) and 230 volts.

 

Other equipment you may want to bring

Shower gel and shampoo (environmentally friendly preferred).
Personalised first aid kit with personal medicines.
Slippers for indoor use (for cold floors).
Sunglasses and sunblock (both critical items).
Water bottle (you can refill from taps).
Camera with extra batteries. Tripod is essential for northern lights photography
Binoculars (8x recommended for moose and reindeer).
Small backpack – for extra layers of clothing, camera, snacks etc.
A feel-good book.
Your favourite chocolate bars.

Note that bed linen and towel is already included, you don’t have to bring that.

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