Are you looking for a (ice) road less traveled? Just book a short holiday to a truly unique part of Swedish Lapland. You are just a few short hours away from a winter wonderland on an island surrounded by ice!
Jopikgården is a small and personal 4 room hotel, and warmly greeted by the staff. Jopikgården, a converted traditional Swedish country manor, will be your home away from home as you enjoy dog sledding, ice fishing, fat biking the frozen sea, hunting for the elusive aurora or enjoying traditional local food. Each outdoor activity has meals included, your personal experienced guide and all equipment and can be modified to make sure your experience is unique and truly your own. All transfers and activities are planned to ensure maximum safety, enjoyment and comfort at all times.
Oh and did we forget to mention we have a Husky kennel? 11 huskies are waiting to meet you, pull and play in the snow, are you?
You will be met at the airport by your guide for the transfer out across the frozen sea by ice road to Jopikgården, your farmhouse on the island. As you arrive you will get the opportunity to check into your room before we meet for a Swedish fika and get to know each other. If you want we can meet the dogs, and maybe give them a snack (and you will have a new BFF).
This first day will be an easy day where you will get to know us and the surroundings, and in the evening you will follow the candles to the dinner location. The evening meal will be prepared outside on a fire and enjoyed in a traditional tipi called a “kåta”, as we sit on warm reindeer skins.
If the aurora is out we can go out, after dinner, and marvel at the natural beauty that is Swedish Lapland in winter before returning to the lodge, and maybe something from the bar?
After a hearty breakfast, we ensure you are properly dressed for the weather and you will be fitted with quality modern snowshoes for a guided tour in our old-growth forest where you will learn wilderness skills including shelters, fire-making, and route finding and have a well-earned lunch cooked over an open fire. We have the opportunity to see island wildlife such as sea eagles, hares and foxes, and maybe an elusive moose as we make fire for lunch, followed by a Swedish outdoor specialty, coffee over the open fire.
After we return you can relax for a while, as we prepare another not-to-be-missed Swedish experience – the private wood-fired sauna. This is an experience for both body and mind as you allow yourself to relax in the warm sauna, and go through a Spa ritual. We will provide lovely spa products and instructions on how to use them. We can promise, you will feel like a new refreshed version of yourself after this experience!Before it´s time to leave the sauna, and go back to the “real” world you will have time to rest in a warm room next door with an amazing view looking out over the sea, and of course snacks and drinks.If you prefer not to sauna, take the opportunity to explore the island with some fat bikes or kick sleds with some free time before dinner.
Dinner this night will be served in the restaurant. And of course, if it´s a clear night you can go outside to look at the stars or the northern lights.
Our day starts with breakfast, dressing, feeding the dogs (if you want). Then it´s time to meet the dogs, and get ready for dogsledding! Experience the Beauty of Luyleå archipelago as you sit on a sled behind a team of siberian huskies. As we are getting ready to leave, the dogs are getting excited and ready to take off. They just love to run! We travel over the ice covered bothninan bay. After the tour we will have ”fika” by a fire and talk about the experience. If you want you have a chance to spend time with the dogs after the tour.
After your husky experience, you will have lunch in our lodge. The afternoon is open for you to explore the village or just relax by the fire in the lounge room.
This night is our last night together, and dinner will be a three-course home-cooked meal taken in our dining room by the fire as we relive our adventures and spend our final night together before departing in the morning. After dinner, we will retire to the bar available throughout the evening.
After breakfast and farewells to the dogs, we transfer you over the ice to the airport for departure homeward. Depending on your departure time there will be an opportunity for extra tours, maybe visit the moose farm or Gamlelstads church town.
Price: From 14000 sek pp