New year Northern Lights & wildlife holiday, Swedish Lapland

“New Year's Eve has never looked so beautiful. Join a small group and local Swedes for a six day holiday in Lapland. Traditional Sami culture, wildlife photography and the awesome Aurora Borealis. ”

Highlights

Lulea, Swedish Lapland | Frozen lakes and snow covered forests | Cosy log cabins and tented wilderness camp | Moose, reindeer and cultural exchanges with Sami | Laponia UNESCO area | Dog sledding, nature photography and the Northern Lights |

Description of New year Northern Lights & wildlife holiday, Swedish Lapland

If you’re looking to really start the New Year in style then why not switch your thoughts to Swedish Lapland where dog sledding, wildlife photography and the amazing Aurora Borealis provide a spectacular countdown in the snow.

Share your celebrations with moose, reindeer and super cool Swedes as you stay in a wilderness camp and watch the Northern Lights over a warming mug of gluhwein or hot chocolate.

This is a chance to make new friends, as part of a small guided group, as you learn about Lapland and experience the unforgettable ambience of life close to the Arctic Circle.

Forget the tourist gimmicks, ice hotels and Santa’s grottoes, this is Swedish Lapland as nature intended with frozen lakes, snow-covered forests and traditional Sami cultural activities offering all the entertainment you need before the main event – New Year’s Eve and the Northern Lights.

The chances of observing the Aurora Borealis at this time of year is very promising with stable winter weather conditions providing every opportunity to watch the lights in the sky.

Nature photographers will also be in their absolute element as moose, reindeer and remote frozen landscapes provide ample opportunities to capture Lapland’s most iconic animals on film. Cultural exchanges with indigenous Sami people also introduce travellers to the importance of these animals as well offering a chance to find out more about the sacred nature the Sami place within the mystical dancing lights in the sky.

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Responsible tourism

New year Northern Lights & wildlife holiday, Swedish Lapland

Carbon reduction

Your holiday will help support local people and conservation. We must also reduce CO2. Learn about the CO2 emissions of this holiday and how to reduce them.

Environment

We are an awarded ecotourism company. We won the award as best tourism company in Sweden 2015, we won the Grand Travel Award for best ecotourism in Sweden 2009, and we are approved with the Swedish quality label for ecotourism, Natures Best since 2004.

Here's why.

We want to show the our guests that Lapland's nature and culture is worth saving for future generations! The landscapes in Lapland is often perceived as wild and beautiful. Unfortunately these mountains, forest and rivers are under constant threat by exploration of mining, logging and construction of water dams.

While these forces are strong, we belive that small scale tourism is a great reason to preserve nature. It creates jobs for local communities with minimal impact on the environment. Responsible travelers in Lapland has become an important factor when it comes to save this fragile ecosystem. We are proud to say that our tours are often used as a good example by politicians and other authorities to prove that wild and beautiful nature is worth saving. So, by joining this tour you are part of this positive movement.

Wildlife watching is one of the main focuses during this tour. We want you to experience Lapland's wildlife such as Moose and Reindeer in their natural habitat. Yes, it privilige to see these animals in the wild. Yes, the're beautiful creatures. But we also want our guests to get the bigger picture. To understand that these animals are not to be taken for granted. And that they are not here for us. During this tour our guides are eager to explain how you can be part of the solution.

The lodges where we stay all have a policy to reduce, reuse and recycle whenever possible. How? Waste can be separated into various bins and recycled, and as a guest we expect you to separate accordingly. All of the guesthouses on this trip are run on 100 percent renewable erergy, and the chemicals for cleaning and washing are ecofriendly labelled. Jokkmokk guesthouse for example is at the forefront of working with environmental questions an often used as a good example.

If you are looking to reduce your carbon footprint we can highly recommend you to take the night train from Stockholm to reach our tour. Travel like an adventurer! We are happy to help you out. Our guide can meet you at the train station and we have adapted our starting and ending times if you choose to arrive by train.

Community

With us you're not a tourist. We avoid the touristy places. With us you're a fellow traveller who will experience the true and authentic Lapland. Pure nature is the main attraction here. For that you don't need an entrence ticket. You need a local guide.

Locals are not a nice little sideshow, but rather one of the highlights of this trip. You will meet locals at the guesthouses, at the eateries and at the handicraft shops. Perhaps even by a lake in the forest.

Meet Lennart, a good friend of ours. He's Sami. We are invited to stay in his really cool tented camp, Sami style. Meet Anna, mother in a lovely little reindeer herding family. Listen to her stories by the camp fire. Meet her reindeer too!

By joining this tour you will gain a good insight into Sami culture and history. We expect you to become a true Sami ambassador. Sami culture needs to be preserved and promote. These meetings will hopefully stay with you forever!

During this tour we stay and eat at locally owned guesthouses and lodges. The owners will welcome you, take care of you and be interested in who you are. Since they are often very interesting people we always make sure that there is a lot of time for them to share their life stories, to chat and to ask questions. They are already our friends. Soon they will be your friends too.

What kind of food will be served? Well, we know you don't come to Sweden to eat pizza, sushi or fried rise. You want local food. Reindeer, cloudberries, gahkku and more. We always ask for typical Lapland meals and meals inspired by the Sami kitchen, made on local produce whenever possible.

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1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?


The dog sledding was amazing and lots of fun. The dogs were beautiful and up for lots of cuddles. The time spent with the Sami people was awe inspiring. The Northern Lights are always something to behold.

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?


Take lots of warm clothes. The two nights in the Sami tents are very rustic - no electricity, running water, or flushing toilets - but still very comfortable and a unique experience.

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


Yes.

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?


Brilliant. Would recommend the tour operator in a heartbeat. I'd love to go again.

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