Swedish Lapland short break, glamping and wellness
Description of Swedish Lapland short break, glamping and wellness
This trip is tailor made with departures from December to March
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PlanetYour glamping experience at the Aurora Safari Camp is the first of its kind in the world. It was the vision of two men; Jonas and Fredik who, having worked in Kenya and inspired by African bush camps, realised there was nothing of it’s kind in the North and wanted to replicate the experience of simplicity, connecting with nature, and working in harmony with their surroundings and local communities. Sustainability is at the core of what they offer; meals are shared over a camp-fire, there is no electricity on site (light is provided by campfire, solar cells and LED lights), and the activities provided are designed to provide as little disruption to the environment as possible (snowshoes, fatbikes, kicksleds, photography). Treks are popular and offer a good chance of glimpsing wildlife such as moose, red fox and doe deer. This experience is as tranquil and down-to-earth as you can get.
This completely unique accommodation invites visitors to immerse themselves in the elements whilst leaving a minimal environmental footprint. The buildings are constructed using natural, sustainable materials – stone, wood, leather and other textiles whilst the central Arctic Bath complex itself was constructed with native birch trees. AnnKathrin Lundqvist, partner at the Arctic Bath, said: “We have a strong environmental focus. We’ve chosen so many materials that are locally produced.” The cabins, located on the tree lined shore, have also been elevated on stilts above the ground so as not to disturb the natural growth below.
PeopleYour hosts at the safari camp, Jonas and Fredik both Swedish natives, were inspired to create an authentic glamping experience which brought an authentic Scandinavian experience to visitors. The four lavvus, the tipee style accommodations that guests stay in, are created in the style of the tents traditionally used by the Sami reindeer herders. Guests are invited to gather together at the end of each day and share tales over an open fire in their shared lounge, must like the Nordic ancestors would have done in by-gone days.
At the Arctic Bath the traditions of the Scandinavian lifestyle go back hundreds of years: The connection between mind, body and nature was always treasured through not only sacred rituals, but the rich abundance of seasonal wild foods and honouring the vastly distinctive yet equally important seasons. Your stay at the Arctic Bath is built around Wellness and this traditional lifestyle “We looked into history for inspiration,” says AnnKarthrin “The idea was to create something unique while taking inspiration from history and local culture.” The spa area is inspired by the timber floating era which recalls how felled trees were transported downriver for processing, and a tool used to dislodge log jams as inspiration for the shape of the cabins. A dip in the bath itself is consistent with the Arctic tradition of a cold-water plunge with the water maintained at 39 degrees Fahrenheit. Food is an important part of the experience, and the on-site restaurant, run partly by an indigenous Sámi chef, has a menu described as Sámi fusion, including reindeer and foraged ingredients, all sourced locally and with a sustainable focus.
Image Credits: The Aurora Safari Camp and the Arctic Bath - photographers: Fredrik Broman, Anders Blomqvist, Blommans Bilder and Pasquale Baseotto.
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