Above the Arctic Circle, tucked away beyond the village of Gällivare, in the UNESCO World Heritage area of Laponia, is where one of Sweden's most unique glamping experiences can be found.
Sápmi Nature Camp allows guests to step off the beaten path and escape to a heated lavvu tent surrounded only by the wild arctic nature and the unique cultural traditions of the Sami people.
This personal and sustainable camp is run by owner Lennart Pittja, who grew up as part of a reindeer herding family in the area. The aim of the camp is to provide guests with the opportunity to become fully immersed in the active lifestyle and culture of the north. Guests are welcome and encouraged to help with any aspect of the camp that they would like, from getting the sauna hot or helping to prepare the meals. Of course, they can also opt to simply relax and enjoy the tranquillity of the area or take part in one of the excellent activities available like snowmobiling, visiting the reindeer herd, or ice fishing.
For those looking to get out and explore on their own the camp offers complimentary use of snowshoes and Nordic skis to get out into the unspoilt winter wonderland.
Solar power, battery lamps, and candles are relied on here as there is no electricity at the camp. This means Sápmi Nature Camp has no light pollution, making it an excellent place to watch the magical aurora borealis light up the night sky.
The camp consists of 5 lavvu tents which can accommodate just ten guests at a time. Visitors stay cosy with the warm wood burner and comfortable bed layered with a sleeping bag, liner and duvet. The room also features a luggage rack, two armchairs and a small table. The heated toilet room is in a nearby building. There is also a wood heated sauna (booking required) and a heated log cabin that acts as a lounge/reception area and dining room for all guests.
Local and sustainable meals are served at the camp which focus on Sami food traditions. Fish, reindeer and moose feature heavily in the dishes, supplemented by local herbs and berries. Vegetarian options are also available. The camp also offers a small selection of wine and beer which can be purchased and enjoyed during dinner.
Winner of Best Ecotourism in Sweden 2019