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Uncover the natural wonders of Europe's last remaining wilderness above the Arctic Circle in Sweden, where nature reigns supreme and the landscape is magical. Immerse in the history of Sami culture, marvel at the majestic display of the Aurora Borealis and indulge in several thrilling winter adventures in the raw and untamed nature of the Arctic. Dwell on the island of Muonionalusta at Rajamaa as your main base across 8 days.
The magic begins on the remote island of Muonionalusta in Sweden, at your home in Rajamaa, and your base for adventures over the next 8 days. Immerse in one of the most spectacular untamed wilderness areas Europe has to offer, learning about the Sámi culture and connecting with nature. Your first day, journey by snowshoeing into the wintry landscapes and ...
The magic begins on the remote island of Muonionalusta in Sweden, at your home in Rajamaa, and your base for adventures over the next 8 days. Immerse in one of the most spectacular untamed wilderness areas Europe has to offer, learning about the Sámi culture and connecting with nature. Your first day, journey by snowshoeing into the wintry landscapes and engaging into the Sami culture. Ride your own dog sled across 15km of an enchanting snowy landscape, learn about forest skiing, and enjoy a wildlife presentation. Spend a free day creating your own adventures in this remarkable region from a snowmobile safari to exploring on snowshoes. Learn about the history of the traditional Sami people with a visit to a local family, and engage in a fascinating reindeer sledding experience. Your adventure culminates with a two-day expedition in the forest, where you’ll stay overnight in a traditional log cabin and get back to nature in peaceful, untouched surroundings. Ski back to Rajaama with a stopover for lunch at the wayside fire and a chance to see the tracks of wolverine. Every night, we keep our eyes to the sky where, with luck, we will be treated to a magical display of the Aurora Borealis. This itinerary is designed with a mix of guided activities and free time for independent excursions or relaxation so that you can truly immerse into this remote part of the world.
Enjoy cosy and serene accommodation at the wooden chalets of Rajaama hosted by the Malmstrom family. Take advantage of the sauna to relax and soothe your body. Relish the atmosphere and its calming air on the patio, and lay siege to Aurora Borealis every night.
The adventure package includes 7 nights accommodation in fully equipped chalets with twin rooms and shared facilities (in 2-bed or 4-bed configurations) on a twin share basis and 1 in a dormitory-style log cabin (4 per room) deep in the wilderness. Meals and activities are included as specified in the itinerary.
Immerse in moments of awe, relish the northern lights experience, feel at home in a unique world and engrave lifelong memories across each day of your stay in the magnificent wintry landscapes of Sweden that has rarely been explored.
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Make your own way to where your adventure begins at your remote cottage home of cosy wooden chalets on the secluded island of Muonionalusta. This remote island is in River Muonio overlooks two countries Sweden and Finland. After we check in, our hosts for 6 nights, the warm-hearted Malmstroms and custodians of this chalet complex since 1986 will welcome us. Depending on the arrival time of the group, the main briefing is usually done tonight or tomorrow morning.
You’ll stay at the cosy wooden chalets in Rajamaa, a family-run lodge. Unwind at the sauna bath for a sublime body-soothing and healing experience. Shower, air-conditioning, and Wi-Fi facilities are available for you. Enjoy Swedish meals and occasional international dishes all prepared on-site with meat and dishes sourced from the Arctic Sea. Vegetarian options are also available at the lodge. When not snaking through the snowy forests and frozen lakes, sit laid-back at the patio of your chalet and absorb the sensational atmosphere.
Today, breakfast sets the pace for all activities, which begins with gearing up. We'll be provided with all the equipment, gear, and essential information needed to embark on a jolly expedition across the Arctic wilderness for the week. With feet graced by snowshoes, we launch into the tall tree forests bordering Rajaama, traversing its wintry landscapes. The experience will also enlighten the crew on the peculiar and unsullied nature of the Sapmi, otherwise known as the Lapland region. Along the paths, we can spot bird tracks and other trails of native fauna in the snow with the aid of an experienced guide.
The guide will also educate us on how the local trees and vegetations thrive through extreme weather conditions. Afterward, we enjoy a forest lunch at a log fire before trekking back to the chalet across snow-white trees, wintry landscapes, and snowy hills. At noon, there's plenty of time to relax, enjoy a sauna, grab a hot drink and get social. The coming days will feature presentations about Scandinavian predators such as lynx, wolverine, and bear.
Today, is your free day to make your own adventures doing as much or as little as you please.
You may venture on a thrilling drive on a snowmobile through the snow-clad forest and frozen lakes or explore the surroundings on snowshoes with a fun geocaching activity. Alternatively, simply relax at the lodge and enjoy the amenities while brooding with the serenity of nature.
This morning, we travel back in time by learning about the history and traditions of the Sami people from a reindeer herding Sami family. The Arctic regions of Sweden, Finland, Norway, and Russia are home to over 90, 000 Sami people, who preserve their language and cultures, and prevent them from being tainted by civilization. The history lessons and current way of life of the Sami people will continue when we trek on foot and conventional reindeer sleds to a typical Sami hut known as Kata in local parlance.
Here, we'll take turns feeding the reindeer and spend hours around a crackling fire chatting with the host family, learning more about the Sami tribe as well as their present challenges. We'll have lunch inside the hut alongside hot and steaming coffee before returning to Rajaama where you relax, have free time to idle away, enjoy the sauna before indulgin in another hearty dinner.
Today, begin your two-day wilderness tour on forest skis that we prepared for earlier. For the expedition, we gear up with necessary handy essentials in a rucksack, while the remainder of the equipment we need will be transported by a snowmobile to our destination. All set, we delve into the adventure, forest skiing our way into the forest, across pine-covered hills, frozen lakes, and wondrous landscapes till we arrive at our cosy log cabin accommodation.
We will spend the night at this unique log cabin which was traditionally a resting place for local forest workers. The cabin stays warm for guests' comfort with log burners, and meals will be prepared with water sourced from the nearby frozen lake. Dinner will be prepared by everyone, which makes it fun, and there's an option to enjoy the sauna. After dinner, chances are that the Northern Lights may appear and keep the crew awake for sightseeing. On the contrary, we retire to bed in our dormitory-style cabins after dinner.
In the morning, we enjoy breakfast and mount our skis back to Rajaama, enjoying the thrill of the experience and stopping over for lunch by the wayside fire. We might be lucky to see tracks of a wolverine or lynx on the snow as we ski back to Rajaama.
Savour a relaxing breakfast, a perfect time to reflect on your incredible journey before you bid farewell and make your own arrangements for your onward travel. Alternatively, airport transfers can be arranged at an additional cost, please contact us.
NOTE: This itinerary is provided as an example only – prevailing conditions and local arrangements may cause variation.
Please contact us for private departures and group bookings. Single Supplement is available on request.
- The departure and finish point is Muonionalusta, Sweden
- Major commercial flights provide convenient access Muonionalusta. The nearest major airport is Kiruna Airport and fly with SAS Airline from Stockholm in Sweden or to Kittilä and Rovaniemi Airports in Finland from Helsinki.
- Airport transfers are not included. Joining location starts in your accommodation in Rajamaa in Muonionalusta making your own arrangements there. Alternatively, airport transfers can be arranged at an additional cost, please contact us.
The walking level on this trip is rated Level 3 Moderate.
Level 1 Leisurely: Experience is not necessary; anyone fit and healthy enough to complete a weekend walk will thrive. Walks are often optional. Trails are seldom flat, so expect a reasonable number of ascents and descents. You normally walk for two to five hours per day; daily ascents will likely be around 985ft to 1,640ft (300m to 500m), perhaps with the odd day around 1,970ft (600m).
Level 3 Moderate: Expect easy, medium-length walks or harder, shorter walks. Some experience is useful, but not essential. Good health and reasonable fitness are important. There will be walks at higher altitudes and some longer, harder days. Generally, though, the underfoot conditions will be fair. A walking day is normally five to seven hours; daily ascents will likely be around 1,640ft to 2,625ft (500m to 800m), perhaps with the odd day around 2,955ft to 3,280ft (900m to 1,000m).
Level 5 Challenging: Fitness is vital with extended walking in mountainous terrain. You might also experience high altitude, challenging climates and remote locations. Trekking experience is desirable, but not vital if you are confident in your physical condition. Walking days are usually between six and eight hours, although they may be longer for passes or peaks. Daily ascents can be around 2,955ft to 3,280ft (900m to 1,000m), perhaps with the odd day around 3,610ft to 3,940ft (1,100m to 1,200m).
Level 7 Tough: Trekking experience is essential and preferably at altitude. You need complete confidence in your ability to trek for many days over difficult terrain. You may encounter extreme altitude and weather conditions and may need to use ice axes and crampons. Stamina is essential as walking days last six to nine hours (sometimes more on occasions). Daily ascents will likely be around 2,955ft to 3,280ft (900m to 1,000m), perhaps with the odd day around 3,610ft to 3,940ft (1,100m to 1,200m).
Split and optional grades: Where a trip falls between two grades, an intermediate or ‘split’ grade is used. For example, Level 2 (Leisurely/Moderate). Occasionally there are optional ascents available; in this case, the grade will be highlighted.
Temperatures should remain below 0°C for the whole season, however recent years have had some unexpected fluctuations, both warmer and colder. Generally, you should expect much colder temperatures in December and January, around -25°C to -10°C. As the days get longer the temperatures rise to around freezing point by March.
Daylight hours: As we are inside the Arctic Circle, from 1 December to 7 January the sun remains just below the horizon during the day. But it is not dark – there is plenty of reflection from the snow – so expect 4-5 hours of daylight. At the end of January daylight hours increase to 6-7. In February there are 10 hours and in March 15 hours.
Northern Lights: The stunning Aurora Borealis are one of nature’s most awe-inspiring sights and seeing them hover above us on a cold winter’s night is an experience never to be forgotten. Scientists will tell you the Northern Lights occur when solar wind particles collide with air molecules in the earth’s atmosphere, transferring their energy into light. The ‘season’ runs from August to April (when there is sufficient darkness). Within this window, the slightly better months are September and March. During periods of high solar activity (not forecastable) they can often be seen every night, but the sky has to be clear of cloud cover, and you need to be away from other light sources. Displays can vary in intensity – from a greenish-yellow glow moving gently around the sky, to a spectacular multi-coloured show dancing across the heavens. Sightings not only vary in intensity but in duration too, from just minutes to sometimes hours.
The following clothing is issued on arrival and is yours throughout the week:
You will need to packthe following:
Note on temperatures below -30°C: Contact lenses can freeze, especially when snowmobiling – ski goggles may help. Water-based cream/moisturisers may freeze at very low temperatures. Camera batteries usually stop working at low temperatures, so take spares.
A mixed activity week for adults, with a good selection of guided activities and free time for independent excursions or relaxation. Although none of the activities require previous experience, a good level of fitness, agility and balance is required.
Some forest ski training and tuition will be provided during the week. The distance covered on the two-day expedition will depend on the group’s fitness and on the temperature and weather conditions. Usually, you will cover approx. 7-12 km each day and the activity duration is around 4 hours plus lunch-stop by the fire.
Temperatures in this part of Sweden can drop as low as -30C (-22F). You should come prepared for such extremes. With standard precautions and good clothing, the cold weather won’t be a problem but can in itself be tiring. Arctic outerwear (overall, gloves, hat, socks and winter boots) is provided – please see our essential packing list for more information.
Your base for the week is Rajamaa, a complex of cosy wooden chalets run by the welcoming Malmström family since 1986. The accommodation is located in Sweden on an island in the River Muonio, just across the border from Finland.
Rajamaa consists of a main building with a reception area, dining room and sauna. Accommodation comprises 2-bedroom chalets with shared bathroom facilities and 1-bedroom chalets with private facilities. All chalets are equipped with shower/WC and a mini-kitchen. Complimentary Wi-Fi is available at the property.
Twin and double rooms will usually be allocated in the 2-bedroom chalets. This means that a maximum of 4 people (2 couples or twin sharers) will stay in each chalet and will share bathroom facilities. Twin sharers may share bathroom facilities with up to 2 members of the opposite sex, but bedrooms are always single-sex.
Couples/pairs travelling together who do not wish to share bathroom facilities with others may be able to pay a supplement to secure a 1-bedroom chalet. This will be strictly based on availability and the make-up of the group. Single rooms are limited and subject to availability. These will be offered for a supplement, payable upon booking. Single rooms may be allocated in the big chalets (shared facilities) or in a small chalet (private facilities), depending on availability.
One night during the trip will be spent in a remote forest lodge where accommodation is dormitory style (maximum of 4 people per room). No single rooms are available at this accommodation and bathroom facilities come in the form of an outhouse with long-drop.
Single supplement from AUD 758
Onlyluxe Travel acts as travel agency and work with different tour operators.Payment DetailAll pricing is in Australian dollars and are quoted on a per person twin share basis. A supplementary price is available (see below). Bookings are not confirmed until full payment and the signed Booking Form has been received by Onlyluxe Travel.A non-refundable 30% deposit is payable within 7 days of your booking, with the final balance due 90 days prior to departure. If a booking is made 90 days or less before departure, the full payment is payable immediately. Last minute bookings are payable before arrival. Failure to pay on time may result in automatic cancellation of a booking with cancellation penalties payable to Onlyluxe Travel. If you pay by credit card or PayPal a surcharge will be added to the total price.Single SupplementAll accommodation is twin share. Single guests will share with someone of the same gender. If a single room is demanded, a supplementary price of will apply. The supplementary price refers to our quotation and needs to be stipulated at the time of booking.General Cancellation Policies- Outside of 90 days monies will be refunded less 30% of full fee- Within 90 days prior to arrival all monies will be forfeited- No refunds will be given in the event of non-arrival, any unused services or unused nights due to flight or weather disruption- We strongly recommend guests protect themselves with travel insurance and medical insurancePlease Note: Cancellations must be advised in email and will take effect from the date they are received.LiabilityThe participant agrees to indemnify Onlyluxe Travel, and its servant, tour operator and agents, in relation to any liability, loss and damage which the tour operator, or its servants and/or agents may incur as a result of the participants, negligence or misconduct during the tour.Smoking is not permitted on the bus, or in tents or in other accommodation being used by tour operator at the time that a trip is being conducted.Child PolicyPlease consult travel consultant on age limit.Changes to ItinerariesLocal conditions may necessitate changes to sightseeing, walking and driving routes, camping and accommodation locations. 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The tour operator reserves the right to cancel any tour up to 60 days prior to departure if the minimum number requirement of 4 is unable to meet for a tour. If the tour operator needs to cancel for any reason, the cost of the tour or any other costs associated with travel to the designated pick up point, overnight accommodation, meals, etc will not be covered by the Onlyluxe Travel and therefore we strongly recommend travel insurance be taken out prior to travel.Force Majeure'Force Majeure' means (without restriction) any event which Onlyluxe Travel or its third party providers could not, even with due care, foresee or avoid. Force Majeure covers events such as, but not limited to, adverse weather conditions, fire and all similar events beyond our control. In the case of Force Majeure Onlyluxe Travel will not accept liability, and reserves the right to change and cancel trips.EvacuationsIn rare circumstances, due to injury or unforeseen illness, the tour operator may need to evacuate you from a remote part of the walk. Helicopter evacuations are expensive and in most cases will be at a cost to the customer.In the genuine spirit of expedition travel, we encourage exploration and adventure offering flexibility in challenging environments. This itinerary is only a guide and is subject to change due to weather, sea and other conditions beyond our control.For Australian residents, under the Australian Government Medicare Act, it is prohibited for any domestic travel insurance product to provide any financial reimbursement with regard to ambulance or air ambulance services. We therefore strongly advise our customers to take specific ambulance cover through their health insurance provider. Evacuation cost will not be covered by the Onlyluxe Travel and therefore it is also strongly recommended that our customers take out travel insurance to cover (amongst other things) the costs associated with evacuation.Travel InsuranceIn view of the heavy cancellation penalties applied to cancelled reservations in certain circumstances, we strongly recommends suitable travel insurance be purchased at the time the holding deposit is paid. We recommend insurance cover that covers any loss which may be suffered due to cancellation. We also strongly recommend comprehensive travel insurance against loss of baggage and medical expenses.