Adventurous summer days in Kiruna
With Kiruna as a base, you will experience eventful days filled with Lappish nature, Sami culture and custom options such as rafting and horseback riding. Stay comfortably in a cosy, eco-friendly cottage on the outskirts of the mining town of Kiruna and experience local cuisine in the restaurant. All within reach by night train from Stockholm!
When the night train from southern Sweden arrives at Kiruna, you will be met at the station. Soon after, you will be settled in at Camp Ripan, whose design, colour and materials have an unmistakable connection to the region and culture.
Upcoming days offer both Sami experiences and private explorations. In addition to a hefty dose of wilderness, you will learn about the three cultures that paved the way for the mining town of Kiruna: The Sami, the Torne Valley Finnish and the Swedish railroad culture. At Camp Ripan a slideshow of the young Sami girl Katarina Poggats Sarri is shown, and every day new culinary experiences with wild flavours await you in the restaurant!
The program includes visits to the multiple award-winning Sami experience organizer, Nutti Sámi Siida. In a Sami camp with reindeer, you become acquainted with the Sami culture. Here you have the chance to feed, photograph and perhaps pet a reindeer, as well as buy traditional and modern Sami handicrafts. Led by knowledgeable guides, you will also learn about the reindeer and how to throw a lasso!
Optional recommendations include rafting down the Torne River. It's a longer trip, with a stretch of Class 3+ rapids, making this an all-day outing for the whole family. The journey begins with a thorough safety briefing and distribution of wetsuit, helmet and life jacket to all participants. Besides wild rapids and calm sections with the opportunity for a swim, the trip also includes an outdoor lunch with coffee and cake. A quieter alternative is rafting down the Kalix River.
A less wet option is to experience the mountains on horseback during a full-day ride on Icelandic horses at the base of the low mountains west of Kiruna. The tour is suitable for beginners and those more accustomed to riding. When the time is right, you break for sandwiches and coffee or tea.
Your stay in Kiruna includes a couple of full days for your own activities, making it possible to both test the untamed rapids and go on a mountain ride with a Sami guide. What's more, Camp Ripan’s surroundings offer opportunities for exploration on foot, bicycle or behind a fishing rod.