Jokkmokk winter market holiday | Laponia Adventures

Jokkmokk winter market holiday

A culture and nature experience by the arctic circle

Already over 400 years ago people in the north gathered around Jokkmokk to trade fur, silver and other necessities. In the winter, the lakes where frozen and it was easy for merchants to travel longer distances. In the beginning of the 17th century the Swedish king wanted to control the northern territories and saw this as an excellent opportunity to establish a permanent market place to be able to draw taxes from the people. The market is still a yearly event and has developed to a festival including the market, exhibitions and lectures about the Sami people and the conditions in the north.

In small groups you will discover the Sami culture and experience the sensation of silently sliding through the winter landscape behind working huskies. Search for the great Sarek moose outside Jokkmokk and enjoy the expectant atmosphere in the center of the town. We will guide you to a full experience of the Jokkmokk winter market.

We guide you to a full experience of the Jokkmokk winter market

This holiday tour is for you who want to visit the Jokkmokk winter market and have time to fully experience the surrounding nature and the atmosphere in town. Your must be able to walk on uneven surface and enter a snowmobilesledge. Please contact us if you have any questions regarding your physical ability.

During your time in Jokkmokk you will stay in double rooms at hotel Akerlund, centrally located in Jokkmokk. It has a history that goes back over hundred years but at the same time you’ll stay in a modern room and have access to sauna and relax. You will be served breakfast buffet and dinner at the hotel. Lunch will either be included on your activities or purchased on your own at the market (please see itinerary for details).

For the activities you will be divided into smaller groups of maximum 8 people but dinner and evening activities will be all together. If you are traveling together with friends or family or both, please let us know when placing your booking so that we can make sure you are in the same group.

We work with local activity companies who have good knowledge of the culture and history in the area. You will also have a host that help you book additional activities and recommend things to do on your own.

Itinerary Feb 2-8

Included meals marked each day with B=breakfast, L=lunch and D=dinner

DAY 1 ARRIVAL JOKKMOKK (D)
Jokkmokk is a small town just north of the Arctic Circle where the population doubles each year at the Jokkmokk winter market. You will be staying at hotel Akerlunds centrally located in Jokkmokk with a history that goes back to the beginning of 20th century. We will all gather in the evening at 18.00 to have dinner together and your host for the week will brief you on the upcoming program.

We arrange transfer from the airports in Luleå. Pick-up at 14.00.

DAY 2 SAMI EXPERIENCE  (B,L,D)
We start the day with breakfast buffet at the hotel. Today we will visit our friend Anna Kuhmunen who comes from a local reindeer herding family. You will get a chance to listen to stories from her life and culture, meet their reindeers and taste traditional Sámi food. In the afternoon you will be on your own and in the evening you will be served a light dinner followed by a flavor show for all senses performed by Eva Gunnare, a local food connoisseur

DAY 3 SEARCHING FOR THE SAREK MOOSE (B,L,D)
After breakfast we head out with minibuses searching for the great Sarek moose. Protected from the yearly hunting season the Sarek moose grow bigger than its relatives. In the winter, they migrate down to the forest area east of Sarek national park where they find food and protection from the harsh environment in the mountain. We take you to some of the moose’s favorite places.

In the afternoon you will have time to relax and explore the town before we meet up for dinner at the hotel followed by an introduction to northern light and how to catch it with the camera.

DAY 4 DOG SLEDDING TOUR (B,L,D)
The musher will pick you up at the hotel after breakfast and drive you to their ranch just outside Jokkmokk. You will get to know their dogs and go out on a dog sledding tour experiencing the winter landscape around Jokkmokk.

After dinner a snowmobile will drive you up a small hill outside Jokkmokk where we have a fire and glance to the sky, hoping for a glimpse of the northern light. The fire has provided people with safety and heat for thousands of years.

The activities during day 2-4 can be switch around depending on the size of the group and weather conditions.

DAY 5 EXPERIENCE JOKKMOKK (B,D)
After three days with activities you will get a chance to relax and reflect on your new experiences. In the afternoon you will have a guided tour at Àjtte – the Sami and mountain museum in Jokkmokk. There will also be optional activities for you to add to your program if you are in for more. The lunch will be on your own but dinner will be served at the hotel as usual. In the evening there will be an opening ceremony for the Jokkmokk winter market on a short walking distance from the hotel.

  • Try snoshoeing (3h)
  • Try skiing (3h)
  • Snow mobile tour (3h)

DAY 6 JOKKMOKK WINTER MARKET (B,D)
In the morning your host will present some highlight from the winter market before you go out and explore it on your own. The market has a great range of art and handicraft but also exhibitions, lectures and concerts. Lunch will be on your own at the market which offers a lot of options. Closing dinner at the Akerlunds hotel.

DAY 7 DEPARTURE JOKKMOKK (B)
After breakfast it is time to say good bye and wish you safe travels home. Take a last tour at the market our just experience the festival atmosphere before you start your journey home.

We can arrange transfer to the airports in Luleå. Drop-off at 14.00

Itinerary Feb 8-14

Included meals marked each day with B=breakfast, L=lunch and D=dinner

DAY 1 ARRIVAL JOKKMOKK (D)
Jokkmokk is a small town just north of the Arctic Circle where the population doubles each year at the Jokkmokk winter market. You will be staying at hotel Akerlunds centrally located in Jokkmokk with a history that goes back to the beginning of 20th century. If you arrive early we recommend you to visit the market area. We will all gather in the evening at 18.00 to have dinner together and your host for the week will brief you on the upcoming program.

We arrange transfer from the airports in Luleå. Pick-up at 14.00.

DAY 2 JOKKMOKK WINTER MARKET (B,D)
We start the day with breakfast buffet at the hotel and then your host will present some highlight from the winter market before you go out and explore it on your own. The market has a great range of art and handicraft but also exhibitions, lectures and concerts. Lunch will be on your own at the market which offers a lot of options. Dinner will be served at the Akerlunds hotel.

DAY 3 EXPERIENCE JOKKMOKK (B,D)
Have a last chance to experience the festival atmosphere before the market closes down. In the afternoon you will have a guided tour at Àjtte – the Sami and mountain museum in Jokkmokk. There will also be optional activities for you to add to your program if you want. The lunch will be on your own but dinner will be served at the hotel as usual followed by an introduction to northern light and how to catch it with the camera.

  • Try snoshoeing (3h)
  • Try skiing (3h)
  • Snow mobile tour (3h)

DAY 4 SAMI EXPERIENCE  (B,L,D)
We start the day with breakfast buffet at the hotel. Today we will visit our friend Anna Kuhmunen who comes from a local reindeer family. You will get a chance to listen to stories from her life and culture, meet their reindeers and taste traditional Sámi food. In the afternoon you will be on your own and in the evening you will be served a light dinner followed by a flavor show for all senses performed by Eva Gunnare, a local food connoisseur.

DAY 5 DOG SLEDDING TOUR (B,L,D)
The musher will pick you up at the hotel after breakfast and drive you to their ranch just outside Jokkmokk. You will get to know their dogs and go out on a dog sledding tour experiencing the winter landscape around Jokkmokk.

After dinner a snowmobile will drive you up a small hill outside Jokkmokk where we have a fire and glance to the sky, hoping for a glimpse of the northern light. The fire has provided people with safety and heat for thousands of years.

DAY 6 SEARCHING FOR THE SAREK MOOSE (B,L,D)
After breakfast we head out with minibuses searching for the great Sarek moose. Protected from the yearly hunting season the Sarek moose grow bigger than its relatives. In the winter, they migrate down to the forest area east of Sarek national park where they find food and protection from the harsh environment in the mountain. We take you to some of the moose’s favorite places. In the evening you will be served a closure dinner at the hotel.

The activities during day 3-6 can be switch around depending on the size of the group and weather conditions.

DAY 7 DEPARTURE JOKKMOKK (B)
After breakfast it is time to say good bye and wish you safe travels home. Take a last tour in town before you start your journey home.

We can arrange transfer to the airports in Luleå. Drop-off at 14.00

Tour info:

Price: SEK 19950
Date: Feb 2-8 & Feb 8-14 2019
Start: Jokkmokk 18.00
End: Jokkmokk 12.00
Group size: 2-20

Book here!

The price includes:

  • Local English and Swedish speaking guides
  • Accommodation 6 nights in hotel
  • Half board 6 days at Hotel Åkerlunds
  • Lunch (except 2 days on your own)
  • Sami experience med Anna Kuhmunnen
  • Searching for the Sarek moose
  • Dog sledding tour
  • Northern light information
  • Flavour show with local food creature and food connoisseur
  • Northern light tour
  • Recommendations on what to visit on the Jokkmokk winter market.
  • Host that help you with logistics and organization of activities.

Options:

  • Single room SEK 2985
  • Transfer from and to Luleå SEK 1500
  • Winter clothing including shoes SEK 1800kr
  • Additional activities on day 5 (see itinerary for more information)

Weather
A normal day in February offers temperatures from -10 to -35 degrees Celsius. We rent winter clothing and shoes.

Special diet
Please let us know if you have any dietary restrictions or food allergies.

Passport & Visa
Make sure you check the current regulations for passport and visa to travel to Sweden.

Insurance
We recommend you to have valid travel insurance.

Reservations
We may need to adjust the route and the itinerary according to the conditions for the local reindeer herders, as well as current weather and snow conditions.

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