Laponia retreat Yoga hike
A yogic trek along the King’s trail
Far away from stress of modern life we welcome you to the Laponia retreat yoga hike. Our yoga hike takes us through a varied landscape along Kungsleden surrounded by vast tundra or pristine virgin birch forest. Together we experience the recovering power of yoga and meditation along and live simply staying in cozy mountain cabins while. As a highlight of the tour we climb Skierfe, a sacred cliff with a 700-meter vertical drop down into the turquoise water of the Rapa river.
This part of the King’s trail follows the eastern border of Sarek national park, part of the world heritage site Laponia. The Sami people and their reindeers have traveled through those valleys for thousands of years leaving few visible traces. They have a strong relationship to nature and treat the earth with respect. We only borrow the land from future generations and we should always give it back in the same conditions as we found it.
Together we experience the recovering power of yoga and meditation
This yogahike is for you who…
…are looking for a yogic experience combined with hiking in the northern Sweden. You should be able to hike between 10-20 kilometer per day in terrain with moderate differences in altitude and with a backpack of around 10-12 kg. You need no earlier experience from either yoga nor meditation. All the classes can be adjusted to your level. Please contact us if you have any questions regarding your physical ability or experience level.
The yoga classes
Our yoga classes will be led by Petra Kalla from Sacred spine yoga therapy. She is born and raised in Gällivare but have now found home in Järna south of Stockholm. Most of her yoga classes will be practiced in the outdoor, which strengthen the connection between your body and the nature. The vast landscape around you will inspire and help you to be present in the moment. If your daily live includes a higher pace and lots of demands this will be a welcome break for your mind. We practice Hatha yoga that strengthen and creates space in your body. We will focus on both mental and physical recovery.
The yoga classes will be embedded into your hiking experience. Through yoga, qigong and breathing exercises we set an intention for the day and prepare our bodies for the hike. During the day, we have yoga breaks depending on the weather and the need of the group. This will soften our muscles and give us access to more energy. In the evening, relaxing exercises and meditation set us up for a complete recovery and a deep sleep.
Food and accommodations
Laponia Adventures values nutritious food made from real ingredients and put a lot of effort into preparing the menu for this yoga hike. The menu will be based on vegan food with additional milk and meat products for those who would like that. A typical day starts with a Swedish breakfast and in the evening, we cook dinner together. As long as weather permits we will have a longer break during the day to re-energize with a lighter lunch.
During our time in the mountains we stay in cozy cabin without electricity or running water. We all help with the daily duties as carrying water or chopping wood to the fire. Even if the cabins are simple they provide the most essentials as heat, beds, blankets and everything we need for cooking and eating. Outhouses are often situated within 100 meters from the huts. The first and the last day of the tour we will stay in hostels where you will share room with other participants of the group. You will of course have access to both water-toilets and showers.
Guides and instructors
We work with local guides who have good knowledge of the culture and history in Laponia. They are all certified guides trained in wilderness first aid or live up to the same standard or higher. On this hike, we are also happy to have the opportunity to work with a professional yoga therapist from Sacred Spine Yoga Therapy.
Here you’ll find out Terms and conditions
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 most famous for its yearly winter market in the beginning of February. The first night you will stay at Jokkmokk Hostel where you will share a room with other yogis. After lunch (13.00) we start with an introduction and a guided tour at Ájtte – the mountain and Sami museum followed by a yoga class. In the evening, we have dinner together and your guide will brief you on the upcoming week.
We arrange transfer from the airports in Luleå. Pick-up latest 10.00.
DAY 2 JOKKMOKK – AKTSE (B,L,D)
We start the day with a refreshing yoga class before we have breakfast at the hostel. We pack the bus and head west to Sitoälvsbron where our hike begins. As we travel west the trail gets more narrow and pointy peak start rising in the horizon. Our walk ends in Aktse cabin where we have dinner and stay the first night. The day ends with a yoga class to give potentially sore muscles some attention.
Hiking distance: 15 km, elevation gain/loss: close to 0 m, estimated time hiking: 5h
DAY 3 DAY TOUR TO SKIERFE (B,L,D)
We climb the hill behind the hut towards Skierfe, a mountain from where you can overview the meandering river in the Rapa delta. We hope for good weather to enjoy Yoga or meditation at the top.
Hiking distance: 16 km, elevation gain/loss: +600/-600 m, estimated time hiking: 9-10h
DAY 4 AKTSE – SITOJAURE (B,L,D)
We wake up our bodies with yoga before we continue north along the King’s trail. The trail leads us up through the birch forest to the open landscape above the three lines. We take some time to enjoy the view, a yoga class or meditation before we roll down to lake Sitojaure. A boat will take us over to Sitojaure cabin on the other side of the lake.
Hiking distance: 9 km, elevation gain/loss: +400/-250, estimated time hiking: 4h
DAY 5 REFLECTION DAY IN SITOJAURE (B,L,D)
This is a day to relax and reflect. We enjoy the healing power of nature and have yoga class and meditation by the lake.
DAY 6 SITOJAURE – SALTOLUOKTA (B,L,D)
Our last hiking day takes us north through a wide U-shaped valley that divides the high mountains in the west from the rolling hills of Ultevis in the east. If weather permits there will be a yoga class in the mountains before reaching Saltoluokta where we enjoy shower and sauna followed by a three-course dinner in the restaurant.
Hiking distance: 20 km, elevation gain/loss: +100/-400, estimated time hiking: 8h
DAY 7 DEPARTURE SALTOLUOKTA (B)
We start the day with a morning yoga class. After finishing the organic breakfast in the restaurant at Saltoluokta mountain lodge it is time to say good-bye and wish you safe travels home. A boat will take you across lake Langas and we recommend you to arrange your travel home from Kebnats bus stop on the other side.
We can arrange transfer to the airports in Luleå. Drop-off earliest 16.00
Price: SEK 14 995
Date: Aug 19-25 2018
Start: Jokkmokk 13.00
End: Saltoluokta fjällstation 9.00
Group size: 6-12
The price includes:
- Local English and Swedish speaking guide
- Certified Yoga therapist from Sacred Spine Yoga Therapy
- Accommodation 4 nights in cabins
- Accommodation 2 nights in hostels including bed-linen
- All meals and snacks including 3-course dinner in Saltoluokta
- Transfer Jokkmokk-trailhead
- Safety equipment
- Storage of travel luggage and transport to Saltoluokta
- Guided tour at Ájtte mountain and Sami museum
- Pick-up and drop-off at the airport in Luleå: SEK 1500 round trip
- Upgrade to private room at Saltoluokta SEK 315-640
A normal day offers temperatures from 10 to 25 degrees. Temperature in August can drop down to 5 degrees and we could get strong winds and a lot of rainfall. There are still mosquitos but in august they normally starting to ease.
The food will be based on vegan food but 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.
We recommend you to have valid travel insurance.
We may need to adjust the route and the itinerary according to the conditions for the local reindeer herders, as well as current weather conditions.