Lynx watching in the lost valley | Laponia Adventures

Lynx watching in the lost valley

Searching for the wild cat of the mountain

The lynx is known to be difficult to catch sight of and few are the lucky ones who succeed. Deep in the mountains of Laponia, we have heard of a place where chances to spot the wild cat of the mountains are promising. On the rocky hillside behind the hut this shy animal have been seen and if we are lucky we can spot them through binoculars in a distance. Even if we’re not lucky with lynx, the location in itself is stunning and just being out there is an adventure itself.

Laponia is a world heritage site protected for its unique combination of nature and culture where the Sami people have lived for thousands of years. In small groups we will discover the valley on skis while keeping an eye out for tracks and signs of the arctic cat. During the week you will also have the chance to see moose, ptarmigan and groups of reindeers. And in the night, we hope for a sight of the Northern Light, a common happening in the area.

We have heard of a place where chances to spot the wild cat of the mountains are promising

This winter tour is for you who wants to discover the mountain of Laponia and have a chance to see both lynx, moose and reindeer in its natural habitat. You should be able to walk on uneven terrain and get in and out of a snowmobile sledge. We will be skiing between 5-10 kilometer per day in terrain with little differences in altitude and with a daypack of around 5 kg. All skiing is voluntary and you don’t need any previous experience from skiing. Please contact us if you have any questions regarding your physical ability.

Laponia Adventures values nutritious food made from real ingredients and put a lot of effort into preparing the menu for this tour. A typical day starts with a Swedish breakfast and in the evening, we cook dinner together in the mountain hut. As long as weather permits we will have lunch outside to fully enjoy the landscape around us.

During our time in the mountains we stay in cozy mountain cabin without electricity or running water. We will ask you to participate in the cooking as well as help carrying buckets of water and chop wood for the fire. Even if the cabin is simple, it provides the most essentials as heat, beds, blankets and everything we need for cooking and eating. It is not possible to book the hut and there might be other visitors using it as well. The hut sees few visitors during this time of the year but we might ask couples or children to share one bed in case it gets full.

Outhouses are situated within 15 meters from the hut and there are no showers available. The first and the last day of the tour we will stay in a hostel in Jokkmokk where you will share room with other participants of the group. You will of course have access to both water-toilets and showers.

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. Our support team will drive us out to the mountain hut by minibuses and snowmobiles and then pick us up a few days later.

Itinerary

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 fellows from the group. We meet up for dinner (18.00) and enjoy our first meal together followed by an introduction to the week. Travel hear night train from Stockholm to Murjek and then a bus to Jokkmokk or fly into Luleå. If you arrive early we recommend you to visit Ájtte – the mountain and Sami museum.

We arrange transfer from the airports in Luleå. Pick-up latest 16.00.

DAY 2 JOKKMOKK – MOUNTAIN HUT (B,L,D)
We start the day with breakfast at the hostel before we pack the minibus and head towards the mountains. On our way we will keep our eyes open for reindeers and the great Sarek moose that both spend the winter down in the valley. We will drive until the road ends and then continue for another couple of hours in sledges pulled by snowmobiles. For those who wants there will be a chance to ski the last part to the hut, our home for the coming days. We have dinner together in the light from the fire and the candles.

Optional skiing distance:  about 3 km, elevation gain/loss: close to 0 m, estimated time skiing: 1,5 h

DAY 3 & 4 SEARCHING FOR SIGNS OF THE LYNX (B,L,D)
We discover the valley on skis and look for tracks from lynx or other wildlife. We’ll also keep an eye on the slope behind the hut, hoping to see the lynx sunbathing on the rocks. There will also be time to chill out, read a book or just relax in a sunny (hopefully) snow couch. We have lunch outside and in the evening we have dinner together in the hut and look for the northern lights after dark has fallen.

Optional skiing distance: Depending on what the group wants.

DAY 5 MOUNTAIN HUT – JOKKMOKK (B,L,D)
We leave the hut and head back to Jokkmokk where we finish our week with a dinner at the restaurant. For those who want there will be another chance to ski down the valley before boarding the snowmobile sledges.

Optional skiing distance: 5-10km, elevation gain/loss: close to 0, estimated time skiing: 4h

DAY 6 DEPARTURE JOKKMOKK (B)
After finishing the breakfast at the hostel it is time to say good-bye and wish you safe travels home. Take the bus to Murjek and continue south with the night train or get a ride to Luleå to catch the flight.

We can arrange transfer to the airports in Luleå. Drop-off earliest 10.00

Tour info:

Price: SEK 24950
Date: Mar 21-26 2019
Start: Jokkmokk 18.00
End: Jokkmokk 10.00
Group size: 2-12

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The price includes:

  • Local English and Swedish speaking guide
  • Accommodation 3 nights in cabins
  • Accommodation 2 nights in hostels including bed-linen
  • All meals and snacks including dinner at a restaurant in Jokkmokk
  • Transfer Jokkmokk-Mountains-Jokkmokk
  • Snowmobile transfer out to the hut and back
  • Safety equipment
  • Storage of travel luggage in Jokkmokk

Options:

  • Pick-up and drop-off at the airport in Luleå SEK 1500 round trip
  • High quality winter clothing including shoes SEK 1800
  • Upgrade to private room in Jokkmokk SEK 400

Weather
A normal day in March offers temperatures from – 20 to 0 degrees. Temperature can drop down to -30 degrees and we could get strong winds.

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 conditions.

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