Sarek retreat Yoga hike

A yogic trekking experience in the arctic

Far away from digital media and everyday life we invite you to a week of pure natural mental rest. The trek takes you on a unique mountain journey along the border to Sarek national park where we live simple and stay in cozy mountain huts. Hiking itself is a relaxing mindfulness meditation that really strengthens your relation to the nature. Combined with restorative yoga and meditation led by a certified yoga therapist your mind and body will get a more powerful experience.

Sarek is one of the national parks in the world heritage of Laponia. The Sami people and their reindeers have traveled 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.

This hike is for you who are looking for an yogic experience combined with the healing power of hiking.

This hike is for you who are looking for an yogic experience combined with the healing power of hiking. 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 or meditation. All the classes can be adjusted to your level.

Laponia Adventures values nutritious food made from real ingredients and put a lot of effort into preparing menus for this trek. A typical day starts with a Swedish breakfast and in the evening we cook dinner together. On this yogic hike we offer vegan food with additional milk and meat product to add to the food if you want. As long as weather permits we will have a longer break during the day to re-energize with a lighter lunch.

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.

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.

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. This yogic trek is arranged together with Sacred Spine Yoga Therapy and the yoga and meditation sessions will be led by one of their certified yoga therapist.

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 Vandrarhem where you will share a room with other yogis. After lunch you will get 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)
After breakfast we pack the bus and head west to the trailhead. As the hike takes us 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. In the evening there will be a restorative yoga class.

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 AKTE – SITOJAURE (B,L,D)
We follow the King’s trail up through a birch forest to the open landscape above the three lines. We take some time to enjoy the view, a yoga class and 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. Arriving Saltoluokta 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 and meditation. 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

Expedition info:

Price: SEK 14 995
Date: Aug 13-19 2018
Start: Jokkmokk 13.00
End: Saltoluokta fjällstation 9.00
Group size: 6-14 st
Booking status:

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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

Options:

  • Pick up and drop-off at the airport in Luleå: SEK 1500 round trip
  • Upgrade to private room at Saltoluokta SEK 315-640

Weather
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 they are starting to ease.

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:
Due to current weather conditions we might have to make adjustment to planed routes and itinerary.

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