Lynx watching in the lost valley
A lynx expedition in Swedish Lapland
The lynx is known to be difficult to catch sight of and few are the lucky ones who succeed to spot this shy animal in the wild. Deep in the mountains of Swedish Lapland, we have heard of a place where chances to spot them are promising. A snowmobile will take us to this remote place where we set up our camp not far from the rocky hillside where the lynx have been seen. On this lynx expedition we stay in a Tentipi discovering the valley on skis during the days. We look for fresh lynx tracks, and if we are lucky we may se the lynx itself!
Even if we’re not lucky with lynx, the location in itself is stunning and just being out there is an adventure itself. Experience the complete silence where the only sounds you hear are the wind and the fire. Ski in fluffy snow and eat tasty food cooked in the wild. During the week you will also have the chance to see moose, ptarmigan, wolverine and groups of reindeers. And in the night, we hope for a sight of the Northern Light.
Deep in the mountains of Swedish Lapland, we have heard of a place where chances to spot them are promising.
This wildlife tour is for you who…
…wants to discover the mountain and have a chance to see both lynx, moose, wolverine and reindeer in its natural habitat. To join our lynx expedition you have to 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 with a daypack of around 5 kg. The terrain is relatively flat and you don’t need any previous experience from skiing. Recommended age from 16 years old. Please contact us if you have any questions regarding your physical ability.
Food and accommodations
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 tent. 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 a big Lavvu (Tentipi) and we will ask you to be part of the daily work in the camp. The tent will be heated during the morning and evening and during the night we’ll sleep in warm sleeping bags on double sleeping mats. There are no toilets available to we have to go in the wild. We will give you instructions on how this should be done to minimize our impact on the nature.
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.
Guides and support
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 tour we work together with Wild Sweden that have years of experience from running wildlife tours.
Here you’ll find our 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 fellows from the group. We meet up for dinner (18.00) and enjoy our first meal together followed by an introduction to the lynx expedition. Travel here by 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. In the evening we are help to build up our camp where we have dinner together in the heat from the fire.
DAY 3 & 4 SEARCHING FOR SIGNS OF THE LYNX (B,L,D)
We discover the valley on skis or snowshoes and look for tracks from lynx or other wildlife. 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 heated tent. If the sky is clear we go out to look for the northern lights after dark has fallen.
DAY 5 MOUNTAIN HUT – JOKKMOKK (B,L,D)
We pack up our camp and head back to Jokkmokk. On our way home we keep our eye open for moose and other wildlife. In Jokkmokk we stay at the hostel and finish our lynx expedition with dinner at the restaurant.
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
The price includes:
- Local English and Swedish speaking guide
- Accommodation 3 nights in Lavvu (Tentipi)
- 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 camp and back
- Camping equipment
- Safety equipment
- Ski equipment
- Storage of travel luggage in Jokkmokk
- 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
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.
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.