Saltoluokta mountain retreat
Yoga, meditate and hike in the mountains of Sweden
Welcome to our yoga retreat taking place in the peaceful and pristine mountains around Laponia World Heritage Site. In small groups we guide you to our favorite mountain and hidden pearls but also introduce you to the culture and history of this area. For thousands of years the Sami people have lived and migrated through those mountain valleys in harmony with nature. What a perfect location to sign out and disconnect from your daily life and to re-connect with yourself and the surrounding nature. The yoga and the meditation, led by Petra Kalla from Yoga Therapy, will be beautifully involved in the program and adapted to wishes and needs in the group. You can expect a mix of indoor morning yoga in our cozy yoga room and shorter yoga or meditation sessions sitting down directly on the ground up in the mountains.
Our yoga retreat takes place at Saltoluokta Mountain lodge located in roadless land. We stay in comfortable double rooms, just a few steps from both the yoga room and the forest and the mountains outside the door. We cook tasty meal outdoors together and enjoy breakfast and dinner in the restaurant at Saltoluokta Mountain lodge. Our menu is based on vegan meals with side dishes for you who would like to get a taste of some local specialties. During our yoga retreat we also visit Pietsaure Sami settlement and spend one night in mountain cabins surrounded by pure nature and spectacular mountain views. We’ll take time to enjoy the sound nature, of the wind and the water and stop to swim in crystal clear mountain lakes.
Our idea is to leave all demands from our daily life and enjoy spectacular mountain views and recovering yoga in a calm and pristine area
This yoga retreat is for you who…
…are looking for a yoga retreat that combines yoga and meditation with hiking and nature experience. You need no earlier experience from neither yoga nor meditation or hiking All the classes can be adjusted to your level. To be able to take part in all activities you must be able to hike about 10 kilometer per day in terrain with moderate differences in altitude and with a backpack of around 5-10 kg. Recommended age from 16 years old. Please contact us if you have any questions regarding your physical ability or experience level.
The plan is to:
- Sign out and relax in a peaceful environment
- Do yoga and meditation on the top of a mountain
- Enjoy a mountain SPA in a wood heated sauna
- Stay in a Sami settlement
- Experience the midnight sun
About the yoga and the yoga therapist
Walking in the magnificent nature is in itself restorative for body and soul. Through therapeutic Hatha yoga, qigong and meditations, you can invite your whole being to fully attend this nature experience. Every morning we invite an intention from the heart and do exercises that prepare us for the day hike. During the hike, we take shorter yoga, qigong and meditation breaks adapted to the weather and the group’s needs. This moments help you to release tensions and become softer, both in your body and your mind, to gain access to more energy. In the evening, relaxing exercises and meditation prepare us for a complete recovery and a deep night’s sleep.
The focus will be on both mental and physical recovery to give your mind a welcome break from everyday life. The surrounding nature inspire and help you find presence in the present and gain new perspectives on life. This yoga retreat is led by Petra Kalla from Yoga therapy. Petra was born and raised in Gällivare but now lives in Järna south of Stockholm and works as a certified Yoga Therapist.
Being in nature, and especially the mountains, always evokes a feeling of reverence and gratitude in me. I see myself, my lifeline in a new light; what I feel is so important for me in my everyday life, fades when overlooking the history of this landscape. An inner space opens up, where I meet the simplicity and stillness that characterize pure presence. / Petra Kalla
Hike in small groups with a local guide
During this mountain retreat you will also meet a guide from Laponia Adventures. Your guide will lead the hikes and make sure you get food on the table and a bed to sleep in. We want you to have the best experience possible for a relaxing and energizing yoga retreat in the mountain. Therefore, we travel in small groups of maximum 12 guests in total. All our guides live in the area and can tell you stories about 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.
Many of our guests travel on their own and don’t know anyone else in the team when arriving Gällivare. It is a great opportunity to find new yoga friends. Solo travelers are of course welcome to book the yoga retreat, but we will need a minimum of four guests in total to go.
The price includes:
- Local English and Swedish speaking guide
- Certified Yoga therapist from Yoga Therapy
- Accommodation 5 nights in double rooms
- Full board with all meals
- All safety equipment
- Sleeping bag for the night in Pietsaure
- Round trip transportation from Gällivare
- Single room supplement (except in Petsaure): SEK 2000/person
- Upgrade to room with private WC/shower (except in Petsaure): SEK 2200/person
- Beverage at restaurants
Note: If you would like both single room and private WC/shower the price is 4200kr/person.
How to book and pay your tour online
Book your adventure by clicking the button above, and fill in a booking form online. We will manually review your booking to make sure that the tour will suite you and that we still have availability. If everything looks okay we will send you a confirmation by email within shortest possible time. You will be charged a 20% deposit at time of booking and the rest 30 days before your tour starts. You can choose to pay with credit card or bank transfer.
Our cancellation policy
We will refund you according to the conditions below.
- Cancellations from the time you receive your booking confirmation up to 31 days before arrival will be charged 20% of the total price for the tour.
- Cancellations from 30 days up to 15 days before arrival will be charged 50% of the total price for the tour.
- Cancellations within 14 days of arrival will be charged 100% of the total price for the tour.
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Food and accommodations
During the yoga retreat we stay at Saltoluokta mountain lodge, which was built for over hundred years ago. During the years, the restaurant has served many mountain hikers a generous breakfast and tasty dinners. Saltoluokta is known for its good food, cozy atmosphere and a fantastic view from the sauna. We eat breakfast in the restaurant and of course try the dinner menu some of the days. Other days we cook dinner tasty food together, outside if weather permits, and otherwise indoors in the common kitchen. The menu for this hike is based on a vegan diet with the option to add dairy products and local fish and meat products. As long as the weather allows, we will have a longer break during the day to re-energize with a lighter lunch.
During the week we spend the night in small cabins in Petsaure Sami settlement. For those who want there will be a chance to taste locally caught and smoked fish. The cabins are simple but comfortable, and the outhouse is located outside the cabins. There is no electricity or running water available and we all help to fetch water and to feed the fire heating the cabins.
Get on the night train leaving from Stockholm in the evening and wake up in Gällivare the next morning. This is not only the best option for the planet, it is also a cool experience. Book your own private cabin or just a single bed in a cabin with 3 or 6-beds. You can purchase both the train and the bus ticket online at sj.se. Simply enter Stockholm Central to Gällivare train station and it will give you the options. If you prefer you can fly from Stockholm directly to Gällivare or to Luleå and continue to Gällivare by bus or train. We recommend you to arrive one day earlier to Gällivare to have the time to settle before the tour starts. Pensionat Augustin is a cozy and friendly place to stay if you are spending a night in Gällivare.
However you choose to travel here, flexible tickets are recommended. We also recommend you to have a valid travel insurance and check passport and VISA rules for traveling to Sweden.
Arrival and departure day
We will meet you at the train station in Gällivare at 9.00 on day 1. After the tour we will be back in Gällivare around 15 on day 6, or in time to take the afternoon night train heading south.
Stay warm and dry
In the Swedish mountains we see all kinds of weather. We can experience sunshine and +30 degrees during the day but also +5 degrees with rain and strong winds. Night temperatures can drop down to 0. Our packing list helps you to decide what to bring to stay warm and happy on the tour.
How heavy will your backpack be?
Saltoluokta Mountain lodge is located in roadless land and to get to there we take a 10-minute boat ride, followed by a short walk along a trail. We recommend that you travel with a backpack or a bag that can easily be carried when needed. During the day trips you will be carry a few safety items such as rain gear, warmer layer and a water bottle but also part of the common lunch. Expect your backpack to be around 3-5kg including water. On the day when we hike to Pietsaure Sami settlement you will also need the carry a sleeping bag, what you need for the night and part of the food. Expect your backpack to be around 5-7kg including water.
What about mosquitoes?
There will be mosquitoes. How much depends on the temperature and how much rain we have had recently. But also how windy the weather is during the week for our yoga retreat. We do our best to choose yoga and meditation spots and have breaks where we have a breeze that keeps most of the mosquitoes away. If you are sensitive to bugs we recommend that you’ll bring a head net and mosquito repellent. Are you allergic you should consult a doctor about possible anti-histamin to reduce the reaction from the mosquito bites.
Included meals marked each day with B=breakfast, L=lunch and D=dinner
DAY 1 ARRIVAL GÄLLIVARE – SALTOLUOKTA (L,D)
We pick you up at Gällivare train station and continue in minibuses to Naturum Stora sjöfallet where we will have lunch and take time to look at the exhibition about Laponia World Heritage Site. But first we take some time to admire the views around us and land in the present after all the traveling. We’ll introduce you the week and take some time to get to know each other. In the afternoon we travel the short distance to Kebnats where the boat takes us across Lake Langas to Saltoluokta mountain lodge, located in roadless land and right by the foot of the mountain. We give you some time to check into your rooms for the week before we enjoy dinner in the restaurant. We end the day with some yoga and meditation.
DAY 2 DAY TOUR SALTOLUOKTA (B,L,D)
We start the day with a refreshing yoga class before having breakfast in the restaurant. Today our hike will take us up on Buollamtjåhkkå, a low mountain with a fantastic view of the large valley below. If the weather allows, we do yoga on the top of the mountain and let our lungs breath fresh mountain air. In the evening we cook dinner together before you have time to prepare for the hike to Pietsaure.
Hiking distance: 10 km, elevation gain/loss: +350/-350 m, estimated time hiking: ca 4-5h
DAY 3 TO PETSAURE (B,L,D)
In the morning we do yoga before we eat breakfast and start our hike to Pietsaure Sami settlement. A 6-kilometer long path leads us up the mountain side and over a pass before it turns down towards Lake Pietsaure and the Sami settlement. In the afternoon we take some time to relax and enjoy the view. Maybe a swim in the lake for the brave ones? We do yoga outside and then sleep well in cozy mountain cabins.
Hiking distance: 6 km, elevation gain/loss: +400/-100 m, estimated time hiking: ca 3h
DAY 4 BACK TO SALTOLUOKTA (B,L,D)
We start the day with yoga on the beach with a view towards Sarek National Park. We have breakfast and hike back to Saltoluokta mountain lodge passing a spectacular ravine created by rushing water thousands of years ago. At Saltoluokta we take time to get back to our rooms and shower before we enjoy dinner in the restaurant.
Hiking distance: 8 km, elevation gain/loss: +50/-350 m, estimated time hiking: ca 4h
DAY 5 DAY TOUR SALTOLUOKTA (B,L,D)
On this last day in the mountains you’ll have the chance to join a longer hike up to mount Luleå Gierkav from where you, on a clear day have a spectacular view over Sarek National Park and the surrounding lakes. Or you can choose to stay at Saltoluokta and get deeper into yoga and meditation together with Petra. In the afternoon we all come together to enjoy a hot wood-fired sauna down by the lake. Maybe you dare to take a dip in the lake? In the evening we have dinner in the restaurant and finish the day with yoga or an evening tour to enjoy the midnight sun.
DAY 6 DEPARTURE SALTOLUOKTA (B,L)
We sleep in after the late excursion yesterday and enjoy a last yoga class before we take the boat across the lake to Kebnats where the minibus is waiting. The journey continues back to Gällivare where we end the tour in good time for you to board the evening train south.
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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