Laponia retreat Yoga hike
A yogic trek in the UNESCO world heritage Laponia
Welcome to our Yoga retreat in the mountains of Laponia, far away from stress of modern life. On our Yoga retreat the hike takes us to the heart of the UNESCO world heritage site Laponia where the pointy peaks of Sarek meet the rolling hills in Padjelanta national park. The hike will be altered with yoga and meditation along the trail but also yoga classes in the morning or in the evening. During the yoga retreat we live close to nature and stay in cozy mountain cabins without any electricity or running water.
The world heritage site Laponia is protected for its unique combination of culture and nature. The Sami people have lived here for thousands of years and a trained eye can find both hunting pits and old settlements. During the week we’ll have dinner in a modern Sami settlement and learn more about the Sami culture.
Welcome to our Yoga retreat in the mountains of Laponia, far away from stress of modern life.
This yoga retreat is for you who…
…are looking for a yogic experience combined with hiking in the northern Sweden. To join this yoga retreat you must be able to hike between 10-20 kilometer per day in terrain with moderate differences in altitude and with a backpack of around 10-15 kg. You need no earlier experience from neither 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
On our yoga retreat the 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
When in the mountains it is important to get good food with lots of energy and Laponia Adventures are cooking meals from real ingredients. One this tour the menu will be based on vegan food with additional milk and local meat/fish 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 last day of the tour we will stay at Saltoluokta mountain lodge 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 GÄLLIVARE – AKKA (L,D)
Gällivare is a mining town along the railway from Stockholm to Narvik. We’ll meet you in the morning at 9 for an introduction before we continue by minibus to Ritsem. A boat (45 min) takes us across Áhkájávrre from where we hike the last kilometers to Akka cabin by the foot of Akka, the queen of the mountains. We have dinner together and depending on the weather we finish the day with a yoga class, either outside or in the hut.
Hiking distance: 2 km, elevation gain/loss: close to 0 m, estimated time hiking: 30 min
We arrange transfer from the airports in Luleå. Pick-up at 6.00.
DAY 2 AKKA – KISURIS (B,L,D)
We start the day with a refreshing yoga class before we have breakfast in the hut. Our trek today takes us over the bridge across the powerful river Vuojatädno and continue through a sparse mountain birch forest. The trail lead us along the foot of the majestic Áhkká mountain, passing the point where the three biggest national parks in Sweden meet and finish in Kisuris cabin. We have dinner and end the day with a yoga class to give potentially sore muscles some attention.
Hiking distance: 14 km, elevation gain/loss: close to +250/-100 m, estimated time hiking: 6h
DAY 3 KISURIS – KUTJAURE (B,L,D)
In the morning we do yoga and make a day hike in the area around the hut before we head down to the lake Kutjaure. A boat takes us across the lake to the Sami settlement on the other side where we have dinner cooked over the open fire. We hope for good weather to enjoy Yoga outside, maybe on top of a mountain.
Hiking distance: 5-15 km, estimated time hiking: 6h
DAY 4 DAY TOUR KUTJAURE (B,L,D)
We wake up our bodies with yoga before we make a plan for the day. Not far away from the hut there is an impressive waterfall and if we choose to continue further there is a mountain from where you can see far in to both Padjelanta and Sarek national parks. We take some time to enjoy the view, a yoga class or meditation before we roll back down to the lake for a well deserved sauna.
Hiking distance: 5-15 km, estimated time hiking: 6h
DAY 5 KUTJAURE – VAISALUOKTA (B,L,D)
Our last hiking day takes us north-east through a wide U-shaped valley. If weather permits there will be a yoga class in the mountains before reaching Vaisaluokta where we will stay for the night. We pass a Sami settlement and visit their church built with traditional material that you’ll find in the area.
Hiking distance: 18 km, elevation gain/loss: +250/-350, estimated time hiking: 8h
DAY 6 VAISALUOKTA – SALTOLUOKTA (B,L,D)
Before leaving Vaisaluokta we enjoy the healing power of nature and have yoga class and meditation by the lake. A boat will take us across Áhkájávrre back to Ritsem from where we continue by bus to Saltoluokta mountain lodge. We’ll give your body and mind time to transition back to the modern society. When arriving Saltoluokta we make a short hike before we enjoy hot showers and a sauna followed by a three-course dinner in the restaurant.
Hiking distance: 1-2 km, elevation gain/loss: close to zero, estimated time hiking: 1h
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 to Kebnats from where we continue back to Gällivare.
We can arrange transfer to the airports in Luleå. Drop-off 16.00
Price: SEK 16950
Date: Jun 28 – Jul 4 2020
Start: Gällivare 9.00
End: Gällivare 12.00
Group size: 6-12
The price includes:
- Local English and Swedish speaking guide
- Certified Yoga therapist from Sacred Spine Yoga Therapy
- Accommodation 5 nights in cabins
- Accommodation 1 nights in hostels including bed-linen
- All meals and snacks including 3-course dinner in Saltoluokta
- Transfer Gällivare-Ritsem-Kebnats-Gällivare
- Boat transfers
- Safety equipment
- Storage of travel luggage
- Pick-up and drop-off at the airport in Luleå: SEK 1800 round trip
- Upgrade to private room at Saltoluokta from SEK 365
A normal day offers temperatures from 10 to 25 degrees. Temperature in July can drop down to 5 degrees and we could get strong winds and a lot of rainfall. There can be mosquitos but normally they don’t peak until later.
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.