Winter Archipelago 4 day escape
Are you looking for a (ice) road less traveled? Just book a short holiday to a truly unique part of Swedish Lapland. You are just a few short hours away from a winter wonderland on an island surrounded by ice!
You will take a car or snowmachine transfer from the mainland and be our guests and stay in our small and cozy farmhouse where you will have the chance to see the Northern Aurora away from the city lights, practice traditional winter skills such as fire-making, making shelters and route finding with map and compass, snowshoeing and ice fishing with our experienced guides.
Oh and did we forget to mention we have a Husky kennel? 11 huskies are waiting to meet you, pull and play in the snow, are you?
Jopikgården is a small and personal 4 room hotel, and warmly greeted by the staff. Jopikgården, a converted traditional Swedish country manor, will be your home away from home as you enjoy dog sledding, ice fishing, fat biking the frozen sea, hunting for the elusive aurora or enjoying traditional local food. Each outdoor activity has meals included, your personal experienced guide and all equipment and can be modified to make sure your experience is unique and truly your own. All transfers and activities are planned to ensure maximum safety, enjoyment and comfort at all times
You will be met at the airport by your guide for the transfer out across the frozen sea by ice road to Jopikgården, your farmhouse on the island. As you arrive you will get the opportunity to check into your room before we meet for a Swedish fika and get to know each other. If you want we can meet the dogs, and maybe give them a snack (and you will have a new BFF).
This first day will be an easy day where you will get to know us and the surroundings, and in the evening you will follow the candles to the dinner location. The evening meal will be prepared outside on a fire and enjoyed in a traditional tipi called a "kåta", as we sit on warm reindeer skins.
If the aurora is out we can go out, after dinner, and marvel at the natural beauty that is Swedish Lapland in winter before returning to the lodge, and maybe something from the bar?
Day two - Snowshoeing & wood-fired sauna
After a hearty breakfast, we ensure you are properly dressed for the weather and you will be fitted with quality modern snowshoes for a guided tour in our old-growth forest where you will learn wilderness skills including shelters, fire-making, and route finding and have a well-earned lunch cooked over an open fire. We have the opportunity to see island wildlife such as sea eagles, hares and foxes, and maybe an elusive moose as we make fire for lunch, followed by a Swedish outdoor specialty, coffee over the open fire.
After we return you can relax for a while, as we prepare another not-to-be-missed Swedish experience - the private wood-fired sauna. This is an experience for both body and mind as you allow yourself to relax in the warm sauna, and go through a Spa ritual. We will provide lovely spa products and instructions on how to use them. We can promise, you will feel like a new refreshed version of yourself after this experience!
Before it´s time to leave the sauna, and go back to the "real" world you will have time to rest in a warm room next door with an amazing view looking out over the sea, and of course snacks and drinks.
If you prefer not to sauna, take the opportunity to explore the island with some fat bikes or kick sleds with some free time before dinner.
Dinner this night will be served in the restaurant. And of course, if it´s a clear night you can go outside to look at the stars or the northern lights.
Day Three – Husky Experience & final dinner
Our day starts with breakfast, dressing, feeding the dogs (if you want). Then it´s time to meet the dogs, getting dog kisses, learning their names and abilities as we see what the day has for us. This will be a fun day filled with husky experiences. Maybe we hike with dogs, go on a ride with them as they pull our fat bikes on the ice (dogjoring), or go on a short and fast dogsled tour or maybe a combination!
After your husky experience, you will have lunch in our lodge.
The afternoon is open for you to explore the village or just relax by the fire in the lounge room.
This night is our last night together, and dinner will be a three-course home-cooked meal taken in our dining room by the fire as we relive our adventures and spend our final night together before departing in the morning. After dinner, we will retire to the bar available throughout the evening.
Day four – Departure
After breakfast and farewells to the dogs, we transfer you over the ice to the airport for departure homeward. Depending on your departure time there will be an opportunity for extra tours, maybe visit the moose farm or Gamlelstads church town.
Price: From 14000 sek pp
Hinders island or Hindersön in Swedish, is one of the largest islands in the Luleå archipelago. It is located about 8 km from the mainland and is easily reachable in the summer by ferry or private boat and in the winter by a maintained temporary ice road and separate snowmobile trail. Hindersön is rich in history with documented settlements dating from the 16th century by Swedish farming and fishing families looking for new land. During this early settlement they shared the island in winter with the nomadic Sami who would take their reindeer on the ice to use the islands for winter feeding. The Islanders were independent and cut off from the mainland during the spring and fall when the ice was too thin and the water not ice free. This bred a hardy and resourceful people who subsisted on farming, fishing, some small scale mining and seal hunting, coming to the mainland to buy necessities by boat in the summer and horse drawn sleigh in the winter. The island reached a peak of 149 residents by 1930, but has been steadily losing population since the end of the 1940’s. Today the island supports a year-round population of around 15, scattered around the island. The island experiences a small influx during July as summer cabin owners enjoy their vacation, and around March when the warming temperatures lure snowmobilers and skiers to the island for a day outside. There is still much to explore in the lush forests, shoreline, and old buildings that remain. Moose, fox, hare, osprey and the occasional friendly islander can be spotted on your explorations. There are 4 small harbors on the island and 30km of gravel roads for wandering or biking.