The remote wilderness of Swedish Lapland is a wonderful place to experience a range of exciting winter activities, including dog sledding through the forest, ice fishing for supper, and snowshoeing across the frozen rivers in search of the awe-inspiring Northern Lights. Our Lapland holidays are filled with exciting adventures that guide you through glistening winter wonderlands to the heart of this magical region.
Performing the greatest light show on earth, the Northern Lights are visible above 65 degrees north, and the snowy wilds of European Lapland are an excellent viewing spot. Although there’s no guarantee you’ll see the elusive Aurora Borealis on Lapland tours, at Exodus, we guide you to the best vantage points. The Northern Lights are most often witnessed between the months of September and April when the nights are at their darkest.
Throughout our holidays to Lapland, we stay in cosy accommodation in the most beautiful locations at the centre of Swedish Lapland. Rajamaa is a fabulous place where traditional wooden chalets sprinkle the island in the Muonio River. During the week we will travel by snowmobile out into the bay to experience this amazing natural phenomenon.
Every moment of our Lapland trips is packed with adventure and as well as learning about the Sami culture and sampling the local delicacies, you’ll also experience the untamed nature where dense forests and immense rivers dominate the landscape on this winter holiday.
Snowshoeing: Snowshoeing is one of the easiest ways to cross the frozen landscapes in Swedish Lapland. On our Lapland trips, you’ll get to explore the picturesque scenery that surrounds Rajamaa and learn about the local wildlife and nature. An expert guide leads you through forests and over frozen swamps in search of various species of birds and fauna, sharing their knowledge about the flora that manages to withstand such harsh conditions. At the end of your snowshoeing excursion, you can warm up in a traditional Swedish sauna.
Dogsledding: Siberian huskies have long been an important part of the Lappish culture, being trained to draw sledges as a mean of transport across the snow. Our holidays to Lapland give you the opportunity to meet with these friendly dogs at a local dogsled centre and find out more about how they’re trained. Following instructions on how to steer to steer the sledge, you’ll set off on a mushing adventure of a lifetime, racing through forests and over icy swamps. If you want to enjoy the ride as a passenger, you and your partner can take it in turns to drive, allowing you to appreciate the wintry scenery.
Forest Skiing: The forests of Swedish Lapland are totally enchanting with row upon row of thick fir trees weighed down by the snow, transforming the land into an extraordinary scene of frozen sculptures. Originally used in Russia and other Scandinavian countries, forest skis have been around for thousands of years, transporting people across the snow. Owing to the skins on the base of the skis, they can be used in deep snow and allow you to glide up or downhill.
Once you’ve familiarised yourself with the forest skis, you’ll embark on a thrilling two-day expedition deep into the forests of Swedish Lapland.
Northern Lights Tour: Most often experienced in countries above the Arctic Circle, the Aurora Borealis is a natural phenomenon that graces the sky with its eerie yet beautiful hues. More commonly known as the Northern Lights, this natural light show lures travellers from around the globe on holidays to Lapland. While our expert guides take you to some of the best vantage points at the best times, there is no guarantee of seeing the Aurora, however, the journey along the way is equally as exciting.
Snowmobile Safari: Imagine zipping over frozen rivers and through snow-drenched forests on a snowmobile; it’s an unforgettable and adrenalin-fuelled adventure you won’t forget. No Lapland holidays are complete without a snowmobile safari. If you want to gain a lot of distance faster than on two feet, then snowmobiling is the best way to travel. Racing to remote, open settings where the dark night sky is clear, there’s a chance you might also encounter a captivating display from the Northern Lights.
The week is a mixture of activities, snowshoeing, dog sledding, reindeer’s and forest skiing through the amazing arctic wilderness. You stay in a chalet and eat and have talks in a main building. The hosts are all amazing as is the food.
What a fantastic week , full of excitement and plenty of adventure . The Northern lights came out within a couple of hours of us arriving and our trip was off to an amazing start. We had great fun out snow shoeing , this place is hard to describe you are on an island , surrounded by trees and snow . It’s is so peaceful there was nobody else here but the group and the air is so clean and dry. The reindeer ride to the Sami house went on for over an hour each way , and we gained lots of insight into the lives of the Sami people . The dog sledding was truly amazing and we were out for a few hours without meeting anyone, cutting across lakes of fresh snow. Finally the forest ski trip and an overnight stay to sleep in the forest hut was a true delight -30 with a couple of log burners to keep us warm and cutting the ice to access water from the lake , miles away from anywhere. Lars had non stop information on the wildlife and the local area , each night we had an interesting talk on a different predator – bear, wolverine etc
What a fantastic trip, we arrived and saw the aurora on the first night. The rest of the trip never failed to disappoint. It was an amazing group, a fabulous mix of activity, combined with a great landscape and the stunning northern lights. The mix of activities kept us busy, exhilarated us, created some laughs and kept the fun going. We had done none before but enjoyed every moment, some challenged us but we quickly learnt a fall in the snow was like being in cotton wool! This was our first ‘snow’ or ‘cold’ trip and we’d encourage anyone to take the plunge!