Lapland / North of the Arctic Circle
In recent years, we have rekindled a fondness for our own mighty mountain range in northern Scandinavia. Many groups have experienced the endless and ski-friendly mountains around Abisko and Riksgränsen, as well as the well-groomed pistes in convivial Björkliden.
The benefits are plenty: Transport options to name one. For those so inclined, the night train both up and down again is a viable option, simultaneously doing a good deed for the environment. For those who are pressed for time, an extremely time-efficient in-and-out is provided by taking the plane.
Countless peaks and charming ski resorts line up along the old iron ore tracks. And let us not forget the reindeer of course! For those looking to do things a bit differently, we stay the night and eat well in Abisko. From here, the wilderness is but a stone’s throw away. We’ve tested the helicopter skiing, and taken turns hiking up with skins in the gorgeous mountains next door. Should snow grace us with a fall, we enjoy powder runs in the ungroomed yet accessible ski resort of Nuolja.
The last group we had on site travelled for four days throughout the ski resorts, carved magical turns on a bright and crisp winter day in Björkliden, sharpened their off-piste skills in Riksgränsen and cruised on a snowmobile trip to Låktatjåkko mountain station for a classic waffle lunch.
The sun shone on the last day, and with the Norwegian border open we popped over for a visit to the majestic mountains of Narvik. Things stepped up a notch in the downhill racing slope, and the skiing ended with a deep and steep 1000m off-piste run in the legendary Mörkhålla. A long day on the mountain was crowned by a thunderous feast of fish freshly caught and served sumptuously at the local gastronomic tavern.
Add to that a night of warm mulled wine and northern lights, and the joy of Lapland is complete.