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Our first trip to Swedish Lapland!

November 2017

We spent 7 days in the a small area of the Swedish Lapland called Norsjö; the small town famous for playing a part in the Stieg Larsson, ‘The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo’.

The town is so remote, it takes two flights to reach from the UK, and then an hours drive from Skelleftea airport to reach! A perfect and idyllic location to run a creative retreat out in the middle of nowhere.

We were told that the population of Norsjö was 2,000, but we’re pretty sure that we only came across up to 100 people altogether!

Activities that we did included lots of hiking through snow covered forests, and by frozen lakes. We also visited a husky kennel, rode Icelandic horses and met a hunter who showed us around a recreation of an authentic stone age village in Svansele.

Hiking – 

 

The area is abundant with opportunities for hiking and walking. There are signposted trails and also large lakes where we parked by the side of the road and explored. A recommended place to visit would be the nature reserve in Vajsjön. We went during the winter, so most birds have all migrated to warmer climes, but if you come during the summer, we have a feeling that it’s a stunning place to hike.

Husky Kennel Visit – 

 

We were treated to a visit to Marie and Arnaulds husky kennel in Svansele. As it was November and the snow hadn’t fallen heavily enough yet (it did the day we flew out!), the huskies are all resting up awaiting the arrival of winter. We were introduced to most of the dogs and got a chance to learn about how the pack works and the hierarchies are involved.

Horse riding – 

 

We had an amazing time with Flo and Micheal who showed us around their farm and introduced us to their group of beautiful Icelandic horses. Our group split into two; one that took a slightly easier route of have a guided ride through the large paddock area, the other having a longer hour lasting an hour through the forest. They were an incredibly helpful couple with tons of local knowledge.

MoosePeople Village – This was one of the first excursions that we did after arriving in Sweden. We met the great Thor Bjorn (what a name!) who runs the Svansele Wilderness Centre. He shared a great many tales of his younger days and how he built the centre. We also got to learn about how the early stone age native sami people might have built traps in the ground in order to hunt game (mostly moose and elk) in the area.