The magic of the Artic


 Summer in the Great North has a unique charm which has to be experienced to be believed. The plants are free from their blanket of ice and their sap starts to flow when they feel the first rays of the sun. During the thaw you notice delicate leaves waiting to open as soon as the temperatures begin to warm up.  In the space of one night everything changes into a rainbow of colour where a few hours before everything appeared monochromatic. The birch trees recover vitality and their branches open up a myriad of new leaves that will remain for the whole Summer. The roofs of the houses are no longer weighed down by heavy snow.  We can glimpse the first tufts of grass appearing which together with wild orchids will soon decorate the roofs like a summer hat!

After months of being frozen the waterfalls can finally run freely.   They seem to cascade in an impetuous manner down the hillsides.   Rivers and underground springs from all over the plateau suddenly appear when Spring arrives, they converge to make dramatic natural water features.  We discover areas of fertile humus and compost and notice small seedlings struggling out of the ground.  At night it is impossible not to hear the power of the water.

From June to September the climate is variable. In recent years it has taken on an almost tropical feel due to storms which for last just a few hours and then give way to the sun. Temperatures range from a minimum of 14 degrees centigrade to a maximum of 30.

Throughout June until the first week of July Reindeer dominate the landscape.  Led downstream into the summer pastures by their Sami shepherds, they  often seek shelter in the shade under the pergolas of the houses . The midnight sun illuminates this idyllic scene and often late in the evening Beavers can be seen emerging from their hiding places to build their dams.

The days are long and the sun is the undisputed ruler of this season. It is almost never dark and the twilight of the night gives the whole area a mysterious atmosphere . From July to September there are hiking trips into the Rogen Nature Reserve where you can see Musk Ox , experience canoeing  and  go  hiking to find, and swim, in the stunning waterfalls and water pools .

Our summer treks are easy to medium difficulty and require no special skills or knowledge. Families are very welcome.  It is a great opportunity to expand your knowledge of nature: you will learn to recognise animal tracks and various kinds of flowers and berries which grow in the area.  The botanical and wildlife species found in Swedish Lapland are of immense interest globally.   This land gave birth to Carl Linnaeus – who was responsible for the classification of a large number of animal and plant species, his discoveries have helped to revolutionise the world of science.

90% of the territory is covered by forests and lakes,  these are areas where animals who are in danger of extinction can still live in the wild.The myth that Scandinavian countries are always cold and inhospitable is false.  The cold that you experience here is not humid but a healthy, fresh, dry cold.   The Summers -although short – bring a temperate climate, their fresh clean air is perfect for a picnic on the lakes’ beaches where you can enjoy a barbecue whilst relaxing in the sunshine, which is constantly shining throughout the summer days. Another feature of this land is the silence.  You can only hear the songs of the birds and the cascading of the falls. Time seems to pass slowly, the days seem longer.   You live in another reality where the day to day noise from traffic and crowds of people seems like a distant memory.

The day trips start in the late morning.   They usually last for 4 or 5 hours a day depending on the routes and itineraries followed and because the days are long we try to begin mid-morning and continue until late afternoon.    We have a lot of daylight hours especially in the months of June and July when it almost never goes completely dark. You will experience an atmospheric twilight between 2 am and 4 am and during the rest of the day the sun is almost always shining.

Summer tour

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