General information and FAQ on Lapland and on the Holidays Arctic Discovery & Arctic Adventure provide
What is the Lapland food like?
Even though this is adventure travel, the food is not much different from that at home really. We assume you have heard of Scandinavian Cuisine? Well, that’s what it is all about! Maybe featuring more local produce and game then southern parts of Sweden. For all our trips, except self-cater, a Swedish breakfast is provided, sometimes as a buffet (in a hotel), or you’ll find it prepared in your fridge and all you have to do ,is to heat the water for your coffee or tea. Lunch, comes many times as a part of an activity, when we take a break. By the very nature of being supplied outside, is warming but simple. Dinners are of course more substantial. Sometimes served on dish, sometimes in buffet style depending on the circumstances. Most children approves, but if not, there normally is a “kids” alternative choice, like hamburgers, chips, etc. Swedish kids loves meatballs just as much as hamburgers!
What is the local Lapland currency?
SEK is the currency used in Swedish Lapland. This currency can be ordered from your bank, building society or local post office.
What is the Arctic Circle?
Lapland among other Arctic areas has something unique and world known – The Arctic Circle. In other words a border, where north of it the sun does not set in mid summer and does not rise in mid winter, during at least one day, or more (northern winter and summer solstice’s).
For a long time the Arctic Circle has been familiar for astronomers. As a natural element it is comparable to the North- and South Poles, the Equator as well as the Tropic of Capricorn and Cancer. The Arctic Circle is perpetually moving a little back and forth due to the earth’s tilted position, so the landmarks of its position are based on the medium position over time.
Some kind of mysticism has always been connected to crossing the Arctic Circle as with crossing of the Equator. Ceremonies for crossing the Arctic Circle is a highlight when visiting Lapland. Crossing ceremonies can include for example the Shaman’s spell, Lappish baptism and a magic drink. As proof of crossing the traveller gets a certificate. Boden is situated about one hour car ride south of the Arctic Circle and we can arrange both the trip and ceremony (as supplement).
How safe is it to visit the Arctic Circle?
It is very safe. There are are no earthquakes, tsunamis, cyclones, typhoons or tornados! Maybe and occasionally, a stale blizzard can pass (storms always comes in from the south-west and the Scandinavian Mountains mitigates them). Or an extreme cold (30-35°C) can linger on for a few days. In both cases we stay put and at home. You will appreciate that you are visiting an area where arctic conditions prevail. Provided you are sensible and accept guidance when given no problems will arise. We do stress that children’s parents and guardians are responsible for the supervision of their own children and those within their own party for the duration of the tour. At all times your guides will alter the scheduled tour content in the interest of safety.
Will it be dark during our stay?
An average Lapland day will provide 5 hours of light (generally between 10:00 and 15:00 Swedish time (Dec. to mid Feb.). When the sky is clear the sun will be low standing and the air will be high and crisp. Outside of these times there will be long twilight and when dark fall it will not be as dark as in the UK. This I due to snow is highly reflective and lightens up, making it possible to clearly see where you are walking and the area around you. On a clear night you will have a full visual of the landscape around you. With a bit of luck, you may see the Northern Lights (Aurora Borealis), which appears as a curtain of green, red and sometimes even violet lights dancing through the atmosphere.
Is Lapland a country?
Lapland is the name of a region, formerly only inhabited by the Sámi, indigenous people, called Lap in the old days, in north Europe that belongs to Norway, Sweden, Finland and Russia. Lapland spans over several Swedish counties, of witch our, Norrbotten, is completely included tough the size is almost 100.000 square kilometers and with 250.000 inhabitants. By comparison England has 130.000 km2 and 52 million inhabitants.
What does Lapland look like?
There are high mountains in the west and north and going south by east the landscape I smoothing out to be lowland as you reach the Baltic Bay. From the foot of the mountains down to the lowlands, it is covered by pine and spruce woods. In the coastal areas birch is common. There is snow from November to May.
What is the weather like?
Mild in summer with temperatures reaching 20-25°C and a wonderful snow covered land in winter with -5-12°C normally. Temperature can fall to 25-30°C for short periods (3-5 days) in the coldest months of the year. NB – When temperatures drops, there normally is no wind, even complete stillness and the air gets very dry and high. When you see it snow out of the blue, it is the moisture of the air freezing out.
How far is it to the Arctic Circle?
From central Boden, the distance is 110 km. If you go by car, it will take about one hour to get there, as roads are good and few cars. The road follows the Lule River Valley and reaches the Arctic Circle close (20 km) to the Sami marketplace Jokkmokk, where you can visit the Sami Museum. We can arrange this worthwhile trip for you (as supplement)
How much snow falls in Lapland?
The first snowfalls of a new winter season usually begin in late October and it is not unusual to have new snow in the most Northern areas as late as April. The coldest winter temperatures begin around December and last until February.
Most of the snow will fall during the time up to mid January. Normally the snow clouds will leave in a day and 5-10 cm of snow. Normal snow-depth vary between 75 – 110 cm
Do the people speak English in Lapland?
Most people born after 2nd World War will have some knowledge of English. People in the region travel a lot, so you can have some kind of conversation with most people. Our guides are all fluent in English.
What is the native language?
Swedish is the natural language for most people and in the eastern part (Torne River Valley) Finnish is quite common as bilingual. The Sami have their own language, related to Finnish, but all speak Swedish and a majority has some knowledge of English.
How long does the flight take?
The flight duration depends on where you fly from; it usually involves a connecting flight from Stockholm. If you were flying from London it would take around 2 hours, then a flight from Stockholm up to Lulea takes around 1 hour 10 minutes. Road transfer to Boden takes 35 minutes.
Do i need travel insurance that covers winter sports?
We advise guests to seek travel insurance to cover their trip and winter activities, Columbus offer suitable cover at a reasonable cost
App on the European Health Insurance Card.
Information on how the European Health Insurance Card works is now available in the App Store and Google Play. You can download the app “European Health Insurance Card” and get advice on how one uses the card in the 28 EU countries and Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway and Switzerland. There is general information on the card, emergency numbers, what treatments/costs are included and who you should contact if you have lost your card. This information is available in 24 languages. The European Health Insurance Card is free.
What kind of clothing do i need in Lapland?
The clothing on all of our winter packages in Boden is provided throughout the holiday at no extra charge. This means while you are on the activities and the times you are not. We do also stress that Lapland can be very cold with temperatures as low as -30 during the coldest days, it is therefore recommended you buy some winter clothing from your local hiking store, thermal undergarments, wool socks and essentially for your inbound and outbound journeys good footwear, warm jacket, pants and some warm gloves and a cap.
How cold does it get?
As mentioned in some of the above questions temperatures can get as low as -35 Degrees in the coldest days, but an average temperature from -5 to -12°C.
How long has Arctic Discovery been running?
We have been running our Swedish Lapland trips since 1999.
What if my flight is cancelled due to bad weather?
Please see our flight policy. By booking your own flights it them becomes the responsibility of the airline; in the unfortunate event of your flight being cancelled they would arrange you to go on the next available flight, in the event accommodation being required they will provide this. The Swedish airports and travel system is more than adequate to cope with all of the winter conditions and it is extremely rare that such an event would happen.
Do i have to pay for the holiday in full?
At the time of booking you need not pay for the full holiday however we do require a deposit of 30% this is to cover deposits on accommodation and groundworks, the balance of your holiday will need to be received 8 weeks before your departure.
Do you have a brochure you could send?
We are now entirely internet based, and as such do not have a printed brochure, we would recommend you thoroughly use the site and its content to review our packages, as you will find more information and pictures than you would find on a brochure, however if there is any questions you need answering or additional information you require please don’t hesitate to contact us by email or phone.
What is the best time to book a holiday in Lapland?
Naturally we take bookings all year round, however flights are always much cheaper when booked early being scheduled airlines they become more expensive the nearer you get to the departure date. We would recommend you book as early as possible in order to save money and to avoid disappointment.
Can i have a wedding in Lapland?
Please have a look at our wedding page for details and more information on our extremely affordable package.
Things to do in Lapland
Lapland is one of the most adventurous places you could ever go, combine this with its beautiful scenery in both the winter and the summer and you have a winning combination! There are so may thing to do, just take a look at More about Boden in the right curtain menu under “Around” and also at the Activities Menu.