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Camp Ripan, Sweden

Camp Ripan

Swedish Lapland, Sweden

Balanced between Sweden’s northernmost city and the vast pine forest of Swedish Lapland, Camp Ripan is a comfortable and sustainable base for exploring the region. The camp offers 92 airy, modern cabins, decorated in a traditional Nordic style, with lots of clean lines, light pine and a fireplace. The floor-to-ceiling windows allow light to fill the spaces and give you views over the surrounding nature. The family who own and run the camp are dedicated to sustainability, and you’ll find climate-smart energy systems, heat recycling and water conservation, as well as locally sourced food in the camp’s restaurant.

In addition to a spa, the camp offers a wide selection of activities in all seasons. In winter, you might go dog-sledding or seek the northern lights. When the summer sun stays high in the sky, you can choose from guided hikes or wildlife safaris, and in the autumn, take advantage of a guided tour of Kiruna or culinary adventures. In all seasons, the hotel offers a chance to meet the local Sámi and learn more about their culture.

OUR RATING: Medium

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OUR OPINION:

We like this hotel because it offers a good-value option for exploring the Lapland landscape from a convenient location.

Rooms

There are 92 contemporary cabins dotted amid the soaring trees. All of them feature modern Scandinavian decor, with light pine wood, lots of white and grey and a fireplace, as well as huge floor-to-ceiling windows that face north, to provide the best views of the aurora borealis. The en suite bathrooms all have showers.

You have your choice of five different styles. Giron cabins are the largest, with a separate bedroom and living area that can sleep up to four people, as well as a small kitchen and dining area. The Riekko and Rievssat cabins both have two bedrooms, making it a good option for friends, while Kiruna cabins offer king-sized beds.

Location

The camp is conveniently located on the outskirts of Sweden’s most northerly city, Kiruna, which is about a 90-minute flight from Stockholm. The area is known for its cloud-free nights, making it a good option for a winter visit if you want to see the northern lights.

Food and drink

  • All ingredients locally and sustainably sourced.
  • Meals served in the main dining hall, breakfast is a continental buffet.
  • Restaurant Ripan has a dinner menu featuring Sámi dishes that shift with the eight traditional Sámi seasons.
  • Dishes at Andrummet (literally ‘breathing space’) combine Swedish, Sámi and Finnish Torne Valley culinary traditions.
  • Wine and spirit tastings available.

Families

  • Larger cabins have bunk beds suitable for children.

Facilities and activities

  • Wide menu of activities includes snowshoe hiking in the forest, dog-sled tours and spending time with the Sámi community.
  • During the summer months, venture out hiking in search of moose, reindeer and birds, forage for local ingredients and let the chef take you on a culinary adventure.
  • The month of May is reindeer calving month; spend time with the local herder and see the newborns take their first tentative steps.
  • Aurora Spa has an indoor and outdoor plunge pool and two saunas with panoramic windows.
  • Treatments include massages and body and face treatments using all-natural products.
  • Small fitness room.

Accessibility

One room is wheelchair accessible, with twin beds and an adapted bathroom.

Tour ideas in Swedish Lapland

Our itineraries are there to spark ideas for how you could include a stay at Camp Ripan as part of your trip. Treat them simply as suggestions, because every aspect of the trip we create for you will be yours to define.

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    Where possible, we like to offer a range of accommodation for each stop of your trip, chosen by our specialists as some of their favorite places to stay. To help you make the right choice, we give each property a rating based on its facilities and service, but we also look for hotels with distinct character or a location that can’t be bettered.

    Experiences while staying here

    The following activities are designed to give you the most authentic experiences of the area where you’re staying. We work with local guides, who use their knowledge and often a resident’s eye to show you the main sights and more out-of-the-way attractions. Our specialists can also suggest outdoor pursuits and activities, such as cooking classes, that will introduce you to the traditions of the area’s inhabitants.

    • Husky safari
      Huskies and their sled

      Husky safari

      Husky safari

      Experience the thrill of dog-sledding in Swedish Lapland. You’ll find out how this pastime is so important to Sámi culture, meet the team of huskies and have a chance to take the reins yourself as you ride through snow-covered forest.

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    • Ice dining under the northern lights
      Dinner under the northern lights

      Ice dining under the northern lights

      Ice dining under the northern lights

      You can explore a different side of the Lapland wilderness with a private meal on a frozen lake. Sit on reindeer hides under a traditional Sámi tent and enjoy a three-course meal as you watch the dark skies for the aurora borealis.

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    • Kayaking on the Lule River
      Kayaking at sunset

      Kayaking on the Lule River

      Kayaking on the Lule River

      Soak up the natural beauty of Swedish Lapland from the water on this six-hour kayaking tour. Suitable for both beginners and experienced kayakers, the tour includes lunch cooked over an open fire on the riverbank.

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