We’re not taking new bookings for travel to Sweden at the moment. Our specialists can advise you on all the destinations you can currently book with us.

The Trevi Fountain Alternative Europe destinations
Skip to content
Please select your location:

Kayaking on the Lule River

The silvery-blue waters of the Lule River wind languidly through Lapland, with towers of pine trees lining its banks. The only sounds are those of nature — bird calls, the occasional sway of branches in the breeze and the gentle slap of your paddle against the water’s surface as you kayak in a small group through the untouched landscape.

This six-hour kayaking tour, led by an experienced guide, gives you a chance to take in Lapland’s tranquil scenery from a different perspective and at a relaxed pace. The Lule is known for its calm waters, making this activity suitable for both beginners and those with prior kayaking experience, though you must be over 13 years old to take part.

Once you’ve paddled upstream, you’ll pause on the riverbank to enjoy a light lunch cooked over an open fire, before gliding back downstream to Harads.

You’ll be picked up from your hotel in Swedish Lapland for this tour, which is with a small group of others. Your guide will provide you with life jackets and wetsuits, as well as giving you a full safety briefing, before taking you through paddling techniques.

It’s then time to enter the river in your kayak, paddling upstream against a gentle flow of water. Journeying by river gives you access to parts of Lapland you wouldn’t otherwise see, and you’ll get a real feel for how wild and remote this part of Sweden is, as well as its natural beauty.

After a few hours, you’ll paddle over to the riverbank and gather to enjoy a lunch of wild game cooked over a campfire, your guide sharing stories about the way of life in this far corner of the country. Then, once everyone’s rested, you’ll clamber back into your kayak for the return paddle downstream, allowing the river’s current to carry you back to Harads. From there, you’ll be returned to your hotel.

You can join this tour between May and September, when temperatures are warmer.

Speak to someone
who's been there
Audley Travel specialist Alice

Start planning your tailor-made trip by contacting one of our Sweden specialists

Other experiences in Swedish Lapland

These activities are designed to give you the most authentic experiences around 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 suggest tours and activities that will introduce you to the local ways of life.

  • 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.

    View details
  • 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.

    View details
  • Sami culture and reindeer experience
    A Sámi lavvu

    Sami culture and reindeer experience

    Sami culture and reindeer experience

    This guided tour gives you a chance to visit a remote Sámi village in Swedish Lapland for an insight into the local indigenous culture. You’ll meet and learn skills from reindeer herders and have the chance to dine on local foods inside a traditional tent.

    View details