Stay with us

Sami glamping

Sápmi Nature Camp is a personal, sustainable and small-scale camp that offers Sami glamping, hosted close to nature accommodation in Laponia World Heritage Area, outside the small towns Gällivare and Jokkmokk, above the Arctic Circle.

Because this is a small-scale, sustainable business, it is only between 2-10 guests here at the same time. This is far from a large-scale resort or impersonal mass tourism. Sami glamping in our way is personal, comfortable and an authentic Sámi experience. Here you keep the fire burning with birch wood in the stove and the lighting comes from solar panels, candles and kerosene lanterns.

Standard Lavvu

The standard lavvu tents (that looks like a tepee) are furnished with comfortable double beds, stoves and cosy furnishings inspired by nature and the Sami culture. These tents share facilities such as shower, sauna and incineration toilet within the camp. At night, a powerful automatic stove heats your room so you can sleep all night – regardless of the outdoor temperature.

New Lavvu Deluxe

Brand new deluxe lavvus are due to be ready for guests in autumn 2022. These lavvus differ from the standard tents as they have been specially designed exclusively for Sápmi Nature Camp. Drawing on Scandinavian design and Sápmi culture these lavvus off the comforts of a hotel room with the charm and special feeling of staying in a lavvu. Equipped with ensuite toilets, automatic wood heaters and battery power these new lavvus are sure to keep you comfortable whilst out in the heart of nature.

The food

The food and the meals are prepared and served by us at the camp in the beautiful communal dining room. Guests are welcome to be involved in the preparation of food. Ingredients and meals are based on the Sami cuisine where fish, reindeer and moose supplemented by berries and herbs from the area. Most of the meat and fish has been provided by our own family.

The Sauna

A beautiful sauna cabin overlooking the lake can be rented during your stay at the camp. As well as enjoying time in the heat inside; you can also enjoy some local snacks and drinks served to you by your hosts as part of the experience.

What is the cost of a stay?

It varies a little over the year. Prices start from 3990 sek/person/night in a shared double room. A stay is always hosted and price includes accommodation, meals and rental of winter equipment such as warm winter clothes, ski and snowshoes. Read more about what activities are included.

Reviews

Some of my fantastic guests have made their reviews, thank you so much for taking your precious time to do it! I am delighted to read how much you have enjoyed your stay here. And if I could review you as guests – you are all beyond excellence and I am sure that I have the best guests, and together with you, I have the best job in the world!

Memories of a Lifetime
We had an amazing experience staying at the Sápmi Nature Camp! This is definitely full-service glamping, but with the additional benefit of sustainable tourism and the chance to understand Sami culture and past and present challenges.
Our tent(lávvu) had a very large comfortable bed and a wood burning stove. It was an incredibly comfortable experience and we loved lighting the fire in the morning and nights and just sitting there together.
Read the full review on TripAdvisor
At Sápmi Nature we became immersed in the Sami culture and their way of life.
We slept in a platform tent (lavvu), fed reindeer, photographed moose, skied on a frozen river, relaxed in a sauna, and experienced the wonder of the aurora borealis.
However, meeting Lennart Pittja, the founder of the camp, was the highlight. Lennart is Sami and he wants his guests to understand Sami history, lifestyle, and challenges.
Read the full review on TripAdvisor

We spent an excellent couple of nights here as part of a small group escorted tour. Lennart, our host, was very friendly, informative and welcoming. He cooked us some excellent meals and talked to us about the Sami community, their lifestyle and culture.

Read the full review on TripAdvisor

What a wonderful time we had at the Sapmi Nature Camp! Lennart is an warm and genuine host, with a real passion for sharing his knowledge of the Sami way of life and for taking excellent care of his guests.

The camp is very peaceful and I can definitely say that the night spent sleeping in the lavvu was more comfortable than some hotels that I have recently stayed in. The bed was very comfy and despite the snowfall outside, the lavvu was well heated throughout the night.

Lennart ensured that we were well fed during our stay, giving us the chance to try homemade reindeer jerky, delicious arctic char that he had caught and smoked himself, and the wonderful cheese quiche.

As for activities, we tried cross-country skiing for the first time and despite our initial reservations, we really enjoyed the experience, following a well marked route. We also were able to travel just a short distance from the camp to see some wild reindeer and moose, a real treat given how difficult it can be to ever see moose (we saw about 7 of them).

The real highlight of the visit was hearing stories of the Sami way of life and history of reindeer herding in Sapmi. We shared lots of good conversation in a relaxed and authentic environment. This was definitely not your average tourist experience and Lennart has worked hard to make the camp a really special place to visit. Thank you!

Read about their stay at TripAdvisor!

Der Aufenthalt im Sapmi Camp war absolut traumhaft!!! Perfekt von A-Z mit einem unglaublich symphatischen und kompetenten Lennart! Was wir bei ihm über die Sami-Kultur erfahren haben war einmalig. Sein Essen sehr authentisch und schmackhaft. Das Schlafen im Zelt mit Ofen war ein super Erlebnis. Seine Sauna die schönste der Welt. Die Skis in tip toppen Zustand und wir haben den Ski-Ausflug mit ihm über den See sehr genossen. Unbedingt weiter empfehlen!

I try to translate it:

The stay at Sapmi Camp was an absolute dream! Perfect from a to z with an unbelievable sympathetic and competent Lennart! What we learned from him about the Sami culture was absolute unique. Food was very authentic and tasty. Sleeping in the tent with the stove heating was a superb experience. His Sauna is the most beautiful in the world. Skis in perfect shape and we very enjoyed the ski-tour on the lake. definitively recommendable!

Read about Nancy’s and Bert’s stay in January 2020 at TripAdvisor

Sapmi Nature is a magical place located on the shore of a quiet lake. My husband and I stayed for two nights in one of Lennard’s tipis and it was very cozy. Lennart is a kind and gracious host and went out of his way to make sure we had a great stay. He is Sami and we learned a lot about his culture while enjoying dinner. We ate all our meals there and let me tell you, he is a fantastic cook!

We got to try local specialties such as reindeer, trout, arctic char and smoked ptarmigan. There are also vegetarian choices. The surrounding area is breathtakingly beautiful with no other houses around. It is as if you have the lake to yourself! We went cross country skiing over the lake and into the nearby forest. Later Lennart made us a lovely lunch of reindeer sausage, steaks and potatoes outside on the grill.We saw many reindeer while we were there along with ptarmigan and red fox tracks in the snow. That night Lennart got the sauna going and it was a wonderful treat after a day of activities. The sauna has two large windows that face the lake. You couldn’t beat the view or the privacy. If you are looking for an authentic and cultural experience in nature this is the place to go!

Read about Nancy’s and Bert’s stay in January 2020 at TripAdvisor