This Northern Lights glamping experience combines romance and adventure in Off the Map Travel’s new program “Sleep Beneath the Stars” in Swedish Lapland. With this new itinerary, two guests stay all alone at a new remote glamping site to experience the Lapland wilderness, perfect for spotting the Northern Lights.
The exclusive holiday is for two people only and includes a private sky-searching experience, a private dinner at the two-person Aurora Hideaway restaurant on skis, private snowmobiling and snowshoeing, and sleeping in a yurt on the edge of the frozen Bothnian Sea at your own private glamping site.
Guests are encouraged to rekindle both their romance and their sense of adventure as they experience the winter in Swedish Lapland as a couple. The program begins with check-in at the Pine Bay Lodge, a homey red cottage-style lodge on the Luleå archipelago in Northern Sweden. A guided astronomy experience for two sets the tone combining a search for the Northern Lights with an exploration of the myriad constellations in the area’s strikingly dark skies.
The following day, a snowmobiling tour for two travels through snowy forests surrounding the archipelago followed by an al fresco lunch with Swedish and Lappish specialties like reindeer and arctic char.
The program moves to a private glamping camp for two where you’ll stay in a luxurious Arctic yurt, kitted out with a wood-burning stove and comfy bed coverings perfect for cozying up to the sounds of complete silence and the smells of fresh air, all while awaiting the Northern Lights.
We’ve created this program for the lovers out there, who are indeed looking for an exclusive program that they can call their own. There’s no light pollution, no noise distractions, and no other participants – it’s, in effect, your own private holiday,” Jonny Cooper, founder of Off the Map Travel said.
The evening’s meal is a true highlight. Following a short snowmobile ride into the wilderness you’ll dine in the Aurora Hideaway restaurant on skis, a haven for two people on the frozen sea, where candles and tea lights indoors complement starlight from outside. The restaurant is mobile, allowing relocation for optimal sky viewing and environmental placement.
Your guide will prepare a three-course Lappish meal, cooked outdoors over birch wood. While you’re waiting, you can strap on a pair of snowshoes for a quick walk to look at the stars. After a post-dinner sauna in the sauna cabin at your glamping campsite, relaxation is ensured as you return to your warm yurt and snuggle into the comfortable bed covered with high-quality linens and reindeer skins.
Daylight arrives slowly with the hushed sounds of the frozen sea to wake you. After breakfast, you’ll transfer back to Pine Bay where you can spend the balance of the day absorbing the beauty of the wilderness setting and trying out some other outdoor activities.
Included are all meals including one dinner in the restaurant on skis, transfers, accommodations at the Pine Bay Lodge and glamping Yurt, snowmobiling, and a stargazing exploration.