Night trip: Idjastállu – Northern lights and reindeer
A silent night. Sparkling stars, creaking snow and flaming northern lights dancing across the sky. A guide who softly tells legends from the past. This tour offers an easily accessible evening meeting with reindeer, aurora borealis and traditional Sámi storytelling – within walking distance from Reindeer Lodge and Icehotel in Jukkasjärvi village.
The northern lights can neither be hunted nor ordered. All it takes is patience. Márkanbáiki, the meeting place at Jukkasjärvi church, is with its mythical history the perfect arena to wait for their display. Here we meet when darkness has fallen in order to make a short torchlit walk down to the lávvu-tent where we wait for the northern lights. We visit our reindeer and feed them with lichen; a great opportunity to photograph the reindeer. Then we gather around the fireplace where old times come to life in form of Sámi fairy tales and stories. The mysterious character Stállu is a creature that appears in many stories connected to nature and life in Sápmi and arouses emotions and thoughts among the audience. We make coffee and tea and enjoy fascinating conversations. If the night is clear, you will see thousands of stars and, if you are lucky, even a magnificent aurora borealis dancing in an unforgettable and epic show. The tour starts and ends outside Jukkasjärvi church. Return transfer from Kiruna and loan of winter gear can be added. We recommend all guests to put on their warmest clothes to be able to enjoy the night, regardless of temperature.
PRICE 1: Adult: SEK 1200. Child (3-12 years): SEK 800.
PRICE 2*: Adult: SEK 1550. Child (3-12 years): SEK 1000. Return transfer from Kiruna and winter gear incl..
PERIOD: Daily, 4 Oct 2021 – 10 April 2022 (not 24 and 31 Dec).
START: 20.30 Márkanbáiki, Marknadsvägen 2, SE – 981 91 Jukkasjärvi. This is just outside Jukkasjärvi church; within 150 m walking distance from the Old Homestead in Jukkasjärvi and 900 m from Icehotel; and an appr. 1.3 km (20 min) walk from Reindeer Lodge along a marked snowmobile trail via river Torne. Reindeer Lodge guests are offered a free transfer 20.20 from the lodge and back.
END: 23.00 Márkanbáiki in Jukkasjärvi.
*RETURN TRANSFER WITH MINIBUS from Kiruna and WINTER GEAR (included in price 2):
PICK-UP OPTIONS: 19.45 Kiruna hotels/Tourist Center.
DROP-OFF: Appr. 23.30 Kiruna hotels/Tourist Center.
EQUIPMENT: Loan of thermal overall, boots, hat and mittens included only when booking the transfer option.
FOOD: Hot lingonberry juice, coffee/tea included.
GROUP SIZE: Min 2, max 8 people.
LANGUAGE: English and Swedish.
CONDITIONS: Guests participate in our activities at their own responsibility and are obliged to follow the safety instructions assigned by the guide. Tour will be adapted to prevailing weather conditions. Although the chance of seeing the northern light is quite high, a sighting cannot be guaranteed due to it being a natural phenomenon.
QUALITY: Nature’s Best Sweden labelled, and Sápmi Experience and Sustainable Arctic Destination certified