Winter At White Mountain Lodge

Kalvträsk, Skellefteå

Period: December-April

Day 1:

Arrival Skellefteå airport. Skellefteå is the southern entry into Swedish Lapland. Half the population inhabits the countryside – next door to wild rivers, hundreds of lakes, dense forests and miles and miles of coastline. The other half dwell in a modern city; a seamless transition from urban to rural defining the good life in the Arctic. The city offers most of the things you would expect                      in terms of good community services, good transport links and a thriving restaurant         and cultural scene.

Approx. 17.00: Arrival at White Mountain Lodge, Kalvträsk. The location of the camp is characterized by silence and virgin nature, beautifully situated at the shore of a lake besides a quite unknown, unexplored and vast nature reserve. Your host and guide for the days in the wild, Björn, meets you on arrival. After checking in the cabins, the guests meet up with Björn for a wood chopping school. We learn you how to chop wood and make a fire in a safe way, for heating your cabin and your sauna bath.

18.00: A traditional dinner with local influences at the main lodge

19.30: Time for information about the camp and preparations for the next day's program, checking map’s and equipment. We end the day with storytelling about the village and the world’s oldest ski that was found here, a hot beverage around the fireplace makes the day complete.

Day 2, am: Historical village tour with cheese tasting

08.00: Local breakfast buffé at the main lodge

10.00: We start the day on the best way possible, with a healthy walking session from the camp up to the centre of the village (approx. 1.5 km, 30 min) Here we visit the Kalfträsk Museum of History where we learn more about the village and of course the Kalvträsk ski (world’s oldest wooden ski)

The tour then continues to the close-by Kalvträsk local micro cheese dairy where the cheesemaker Tony Bäckström tells us about his life from childhood to a former Swedish champion in cheese making and his journey until now and why the Kalvträsk cheese is unique! Of course, we also get a cheese tasting session.

12.00: Outdoor cooking school with a traditional local outdoor lunch over open fire! The guest helps with making a bonfire and preparing the food.

Off-track snow-flow skiing with historical skis

13.00: Time journey on replicas of the oldest ski in the world. Thanks to our visit at the museum our guests now knows the history about the Kalvträsk ski. First, we check our equipment, dress for outdoors and pack our backpacks then we start with some simpler technique training with the skis on flat land. When our guests are comfortable with the skis, we start our tour out into the wild nature. After a while we stop for a Swedish coffee making course in the forest. The guest can now use their new born skills from wood chopping school to help starting the fire. When the fire is going our guide teaches the guests how to make Swedish coffee! During the tour we take the opportunity to enjoy the silence which we will find in the deep forests around Kalvträsk and with a bit of luck we might see a moose or maybe a golden eagle!

17.30: We gather at the sauna where the guests help making a fire to heat up the sauna so it´s warm and cosy right after dinner

18.00: A traditional dinner with local influences at the main lodge

19.00: We end the day with a Swedish sauna experience and ice bath while watching the stars and with some luck the northern light.

Day 3: Snow shoe trekking with outdoor lunch and ice fishing

08.00: Local breakfast buffet at the main lodge

09.00: The days starts with checking our equipment and pack our bags then we start with some simpler technique training with the snow shoes. When our guests are comfortable with the snow shoes we start our tour out into the wild nature! And of course, we make an Swedish coffee on this trip to!

12.00: Traditional local outdoor lunch over open fire! The guest now makes a bonfire and preparing the food by themselves

13.00: Ice fishing. After lunch we prepare to try out one of the oldest ways in Sweden to get food. Ice fishing has a long tradition in northern Sweden. It was a necessary skill to learn if you wanted to survive in the winter. We’ll learn how to drill holes in the ice and how to use the fishing equipment. The fish we catch we also prepare and make dinner on the afternoon. Transfer to and from the ice-fishing location with snowmobile (guests sitting on a sledge behind)

18.00: A traditional dinner with local influences at the main lodge

19.00: We end the day in best way possible with an outdoor hot tub while watching the stars and maybe an arura once again.

Day 4

08.00: Local breakfast buffet at the main lodge

09.30: Departure for Skellefteå airport

 Price:

Shared accommodation in Timber Cottage 2-4 person, 3 nights                    9000 sek/pers                                                      

Accommodation in shared wood-stove heated timber 3+2-bedded cottages (1 room with 3 single 80 cm beds, 1 room with a 160 cm double bed) small kitchen and dining room, ecologic toilet and shower, Bluetooth stereo

Breakfast buffet and dinners are served in the rustic main lodge in front of the sparkling fire, creating a genuine and warm feeling for the group.

The price includes:

  • Private transfer from and to Skellefteå airport
  • 3 Local Breakfast buffé
  • 2 Outdoor Lunch
  • 3 local 2-course dinners
  • 3 Swedish fika
  • 1 Wood chopping school
  • 1 Outdoor cooking school
  • Non-alcoholic beverages to all meals
  • 2 Swedish lapland sauna session
  • 1 Outdoor hot tub session
  • Local cheese dairy visit with cheese tasting
  • Kalvtrask ski school and tour
  • Snow shoe trekking school and tour
  • Fishing fee
  • Icefishing school and fishing gear
  • Snow mobile transfer to ice fishing activity
  • English speaking guide the whole stay
  • Bed linen
  • Final cleaning of the cottage departure day
  • Towels for sauna bath
  • Wood for stove in cabins

Not included:

  • B Flights
  • Winter outdoor clothing
  • Swim wear
  • Alcoholic beverages (can be bought at the main lodge)
  • Daily bedding and making up of cottage

Notes:

  • This product is suitable for age 13 years and up (all depending on physical condition)
  • Min 4 pers-Max 10 pers for booking (pre-booking only)
  • Duration regarding activities are approximate and depend on ice, snow and weather conditions.
  • The time schedule for the day is flexible due to guests’ specific interest, skills, physical condition and the weather.
  • Please report food allergies
  • Good health and physical condition required for the activities. Example: Able to walk 5 km is a minimum
  • Bring proper outdoor clothing (dressing code instructions is given below)

Recommendation how to dress right

We recommend that you dress in three different layers. But good to have a warm jacket with you for the walks when we don´t do the activities. You would also need to bring your own hat and mittens.

  1. The Base Layer. Close to body, Thin sweater and pant of wool or synthetic fabric that quickly removes moisture from the body and transport it out into the next layer a thin shirt of wool or similar.
  2. The Mid Layer: Thick Polar fleece or Wool sweater and pants that breathes and transports moisture away.
  3. The outer layer: insulated wind proof jacked (for ex. Gortex/down), insulated warm & windproof trousers, insulated warm boots with extra wool socks (high or medium high), insulated, not too tight warm mittens/gloves (not woollen gloves)

Checklist for winter clothing

  • Insulated winter boots
  • 1 pair of ski pants, trousers or breeches in snow proof material. Jeans are not suitable
  • Windproof jacket with hood (Padded for warmth, as well as a normal waterproof)
  • Warm tights or long johns, thermal vest
  • Warm fleece jacket or similar
  • Ski-socks and thinner socks
  • Thermal tops and bottoms
  • Warm insulated gloves or mittens
  • Warm hat
  • Gaiters (useful in deep snow)
  • Snow goggles or sunglasses.
  • Warm casual clothes for evening wear
  • We recommend you to bring a back pack suitable for outdoor activities

ACTIVITY LEVEL

This is a Level C Adventurous Activity holiday. You love travel and dynamic experiences. You like to push yourself or experience something completely new because the rewards make it worth the effort. You enjoy discovering the wonders of the country, whilst at the same time finding out about yourself. Previous outdoor activity experience may be essential but are not necessarily over energetic.

Contact information

White Mountain Lodge
White Mountain Lodge 930 27 Kalvträsk
Kalvträsk
Contact: Björn Bergström
Phone: +46-702194941
Mobile: +46-702194941

E-mail: info@whitemountainlodge.se

Facilities

Shower
Swimming pool
Shop
Sauna
WiFi
WC
Game fishing
Cross-country skiing