Santa’s Secret Hideaway in Swedish Lapland
Signs show that the area around Svansele was inhabited by people 5-6000 years ago. The Moose people settlement camp has been created under guidance by archeologists with great knowledge about these people, who lived under extremely primitive and harsh conditions. The camp is surrounded by a sheltering palisade of logs, to keep predators out. This picturesque setting deep within the forest close to the frozen Skellefteå river is the location for Santa Claus’ secret hideaway from mid November until December 31:st. Here, Santa Claus invites guests from all over the world to his home.
A small herd of tame reindeers walk around the area, which is lit by open fires, creating the right Christmas atmosphere while also keeping his guests warm and comfortable.
Descriptions of different activity programs:
2 HOUR EVENT IN SANTA’S SECRET HIDEAWAY
Guests arrive with car or bus at the parking space close to the Moosepeople Camp. They are welcomed by Santa who carries a torch in his hand and after greeting, he walks them along the short path that leads into the forest, to the camp. There, warm mulled wine or warm lingonberry drink awaits. Guests
will hear many stories and tales from the wilderness. Santa will especially give a lot of attention to the kids, talking to them about the wild forests and Christmas time. (In English, and with creative body language that can be understood by anyone!) Guests are offered warm soup, prepared over the open fire, together with bread. At the end of the visit, Santa will bring the big jute cloth sack with Christmas gifts and hand them out to the guests.
4 HOUR EVENT
Starting at the Wilderness exhibition, the guests will be equipped with warm clothes and helmets. After a short safety instruction, the guide drives the guests on a snowmobile and sled, out to the Moosepeople settlement Camp to Santa’s secret hide-away. The path is about 3 kilometers one way and runs through deep forest, between big snow covered pine trees and over small hills. Once arrived at the Moosepeople camp, program follows according to 2-hour event above.
8 HOUR EVENT
(Includes 4-hour event). After visiting Santa’s secret hide-away we continue to the Wilderness Camp in the middle of the forest (about 5 km) where guests will be served the Wilderness plate (moose, reindeer and local fish) served on a wooden plate together with local vegetables and a home cooked marmalade. After dinner, guests can enjoy the warm sauna and the outdoor wooden hot tubs. The brave can try the exciting and hilarious wooden slide, down to another tub. Transport with the snowmobiles back to the Wilderness Exhibition. During transfer we search the forest for moose.
OVERNIGHT STAY AT KNUTES HOTEL
Accomodation in double room, including a breakfast bag.
OVERNIGHT STAY AT WILDERNESS CAMP
In a wooden hut around an open fire, in sleeping bags on reindeer skins, or in smaller cabins. No electricity and running water to create the real
SHORT DOGSLEDDING TOUR, APPROX. 15 MIN.
2 persons per sled driven by a professional musher minimum 6 persons.
THE WILDERNESS EXHIBITION
Take a walk through our Wilderness Exhibition and explore the eleven rooms with different themes, containing more than 680 taxidermied animals from the local fauna all arranged in natural displays.
2 HOUR SNOWMOBILE SAFARI
Experience our forests together with an experienced guide. We supply warm winter clothing, helmets, one snowmobile / person and of course safety instructions.
Note, snowmobile driving only available for persons age 16 and older. Children up to 15 years of age may ride with parent/guardian for no added cost, maximum 1 adult + 1 child per snowmobile.
HORSE SLEIGH, APPROX 15 MIN.
A driver will take you on a cosy horse-drawn sleigh ride through the beautiful snowy forests.
Contact us for more information and pricing.